Get autumn ready: 10 buys to bookmark for the new season

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The crunch of the first fallen leaves under foot and the hint of cool and crisp weather on the way – it always feels like there's a little magic in the air at the change of season.

The promise of cosy evenings makes us want to turn our homes into snug havens and fill our wardrobes with comforting warm knits and cosy faux shearling.

We've already picked out 10 purchases we'll be making this season to make this autumn our cosiest ever.

10 of our top autumn buys

Specialist Synthetic Weighted Blanket | £80-£100 at John Lewis & Partners

We always sleep better once the temperature starts to drop. Snuggling down under a thick weighted blanket feels so cosy and comforting. This top-rated blanket sold out after it first launched in September 2019, plus numerous times throughout the following years.

Filled with glass beads and polyester wrapped inside a soft cotton cover, this blanket is available to buy in six different weights, from 2.5kg up to 11.5kg, all of which vary in price, John Lewis recommends customers buy a weighted blanket that is around 10% of their body weight, although it advises against pregnant people, those suffering from respiratory disorders and children under three years old using it.

Skandinavisk Hygge Scented Candle, 200g | £35 at John Lewis & Partners

Hygge is a Danish and Norwegian word that encompasses a mood of cosiness, well-being and contentment, which is exactly what the autumnal scent of this vegan-friendly candle promises to evoke. With notes of black tea and mint leaves, dried apples and a dusting of baked cinnamon, the scent is warming yet subtle. As one happy shopper writes in their review:

"This candle smells wonderful and really does evoke an aroma that makes you feel relaxed. We've been burning it on those dark, rainy days and it does seem to make our room feel nice and cosy with a lovely scent and flickering flame. The packaging oozes quality - the glass jar is solid and tactile and the wooden lid for snuffing is a lovely touch. Added to all this is a comfortable feeling that you are using a product that has been responsibly and ethically sourced using natural and organic ingredients. Now that gives a different sort of warm glow."

Faux fur slippers | £17.99 at H&M

When shopping for slippers we believe you can't go wrong if you stick to one one rule: the fluffier, the better. 

These soft faux fur slide-ons are perfect for the in-between season as the crossover straps and open toes will prevent your feet overheating. They have a slight platform, so your feet will feel comfortably cushioned as you pad from kitchen to sofa.

Vanilla Pumpkin Hand Cream, 30ml | £5.50 at The Body Shop

The Body Shop's signature hand cream now comes in a sweet autumnal scent. Enriched with vanilla extract, it smells like warm baked pumpkin with notes of caramel, maple syrup and almond milk. 

The fast-absorbing gel-cream formula is not greasy or sticky and promises to provide up to 48 hours of hydration.

Hunter Original Tall Wellington Boots | £115 from Hunter

Splashing through muddy puddles on a bracing autumnal walk is a childhood pleasure we'll never outgrow – especially when we can slip into a pair of royal-loved wellies to do so. 

A longtime favourite of the royals, Hunter has received two royal warrants from the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh for its handcrafted, high-quality designs. Princess Diana was a fan and now her two daughters-in-law Kate and Meghan are often seen sporting a pair.

Ambiano Soup Maker | £34.99 at Aldi

Once we start to feel an autumn chill in the air, we like to swap our lunchtime salads and sandwiches for hearty, homemade soups. This clever kitchen gadget takes all the fuss out of the prep as you simply dice the ingredients, chuck them in and it does the rest. 

Whether you like your soup smooth or chunky it has settings to create just the right consistency, as well as a reheat/keep warm mode. Plus, it has a 1.6 litre capacity so is great for batch cooking or feeding a family.

With nearly 200 reviews rating it an average 4.5 out of 5 stars, this budget buy has impressed shoppers, with one writing: "One year on, we are so pleased we made this purchase. Easy to make delicious + healthy + money-saving homemade soups."

Anyday Orion Hooded Lounge Dress, Charcoal | £35 at John Lewis & Partners

We hate packing away our summer clothes, but ever since we first spotted this hooded lounge dress we have been longing for a day cool enough for us to be cocooned inside it. This maxi dress is made from soft ecovero viscose fabric and features side pockets – a feature that is too often missing from women's clothing.

Chunky Woolly Cable Knit Throws | £55 at Etsy

Whether on the sofa or enjoying a cuppa outside, the warm envelopment of a chunky knit blanket is one of the joys of autumn.

Not only is it super cosy, but this trendy cable knit throw from Etsy is also sure to look super chic thrown over a sofa.

Lumie Sunrise Alarm | £39.99 at Amazon

While we love the nights drawing in, we're not so keen on the darker mornings, as they make getting out of bed more of a struggle.

But this clever gadget aims to help combat that problem. The Lumie Sunrise Alarm starts to slowly brighten 30 minutes before your alarm goes off to help wake you up naturally when it reaches its full brightness.

With more than 1,000 global reviews giving it an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars, customers are full of praise for how this budget design offers good value for money.

Dry: Soon 3-Tier Heated Airer | £144.99 at Lakeland

Another drawback of the autumn is that we can no longer dry our washing outside. Having our laundry hanging from every single radiator somewhat spoils the cosy aesthetic we want to create in our homes – which is why heated airers have surged in popularity in recent years, with many quickly selling out. 

If you've not yet invested, we recommend this clever space-saving design from Lakeland as it express-dries up to 15kg of laundry in between four and six hours, thanks to thermostatically-controlled bars. 

Plus, it can be folded to just 8cm deep to be stored in small areas and is more economical than a tumble dryer, as it costs less than 6p an hour to run. 

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