Today is the first official day of winter! Though, depending on where you live, it may have felt like winter for a long time already. December 21st marks the winter solstice, the time of year with the least amount of sunlight. While it may seem cold and dark now, the days are only getting “longer” after today!
Here’s my list of things I’m loving during winter so far; if you missed the fall list, you can check it out here. As always, everything is under $15.
- Rosemary Christmas trees, $12.99, grocery stores, Lowe’s
Looking for a last-minute gift for a plant lover? These are the perfect mini trees to display on a kitchen table, and the fragrant smell can’t be beat.
2. Redhead Wool Quarter Socks, $11.99, Bass Pro
You have to have warm socks in winter! These may be the best socks I’ve ever worn. They are warm without being too thick or making your feet too hot, they are durable (no worn out heels or toes yet), and they’re made of 73% merino wool. They don’t unravel, they’re not itchy, and they’re made in the USA. $11.99 may seem pricey for a pair of socks, but the company offers a lifetime guarantee- “if ever they wear out, just return them for a FREE replacement.”
3. Burt’s Bees Natural Throat Drops, Honey & Lemon, $2.79, drugstores
It’s that time of year when getting sick is more common. What sets these apart from regular throat drops? No artificial sugar or flavors, each drop is individually sealed in a mini pouch (so no more lozenges getting stuck to their wax paper wrappers), and the bag is resealable, so you won’t find throat drops sprinkled around the bottom of your bathroom drawer or bag.
4. Long sleeve classic pj top and pj pant, $12 each, primary.com
Getting PJs for Christmas was something I grew up with and now enjoy doing for my daughter. I thought I’d give Primary a try since I’d seen ads for it all over Facebook, and had heard good feedback about it. (And hey, a free pair of PJs with my order is always great!).
Primary’s focus is “quality– soft but sturdy fabrics; simplicity– modern classics always available; and price– everything under $25.” So far they’ve delivered on that promise- the PJs are 100% cotton and seem to be well made, you can find the basics you need that can be surprisingly hard to find in other stores, and everything comes in a rainbow of colors. Every order gets free shipping, too!
One neat thing about their website is that each size of an item is worn by a different child, so you can see how the item looks on a toddler vs. a pre-teen, rather than say, looking at a stock photo of a pair of shorts and guessing how long they might be on your child. Sizes do seem to run small though– my size “2-3” clothes look more like 12-18 month sizes.
5. That’s Christmas To Me | Pentatonix, $7.99 (free with Prime membership), Amazon.com
Pentatonix has a fresh take on Christmas classics with their amazing acapella harmonies and beats. There’s even an acapella version of Frozen’s “Let It Go,” just in case you’ve heard the original too many times but your child still wants to listen to it.
Did you know Amazon Prime offers “a growing selection of 2 million songs, always ad-free and on-demand”? You never have to buy music anymore, or have to worry about losing your music collection when a computer crashes.
6. Christmas in the Manger, $4.71, Amazon.com
A sturdy board book with simple rhyming phrases that introduces the Christmas story to young toddlers.
7. Reese’s Holiday Peanut Butter Clusters, $3.83, grocery stores
Not fair-trade, not-organic, and full of probably-bad-for-you ingredients (high fructose corn syrup! Artificial flavors! TBHQ!). You’ll have to try them and see if they’re worth eating while hiding in the pantry so you don’t have to share. (Spoiler: they are).
What are your favorite winter items? Please share in the comments!
(Rosemary tree image from lowes.com)