Note – This article is part of a series of Thought for Your Penny holiday gift guides. Products featured have been provided by PR and marketing agencies for the brands. No affiliate links are included in this article – links are provided to the manufacturer’s website so you can learn more about each product to decide for yourself.
The holiday season is upon us, and everyone’s rushing to find the perfect gift for everyone on their gift list. We contacted brands around the world to find the best products available on the market in 2018. Here’s what they sent.
These are the perfect gifts for the homemaker, cook, or couch potato in your life:
Simplehuman lives up to its name with this sleek, stylish trash can covered with nano-silver particles that prevent microbes. The liners are exceptionally strong, and both motion sensors and voice-activated functionality will have you feeling like you traveled back in time when you throw something away at anyone else’s house.
Showering can be a jarring experience if you’re not prepared for it. When you’re rushing to get ready, the small comforts matter, so if you know someone who deserves a smile in his or her life, you can’t go wrong with Moen’s Velocity Rainshower Head.
Dearfoams are the most comfortable slippers on the market, thanks to its cushioned memory foam. These buffalo plaid slippers for the entire family are the absolute most adorable thing I’ve ever seen. Get a pair for everyone in the family to enjoy throughout the holiday season.
Smart Home Assistants
Smart home digital assistants are getting smarter and more useful. No longer are you stuck with the generic Google Home or Amazon Echo speakers. Third party electronics manufacturers are delivering high-end smart assistant devices for the holiday season.
Lenovo’s Smart Display features Google Assistant and can be connected to your Google Home account. Once online, it displays YouTube Videos, makes video calls, and connects to your smarthome devices. It also has a sleek bamboo finish on the 10-inch display. This is the best Google Home smart device on the market moving into 2019.
Meanwhile, the Harmon/Kardon Allure is an Alexa-enabled smart speaker with far-field voice recognition and a full, 360-degree sound to fill any room with quality music or movie audio. Connect to your Fire TV and Amazon Alexa account to feel like your Echo was pumped with performance-enhancing drugs.
Bob’s Red Mill is the premier brand of non-GMO, whole-grain flours, oats, and cereals. Whether you love or hate gluten, Bob’s Red Mill has the prefect dry mix for all of your holiday baking needs. Once you’ve tasted the difference, you’ll never go back to generic.
A great grilling experience starts with a great grill, and IG has you covered with this gorgeous, stainless steel charcoal grill. It’s engineered for even heating, easy cleanup, and portability to make your next barbecue the best one anyone’s ever had. Pick this up for the party host in your household.
Having been in business for over a decade, the ecobee makes a great smart thermostat. The ecobee4 comes with Amazon Alexa Voice built-in, so it’s also a smart assistant and comes with a room sensor. Optimize your home’s climate and automate things using Amazon’s smarthome platform.
SoundCore’s Infini 2.1 channel soundbar has 100W output and enhanced bass for its small size. Use bluetooth or wired connections and easily switch between movies and music for the best sound. It’s a great gift for the Netflix or gaming-obsessed person on your list.
Air quality gets worse in bigger cities, but did you know it also gets worse indoors? Even with the best ventilation, you still only have physical HEPA and charcoal filters at best. Add an Airfree air purifier to the mix to eliminate dust mites, bacteria, fungi, pollen, viruses, allergens, and other microorganism using thermodynamic technology. Great gift for the autistic among us.
When cleaning or hanging out around the house, it’s nice to have music. Unfortunately sometimes we live in close quarters, so you can’t always get the full effect of music indoors. These Bluetooth 4.1 headphones from Phiaton offer 30 hours of playtime and you can even pair multiple devices to share your playlist.
Some of us have perfectly good appliances, so it’s hard to justify the expense of an upgrade to the latest smart home tech. BOND has you covered with device that’ll connect your ceiling fan to your Wi-Fi and smart assistant. The development team is working on functionality for garage doors, motorized shades, and window AC units.
Smoking is serious business, and that’s why when we got the Rec Tec Bull in, it was necessary to bring it to a barbecue expert in sunny Sierra Vista, AZ. After putting together the competition cart and smoker, we put this Wi-Fi-enabled smoker through its paces with a brisket and both pork and beef ribs. It’s not just pretty – it’s the best smoker we’ve seen so far.
Working from home, a laptop is an indispensable tool for staying productive anywhere you go. Of course, it’s much easier to work at a desk, which is why Levo created this sleek, lightweight mobile workstation that can be adjusted for laptops, tablets, even books and sheet music.
Real, natural wood is not just beautiful – it’s also strong and antimicrobial. This 13-inch cheese tray set from PicniKing is made from 100-percent teak wood. Impress everyone at your holiday gatherings with a touch of class from PicniKing.
While the Nest Learning Thermostat is cool, its digital look may not appeal to everyone. This is why Nest released the Thermostat E, which resembles a more traditional polycarbonate thermostat with the same connectivity to Nest Temperature Sensors, the Nest app, and Google Home.
The maker of your favorite all-in-one pressure cooker also has a Sous Vide device. The Accu Slim gives you even more cooking versatility over an Instant Pot pressure cooker. With the two you in your kitchen, you can look like a chef in even the smallest of apartment kitchens.
The biggest drawback to smart laundry machines was no matter how many bells and whistles manufacturers packed in, you still had to be there to do the laundry. Whirlpool makes this a problem of the past with this 2.8-cubic-foot all-in-one washer and dryer. Load your clothes, set it with the touchscreen, and control it remotely through the Whirlpool app to ensure you come home to fresh, wrinkle-free laundry.