"Keep Warm" Gift Basket Full of Warm Gifts for People Who are Always Cold
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The following list of warm gifts was inspired by my long term acquaintance with someone who’s almost always cold – me!
I tend to freeze at temperatures that make other people go to the beach. And to make it even more complicated, my husband is an “always hot” kind of guy. Therefore, over the years, I had to come up with innovative ways to keep warm in all kinds of situations.
Below you’ll find inexpensive ideas for warm gifts to include in this gift basket, based on my experience and attempts to warm myself up.
If your recipient is a “walking popsicle” like me, do him/her a huge favor – get one, some or all of the below warm gift ideas and help them regain feeling in their hands and feet again…
"Keep Warm" gift basket ingredients
- Heated pillow – my best friend between October and May every year! This pillow is filled with grains such as flax seeds. You heat it up in the microwave for about 2 minutes (depending on size) and it retains heat for hours, especially if you place it under a blanket. If you are feeling crafty you can even make one yourself (just make sure your recipient has a microwave first!).
- Electric feet warmer – if you can only afford one gift item from this list- this is the one! it was a game changer for me! No more laying in bed waiting forever for my frozen feet to defrost (did you know it it is impossible to fall asleep if your feet are frozen?).
Disposable air-activated warmers – flat plastic bags filled with heat generating ingredients that heat up upon contact with air. An excellent warm gift for outdoor emergencies. Take a look at these Amazon search results for “warmers” and you’ll see what I mean.
- Hot water bottle – the good old fashioned water bottle can save the day especially during power outages or when outdoors. A microwave heated version is also available.
- Toilet seat warmer – the description says it all…
Food and Beverage Related Warm Gifts
- Giant mug – I often drink hot water to re-heat myself in winter. An oversized mug is best for this purpose as it enables me to wrap both my hands around it. Let the defrosting begin…
- Tea bags – when drinking hot liquids to keep warm it’s better to find alternatives to coffee (otherwise you might end up with a caffeine overdose). Herbal tea bags make an excellent choice (look for caffeine free ones).
- Canned soup – for emergencies when your recipient is both freezing and hungry.
- Spicy food – ever eaten very spicy food and felt like steam was coming out of your ears? spicy food can really warm you up from the inside! Add some Tabasco, wasabi, chili peppers or any other spicy food you can think of as an inner heating ingredient to your gift basket.
- Heat inducing herbs – according to herbal medicine some herbs and spices such as cinnamon, clove, cardamon, chili, paprika and ginger can warm you up even if they do not taste hot. Include some of them in your gift basket.
- Insulated travel mug – on-the-go heating source for “always cold” people on the way to or from work, and even during.
Apparel Related Warm Gifts
- Microwavable slippers– following the same idea as the above, another great gift idea but this time for feet only (I should get a pair myself!).
- Thermal underwear
- Ear muffs, Scarf, hat – classic warm gifts for any person, especially in winter.
- Gloves – hands are usually the first to get cold (along with feet) therefore gloves come in very handy for “temperature challenged” people. If your recipient’s Finger tips freeze while she/he works on their computer, a pair of wool/ fleece fingerless gloves will do an excellent job!
- USB heated gloves – a techie variation on the above. These fingerless gloves contain warming pads inside, which are heated by plugging them into a computer’s USB port. I have a pair (at least I had one until my daughter “adopted” it) and it really does the trick.
- Warm Fuzzy socks – essential for keeping “freeze prone” feet protected as coldness tends to creep in from the tips of our body.
- Battery heated socks – yes they do exist! Take the socks concept to a whole new level with this cool, or shall I say warm gift idea.
- Fleece products – fleece is a fluffy, eco-friendly material that retains heat well. Any “always cold” person should have at least one fleece jumper in his/her wardrobe, and a fleece comforter by the couch.
- Door draft stopper – looks like a long sleeve filled with styrofoam tubes. Placed on the floor against door to stop draft from coming in.
Want to splurge some more?
How about these warm gift ideas?
- Electric toilet seat warmer
- Foot warmer and massager
- Electric blanket
- Heated seat
Below are examples of these products from Amazon to give you an idea of what I am talking about: