Depending on where you are around this time of year, it can get awfully cold. You’ll want to bundle up with all of those extra layers and hang out by the fireplace to keep warm, but did you know that there are also all sorts of awesome winter gadgets that you can use to keep nice and toasty too?
Better still, some of these gadgets are even more techie and can tap into your existing digital lifestyle to boot.
Grabber Heat Sox
Appropriately available from a place called the Warming Store, Grabber Heat Sox heated socks are exactly what you think they are. They may look like another pair of standard issue socks, but there’s actually a coil embedded by the toes is powered by single D battery. The socks themselves are made with knitted wool, nylon, spandex, and Dupont Thermolite and you get two temperature settings to suit your comfort level. Expect to pay about $25 per pair.
HotRox Electronic Hand Warmers
Have you ever wanted to have something nice and warm that you could conveniently carry around in your pocket? The HotRox electronic hand warmers could be just the thing. Shaped like a smooth river rock, the HotRox can be charged via USB, wall outlet or with the car charger, offering gentle heat (in three different settings) for up ot six hours at a time. It’s completely reusable and far more convenient than alternatives that need to be microwaved and only last a short amount of time. HotRox start at around $30 each.
Timberland Stretch Gloves with Touchscreen Technology
Even when you’re using the HotRox to keep your hands warm in your pockets, you’ll probably still want a good pair of gloves or mittens too. The problem is that most of the gloves on the market render your smartphone and tablet unusable. What’s great is that there are more touchscreen-compatible gloves than ever, like these Timberland Stretch Gloves. You get the trusted name of Timberland in a glove that’s perfect for your smartphone too. Pick up a pair for about $20.
Tooks Headphone Beanies
Just because you’re cold doesn’t mean that you have to give up on your technology. The touchscreen gloves mean that you can still use your smartphone and tablet, but what about the tunes? Trying to get comfortable with a conventional toque (“beanie”) and a set of earphones can be a hassle, so why not combine the two with a Headphone Beanie. Boasting “hats you can hear,” Tooks offers toques that have built-in headphones. This way, you can keep that music going and keep your head warm at the same time. Most styles are in the $25 to $30 range and come in a variety of colors.
ValueRays Heated Mouse
You’ve made it out of the cold and you’re sitting in front of your computer, either at home or at the office. But your hands are still freezing. You’d feel a little silly wearing your gloves indoors, but there has to be a way to keep those little fingers warm. One option is the ValueRays Heated Mouse. Here’s an optical mouse that also offers infrared red. It’s plug and play for easy installation and, when you don’t want a warm mouse anymore, you can hit the on/off switch on the USB cord. Pick one up for as low as $25.
Hot Rod Heated Travel Mug
Sometimes, a regular insulated travel mug just isn’t enough to keep that hot cocoa nice and hot. The Hot Rod Heated Travel Mug from ThinkGeek offers some great retro styling and it’s perfectly useful as a travel mug, but there’s also a 12V power plug for the car that will help to keep your coffee, tea, or whatever beverage as hot as you need it to be. There’s even an analog temperature gauge on the side for good measure! Drink up for $24.99.
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