7 “Smart” Gifts to Buy this Holiday Season for Your Home

It’s that time of year when we start thinking of amazing gift ideas for the special people in our lives.  Sometimes it can be hard to come up with new and useful gift ideas, so here are a few that you may not have even thought of. Best yet, you may actually want to pick up a few of these for yourself! They’ll make life at home a lot easier (and smarter.)

Smart Plugs

The smart plug can connect to your smart home Alexa or Google home device. They can be controlled with the app and even better can be voice activated. You can program simple commands like “turn on Christmas tree” or “turn off living room light” making life a little more simple.

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If you’re new to the world of smart technology, these are a great way to start. Most you can pair with any smart home hub, like an Alexa or a Google home. This can be a great gift for those who are a bit older, as minimal set up is required and takes away the hassle of having to get up, bend down, or do any kind of reaching!

Socket Outlet Shelf

Counter tops are prime real estate in kitchens and bathrooms. With all the devices that require some way to plug in, the socket outlet shelf allows you to have a place to charge and keep stuff out of the way.

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Perfect in the bathroom to charge your toothbrushes, but allow for additional plugs for hairdryers, a way to charge your phone, etc. Even in the kitchen you can plug multiple devices without cluttering up your counter. 

Nest Thermostat

Even though it’s been around for a few years, the Nest is still a very popular addition to your home.  Not only has it been known to reduce yearly heating and cooling costs, the convenience alone makes the Nest a winner.

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New design and new colors are available for the Nest Thermostat.

The Nest works with your other smart devices as well as can be controlled from your phone. Which allows you to control the Nest even when you’re away from home. Even better, they improved design helps the Nest add a very pleasing aesthetic. 


With the great toilet paper debacle of 2020, the bidet quickly became a popular purchase selling out in stores and online. Even though the bidet may seem a little funny, once you’ve tried one, you may never want to go back. Most bidets attach to your current toilet without any special plumbing required. 

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Source: Tushy Bidets

This bidet from Tushy is sleek, affordable, and comes in multiple style options so you can find the one that best fits your home’s aesthetic.

UV Sanitizer

While we are all taking extra precautions in regards to washing hands and disinfecting surfaces, probably one of the most overlooked devices, is right at our fingertips. Our cell phones, car keys, eye glasses, masks etc, may come in contact with a variety of surfaces and could be prone to pick up potentially harmful bacterias and viruses. Having a way to safely sanitize our most used belongings can help prevent us from getting sick especially as we head into peak cold and flu season.

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Source: PhoneSoap

PhoneSoap is a company that not only sells a UV sanitizer for your phone, but they also sell a larger version for tablets, toys, and other household items as well as an air purifier called AirSoap.

Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug

This is definitely one of those purchases that may seem excessive, until you actually get to use it. No more repeatedly heating up beverages and your beverage stays at your desired temperature until the last drop. Perfect for the stay at home parent, the person working from home, or even the person who just wants to stay at their desk at work.

Source: Amazon

Movie Projector

If you want to have the movie experience without going to the movies, a movie projector is a great addition to your home entertaining. Not only can you watch movies, but also hook it up to your streaming device to watch your favorite TV shows. Host an outdoor social distance movie, watch the big game to enjoy entertainment in a different yet exciting way. 

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Finding unique gifts may feel like a challenge, but all it takes is a little thinking outside the box. Getting someone something that may seem a bit quirky, but could be a life changer makes gift giving that much more fun. After all, bringing joy to the people we hold close is truly what the season of giving is all about. 

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Brooke has a lifestyle blog called Cribbs Style and currently lives in Charleston, SC. This wife, mom of two almost tweens, and mom of three fur children enjoys all things DIY and organizing. When she’s not helping others tackle the chaos of life, she’s either working out, at the beach, or just enjoying time with family and friends.

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