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Winter Essential Kit

Lucky for us winter wonderlands aren’t only for Christmas, but the entire season! So for Blogmas Day 10, I thought we’d focus on everything you need to keep this season a holly jolly one:

Get Cozy

Wood Wicked Candles

Courtesy of All the Stories

Let’s face it: fireplaces in Florida are rare, but a fireplace in a college student’s apartment is even rarer. Wood-wicked candles make it easy to pretend you’re snuggled up by a fire. And the best part: you can get them in all different scents! You can even get them with a campfire scent if you’re really committed to a make-shift fireplace. You can pretty much find them at any department store, just be careful if you choose to walk past the Christmas section at Target because you might walk out with a whole cart! Or, if you’re looking for a night in with friends, you can even make your own candles with kits from Wooden Wick– they even plant a tree for every $100 you spend! 

Fuzzy…

Fuzzy socks, fuzzy blankets, fuzzy throw pillows, you name it; if it’s fuzzy, you want it for this winter season! Okay, so maybe Tallahassee winters aren’t that bad, but when you’re from South Florida, where the coldest it gets is when it drops to 75 because of the sea breeze, you might appreciate the extra warmth. You can even get Seminole ones!

Hygge

Now that I’ve touched a little bit on how to get cozy, feel free to dive into the depths of hygge. Hygge, the Danish art of coziness, is the perfect thing to get you in the holiday spirit. There’s plenty of hygge books you can read curled up by your “fireplace,” but my favorite is The Little Book of HyggeDon’t forget to grab a warm drink when you curl up to read it!  

Get Outdoors

Go See Lights

Nothing screams holidays like lights and I have a whole article on them! In won’t go too much in-depth, since I’ve already touched on my favorite Christmas tradition, but looking at lights is the perfect activity for a date night or even just a night out with friends. So grab some hot cocoa and hang up some strands!

Winter Markets

Okay, so an outdoor winter market is something that has been on my winter bucket list for a while now. Unfortunately, they’re not a huge thing in Florida, but who knows maybe I’ll be able to visit one on my trip to Canada! If you do, however, happen to leave close to one it’s the perfect way to get in the winter spirit! 

Ugly Christmas Sweater

Ugly Christmas Sweaters are a necessity for all holiday parties. Of course, there’s plenty of Florida State sweaters out there that are a little questionable, but if you’re really committed to getting the ugliest sweater, just get a gator one! If you’re feeling really dapper you can even get an ugly Christmas suit.

Get Giving

Volunteer

Courtesy of Anna Earl

‘Tis the season to give back. There are plenty of ways you can give back.No matter what your interest is, there is something for everyone. One of my favorite ways is working with animal rescue. For instance, by participating in my sorority’s,Delta Nu Zeta, Reindeer Run we raised money for our local shelter, Companion Animal Rescue Endeavor. Around the holidays there are tons of volunteer events you can find to get involved with, just do a quick google search or check on social media! If you can’t make it to any events, focus on small acts of kindness: pay for the person behind you at your favorite cafe, leave a cute note in a library book, or even just smile at strangers. Everything little thing makes a difference!

Use a Reusable Coffee Cup 

During the holiday season, it can be easy to forget about staying sustainable. One easy way you can stay sustainable is by using a reusable coffee cup when you’re treating yourself to a warm drink. By bringing your own reusable coffee cup to your favorite coffee shops, some places will even offer a discount! If you’re feeling green, here are more sustainable switches you can make!

Ticket Home

The holidays are all about spending time with loved ones, so don’t forget to head home for a part of it. Even if you can’t be with all of your loved ones, give them a call or send a hand-written note. They’ll appreciate the thought.

I hope this helps make your winter merry and bright! Let me know in the comments what’s essential in your winter kit!

***This article originally appeared in Her Campus FSU

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