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Fireside Essentials: 4 Must-Haves to Keep You Cozy

Even though it’s been ages since we were Girl Scouts, we still abide by the motto: Be prepared. With inclement winter weather on the horizon, now’s the time to stockpile essentials to keep you comfy and warm all season long. Even if your roaring fire is of the television variety, these items are guaranteed to lift your spirits.

Swanky Firestarters

All those random matchbooks you’ve picked up from bars and restaurants over the years? They’re great for nostalgia purposes. But for sophistication and utility, we’re fans of Jonathan Adler’s whimsical, extralong matches. Trust the home decor guru to give us yet another reason to covet a woodburning fireplace—for now we’ll have to stick to scented candles.

Winter Warmer

We’re still little kids at heart, which is why we firmly believe that hot cocoa is the quintessential mood-boosting drink. But all chocolate is not created equal. We’re swapping preservative-laden packets for Askinosie Chocolate® Single Origin Cocoa Powder. Made from unsweetened and ultrapure ingredients, the rich blend goes through a rigorous quality-assurance process before ever landing in your favorite “I Hate Mondays” coffee mug. If you’re feeling extra sinful, top off your concoction with Three Tarts Gourmet Marshmallows and maybe add a few Fatty Sunday Chocolate Covered Pretzels on the side. ‘Tis the season, after all.

Toasty Tootsies

No matter how many layers you have on or what the thermostat says, your feet are the first thing to feel the chill. This season, we’ll be warding off the icicle-toe syndrome with Happy Socks, a line of Swedish-made socks that come in a variety of fun patterns and colors.

Friendly Competition

Words With Friends is fun and all, but when a blizzard is on its way and the lights start to flicker, you’ll want to have a classic board game on hand. As professional wordsmiths, we’re particularly partial to Scrabble®, which is why we teamed up with gamemaker Hasbro to create a petite (a.k.a. travel-friendly) Scrabble® board. Designed for two players, the set comes in a sturdy craft box and features telltale Birchbox touches—ahem, please note the Pantone-approved color scheme.

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