Autumn is the best season, period. Not only is it Virgo season, but there’s something so tantalizing about that first week when you switch from iced coffee to hot and dig out your cozy knit sweaters. Growing up in Texas and Southern California, I didn’t have a true appreciation for fall until I moved to the Northeast, but now I lie in wait each summer for leaves to change and farmers markets to start selling fresh apple cider donuts. While I’m sad to see Hot Vax Summer slip away into colder months with shorter days, I can’t deny the pure serotonin I get when I fulfill every Christian Girl Autumn stereotype (I’m talking hay-rides, pumpkin picking, and lazy morning hikes with plenty of crunchy leaves). I don’t care what you say, no one is too cool to fully enjoy this time of year. You just need the courage to admit it.
And once you do admit it, we gathered the kitchen and home items that’ll let you fully indulge in your love for this season, including drinks, candles, and more that pay homage to fall’s most famous drink. Read on for everything you need to fully enjoy cozy season with zero shame.
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Cozy Candles For Every Fall Mood
These scents from Otherland offer a warm and fuzzy feeling, but aren’t overpowering. I really enjoy the cardamom milk as a PSL scent alternative that still feels reminiscent of your favorite coffee shop, but doesn’t create an overwhelming plume of cinnamon and nutmeg. Sun Suede is also a great scent for basking in the shortening days and earlier sunsets.
A Caffeine-Free PSL Alternative
For those that want to indulge in their favorite autumn beverage but want the choice to take it without caffeine, Blume’s pumpkin spice blend has actual pumpkin in it and is keto friendly. If you’re like me and can’t fathom foregoing your caffeine boost, it tastes great with espresso.
A Perfectly Cozy (Not Pumpkin) Cake
This Apple Cider Doughnut Cake makes a great birthday cake for the Libra in your life, but we won’t judge you for grabbing one for your own personal enjoyment.
The Perfect Pot For Warm Stews
I’ve already extolled on how much I love Our Place’s Perfect Pot, but if you need another reason to jump on the bandwagon, I have one word for you: stews. This bad boy will whip up all your favorite autumnal soups and stews and more, keeping you warm and well fed.
A Much-Hyped Spoon Drop
You’re probably going to want to grab some nice wooden spoons to stir up your favorite fall dishes, and Great Jones just came out with their own set. Unfortunately the bundle with a sleek East Fork spoon rest already sold out, but you can still snag the spoons.
Fall-Inspired Allergy-Friendly Cookies
I love these seasonally appropriate cookies from Partake because they’re practically allergen-free. They don’t contain peanuts, soy, dairy, tree nuts, eggs, sesame, or gluten, so you can share them with just about anyone. And they actually taste like cookies, instead of flavorless hockey pucks that are associated with gluten and allergy-free snacks.
Another Soup and Stew MVP
If your fall plans involve lots of long, low-temp braises or making your own stock, this extra large lidded freezer tray makes it easy to store one-cup cubes of soup bases or stock. You could also use them to make giant ice cubes for extra-large cocktails.
A True PSL Candle Scent
If you want everything in your life to smell like your favorite fall drink, this soy candle from Grove Co definitely gets the job done. The glass design is beautiful and understated, and burning this candle for a few hours in my living room made my whole apartment smell like freshly baked pumpkin cookies and pie.
Some Delicious Honey To Brighten Up Shorter Days
It was only a matter of time before Brightland added artisanal honeys to their line of custom blended olive oils and vinegars. The Couplet set comes with two jars of raw and unfiltered honey. The lighter-tinted orange blossom honey is collected from family-run farms in California, while the amber wildflower honey from Kuai has hints of Hawaiian flowers from hibiscus, papaya, guava plants.
The Base Of All Your Fall Baking Treats
Fall for me is a season of baking (how else are you going to get through dozens of hand-picked apples), so it’s worth investing in high-quality spices. This Peni Miris Cinnamon has notes of honey, whiskey, and orange blossom that would lend plenty of complexity to your autumn-themed dishes and drinks.
Because Hot Pot > Other Fall Soups or Stews
Nothing says cozy season than enjoying a fiery hot meal that’s sure to clear out your sinuses. All you have to do is add one of the base pouches to a hot pot of water or stock, then add all the veggies and dipping proteins you’d like.
To Toast Summer’s Last Hurrah
Yes, the days are getting shorter, but I plan on drawing out summer until I find myself working outside with my laptop with a beanie and a down coat. To help me in my denial, Haus’ Strawberry Basil tastes like sunshine, lazy days in a park, and impromptu Summer Friday plans.
To Prepare for Cozier Cocktails
Hot Toddies are the ideal drink for when you want to enjoy a rooftop but the temps are just a little too cold to be completely comfortable. This insulated mug will keep your hot toddy nice and toasty and has a fully leakproof lid.
A Less Summery Hard Booch
Juneshine’s latest flavor is a twist on the classic cocktail, and it has activated charcoal and nutmeg for an ominous, winter is coming, vibe.
An Easy Pumpkin Spice Breakfast
If you’re the type of person who loves pumpkin spice season more than life itself, there are plenty of seasonal treats to choose from. Oats Overnight makes a version that's easy to enjoy breakfast or mid-day slump snack.
The Flavorful Base Of Mulled Cider or Wine
My favorite drink to enjoy in colder months is a steaming cup of mulled cider or wine. These spices from the Spice House are so easy: simply steep in some boiling water, strain and enjoy with your beverage of choice.
A Less Sugary PSL Option
Pumpkin flavored coffee and protein drink sound like two concepts that are the complete antithesis of one another, but the Maple Pumpkin Super Coffee delivers on its promises of tasting like the season’s most iconic drink and providing plenty of caffeine and protein without a ton of crash-inducing sugar. The bottled drinks are also the easiest version of a PSL to enjoy — I can pour mine over ice to enjoy at my desk.
The Latest Celebrity Alcohol Drop
Della Vite prosecco comes from the famed Delevingne sisters, it tastes surprisingly good. Orders will start shipping from Reserve Bar in October, so you can pre-order your own vegan and sustainably made bottle in time for fall gatherings or holiday parties.
For Cozy Nights In
For me, the onset of fall means my outdoor park picnics with friends will turn into game nights at my apartment or cozy weekends dedicated to streaming my favorite shows. This personal-sized version of W&P’s popcorn popper helps cut down on single-use packaging found on traditional microwave popcorn, and is ideal for a solo Netflix session, or even just a warm WFH snack.