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Let’s just admit it. This summer was weird—no concerts, no traveling. It was basically a “fake summer” and rightfully so, because of the COVID-19 pandemic. I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to put the season in the rearview mirror.
I also happen to be obsessed with fall. The weather, the food, the holidays—I love it all. So while autumn will certainly look different this year, I still intend to make the most of the season with leaf peeping, baking up a storm, and curling up by the fire. If you feel the same, here are all the things you need to still have a great fall, from pumpkin-everything to the coziest home decor.
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1. This pumpkin spice starter pack
I have a lot to thank Starbucks for (like getting me through many workdays), but the most important is the invention of the pumpkin spice latte. Now you can whip up your favorite drink at home with these coffee pods—which people say taste as flavorful and bold as the real thing.
2. This plush throw you’ll want to snuggle up with
There is no better way to spend a cold autumn evening than curled up with a good book, a mug of hot chocolate, and the coziest blanket known to man. And this fleece blanket comes pretty close to the latter. Not only does it come in deeply fabulous colors, but it’s also machine washable. Win-win.
3. This candle that smells like apple cider
Good news: Just because there isn’t a freshly baked pie in the oven doesn’t mean your house can’t smell like there is. Anthropologie shoppers are obsessed with these Capri candles, especially in the spiced cider scent, which has hints of apple, cinnamon, clove, and fir.
4. The spookiest sweatshirts
Okay, Halloween might be cancelled, but you can still get festive in the comfort of your own home. Why wait for Christmas to don your most festive sweaters and sweatshirts? The spooky girl options at ModCloth range from cute to creepy and are a great way to incorporate a little Fright Night flair into your everyday attire.
5. Our favorite slow cooker
Some call it fall, others call it slow cooker season. And after trying out some of the top models on the market, our experts named the Cuisinart Multi-Cooker the best slow cooker of the year because it performed better than the others at all of our food tests and was hands-down the easiest to use (and clean!).
6. This fire that doesn’t require wood or matches
Real fires are cool, but fake fires are even better if you’re trying to avoid the mess and the possibility of, you know, burning the whole house down. Users like that this crackling log, which plugs right into the wall, because it’s super simple to install and still looks and sounds like the real thing.
7. This fall wardrobe essential
Soft, thick, and cozy, flannel is basically this season’s uniform. According to reviewers, this flannel shirt from Legendary Whitetails is one of the best of its kind because it fits true to size (a.k.a it’s flattering!) and it’s not too heavy, nor too light, making it perfect for any weather.
8. The perfect pie dish
Everyone turned to quarantine-baking a few months ago during the cold weather, so there’s a good chance people will be returning to it as the cooler weather arrives. Not to mention, fall is just simply the best time to make comfort food, holiday dishes, and the one and only apple pie. You’re going to want the best pie dish money can buy, which is this one by Emile Henry. When we tested it, we found that it is unmatched when it comes to producing crispy, flakey crusts. Plus, it looks beautiful while doing it and cleans easily in the dishwasher.
9. The prettiest pumpkins you can buy
What’s elegant, shiny, and sparkly all over? These mosaic pumpkins from Bed Bath & Beyond. If you want to decorate for fall, but don’t want your place to look cheesy, these mosaic pumpkins are just the ticket. They can help you add some subtle, yet glamorous seasonal style to your home.
10. This elegant doormat
This doormat sets an elegant tone for the season at your doorstep. It’s hand-stenciled and made from all-natural coir. Plus, it has a non-slip backing. Reviewers also love that the colors don’t fade and the doormat lasts for several seasons.
11. This ‘smart’ coffee mug
If you’re someone like me who needs their coffee to be so hot it’s basically burning your mouth, you might benefit from a smart coffee mug like the Ember one, which lets you control the temperature via your phone. One of our experts tried it for herself and was pleased to find her tea really did stay warm for hours.
12. These buffalo check pillows for your couch
Most trends come and go, but it seems that the buffalo check craze is here to stay—and I’m more than okay with that. If you’re mad for plaid, you’ll like these pillow covers, which are highly rated on Amazon for being great quality (the fabric is thick and fits pillows well) and easy to clean.
13. These boots with a cult following
People are obsessed with L.L.Bean duck boots—and for good reason. With a soft flannel lining, water-resistant exterior, and broken-in feel, these boots are often sold out or on back-order (so act fast!). Some customers even call them the most comfortable shoes they’ve ever owned.
14. This brilliant bonfire accessory
Whether it’s just you and your household or you’re having a very small socially-distanced bonfire, it’ll be a great way to enjoy the outdoors this fall. Take your marshmallow roasting (and s’mores eating) skills to the next level with one of these colorful skewers. Comfortable to hold and easy to extend out to their full 34-inch length, the retractable sticks have over 2,000 positive reviews on Amazon.
15. These thermal socks to keep your feet warm
No slippers, no problem. All you really need for toastier toes is a pair of these thick thermal socks, which use an extra-heavy lining so your feet stay warmer for longer. According to their hundreds of glowing reviews, the socks are ridiculously soft and comfortable to wear around the house.
16. The best streaming device
If your favorite fall activity (like mine) is streaming classic Halloween movies like Hocus Pocus or the latest fall shows, you’re going to want the best streaming device to do it. We love the Roku Ultra because of its ease of use, impressive sound and picture quality, and wide selection of streaming services, including Disney+, Amazon Prime, and more.
17. This wine subscription for anyone who loves wine
Chances are you won’t find me at a winery this fall like I normally would be. Instead, I’ll be staying in and enjoying a wine subscription from Winc. Our managing editor, Kate Ellsworth, tried it and is absolutely obsessed with it. You get to custom-pick how many and what kind of bottles you want to receive and they’ll be shipped right to your door. It’s the perfect way to try new wines and get your wine-fix during this bizarre time.
18. This chunky knit scarf to wear outside
When it comes to scarves, the bigger, the better. It can never be too oversized, too warm, or too chunky. That’s why this infinity scarf has over 1,000 5-star reviews which say that it’s high quality—a.k.a it’s soft, not itchy—and really keeps your neck warm. Just don’t forget to pair it with a top-rated mask if you’re venturing outside.
19. A Kindle to get your read on
Fall is the perfect time of year to cozy up, watch the leaves falling outside your window, and open up a good book. A Kindle is a game-changer for readers because you can read in any light situation, download books at the click of a button and bring them on-the-go with ease. Our favorite Kindle is the Kindle Paperwhite because it has a high-quality display, it’s easy to use, plus—you can download and listen to audiobooks on it, too.
20. This pan so you can make your own donuts
Three words: apple cider donuts. They’re a seasonal staple and one that you can whip up using this popular pan. Nearly 1,000 home cooks have given it a 5-star rating, saying that the non-stick surface makes the pan easy to clean and use (the donuts slide right out!).
21. These dark and moody plates
Goodbye bright whites of summer, hello dramatic darks of fall. This sultry stoneware collection from Anthropologie is neutral enough to use all season long yet striking enough to use as a subtly spooky set for Halloween.
22. This teach-yourself-to-knit kit
Any person obsessed with fall is likely obsessed with chunky knitted sweaters and scarfs. Instead of buying them, you can learn how to knit yourself with a We Are Knitters kit. It’s the perfect indoor fall activity to keep you occupied and relaxed. We tried and loved it because it gives you all of the materials you need and walks you through easy step-by-step directions.
23. This gadget to peel all of your apples
Apples for the apple pie that you are craving aren’t going to peel themselves—and doing it with a potato peeler or, worse, a measly paring knife just isn’t going to cut it. Instead, consider this cast iron contraption which Amazon customers say is super easy to use. In fact, one reviewer even claims it can peel, core, and slice an apple in under 40 seconds!
24. The cutest dish towel
Washing the dishes may be America’s most hated chore but these adorable dishtowels will at least make the task a little bit more bearable. They make for a fun and functional statement piece that you can add to your kitchen and look forward to unpacking each fall for years to come.
25. A Rachael Ray-approved loaf pan
Whether you’re still into making sourdough or you’re ready to move onto pumpkin bread, you need a high-quality loaf pan to help you get the job done. We find this loaf pan designed by Rachael Ray does the job best because the silicone inserts make it easy to grip and the nonstick finish never falters.
26. This rake to make the best leaf piles
If jumping into a big ol’ pile of leaves is your thing, you’re going to need a rake to gather them from the yard and get them into formation. We’re obsessed with the Truper Tru Tough rake in particular because it’s easy to maneuver, efficient, and works on every terrain we tested it on.
27. Fun puzzles to beat the boredom
There might be a little more time spent indoors this fall than others due to COVID-19. But that doesn’t have to mean boredom for you and your household. You can prepare yourself with all of the games and puzzles your heart desires. This puzzle maker has puzzles for every skill level, plus tons of fun themes.
28. This drink dispenser to make your favorite fall cocktails
One of my favorite things about fall is the drink variety. Apple cider. Sangria. Hot chocolate. With this drink dispenser, you can prepare all of these cocktails in a big batch (1.3 gallons) for your household. Whether they’re hot or cold, this can hold them both. Plus, reviewers love the look of the wooden stand and the fact that it’s easy to use and dishwasher safe.
29. A weighted blanket to bring you comfort
A weighted blanket is a must for everybody, in my opinion. Not only are they incredibly warm, but the weight puts a gentle pressure on your body to create a calming effect, which is much needed in 2020. Out of all the weighted blankets we tested, we love the Gravity blanket because the weight felt just right compared to others and it’s made of high-quality material that will last for a long time.
30. This carving kit to bring your Jack-o’-lanterns to life
Ah, pumpkin carving. One of fall’s most beloved (and messiest!) traditions. Once you’ve acquired a pumpkin, you’ll want proper tools to win the carving contest at home this year. This professional kit has everything you need and reviewers love how sturdy and easy-to-use the tools are. Did I mention it’s under $20, too?
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