There are many types of practical Christmas gifts you can buy for your friends and family. However, since it is cold during this time of year, what better gift to give than the gift of warmth? We’ve found that people really appreciate Christmas gifts to keep you warm. There’s a story behind how we got started giving warm gifts for Christmas:
Keeping Warm in the Cabin
During January of each year my family heads to Northern Minnesota to check on our lake cabin. The cabin is located about 30 miles north of Duluth, Minnesota, and is on a lake called Pequaywan Lake. When I was 12 my parents purchased the cabin from its original owner. She and her husband built the cabin in the mid 1920’s out of cedar logs they harvested from a nearby swamp. It was the first cabin built on the lake. Before we purchased the cabin the woman told us stories of how it was built, some of the memories she had from the cabin, and she told us how important the place was to her and her husband. They had no children or relatives to leave the cabin to and wanted to make sure it was well taken care of.
I am now 40 years old and the cabin has changed very little since my parents purchased it. It still has electricity but no running water. We use an outhouse for the toilet which is located outside of the cabin. The cabin walls have no insulation other than the chinking material that was pounded between the logs. The logs are placed together in a vertical upright pattern and in the dead of winter a cold chill penetrates the cabin walls easily.
We spend many days at the cabin in the spring, summer, and fall. In the winter months we take at least one cold weather trip to the cabin to make sure it is still in stable condition. It is not uncommon for us to arrive when it is 10 degrees below zero. We immediately light a match and start a fire to warm the place up. It takes many hours for the cabin to reach a temperature of 60 degrees. At night I usually stoke the fire full of wood but in early morning the fire has burned out and a cold chill comes across the room. On each of the beds we have either an electric blanket or electric heated mattress pad that comes in extremely handy.
Christmas Gifts that Keep You Warm
We started using electric blankets ourselves several years ago and since we have found that they make nice, warm gifts for friends and family. Electric bedding not only keeps you warm on a cold night but it also allows you to save hundreds of dollars on your electric bill. It costs just pennies to run the electric blanket or mattress pad each night and you can turn down the temperature in the house well over 10 degrees and still feel comfortable. We have gifted electric blankets to many of our family and friends and each of them really commented how much they appreciated the extra warmth in their beds. If you want to give a gift that will be used and remembered often, give gifts that keep you warm: electric blankets and heated mattress pads.
Guest post contributed by: The Carlson Family in Cold Minnesota