Aah, wintertime -- when the mere thought of stepping out sends shivers down the spine. Even a quick walk to the bus can make hands and feet feel cold as the body works to keep the core and inner organs warm. These days, there are plenty of products on the market that insulate body heat and provide warmth for hours. Here are a number of cozy accessories and apparel costing $30 or less. (Prices cited here were found just before Christmas.)
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Wear a base layer against your skin to regulate sweat and retain heat. It should be thin enough to wear under a mid-layer (such as a wool sweater) and a shell as the outermost layer to protect against wet weather. One that fills the bill is a men's thermal henley from Walmart's Faded Glory brand (on clearance for $6.50), made of 60 percent cotton and 40 percent polyester.
Uniqlo's inexpensive Heattech line is designed to help retain body heat. The women's and men's V-neck long-sleeve tops normally start at $14.90. On sale, they can be had for less than $10. The fabric is designed to maintain its shape and soft texture after repeated washings, so it should survive several cold seasons. Look to the Heattech Extra Warm and Ultra Warm collections for even more insulation.
The torso needs to be insulated the most, but don't neglect the extremities. Blood vessels run closer to the surface above neck level. Consider inexpensive accessory sets that include gloves, arm warmers, a hat, and a scarf. The N'Ice Caps bulky cable-knit set for women or girls ($30 on Amazon) includes a fleece-lined hat and gloves. Simplicity sets for children and adults ($22 on Amazon) come in a variety of colors and styles (most, but not all, are eligible for Prime).
If hat hair is an annoyance, try fleece earmuffs ($9 on Amazon). They're foldable and comfortable to wear with an oversize scarf and hood. For those who can't live without music, Deal Genius is offering a set of earmuffs with built-in headphones and smart gloves for controlling the playlist ($10 for a limited time).