The Top 16 Products Dwell Readers Bought in December 2022

The Top 16 Products Dwell Readers Bought in December 2022

Whether it was an inspired present or a salve to help get through the season, here are December’s most popular buys.

From gear to brave nippy mornings or weather a winter bonfire, to apparatus to ease the cooking or ace the plating, and toys abound for human and non-human alike, Dwell readers bought gifts in December that work just as well for any occasion throughout the year.

Shared meals are just that sort of event that seems to crop up every now and then—and the Always Pan promises to come in handy.


Our Place Always Pan
Meet the cult-favorite, best-selling Always Pan. This do-it-all wonder is designed to replace 8 traditional pieces of cookware. Plus, it looks pretty good too.

If you chose one of their six colors to match with these butter keepers (or anything made by Sawyer Ceramics), it might not matter what you cook. You would look amazing doing it. 

Sawyer Ceramics French Ceramic Butter Keeper
Protect your butter. Here's an earthen, French-country way to keep your butter soft and spreadable. Originating in the late 1800s, this method involves adding water to the base of the keeper so that, coupled with anywhere from 1/2 a stick to a full stick of butter, it creates an airtight seal.

Poppy enough to catch the eye, but not enough to steal the stage, these vintage-inspired cake stands are peak photogenicity for potlucks and bakeoffs. 

Mosser Glass Cake Stand
This stand takes the cake. Throw the tea party of your dreams and bedeck this vintage-inspired stand with scallop-frosted cakes, sprinkle-covered cupcakes, and fruit-stuffed tarts.

A free tip when it comes to shared meals: don't be afraid to bring the hot take. This chili paste might just do the trick.

Fly By Jing Sichuan Chili Crisp
The first & only 100% all-natural Sichuan chili sauce, proudly crafted in Chengdu. It's hot, spicy, crispy, numbing and deliciously savory. Intensely flavorful yet not off-the-charts spicy, it’ll make your food taste bolder and the world around you seem a little bit brighter.

If that seems too risky, consider hedging your bets. Japanese snacks—especially if they're packaged as cutely as these—are ever the crowd-pleaser.

Bokksu Classic Gift Box - 3 Month
Gift a delicious & authentic experience from Japan. Bokksu delivers to your door the experience of tasting authentic Japanese snacks, candies, and teas sourced directly from centuries-old family makers.

Gone are the days when "join us for dinner" meant just that. Expect a group activity of some sort. While you could wait to see what lay in store... you could also bring something yourself. 

Reset the Table Conversation Cards
U.S. Women’s National Team members and World Cup champions Megan Rapinoe, Christen Press, Tobin Heath, and Meghan Klingenberg created re—inc, a purpose-driven lifestyle brand to boldly reimagine the status quo and champion equity, creativity, progress, and art.

Surprisingly underrated for a spell, puzzles are getting the recognition they have always deserved. These designer options by Dusen Dusen are a case in point. 

Areaware Pattern Puzzle
Dusen Dusen is known for their bold original textiles to both wear and live among. Each collection is developed and inspired by fine art, commercial and naïve design, as well as the brain's reaction to color, movement, and contrast.

If abstract geometry isn't your thing, consider this nostalgic puzzle of a vintage match collection.

Le Puzz Match Made in Heaven 500 Piece Puzzle
Match Made in Heaven is an arrangement of our huge collection of vintage matchbooks. We fell in love the colorful tips and the diverse range of graphic designs on the covers.

And if puzzles aren't your thing, paint-by-number kits promise the same engagement while encouraging calm of mind. This one looks good enough to keep on display when finished. 

Mindful Crafts: Geometric Paint-by-Number Kit
Craft your way to calm with this all-levels kit designed to help you unwind and tap into the present moment. Featuring eye-catching geometric designs by artist Marleigh Culver, this kit invites you to relax through the meditative process of painting by number.

If all else fails, you could just escape to the coziest hideout you can find. But there is a way to do that right. First thing first: find the perfect bag. Somehow both cute and outdoorsy, this one could be it. 

Bellroy Lite Duffel
A traditional duffel with a twist, this bag is rugged enough for adventure, but light enough to let you move like the wind.  ...

This portable whisk makes frothing lattes easy, adding variety to your caffeinated comfort.

Golde Superwhisk
Meet your latte's new best friend. Superwhisk is a USB-rechargeable whisk that instantly froths your favorite superfood lattes to perfection. Handheld and rechargeable, so it goes wherever you do....

After all that effort, what a shame it would be to let the coffee grow cold—or worse, lukewarm. With Ember Mug2, the countless cups of tepid caffeine are behind you. 

Ember Mug2
Never drink tepid coffee again. When you’re in the zone—crushing deadlines, annihilating inboxes—time can get away from you.

Drinking caffeine all day does not seem to be recommended. If you're one to switch to spirits come evening, these glasses will showcase amber-dyed models of real mountains as you unwind. 

Whiskey Peaks Pacific Northwest - Set of 4
Sippin’ on the rocks. While there's nothing quite like taking a swig from a beat-up flask at the top of a mountain, it's unrealistic to think we can experience that exact moment every Thursday at 7 pm. Thankfully, there's Whiskey Peaks to help channel that same energy with a more "Don Draper"...

Slippers are the ultimate in cozy. What if you didn't have to feel guilty to bringing that comfort outside? That's exactly what these boots let you do. 

Greys The Outdoor Slipper Boot
Sliding into a pair of Greys slippers gives you the same satisfying feeling as a nice, steep pour of bourbon after a long day.

Surprisingly overlooked when hiding out, your favorite towel is an essential. If you don't have one, these Japanese towels offer soft, terry-cloth magic. 

Morihata Claire Organic Cotton Japanese Bath Towels
Snuggle yourself dry. These towels are like a favorite baby blanket, all grown up. Handcrafted in Japan from both cotton and linen, they're as soft and cozy as you can imagine—smooth woven pattern on one side, lightweight terry cloth on the other, and quick drying.

Do not forget your cat! It deserves as much love, comfort, and indulgence as you do. At least one of these 24 assorted catnip toys ought to be a hit. 

HDP Grab Bag Assorted Catnip Cat Toys, 24 Count
Any cat will be delighted to open up the HDP Grab Bag Assorted Catnip Cat Toys. Filled with a whopping 24 toys in different shapes and styles, this bag will provide hours of fun and exercise for your playful cat.

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