8 best winter warmers

Cosy up with our pick of the best at-home warming accessories. You may never want to brave the great outdoors again

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From microwaveable slippers to cashmere hot water bottle covers, here is our pick of products to help you keep warm this winter.

1. Unisex Microwave Slippers, £5.99, poundstretcher.co.uk


These are not the type of slippers you’ll a)want to be seen wearing and b)walk around in but for those moments when you’re home alone, aaaaaaah, they feel good. Warm them for 90 seconds for a good half hour worth of toasty tootsies. So wrong, they’re right.
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2. Miir Growler Vacuum Beverage Flask: £49.99, thefowndry.com


This one looks good enough for indoor use, plus any coffee hipster would appreciate a hot cup of joe at a moment’s notice – and it will stay hot for 12 hours. For every sale, Miir’s charity initiative ensure one person will have clean water for a year, so you can feel all warm inside too.
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3. Harris Tweed bone shaped heat pad, £34, notonthehighstreet.com


Why should your furry friend miss out on a cosy night in? This tweed pet pad is filled with organic buckwheat, so when heated up in the microwave has a lovely nutty aroma. Add to Fido’s basket and he’ll be in doggy heaven.
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4. Springyard Thermosox, £21.95, prezzybox.com


After the Hadron Collider, it was time a new technological breakthrough occurred. Welcome to the world, heated socks! Powered by a trio of AAs, you’ll have hot legs all winter long.
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5. USB cup warmer, £9.99, findmeagift.co.uk


No one wants a tepid cuppa, so plug this cookie-shaped warmer into your nearest USB and keep your drink hot. (Can we recommend making two cups at once and keeping one warm for later? You’re welcome.)

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6. Lifemax Back Massager: £49.99, amazon.co.uk


If you’re working from home or have back or joint problems, this could make winter working just a bit more pleasant. As well as massaging the upper and lower back at adjustable levels of intensity, it also has heated lumber pads.
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7. Dreamland Relaxwell Heated Faux Fur Throw, £84.99, johnlewis.com


Since it’s become socially acceptable to sit under a rug all day like a patient in a Swiss sanatorium, why not take it up a notch and heat that blanket? This furry delight has six heat settings and automatic-cut off so you won’t burn up if you drop off.
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8. YUYU hot water bottle, £39-£119, yuyubottle.com


This is the ultimate hot water bottle and arrives in a gorgeous presentation box. Don’t give it away though, keep it for yourself. It’s swathed in fleece or cashmere, 85cm long it’ll take about a kettle-full of water. Extravagant, luxurious, totally amazing.

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Verdict: £85 might seem like a lot of money for a throw, but the Dreamland Relaxwell blanket costs a penny to heat for three hours. It’s a really smart alternative to heating the whole house if you’re feeling chilly.


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