Hello everyone, and Happy Thanksgiving from redheadcandecorate.com. It’s hard to believe that we are entering the holiday season, but here I am in my fuzzy slippers (as small snow flakes fall from the sky) and straight across the table from me in our family room is our Christmas tree 1/2 decorated 😆 . You see, we decided to put the tree up a bit early this year, and it really has added that “cozy warm” feeling that we all crave when it turns cold outside. I truly believe that is one of the reasons Christmas trees are so enjoyable to have in our home. They add a warm cozy comforting atmosphere that is difficult to achieve otherwise. Now, although I can’t send you my cozy Christmas tree…I can recommend a few simple ideas, tips and products to help bring the cozies into your home. You might also notice that the household items I have chosen below would also make amazing gifts this holiday season.
I know most of you probably enjoy a nice cup of coffee, right? In fact I bet you could go for a cup right now 😆 . Well, I couldn’t help but start out things today with this colorful coffee cup tower that received a lot of attention in our “Colorful Family Room Makeover“. My daughter uses them for soup, too. Can you spot them in the back right corner?
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Ceramic Coffee Cup Tower
I admit folks that I have way too many pillows, and I still gravitate towards them when I enter a home decor store. I’m thinking the reason for that is because pillows are usually affordable, but still make a huge statement in the room we use them in, and are so easy to switch out. I fell in love with these large checkered pillow covers and the price is reasonable.
Classic Checker Black & Cream Plaid Pillow 18×18 inch Pillow Covers
(several choices available)
Now, if you are going to have pillows, you just got to have a “throw” near by so you can get cozy right on the spot next to those pillows. This creamy blanket is very pretty, but I also want to let you know that I have found some gorgeous thrifty afghans at the thrift store. FYI, just remember to wash the used afghans twice in very hot water when you bring them home. The dryer should be set on hot, too. Don’t worry…I have done this several times and they always turn out perfect.
Cream Herringbone Throw 50×60 inch Blanket
(several choices available)
Here’s a photo of one of the thrifty afghans I found at the thrift store. Isn’t it just beautiful?
Candles are another way I love to add not only a warm glow, but the scent can be very soothing as well. I found these seasonal aromatherapy pine soy candles that I bet would help a faux Christmas tree smell like the real deal. Bonus…the jar turns into a cute juice glass for later. Remember to always be very careful when burning candles.
Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Soy Candle Iowa Pine Scent
(many scents to choose from)
Moving on to the bedroom which is probably the coziest, warmest room in the house, right? If not, flannel sheets are the ticket to the comfiest sleep you will ever have. I have a few sets of flannel sheets and I actually use them year round. The more I wash them, the softer they become. Here’s the full tour of our Christmas Bedroom if interested…
Here is cute collection of flannel sheets for pretty much everyone in the family. These sheet sets would make an amazing gift for Christmas. They are worth every single penny because they last a long time.
(several patterns available)
A few years ago I mentioned on my redheadcandecorate.com Facebook page that I couldn’t live without my heated mattress pad. I guess I just assumed everyone knew what they were. Well, it turns out that many folks were very interested and couldn’t believe they existed (these are very different from “electric blankets”). My husband and I have one that has separate controls, so if I want it on, and he doesn’t, then we are still okay. I like to turn my heated mattress pad on about an hour before bed and then I turn it off after my feet warm up. I will tell you I miss it so much when we go to hotels that I actually bring a heating pad with me to warm up the bed in the hotel. I’ve become quite the heated bed queen.
Heated Mattress Pad
Speaking of heating pads…I purchased this exact one for my husband for Father’s Day and he still thanks me over and over for it. He has shoulder pain from bow shooting so this really helps him because it wraps around the shoulders. Ahhhh…what a very useful kind gift they make.
Wrap Around Heating Pad
Now that we are all warm and cozy in bed, the last thing we want to do is hit the cold floor with our toes. This cute faux sheepskin rug is perfect for right next to your bed or vanity sink. I would absolutely love this as a gift. I wonder if my husband is listening?
Faux Sheepskin Ivory Area Rug
(available in many sizes)
Lastly, is one of my all-time-favorite ideas if you have always wanted a fireplace in your home. Electric wood burning fireplaces really give off some wonderful heat, and they are truly so cute when you put them into one of your favorite cozy nooks. I actually just purchased one for our cold family room that has many windows in it. The entire family spends so much more time in there now because they aren’t cold. I will be sharing ours with our Christmas tree this year. I hope you will subscribe here so you don’t miss it.
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