With schools opting for home-based learning, companies opting not to return to the office, and vacation spots no longer offering stays, fall is very different this year. But like anything, you can make the most of your time with a positive and creative outlook. And sometimes, that means positive and creative purchases.
After all, we’ve each experienced the refreshing excitement that comes with a new package arriving.
Just as we did for the summer, we searched high and low and found items for the fall that can make this upcoming season so much easier (and way more fun). We found everything from hand rakes that are useful in your yard to a multi-style poncho that converts into a scarf—all on Amazon for under $60. These are the clever gadgets that you never knew you needed until using them for the first time. They’ll make this fall so much less stressful and all the more enjoyable.
Below, shop 10 life-changing items that can instantly improve your fall.
Sometimes it’s not necessary to get the rake out, especially when you’ve got a small job on your hands like removing weeds or picking up dead plants from the garden. The GardenHome hand rakes are built to be the reliable tool you need for those smaller to-do list items. Shoppers say they’re simple to use and make all the difference when trees and bushes start shedding in the fall. Plus, they’re fun. Who wouldn’t want to use a pair of claws while gardening?
It’s tough to find a reliable fire pit under $100, and even trickier for under $60. But Amazon shoppers sing the Kingso pit’s praises in reviews—of which there’s nearly 3,000. According to reviewers, this affordable fire pit is perfect for fall bonfires and can last for years. Better yet: They say it’s a breeze to put together. Now, who’s ready for backyard marshmallows and hot dogs?
If you’re sick of the smoky smell that candles leave once they’re blown out, this candle warmer was designed for folks like you. It’s a fragrance warmer that can melt scented waxes safely all day long, minus the smoke. But if you’re a fan of the classics, the warmer can also work with those as well thanks to its two-in-one design that also warms jarred candles. The fragrance warmer comes in 11 unique designs that look like they were sent over from a local pottery shop. It’s a great aesthetic booster for any room in the house.
For slow drinkers, or coffee fans who like to keep their cup of Joe super hot, the Mr. Coffee mug warmer is the perfect accessory, especially for your work-from-home space. It’s a handy tool that keeps coffee mugs warm with the simple flick of a button. It’s so popular that nearly 15,000 people have given it an average 4.2-star rating.
A set of toasty flannel sheets is necessary for chilly nights, and the Eddie Bauer collection is top-of-the-line. These sheets come in 21 patterns, ranging from classic plaids to printed polar bear, that will bring fall to your bedroom in seconds. They’re great for keeping on hand for movie nights, guest visits, and extended family stays.
It’s not fall if your collection of cozy blankets isn’t pulled out into the living room (and office, and every other spot in the house…) and you can keep them organized with this oversized basket. The adorable rope-knit design resembles the kind of cute accessory you’d see in a cabin in the woods, but this one comes without the hectic travel—or large bill. Along with holding your throws, the large design makes this basket a store-anything kind of item. It’d be great for organizing toys, as well as spare bedding.
If you’ve ever used a coffee mug to heat up soup, you likely have tried (and failed) to remove the broth stain the meal left behind. But the convenience of having a handle to eat soup is unparalleled. Instead of risking your favorite mugs, you can shop an Amazon favorite. The $16 soup mug6 soup mug is designed to safely heat your meal in the microwave without risking getting burned pulling it out. The cool-to-touch and ergonomic handle will be your new best friend, as will all the soup recipes you’ll be using.
There are always cold spots throughout a house or apartment, and now that we’re all spending more time home, investing in a space heater is a good idea. Especially since this one costs just $26. The Lasko heater has three power settings and a temperature nozzle you can shift to your liking. It’s great for home offices and living rooms, and shoppers say it’s quiet enough to not pose a distraction.
Why choose between a sweater, cardigan, or scarf when you can have all three? The Bruceriver wool poncho wrap can transform into whatever you need in seconds thanks to its unique and versatile design. It’s built to be worn again and again in whatever way you desire. The six cool color options are perfect for changing weather and transitioning closets because they can match the leaves just as well as your favorite pair of jeans. The poncho is great to keep around your desk during the work day, especially if you get chilly at the office.