You can certainly count gift shopping among the list of holiday tasks to outsource, but it’s just more personal when you’re actually the one who does the shopping and the buying of gifts for your friends, family members, and loved ones. The Christmas shopping season is upon us, but it’s not just about all the good boys and girls who on your list; it’s about the grown-ups too.
I suppose that some of the items on this holiday gift guide could be purchased for the younger set, but they’re geared much more toward the people who want to live in a smarter home. We live in a highly technologically-advanced age and it only makes sense if our homes are just as smart and just as advanced.
Delta Touch2O.xt Smart Faucet
You’ve surely had the experience of having very dirty hands and needing to turn on the faucet, but you don’t want to leave yourself with the task of washing the sink faucet after you’re done cleaning whatever it is that you are cleaning. The Touch2O.xt Technology behind a series of Delta smart faucets are just the ticket. You can still use them like regular faucets, but the cool thing is that you can touch them anywhere and the water starts flowing. There’s even a hands-free option, not unlike what might find in a public restroom. Delta faucets can be found at such stores as Home Depot, Amazon, and Lowes.
Lockitron Smart Door Lock
Your smartphone is so much more than just a phone; it can act as a key to your front door too. The Lockitron keyless entry system is quite different in that it can work with your existing deadbolt system. It simply latches on from the inside and connects via Wi-Fi. You can then lock and unlock your door from the comfort of a smartphone app. The bad news is that it’s only available for pre-order at the moment with shipping expected for May 2013. Reserve one now for $179.
Nest Smart Thermostat
Do you want to give a gift to someone that keeps on giving? What if you could save them on utility costs month after month? The Nest smart thermostat learns your schedule and programs itself to suit your particular needs. You can also control it remotely from your cell phone. It doesn’t make sense to keep your house toasty when no one is home, so Nest dials that down during those periods of the day. The net result is a savings of up to 20% on your heating and cooling bills. Nest sells for $249.
Insteon Smartphone-Controlled LED Lightbulb
You may have seen some of those “smart home” solutions where you are able to control the lights with a smartphone app? That usually requires you to buy special hardware, but that’s not really the case with the Insteon LED bulb. It plugs into any light socket or lamp and then you can use the remote (or your compatible smartphone) to turn on, dim or turn off the light. There is no need for any plug-in modules or hardwired switches. Each smart bulb is $29.99.
Tassimo Smart Coffee Brewer
It’s the one with the barcode. That’s what makes Tassimo beverage brewers different from competing devices like those from Keurig or Nespresso, because the barcode allows the machine to know exactly what it’s making for you. This includes milk-based drinks like lattes, as well as other beverages like tea and hot chocolate. The Tassimo T45 shown here can provide you with a piping hot cappuccino in about two minutes.
Samsung Smart Refrigerator with Apps
You’ve got a smartphone, a smart TV, a smart coffee maker…why not get a smart refrigerator, too? For example, check out this Samsung smart fridge (RF4289HARS) that comes with an 8-inch LCD display, Wi-Fi connectivity, and a series of smart apps, including Pandora, Associated Press, and Epicurious. This is probably one of the most expensive items on your Christmas shopping list and it certainly won’t fit under the tree, but this $3,700 fridge is one impressive piece of technology.
iRobot Roomba 790 Vacuum Robot
Is there a special someone on your list of good boys and girls who avoids vacuuming like the plague? This is also one of the more expensive items on this holiday gift guide, but the iRobot Roomba 790 is remarkably useful and it’s one of their smartest robot vacuums to date. There’s a wireless command center, touchpad controls, and a special three-stage cleaning process that will vacuum carpets, hardwood, tile and linoleum floors automatically! Retail price is $700.
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