Fall feels like fresh starts and schoolbooks, football games and bonfires with friends. It smells like crisp apples and clean air and tastes like pumpkin pie with a hint of whipped cream sweetness.
New seasons are cause for celebration: They bring about welcome change, not only in the air, but also in us. As summer’s heavy heat begins to lift and our freckles fade, it’ll soon be time to trade in flip-flops for sneakers, beach towels for infinity scarves and sand-filled frolics for cozy nights in by the fire.
Whether you’re treating yourself or a loved one, here are eight gifts to help you welcome the fall season.
When the temperatures start to dip, what’s more comforting than the feeling of being wrapped up inside a soft, plush blanket? It serves up memories of childhood snuggles and pillow forts in the form of a big, toasty hug. Find a chunky knit blanket that will surely keep you warm–even on the chilliest of autumn nights.
There’s something so extremely charming about flipping through the pages of a good book while listening to the crackle of a fireplace on a cozy night in. Fall is just as perfect a time to reread an old favorite as it is to find fresh inspiration. If you’re looking for a new love story to give as a gift or read for yourself, Penguin Random House’s list of the best romance books to read this fall is a great place to start.
Featuring top notes of apple and cinnamon, mid notes of hay and clove and a base of vanilla and tonka bean, this hand-poured New Hampshire candle embodies everything worth loving about the fall. Whether you’re from the Granite State or not, this candle evokes memories of warm apple cider, cozy hayrides in cool sunshine and fresh air filled with vanilla sweetness.
You never forget the feeling of leaving the summer behind each year as you approached that big yellow bus on the first day of school. It’s a mix of butterflies and excitement, an overwhelming energy filled with anticipation. Thankfully, you don’t need to be headed to the classroom to enjoy a bit of school supply nostalgia this season. Classic Moleskine notebooks are way more chic than the ones you had in grade school and will certainly keep you organized while bringing you back to simpler times.
After a long day, nothing is more relaxing than switching into sweatpants, heating up a fresh cup of cocoa and kicking up your feet. Keep your toes toasty in an elevated yet affordable pair of cozy slipper socks from Fuzzy Babba. The pom-pom style is so fun to wear that it’ll make you wish you never had to put on real shoes again.
Bring the sweetness of apple cider, simmering coffee and just-baked donuts to your home with a fragrance oil that smells like a perfect autumn weekend spent with family and friends. Notes of cinnamon and clove make this Massachusetts fragrance oil the ideal balance of spicy and sweet. It’s a scent worth savoring all year long.
Ahhhh, what’s fall without the taste of a little pumpkin spice swirled around in cinnamon and nutmeg? Rumor has it, seasonal offerings from Dunkin’ Donuts are already being spotted in stores and the infamous Pumpkin Spice Latte, or PSL, is set to follow soon. Treat yourself or someone you love to the soothing warmth and syrupy sweet flavor of this seasonal classic.
If you really, really want to lean into the season, a perfect pair of pumpkin earrings will do just the trick. Tuck your hair back and let the crisp autumn air tickle your ears in these seasonal rose gold studs. They’re playful enough to make you smile, yet delicate enough to not seem like you’re screaming “I LOVE FALL!!!” from the mountain tops (even if you absolutely are on the inside).
Ready or not, fall’s a-coming. Give this colorful, romantic season the warm welcome it deserves with gifts that remind you of freshly fallen leaves, crisp air against your cheeks and the love of family and friends.
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