We all want our house to rise up to greet us! We want to walk into our house and feel like we are home not just in a temporary living arrangement. We also need our house to help us get things done and minimize stress. We are excited to share our must-haves for a home holiday gift guide. Our goal is to share products with you that help you feel like your house is a home but also help you get life done.
This year we have a big focus on smart home tech as you saw in our Tech you need in your life gift guide we posted earlier this week. I am all in for making our house tech-friendly and saving myself as much energy and time as possible. So here we go! These are the house items we think are the best of the year!
As an FYI some of these links are affiliate links. If you were to make a purchase through one, I would receive a small commission. Thanks for your support of our blog and helping us keep the blog going. Other links and products were sent to us for review or to test out before writing this post. As always all opinions expressed are my own. Trust me I don’t know anyone else who is going to geek out over smart tech like I have been this year. LOL! Poor John doesn’t know what has hit him.
Smart Home Tech
Now we have to talk about Smart Home-Tech! I am working really hard to make our house as smart as I can possibly make it. When I first started I wasn’t sure how often we would use the smart tech but I can honestly say that we use it daily if not hourly. I have a few more things on my tech wish list but we will get to that in a bit. LOL!
I LOVE our Google Home! When we first got one wasn’t sure that I would use it that often and it might just sit on the shelf. I find myself using it daily to listen to music, ask for the weather, what time it is, and so much more. We also ask Google to tell us as a joke which is so much fun. We now have these in almost every room.
Shark ION Robot Vacuum
You guys this Shark ION Robot Vacuum is honestly a life saver. Here’s the part that is so amazing to me….you can run it from your phone! YES!!! You can sit on the couch, in your comfy chair or in bed and schedule out the house to be vacuumed. How is this real life! All you have to do is empty the reservoir when it is done the vacuuming. That is it! Oh did I mention you can control it through Alexa! Heck yeah! You can voice control the vacuum! It has smart sensor navigation, self-cleaning brushes to capture long and short hair, woohoo cat hair is gone from the floor! Plus it has dual-brush edge cleaning to get in corners and edges. The vacuum battery will clean for over an hour at a time. This is truly a must have to save time, energy and get the house clean at the same time.
- Wi-Fi connectivity with optional cleaning and scheduling from your smartphone or with voice control through the Google Assistant or Shark® skill for Amazon Alexa.
- The easy-to-use mobile app allows consumers to program the robot from anywhere as it cleans, docks and recharges, automatically. To download the app, search “SharkClean” in the App Store.
- A self-cleaning brushroll with hair-detangling technology captures short and long hair, dust, dander, and allergens to prevent everyday buildup, making vacuuming with a Shark® easier than ever.
- Smart Sensor Navigation ensures the robot easily navigates floors and carpets while proximity sensors assess and adapt to surrounding obstacles.
- Dual spinning side brushes pull in debris from corners and edges.
Sonos Speaker w. Alexa
I love having music play in the house all the time. I have been so impressed with the sound quality from the Sonos Speaker with Alexa built in. We have it set up in the bedroom right now but I can honestly hear it throughout the entire house. The sound quality is absolutely amazing. Plus we can ask Alexa what time it is, when stores open, what the weather is and so much more. Check out our full review of the Sonos One.
The house we are living in has struggled to maintain a constant temperature since we moved in. We used to get super cold in the winter and crazy hot with the A/C icing over all summer. Enter in the Nest Thermostat and we have not had any issues since we set it up. I know a thermostat is probably not what you expected on a holiday gift guide but any homeowner will be so happy with a Nest Thermostat. Check out our full review of the Nest Thermostat.
Nest Smoke Detector
After setting up the Nest Thermostat and having such amazing customer service I had to order a Nest Smoke Detector. I love that it sends me alerts on my phone when it is testing the system and if it is going off. I feel better while traveling knowing that I will be alerted if the system is engaged.
Feit Light Bulbs
- IntelliBulb is a simply smart LED lighting solution ideal for renters, consumers who are hesitant to adopt smart home tech as it doesn’t require additional hardware or apps to integrate into their home, or just want a simple DIY solution, and comes in five different solutions that each solve a specific problem
- Dusk to Dawn
- Switch to Dim
- Color Choice
- Motion Activated
- Battery Backup
- LED Original Vintage Glass Curved Filament bulbs come with a curved design filament that fills the glass with a swirl, knot or loop, offering an impeccable design and unique, but traditional look. Perfect for decorative and accent uses, they come in seven distinctive designs.
- Clear Glass Color Filament Bulbs turn home lighting into lighting expression with a beautiful, colorful instant bright glow through a clear glass housing. Designed for indoor and outdoor installation, these bulbs have more than 18 years of life and come in a variety of attractive color LED filaments to match your personality, including red, blue, orange, green, pink, yellow and purple.
Ninja Intelli-Sense Kitchen System with Auto-Spiralizer
The Ninja Intelli-Sense Kitchen System with Auto-Spiralizer includes a 1200-Watt base with a Touchscreen Display, 72 oz. Total Crushing Pitcher, 24 oz. Single-Serve Blender Cup, 8-cup Precision Processor Bowl, Auto-Spiralizer, and 35-Recipe Inspiration Guide. Smart vessel recognition automatically recognizes which vessel is attached to the base and displays a menu of pre-set programs on the intuitive and easy-to-clean touchscreen. 12 smart pre-set programs combine a unique set of pulsing, pausing, and blending patterns to take the guesswork out of drink and meal making, simply by pressing a button.
- 12 Smart Programs: Chef-designed automatic recipe creations deliver optimal results every time. Precisely calibrated patterns of pulsing, pausing, and speed create everything from fresh salsa and pizza dough to margaritas and decadent ice creams—all it takes is a simple touch.
- Smart Vessel Recognition: Automatically adjusts speed, power, and torque for each attachment, and the touchscreen changes to display a unique menu of Smart Programs, enabling one Smart Base to become four high-performance appliances.
- Intuitive touchscreen: A sleek, flat screen responds to your touch and lets you select between vessel-specific Smart Programs and manual options.
- 1200-watt base with four interchangeable vessels, including a 72 oz. Total Crushing® Pitcher; a 24 oz. Single-Serve Blender Cup; a 64 oz. Precision Processor™ Bowl; and an Auto-Spiralizer
- All attachments are BPA free and dishwasher safe
Red Copper Brownie Bonanza Pan
The Red Copper Double-Coated Brownie Bonanza Pan is perfect for serving up delicious sweet treats and even appetizers. I really like that you can serve perfectly cut brownies right from the pan. No more stressing over family saying someone else got a bigger piece than they did.
Dish Fish Scrubber
The DishFish Dual scrubber sponge offers both powerful non-scratch scrubbing for the kitchen and “single-swipe” cleaning for counters and everyday spills. Clean glasses, pots, greasy pans, sinks and sensitive surfaces with this powerful, dual-action, scrubber sponge. The DishFish cuts through tough messes in warm water and even tougher messes in cold water.
ThermoServ’s Chef Collection
- Durable American Made melamine dinnerware is perfect for casual dining indoors and outdoors
- Commercial Grade Weight, Restaurant Quality
- 100% Melamine, No Fillers
- Scratch and Impact Resistant
- FDA Approved and BPA Free
- Dishwasher Friendly, Do Not Microwave
- Set includes 4 10.5” dinner plates, 4 9” salad plates, 4 12oz Coffee Mugs, and 4 10 oz Bowls.
Spice Island Spices
I recently decided to gut my entire spice drawer. I realized that I honestly had no idea when I had purchased a lot of the spices in our drawer. It felt so good to start fresh and know exactly when things were added. I placed small stickers on the bottom of each jar and write what month and year I purchased them.
These Spice Island Spices were the perfect addition to our spice cabinet. I love that they have an organic line of spices available!
Check out Spice Island Spices on Amazon.
MASTERPIX produces images directly on glass that are vibrant, exceptionally clear, and lifelike. The glass used in the product is Corning’s Gorilla® Glass. Not sure if you are familiar with Gorilla Glass, but it is used as the display glass on over 5 billion mobile devices around the globe, it is a very tough, scratch-resistant, stain-resistant, thin, easy-to-clean and durable glass that outlasts any other sort of glass you might find in similar photo products. The resulting images don’t need frames and can be mounted on the wall or free standing on a desk or table.
I am so completely over the top in love with our MASTERPIX bear photo. I ordered my favorite bear pic from our Alaska Cruise last year and it turned out so amazing. I now want to decorate my entire house in MASTERPIX Prints. It is so thin and the clarity is amazing. Plus you don’t have to put holes in the wall unless you want to.
Check out how to order your own MASTERPIX
Legrand in-Wall Power Kit
Do you have cords hanging from your television driving you nuts on a daily basis? We did and I was starting to get a bit angry every time I looked at them. I had a vision for how I wanted the living room to look and cords hanging down from the TV was not what I was going for. Enter in the Legrand In-Wall Power Kit which made hiding the cords a piece of cake! Check out our full Legrand In-Wall Power Kit Review.
Sanus TV Mount
Speaking of having your TV look amazing we love the SANUS TV mounts. They come in multiple sizes and types to fit your TV perfectly. I love that you can set them up in a fixed position, full motion or tilting depending on your room and where you TV is mounted. Our TV is about the fireplace so we set up a full motion mount to make it easier to move when we are relaxing on the couch. Check out our post on What you need to know to pick out a TV Wall Mount!
Jennifer Adams The LUX Collection Sheet Set
Can I admit that I made a giant mistake…I requested these amazing Jennifer Adams The LUX Collection Sheet Set in a queen size for our guest room since the sheets we had in there were looking a bit worn. When the sheets arrived at the house I realized I had made a huge mistake not requesting them for our own bed. You guys I may be sleeping in the guest room part of the week these sheets are so soft and amazing. I wanted to wrap myself up in them the moment I opened the package!
Visit the Jennifer Adams website and check out all of the gorgeous linens. I keep looking at them and trying to decide how many to get for our room.
Sleep Number PlushComfort Ultimate Pillow
The perfect pillow for anyone – three removable inserts provide individualized support and pillow height that can be adjusted as sleep needs change over time. The PlushComfort Ultimate pillow has a three-sided zip to easily change out inserts, and is great for all sleeping positions – 1-2 inserts for stomach sleepers and 2-3 inserts for back or side sleepers. Silky-soft and hypoallergenic, this down-alternative pillow offers microfiber fill to mimic the softness of premium down, combined with a smooth, brushed cotton cover for plush comfort and support. $47.99 with holiday discount available from Nov. 2 through Dec. 24.
Super comfy blanket and pillow set from Cracker Barrel
Yes, you read that right this amazing pillow and blanket set is from Cracker Barrel! The moment I put this set our on the couch Kitty Kitty claimed it as her own. It is pretty funny because little Bandit kitten loves it also and they actually sneak around each other to see who can get the most space on the blanket.
You can find this gorgeous set in stores at Cracker Barrel! I feel like this is the perfect reason to go out for breakfast and come home with a comfy blanket and pillow perfect for an afternoon nap!
Blueair Blue Pure 211+ and Blue Pure 411 air purifiers
I have horrible allergies that cause me to wake up most mornings with a headache. A few months ago we set up the Blueair Pure air purifiers and they have made such a difference with how I feel. I don’t wake up feeling congested and with a raging headache. We picked the bedroom one up a few days ago and realized just how much dust and cat hair it had collected. The cool thing is the blue cover is completely machine washable so I don’t have to stress about the cost. Check out our full review of the Blueair Blue Pure 211+ and Blue Pure 411 air purifiers!
We can’t talk about things we need in for the home without heading towards the garage and outdoor spaces.
We have been needing a new wheelbarrow for what feels like years. The one we had is so heavy that I hate using it which means that I put off doing yardwork for as long as I can. The Simply3 Wheelbarrow is so light yet durable I love it. I don’t feel like I am starting yard work with the daunting task of just using our old wheelbarrow. Plus it is the perfect size for cleaning up the yard, gardening and all the other tasks that come with owning a home. I also love that I can just hose it down to keep it clean.
Visit Simply3 website to learn more and order one!
Simply3 also makes an amazing lawn cart that can haul over 200 pounds! I can’t wait to use this to help move everything around this spring. It is easy to maneuver with its 13 inch plastic wheels. I have found it so easy to use and can’t wait for the weather to warm up so I can use it more often.
DynaTrap Bug Trap
I know you are thinking…Tammilee it is winter why would I be thinking about a bug trap right now? Here is the thing this is one of those products you want to pick up when you think about it so you are ready for the bugs when they start showing up. One thing I really like about having a DynaTrap is this trap works from the start of the bug life cycle. Over time you see a definite decrease in the number of bugs you are dealing with while enjoying the outdoors.
Otterbox Venture 45-Quart Cooler
We are fully madly deeply in love with the Otterbox Venture 45-Quart Cooler!!! I left drinks in the cooler and it was ice cold 5 days later. It is absolutely amazing! I am so in awe of how cold it gets our drinks. I feel like they are colder out of the cooler than they are from the fridge! Check out our full review of the Otterbox Venture 45-Quart Cooler
iHome Wi-Fi Outdoor SmartPlug
Do you dread thinking about having to go outside to unplug the holiday lights, deck lights, and holiday blow-ups? I know that I have more than once left them on all night long because the idea of going outside in the cold and snow was just not happening. Enter in the iHome Wi-Fi Outdoor SmartPlug! You can control your outdoor lights and electronics from anywhere with the app, Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant! If you realize you forgot to turn the lights off once you are in bed you can just ask your smart assistant to turn them off. I love this!!! Plus you can set schedules and timers to automate your outdoor lights. How perfect is this for the holidays!
THINKWARE TW-X550 Dash Cam –
- 2.19MP Sony Exmore CMOS Sensor with 140-degree viewing angle
- Super Night Vision and Time Lapse Recording for impressive performance in Parking Surveillance
- 2.7″ LCD Viewfinder allows easy video streaming and device configuration
- Includes Think ware 32GB UHS-I MicroSD card
Chamberlain Universal Garage Door Remote –
Versatile 2-button design is designed for in-vehicle use and reaches from greater distances; can operate up to two different brands of garage door openers by programming each garage door to a separate button
Features of the Mini Remote
- Modern and sleek in design, the Mini Remote is durable and allows control of two garage doors or home lighting through a safe and secure connection.
- The Mini Remote delivers convenience, safety, and simplicity to today’s on-the-go consumer, including motorcycle riders, homeowners, pet owners, and busy families.
- Keep the Mini Remote attached to kids’ backpacks so they can conveniently and safely enter the house when they come home from school.
- Available on Amazon
FlashPoint Candle started at the Nashville Farmers’ Market in 2011, introduced by designer Drea Groeschel. Within 12 months, FlashPoint Candle was shipping nationally and moved into a large facility where this international brand could thrive.
Today, FlashPoint Candle is known for their hand-poured, high-quality handmade candles — artful and well-crafted — each with a story.
Using handmade pottery from earthenware clay, every candle will come out different and can be repurposed once it has burned out. The candle is hand-poured, premium soy-blend wax, with collections ranging anywhere from two – 23 cotton, eco-friendly wicks. The price point varies from $26 – $379.
Here are some of the most popular collections:
- Saxon (9″ diameter and 6 wicks)
- Bennett (12″ diameter and 12 wicks)
- Hamilton (15″ diameter and 17 wicks)
- Beauregard (20″ diameter and 23 wicks)
TAMMILEE15 is good for 15% off entire orders plus free shipping. it expires November 2018.
Since it is the holidays we need to talk about how to decorate your house this holiday seasons and save time and effort!
Star Shower Holiday Slide Show
I am all in for this 2017 Star Shower Slide Show by BulbHead! This slideshow will set you up not only for Christmas but also for Halloween, Valentines Day, Easter, Celebration and more. There are 12 slides in the box that can be changed out depending on the holiday you are celebrating. What I love is you don’t have to worry about climbing up ladders or finding that half of your holiday lights are broken. All you have to do is plug it in and position it facing your house. Press the start button and you have a full holiday light celebration on the side of your house.
The beam covers over 32oo Square Feet of your house! You can set it up with a lawn stake or an indoor base depending on where you are setting it up. Oh yes, you can totally set up an indoor light show to surprise your family which is so much fun! Plus you can plug it into the iHome Wi-Fi Outdoor SmartPlug and run it straight from your phone! No dealing with ice, snow or cold weather!
Star Shower Winter Wonderland window projector system
The Star Shower Winter Wonderland window projector system is the perfect way to decorate for the holidays! It includes 6 Christmas movies and 6 Halloween movies! I love that you set it up inside and then the movies play on the window of your choice. You can set it up for vertical or horizontal windows easily. I can’t wait to set this up for Halloween next year. A little bit creepy a whole lot of fun! Plus for Christmas how can you go wrong with a video of Santa puppies playing in your window.