When it’s chilly out, sometimes the last thing you want to do is step foot outdoors. But if your house doesn’t feel ready for winter, you may not feel that excited to stay indoors either! That’s why it’s so important to make your house as comfortable as possible in the colder months.

After all, you’ll probably be spending a lot more time at home, so it really does make a difference when you feel relaxed and comfortable. You don’t need to revamp your whole house either, as just a few small additions can make a dramatic difference. Here are four handy winter-friendly items that you won’t know how you did without.

House Slippers

Ever walked into someone’s house and been caught off guard when they offered you slippers? It’s a nice but inexpensive item that feels way more luxurious than its low price tag. Buying everyone in the household a pair of warm house slippers is a great way to keep warm, as well as spend winter days and nights at home in comfort.

After all, it’s hardly relaxing to wear clunky winter boots indoors! And walking around barefoot when your floorboards are cold isn’t anyone’s idea of comfortable. Winter days don’t need to be gloomy, especially when you get to have fun picking out slippers to match everyone’s taste and personality!

Heated Towel Rack

After washing the coldness of the day away in a warm (or steaming hot!) shower, getting out can be quite a challenge. Most of us try to get dried off as quickly as possible, in a vain attempt to not freeze again from the cold air or tiles. However, there’s another way! Invest in a heated towel rack. With a heated towel rack, you won’t have to worry anymore about the painful transition between showering and stepping outside.

Instead, you’ll have a warm towel to wrap yourself in, making winter that much easier to deal with. If you need any more excuses, they’re not just a pampering item, either. Heated towel racks don’t just heat your towel, they help to heat your whole bathroom as well. This can help you cut down on electricity costs, especially if you find an energy efficient option.

Heated Blanket

While we’re on the topic of heated goods, we shouldn’t forget to mention the humble heated blanket. So what are the benefits of this winter must-buy? Like heated towel racks, heated blankets can be a significant cost saver when it comes to electricity, if you choose an eco-friendly one. They will also save you the time, money, and discomfort of having to purchase and pile a whole stack of blankets on your bed. What’s more, they also help you to feel extra cozy as you sleep, as the warm air the blanket generates gets “trapped” under your duvet.

And for those of you wondering, “Aren’t heated blankets dangerous?” you’ll be happy to learn that the latest models are much safer than the ones of the past. Heated blankets now incorporate a transformer that lowers the voltage that’s circulated through the blanket. Just remember to turn it off before you head to bed!

Electric Smoker

If you’re looking to do some cooking for your loved ones on a cold winter’s day, an indoor electric smoker will do the trick. You may be surprised to see an electric smoker on this list, but when you think about it, there are few more comforting things in winter than a hot meal. Why not go a bit gourmet and treat the family or friends to a home cooked meal made with a smoker? Not only will it be sure to impress, but you can also use it all year round!

When you’re shopping for the perfect electric smoker, you’ll see that the range is quite large. Fortunately, the abundance of choices will mean you can find one that suits your needs and budget. Be sure to stock up on recipes – this is one purchase that will definitely not collect dust!