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5 home buys for a fiver to help you get snug this autumn

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Remember that time roughly 12 months ago, when everyone suddenly went bananas for ‘hygge’? Hint: it’s a Danish word that roughly summarises the pursuit of everyday happiness and wellbeing, achieved via small, cosy indulgences.

Hygge might not be such a big deal anymore (probably because most people have now rightly realised they don’t need a Danish word to justify their treat yo’ self tendencies), but there’s certainly no denying that a bit of glow is SO needed right now – as we roll into autumn and its undeniable crappiness, coldness and urges to be wrapped in a giant duvet ALL THE TIME.

So with this in mind, we’ve found five buys for £5 or under to help you beat the blusteriness outside, and bring a bit of warmth back into your life (and flatshare).

1. Snuggle city, population: you

…because it’s not really autumn until you’ve bought ANOTHER blanket, is it? Never mind the five you’ve already got on your bed (and yes, you *will *use them all at once) – you DESERVE the snuggliness. This fleecy beauty from Matalan comes in at £5, and features neutral grey and cream tones that will suit any sofa/bed/armchair/body. Oh, and it’s machine washable too. So no need to worry about those inevitable hot chocolate spills…

2. Get lit

In our flatshares, the only thing that’s getting ‘lit’ during these cold nights is candles – and frankly we couldn’t be happier about it all. There’s nothing quite like a good Netflix boxset and a gently flickering flame to get you feeling warm and toasty – especially ones that emit delicious autumnal scents. This bargain £4.50 Wax Lyrical tinned candle promises to release a “tangy orange fragrance with notes of sweet citrus lemon, mandarin and grapefruit” for as long as 16 hours. Who are we to argue with that fresh Mediterranean scent?

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3. What a mug


Yeah we know, *technically *the contents of the mug are what give it its cosy credentials. But there ain’t no luxurious Belgian hot chocolate without a suitable vessel to drink it from, so we choose this M&S stag-printed fine china mug. It’s got a generous capacity, an ergonomic handle, and it’s only a fiver. Fill it with your hot liquid of choice and cradle it like a warm, snuggly newborn baby.

4. Twinkle, twinkle


JUST LOOK AT THEM. Pretty, twinkly and enough to immediately conjure up the fuzzy, heart-warming nostalgia of the festive period… you can’t beat a good set of fairy lights – the best way to transform any space into a cosy grotto. These Tesco Direct ones are £4.99, include 20 lights and are on a flexible wire that’s great for wrapping, shaping, stuffing and stringing however you see fit. We like them stuffed in an empty mason or jam jar for #Pinterest points, but they’re equally as cute hung from picture rails, arranged on the dining table (for all those autumnal dinner parties, obvs), or wrapped around the stair banister.

5. Easy as pie

Is there ANYTHING more “hug for the stomach” than a gigantic plate of steamy homemade pie? The answer is NO. Unleash your inner Mary Berry with the help of this stylish enamel pie dish – an Amazon steal at £3.49. It’s big enough to make a 20cm pie, so your flatmates can happily get a slice of the action too. Just mind those soggy bottoms…

Of course, there shall be *no *cosiness this autumn without the perfect flat to get snug in. With over 80,000 rooms and flatmates on SpareRoom, there’s bound to be one that’s ‘hygge’ enough for you…