If last weekend was anything to go by, it's time to face the hard truth that winter is most definitely on its way. While we're still mourning summer just a little bit, we know winter goodies like a mug of hot tea, soft blankets and delicious savoury soup will make everything feel a whole lot better. With lockdown due to continue for a wee while yet, we've put together the ultimate list of winter warmers you can get delivered to your door.
If you're in the market for a soft, warm blanket to join you on the couch, you're in luck. If you had to retire your old one at the end of last winter, you can get a new one safely delivered to your door. For the ultimate winter blanket staple, you can't go past this $20 find from The Warehouse - soft, snuggly, and big enough to wrap around your whole body. If you're wanting to splurge on a pop of colour to make the grey winter days a little brighter, we love this yellow faux fur blanket from Farmers.
Winter is the perfect excuse to get into your jammies straight after dinner (or stay in all day, let's be honest), so why not do so in something with style? Flannel is the ultimate winter material so set yourself up with some flannel pyjama bottoms that you can pair with an old concert T-shirt to pay tribute to pre-lockdown days. If you're feeling a little bit fancy and want to add a touch of class to your pyjamas you can't go wrong with a silky sateen matching set to lounge around the house in. Another option is to skip the jammie thing entirely and get yourself a robe, perfect for any time of the day (especially in lockdown). Try this one from Papinelle in a soft grey, or a blush pink option from Bed, Bath & Beyond. Brb, not taking off one of those robes until Spring.
It's true, the tea selection available at the supermarket is pretty extensive, but if you're looking for to cosy up on the couch with something a little more special than Twinings you're in luck. Our vote for the perfect winter tea goes to an apple and cinnamon blend, perfect for a late afternoon pick-me-up. For something refreshing and fruity, try a cucumber melon green tea packed with pineapple pieces and orange peel, both from Stir Tea. If you're looking for a caffeine-free blend, try Tea Total's spicy chocolate rooibos with tiny chocolate stars, or their cream caramel rooibos that contains actual caramel pieces that melt into your tea. Is your mouth watering yet? Our honourable mention goes to Noble and Savage's maple walnut tea, which basically feels like a warm hug on a rainy evening.
There's no other way to say this — if you don't have a slow cooker, you're missing out. Thankfully, kitchen appliances have always been able to be delivered to your door so you don't need to feel the FOMO any longer. If you're cooking for one, here's a smaller option from Farmers to order, but if you're cooking for a crowd (or just love leftovers) check this option out from Noel Leeming. Looking for inspiration where to start with your slow cooker? You could try Sid Sahrawat's sticky pork ribs, a vegan kumara, cauliflower and chickpea curry or Fed Deli's Matzo Ball soup — not gonna lie, this one's a little more complicated but will be well worth the effort when you sit down with a bowl of that savoury goodness.
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