Frost, snow and ice are lurking around the corner, ready to pounce at any moment. To help you through the frozen wasteland of winter, take a look at our heartwarming guide to heat products you may not ever need.
15. Mug warmer
If you receive one of these as a gift for Christmas – Secret Santa or otherwise – rest assured you’ve sunk to new depths in the social standing stakes. This is the gift nobody actually needs or wants. Instead of using up the world’s valuable resources to keep a cup of stewing builders lukewarm right next to you on your desk, why not just drink it while it’s hot? Absolutely no gadget needed.
14. Mouse cosy
If you have your own rodents then this USB mouse warmer would make the perfect nest. Plug it in and let the little blighters snuggle in to its cosy warmth. If you don’t, you can of course use it at work, plugged into your computer. If you work in sub-zero temperatures and need a mouse cosy, that is. Check for sticky presents first if it has previously been used as a rodent hostel.
13. Heated cape
Cape! You can’t help but conjure up images of caped crusaders with superpowers. Don this heated cape and let your imagination run riot. Sweep it across your face and make like Batman. Take a leap off the sofa, fist raised, and fly like Superman. Avoid the glass coffee table and don’t forget your pants.
12. Personal desk heater
A desktop-heater will stave off chills at work and ensure you are performing to the best of your ability in perfect environmental conditions. If you have an annoying colleague who insists on turning the air con to Arctic or throwing open the window for ‘a breath of fresh air’, sit back and blow them away with this mini heater.
11. Ice scraper
No longer will an old CD case do the job, or even a cheap but perfectly designed plastic and rubber car scraper tool. Nooooo way. Stand there in the ice and snow waiting for your gadget to heat up while your hands freeze off. Would it not be better to heat the handle to keep frostbite at bay? Driving is so much easier if both of your hands are still attached to your body.
10. Car seat
Sticking with the car theme, we can certainly see the attraction of a heated seat cover as there’s nothing worse than a freezing backside while you’re trying to concentrate on driving. If a luxury vehicle with built-in heated seats is out of budget, why not convert yours by using a flexible seat cover fitted over the top of your car seat with a sliver of elastic, plugged into the fag lighter? The shame of not having heated seats is banished!
9. Remote control insoles
Now then. If you are rudely forced to venture out in the frozen season by something inconvenient, such as work, console yourself with a pair of remote controlled heated insoles. The wireless technology means you can turn up the heat at the touch of a button, just like magic. And when the heat wears off, it’s time to come inside for a warming nip and recharge your batteries. Literally.
8. Zippo hand warmer
This is a stylish device as these things go, it warms you up and makes you look cool by being associated with the iconic Zippo brand. Now that people no longer smoke as much, a handy use for the Zippo design is as a hand warmer. But fear not, this slim device uses catalytic technology to burn without a flame, keeping you safe and warm. Ideal for those who pretend to like being outdoors!
7. Beardy headwarmer
C’mon girls, you know you want one! Okay, you probably don’t, but think of the hilarity on Christmas morning as your fella opens his beautifully knitted beardy-beanie headwarmer present. You might even persuade granny to join in the fun and try it on after a few festive sherries. Hours of japery.
6. Slanket with heated pockets
An amazing feat of technology that will save the earth by reducing heating bills? Or attire of the uber-slob? You decide, but here’s a clue: unless anyone has a serious medical need for a heated slanket, on no account be seen near one. The only redeeming feature is that you can stuff one of its heated pockets full of fried egg sarnies and the other with a cuppa and it’ll stay warm all day. Negating the need to ever shift off the sofa.
5. Heated cat igloo
Here at eBay we rate our pets’ comfort highly. And there is no creature more discerning than the cat. While the fussy feline may briefly toy with the idea of cosying up in the folds of your steamy slanket, it would never actually be seen dead in it. So make your pet’s day by buying him or her a heated cat igloo. You’re unlikely to see Tiddles again until at least April.
4. Toasty toilet seat
Yes! No list of heating devices would be complete without a heated toilet seat. The ultimate in luxury, there’s nothing worse than plonking down on a cold clammy seat when the need arises. Make it a pleasure by pre-heating your throne – not only that, consider installing one with a built-in light to avoid any bathroom accidents.
3. Electric foot warmer bootee
An electric bootee in super-stylish faux sheepskin? Everyone should have one. And not just for those moments when 'flu strikes and you can’t possibly do any more than shuffle onto the sofa and plug in your heated bootee. The bliss! If you have someone around the house, put on your best ‘ill voice’ and demand Lemsip and emergency biscuits to help keep you alive.
2. Touchscreen gloves
Gloves. Once upon a time a plain and simple knitted pair (by granny or purchased off the market) sufficed to battle the winter cold. But technology has stepped in and now we need – nay, must have – touchscreen-compatible gloves. With conductive fibres at the fingertips you need never remove your gloves again.
1. Teeny desktop heater-fridge
We think this teensy desk oven-fridge has earned the number-one spot as it serves two purposes in one fun design. Emergency meeting? No problem, just pop your cuppa into the gadget and shut the door. Hey presto, your life-sustaining beverage will still be hot on your return. Chocolate bar melting on your desk? Switch your gadget to cooling mode and pop it in the mini-fridge. Chilled to perfection. How have we lived without this? Amazeballs.