If you’re dreading to go to work in the morning because of the cold or shivering in front of the computer while reading this… you need some solutions for getting warm. Beside from alcoholic drinks in large quantities, that is. Which we don’t advocate.
And since being warm is something basic, it shouldn’t cost a lot, which is why all these 10 products cost less than $30. I don’t need to mention they’re just about perfect Christmas presents, do I?
On the street
1. The Micro Handy Warmer Cell Phone Strap is more phone charm than hand warmer, but it can be used if you’re freezing, even though it’s tiny. However, its size makes it great for children (and you can bet they’ll be in awe at the way a liquid turns into a hot solid).
2. If you’re going to be away, don’t let your significant other or kids feel cold and lonely. The Sweet Talking Bear can record and playback a short message and warm up the night with its microwaveable interior bag.
3. Remember what mum said when you were young? Always wear socks and slippers. For many people, these is a must, and not just because they might catch a cold; for many of us, (literally) cold feet means freezing all over. A pair of Cozy Feet Microwavable Foot Warmers could solve the problem, at least for a while. If you can get used to the idea that something that was on your feet will be in the same place as food.
4. The USB Heating Slippers, on the other hand, don’t raise this problem. They’re perfect for the job… as long as you’re stationary. They come with a system that allows them to be detached from the USB port and worn around, but clumsy people should avoid them nonetheless. Good for long computer work nights.
5. But it’s not all about computers and we don’t have USB ports all over the house. The Snuggie offers a low-tech and very smart heating method: the good ol’ blanket, in a new shape. It could be described as a blanket with sleeves or a huge house robe, but the bottom line is the same: you’ll be warm and still be able to use your hands.
In the office
6. Hand freezing on mouse is a terribly unpleasant sensation, but it’s usually unavoidable in cold or drafty rooms. Unless you do something about it, that is. The first solution is an USB Heating Mousepad, which warms up the area around it like a tiny heater and defrosts your hand in the process.
7. The second gadget for the problem has a similar name, USB Warming Mouse Pad, but a very distinctive look: a blue shark that “bites” down on the mouse – hand included. It seems to heat better and it’s more fun, but it can also impede movement, so it’s your call which of the two seems better.
8. If you don’t feel like changing your mousepad, there’s still a way to keep your hands warm: USB Heating Gloves. They’re fingerless, to keep typing as easy as possible, but also come with a cover for the fingers for more effective heating during breaks.
9. An USB Heated Shawl might sound like a silly idea at first, but that means you’ve never worked with people who like the keep the window open in winter (or you’re one of them). You’re at your computer anyway, so why not take advantage of it and power your heat source? It might make you look a bit like grandma, but you’ll be so warm you won’t care.
10. Finally, for those who stare at the screen more hours than it’s comfortable: USB Eye Warmer. If for you resting your eyes involves heat, you’re the perfect cadidate for this. A little rest on lunch break and you’ll be ready to finish that important project without a headache.