The Ten Best: Autumn Essentials

Pop on a poncho this autumn
Pop on a poncho this autumn
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Things to make life better and easier for you.

1 Children’s novelty gloves, £10, from Monsoon.

Each one of the fingers features a cute London image – including a Union Jack, red bus and a Buckingham Palace guard – so these gloves will keep their hands warm and put a smile on their face.

2 Pink bubbly lip balm, £3.49 from Selfridges.

Chapped lips are a real problem during the autumn months. Now you can soothe skin with a touch more luxury than usual. Available exclusively at Selfridges, this pocket-sized tin is perfect for those on the go.

3 Thermos Everday travel mug, £6.99, from

Commuters and gardeners should keep one of these beauties to hand at all times during the autumn months.

Pour in your favourite hot drink and it’ll stay hot for up to two hours.

4 Powerbase blower vac, £44.99, from Homebase.

Clearing up all those fallen leaves will be a doddle with one of these power tools in your garden shed.

Plug it in, point it at those pesky leaves and let the blower and storage bag do the hard work for you. It’s more expensive than a rake but will have the job done in a fraction of the time.

5 Boot-style slippers, £14, from Brantano.

Cosy September nights in front of the fire wouldn’t be complete without the perfect pair of slippers.

Shun shoe slippers in favour of a pair of fabric boots and you’ll stay toasty until the spring.

6 Ditsy print short wellies, £25, from Fat Face.

You don’t always want to be bothered by the hassle of pulling on a pair of full length wellington boots, which is what makes this pair a great alternative.

The attractive boots sit just above the ankle – perfect for coping with autumn showers.

7 Dove Men+Care moisturiser, £8.99, from Boots.

It turns out real men do use moisturiser – especially during autumn.

Cold weather plays havoc with the skin so men shouldn’t be afraid to slap on a good quality daily moisturising cream like this one from Dove.

8 Gold knitted poncho, £45, from Fifty Plus.

A poncho is the ultimate autumn/winter go-between. Warm enough when it’s a bit chilly but not as full-on as a winter coat.

This one features an attractive frill detail and comes in an autumnal shade of gold.

9 Ear muffs, £15, from M&S.

A key autumn accessory for those who can’t be bothered with a hat.

These furry muffs will keep your ears snug throughout the colder months and are perfect for fitness fans who still want to work up a sweat outdoors during autumn.

10 Cinamon buns shampoo, bubble bath and shower gel, £14, from Philosophy.

Treat yourself to a soak in the unmistakable autumnal scent of cinamon.