The cold weather is upon us and it is time to batten down the hatches, keep warm and wrap up safe. To help get you ready for the cold winter ahead, we have reviewed some of the best products of the season for an exclusive guide. Whether you are looking for drinks to keep you warm, scented candles, or products which actually keep you physically cosy, then we have them all here.
Ashleigh & Burwood Candles (from £17.95)
Nothing warms up a cold Autumnal or Winters evening quite like the flickering of a gorgeous candle. That’s why our first item in this Winter Warmer guide are these stunning candles from Ashleigh & Burwood London.
This wonderful range of candles are designed and crafted by Ashleigh & Burwood’s in-house team and they are typically completely original! Each candle has a real elegance and style. Plus, each candle has been created to burn with an excellent scent release, thanks to a refined mineral wax which has a particularly low melting point. The result is a candle which smells fantastic for long durations.
But that’s not all, each candle comes within a glass vessel and with an embossed lid for that added touch of luxury. The candle is then neatly packed in a cylindrical gift box topped off with a black ribbon. This is the ideal gift for those looking to wrap up on a cold evening. Here are two candles we were lucky enough to try…
Log Fire Candle (£17.95)
The log fire candle offers all of the smoky and woody scents you would associate with a log fire. In terms of aesthetics, the candle is also as beautiful visually as it is in fragrance. Ashleigh & Burwood also claim that this candle has an impressive 45 hour burning time, which excites us a lot – we don’t want ours to end!
White Christmas (£17.95)
The White Christmas candle from Ashleigh & Burwood takes on a more floral and powdery fragrance than the log fire edition. Still as warming and festive, the scent blends cashmere musk with velvety rose, there are also hints of vanilla in the air too. Gorgeous!
To find out more about Ashleigh & Burwood, click here.
Chatham Eden Fur Lined Slipper (RRP£65)
Why not treat your partner to the ultimate in warm footwear this Christmas? These stunning Chatham Eden Faux Fur Line Slippers are super cosy, luxurious and of the highest quality. Chatham has been making footwear for over 25 years, so they know a thing of two about making your feet feel special. Typically, a brand associated with marine and nautical footwear, these slippers show a lot of style and great design.
These cute fully lined fur slippers are made with British tweed from Johnston’s of Elgin. Therefore, they are not only lovingly made, but they are also beautifully British and home grown. The slippers feature a moccasin style construction and there is EVA padding under foot. They really are super comfortable and one of the snuggest pairs of slippers we have tried. Soft, adorable and available in a range of colours (tweed/brown, navy, tan and grey). Available in sizes 3-8 from Chatham.
RHS ‘Butterflies and Blooms’ Tea For One From Churchill Chinas (£24)
There is nothing quite like a cup of tea, especially when the winter air is blowing and the rain is pouring down. If you know someone who loves tea, then they will simply adore this stunning Royal Horticultural Society tea pot for one from Churchill China.
A part of the recent Autumn/Winter collection from Churchill Chinas, the Butterflies and Blooms fine china set is a show stopping piece for any tea lover. Decorated with a floral back drop and butterflies to boot, the illustration will have you in awe. We were lucky enough to try one of the tea pots for one and the quality is fabulous. This is a gift that is sure to make the chill of winter just that little bit easier.
Purchase one or explore the rest of this stunning range here.
Newby Teas Silken Pyramids Season’s Greetings Gift Box (£20)
Zippo 12 Hour Hand Warmer(£22.90)
Zippo are world renowned for their fabulous lighters. However, you may not know that they also do wonderful hand warmers and these are perfect to keep toasty when the mercury hits zero.
The hand warmer features a new and improved filling process makes firing up these little pocket-sized furnaces easier than ever. They provide up to 12 hours of gentle, consistent heat. They’re sleek – designed to fit in any pocket – and are refillable so you can use them on your outdoor adventures for years to come. Warming bag and filler cup are included.
Jim Beam Double Oak (from £25)
Jim Beam is a world renowned Kentucky based bourbon with over 200 years of experience under the belt. Jim Beam Double Oak is one of the brands high end products and is certainly at the premium end of their range.
Perfect to keep the cockles warmed this Winter and Autumn, this bourbon is expertly crafted to give a matured flavour from new charred American white oak barrels. The bourbon is then transferred to a second freshly charred barrel for additional ageing. This twice-barrelled approach gives greater contact with the wood and this gives the whisky deeper flavour and richness.
Available from leading supermarkets and various online retailers.
Monty Bojangles Milky Mischief Truffles
What will fix any cold evening? Yes, you guessed it – chocolate! We love these French cocoa dusted truffles from Monty Bojangles. Entitled “Milky Mischief” these delectable truffles are truly indulgent. Perfect for sharing or just for one, these chocs are deliciously moreish and we will certainly be stocking up on these for the winter. Available from Tesco in various sizes.
Buff Savva Cream Hat (£29)
One of the best and most stylish ways to stay warm is to adorn a cute piece of headwear. With this in mind, you should certainly check out the Autumn/Winter range from Buff, the original purveyors of multifunctional headwear.
Buff have over 25 years of experience in knitted garments and products, so you can rest assured that each year of experience has culminated in a range of the best quality products.
That is why you should seriously consider this Savva Cream Hat from Buff as the ideal winter gift. The hat is fully fleece lined, available in three designs and colours too. Super cosy, warm and comfortable, this is one of the hottest hats around. Find out more here.
Genuine Thermos Brand Stainless King™ Flask
One thing you simply cannot do without on a cold winter’s day is a flask. The ability to keep your drinks cold all day is something people need when it gets chilly!
According to Thermos, this 1.2 litre flask keeps liquids hot or cold for a full 24 hours using insulation technology for maximum temperature retention (and stays cool to the touch when holding hot liquids). Combining retro styling with maximum performance, it’s one of the best selling Thermos flasks throughout the world and comes with an insulated stainless steel serving cup – ideal for coffee lovers who want their favourite drink hot all day and night.
We absolutely love it. It’s rugged, well built and does work! Well worth it and a great gift.
Also available in midnight blue and matte black. Available from Argos; T.K. Maxx; Robert Dyas; Lakeland; The Range; Debenhams; John Lewis; Amazon; Thermos.co.uk from £24.99