Items for A Warm and Cozy Winter

This winter, transform your home into a comfy escape from the chilly outside air with these items, sure to keep you toasty and relaxed from head to toe.

Volt Heated Slippers

volt heated slippers

Volt’s heated slippers might be the best friend your feet have ever had on cold winter weekends. And there’s no need to limit their comfort to your lazy Saturday mornings. These unisex super socks have a thick recycled rubber sole and offer five hours of heat, so you can spend an afternoon out running errands – or a night out drinking – and never feel a chill. Simply recharge the batteries, cinch the nylon cords around your ankles, and let the automatic temp control work its magic for a day of all-out comfort. Find them on the Volt website in four colors and four sizes for 153,000 won each.

William Sonoma Oversized Cashmere Throw

throw blanket

Wrap yourself inside a pure cashmere throw this winter for a level of soft, luxurious warmth that only exists in your dreams. Quality cashmere will last a lifetime, and it lacks the itchy,

bulky feeling of wool, while keeping you just as toasty. William Sonoma offers international shipping on these oversized blankets (127 cm by 165 cm), available in solid colors for 255,00 won and a variety of prints for 307,000 won.

Buddha Bowl

Buddha Bowl

You’ll want to cup your hands around the Buddha Bowl all winter, with its perfect palm fit to warm both hands simultaneously. Its dual function as a mug and a bowl will inspire you to use it for just about everything you’ll need this winter – from your morning oatmeal to your nighttime mulled wine. A simple, sensible addition to any kitchen, this handmade ceramic is lead-free and microwave safe. The original Buddha Bowl, 37,000 won, holds 18 ounces of liquid, with smaller versions available in 9 or 12 ounces.

Yankee Candle Pillar Candles

yankee candle

Create the illusion of a cozy fireplace with a decorative arrangement of pillar candles in your living room. Yankee Candle offers balsam and cedar, cinnamon vanilla and sparkling pine to fill your home with the scents of the season. Available at Yankee Candle stores around the city, a 28,000-won large pillar burns for 150 hours, while a 23,000-won medium burns for 95 hours. Add the Scroll Pillar Sleeve, a holder to enhance the look of your candle arrangement, for 16,000 won.

Sharper Image Temperature Regulating Pillow Case


Sharper Image’s temperature regulating pillow cases let you sleep comfortably by releasing stored heat when your skin temperature drops. Available in sets of two standard pillow cases for 42,000 won, they can warm you up or cool you down, depending on the temperature of your skin. The pillow cases are available in four different colors and are made with machine-washable 350-thread-count cotton sateen. For the ultimate winter hibernation experience, pair them with a temperature regulating sheet set and mattress pad, also available from Sharper Image.

ValueRays Heated Mouse

Heated mouse

A heated mouse can be just the thing to help relax tired muscles and get feeling back into cold extremities. Using a USB port to power a unique warming sensation, ValueRay’s mouse heats the hand with carbon fiber and comes with an adjustable heat control for your custom comfort level, ranging from 37 to 40 degrees celsius. Perfect for the home or office, the 29,000-won gadget comes in nine different colors and is ergonomically designed to fit both left- and right-handed users.

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