Gift Guide 2020: Soft, Warm, and Comfy!

Happy holiday shopping season, everyone! I have reports (I try not to leave the house overmuch) that Jesus is indeed back on the end cap at Costco, that light up and inflatable everything are available, and I know for sure my neighbors are wrapping every available surface in every possible light string. One house has Halloween lights in gold, brown, and orange on the front walk, followed by Christmas sparklers on all the windows and doors, then some blue and white (Hi fives, Hanukkah colors!) wrapped over the porch.



In the house.

This year, I thought about not doing gift guides, since putting additional stress on retail employees or shipping personnel seemed uncool. But with shops around me struggling, especially now that our local capacities and gatherings are restricted further, and with folks trying to bring on the cheer from an appropriate social distance, the team here at SBTB HQ have come up with a few sets of suggestions.

First: think local, and think gift cards.

I’ve been doing a lot of sewing this year, and I’ve placed a few orders at fabric shops in different parts of the US and from stores nearby. In both cases, the shipping took awhile, and I know for the holidays, shipping will be even more pokey.

So it might be a great idea to look around for local stores you want to support, and give gift cards to be spent in the new year.  Once we’re into December and shipping is extra-more-whoa, I’ll be doing a whole Gift Guide post about shops to support via gift cards and gift certificates, so watch for that!

Other options: COMFY AF.

This has been the year of Heinous Eyebrows and Comfy Pants (and if you’ve been listening to the podcast, you know I haven’t had my hair cut since February, when it was a very short pixie cut, and now it’s growing out wavy and curly – TAF?! – so it’s also been a year of WHAT is my HAIR DOING?)

Keep everyone around you in the comfiest pants well into 2021. Here are some of our favorites:

Amanda: I’m obsessed  with my Old Navy joggers!

I have these in the Dorian gray (LOLOLOLOL) but I’m tempted to buy the rest of the colors. POCKETS!

Old navy grey joggers with deep pockets modeled by a person wearing really cute pink sneakers
Old Navy Joggers – $30

Elyse:  Rich is a big fan of these ones from Jockey.

Jockey straight leg sweatpants for men in light grey
Jockey Fleece Pants, $40

Sarah: I bought two pair of these sweatpants because they were ~$20 each. I now live in them and ordered two more pair because I felt crummy when my faves were in the laundry.

Women's Joggers with Deep Pocketsi n Dark Grey
Women’s Joggers, $16-25

The pockets are really, really accommodating to my big honking phone, and I’ve been wearing them constantly since March with very few signs of wear. (I bought another pair of joggers elsewhere in March and they were falling apart and had holes all over by late June. ARGH.) I pretty much live in these pants now.

I also had to upgrade my slippers after a summer in flipflops or going barefoot left me with really upset tendons and some hella heel pain. My neighbor has the same plantar pain I do, and she recommended Spenco slippers. They make orthotic inserts, but also make slide slippers and they’re pricey but WOW do my legs and feet appreciate them.

Spenco canvas slide with rubber sole and cork insole for arch support
Spenco cork foot bed slippers, $85

One of my other neighbors has slippers like these and they’re toasty warm, have a very solid sole, and are extremely soft:

UBFEN Quilted lugg sole slippers lined with fluffy fabric
UBFEN Winter Sole Slippers, $34

These are the slippers of choice of all three human dudes in my house:

Hanes grey cloth memory foam moccasin slippers
Hanes Memory Foam Moccasin Slippers, $30

And we have a number of blankets now that it’s getting colder out – everyone has a favorite!

Amanda: My roommate still has this electric blankets on the reading chair and we all love it. Especially Linus:

Electric Heated Micro Mink/Sherpa Throw
Electric Heated Micro Mink/Sherpa Throw, $45

Sarah:: We also have one like this that’s fuzzy faux fur on one side and fleece on the other:

Connecticut Home Company Faux Fur Throw in light pink on a white leather chair
Faux Fur Throw Blanket, $25

We’ll be back next Wednesday with more ideas for holiday giving! What’s on your gifting list this year? 

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  1. 1
    Rebecca says:

    Following this week’s twobossydames gift guide, I bought my mom and I hot water bottles for this winter. I also bought my mom a scarf you can heat up in the microwave from a local etsy artist. It also has lavandar in it. The best cozy thing I ever bought, however, was a heated bean bag with a washable cover at one of our local holiday craft fairs last year. I should have bought my mom one there as well last year.

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    Alexandra says:

    I received a weighted blanket last year, throw size, and I love it!!! But, if you’re going to give one, they definitely should have a cover. Most things I’ve seen say to hand wash only and it can be really hard to figure out a way to dry them in the winter.

    My parents are huge fans of the Eddie Bauer shearling slippers, we don’t have to replace them every year, but definitely will need to this year.

    Also, I am always very pro old navy recs because they have y’all sizes!!! This is also the third time I’ve seen those old navy joggers recommended in the last week so I know what I’m getting for Christmas Eve pajamas.

    And, it could just be bc I’m seeing inside a lot more people’s homes with Zoom lessons, but it looks like A LOT of people are going all out with decorations this year. Probably 25-33% of my students said their Christmas decorations went up Halloween weekend, I have a group of girls that apparently zooms every afternoon to craft paper decorations, and my next door app has been abuzz with people saying this weekend is a GREAT time to put up Christmas lights. It’s nice!

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    Batman says:

    I feel your pain (literally) but am glad to know I’m not the only one who has quarantine plantar fasciitis from being barefoot since March. I bought myself some Ortofeet orthotic slippers and they are the nicest thing I’ve ever done for myself.

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    SB Sarah says:

    @Batman – it’s awful, isn’t it? Every time I put my superpowered slippers on my feet and legs relax. Agreed, nicest thing I’ve done for myself, too!

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    Rae A says:

    Courtesy of child care being on the Belks card (free belks money and things paid off courtesy of dependent care savings account!), I had $80 to spend and bought a fleece af weighted blanket. This was immediately stolen by first one child (adhd and remote learning suck, y’all) then the other and has led to many great night’s sleep…to the annoyance of my husband’s occasional insomnia wanting it for his giant lovesac pouf middle of the night relocations.

    Please consider this a vote for such things, and usually holiday times have them on sale all over.

    Add that to our discovery of MeUndies loungewear pants and we are Uber comfy here. 😉

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    Starling says:

    I vote for fleece-lined leggings in addition to the joggers. I bought Old Navy’s CozeCore leggings about three weeks ago and have (as of today) now ordered my third pair, because I live in a drafty old house in the mid-Atlantic and they have short people sizes.

    I also recommend the Comfy, which is essentially a giant sherpa blanket stitched into the general form of a hoodie. My husband laughingly calls it the Marshmallow, but it’s GLORIOUS and fairly inexpensive and makes a great cozy gift for everyone this year.

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    Carrie G says:

    @Batman, I’ve been so pleased with shoes from Orthofeet. I bought my first pair while working retail (8 hours standing on concrete) after having foot surgery. They are great and I get compliments on them. I bought sandals this past summer, and just recently replaced my walking shoes. I have to spend a lot of money on my shoes anyway, so the Orthofeet brand was about the same price, fit much better, and look great. I’ll put the slipper on my list for next time!

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    EC Spurlock says:

    At the risk of bring off topic – for those looking to make something cozy and feel cozy while doing it, I highly recommend Bernat’s Baby Blanket yarn.–300g-10.5-oz-/161104.html?dwvar_161104_color=Baby%20Blue#prefn1=brand&prefv1=Bernat&start=10
    Y’all, this yarn. It is huge, chunky and thick and oh so velvety. They recommend working it in big loopy stitches with a big-ass hook or needles and it works up SO FAST as a result. And it comes in a huge assortment of lovely colors and ombres. I made a hooded scarf from it for my BFF when she was going through chemo and she adored it, it was so soft and warm she wore it all the time. Now using the remainder of the skein to crochet a bunting for my cousin’s new baby. One hours worth of double-crochet and I’m already at 12 inches long. Makes quick work of gift scarves, hats or, y’know, blankets.

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    EC Spurlock says:

    BEING off topic. Sheesh, you can tell how tired I am…

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