It’s Thanksgiving week and that means a very large dinner is on its way…followed by online holiday shopping!
Lately, I’ve been thinking about upgrading some of my kitchen electrics and other items.
While none of mine are OLD, gadgets have come a long way in the past 8 years since my husband and I got married and moved into our home.
As I’ve been hunting for great products and good deals, I’ve been keeping track so I could share them with you.
Several of these items are kitchen-related, while others are multi-room appropriate. There is seriously something for everyone on your list (even your teenager!).
1. Keurig: I have finally joined the 21st century and acquired a Keurig machine for our department office at school. I had no idea how fabulous these machines could be until I got one for myself! Coffee brews within seconds (SECONDS!!) and if you buy a variety pack of pods, you can have a different style of coffee each morning! What a concept! Now to convince my husband that we need one for our house…
- Enameled cast iron pot: This is a must for any at-home chef. If you know someone who likes to cook, but doesn’t have one of these, you just found the perfect holiday gift! We love to use ours for soups and stews once winter rolls around. They come in a variety of sizes, colors and price points (here is a less expensive one in blue, and the classic, more expensive brand in orange). If you need help deciding, shoot me an email.
- Wake-up light: This one is a total game-changer for having a better morning. When I tell people that I wake up to light instead of sound every morning, they usually follow up with a whole lot of questions. How does that work? Is it more effective? How did you hear about this?! The short answer is: it works with your circadian rhythm (google it), yes, and my sister.
I wrote a full review about my own wake-up light HERE as well as tips for having a better morning, but this is the latest addition of the wake-up light (which sounds so much nicer than an alarm clock!) and it’s a good deal cheaper too! THIS is the one I have and HERE is a less expensive option with fewer features.
- Pizza stone: We started a tradition a few years back that whenever it snows we make homemade pizza with the kiddos. They love adding the toppings! It’s really the perfect treat after playing out in the snow (or shoveling it!). We keep a few pizza trays and a pizza stone on hand just for this purpose. And this one comes with a cookbook for great recipes and ideas!
- Silver Spoon Cookbook: This is a classic and comprehensive Italian cookbook for anyone who is just starting out on their own. The book is categorized by course and includes menus from popular chefs like Mario Batali and Lidia Bastianich. It’s a popular gift for bridal showers and engagement parties.
- Roomba vacuum: This little “robot” vacuum has been such a time saver! You can schedule it to turn on at a certain time of day and it will vacuum all of your floors without you having to lift a finger. Plus it has a sensor so it won’t fall down the stairs! It is a little loud (as vacuums typically are) so we usually turn it on before we leave the house and let it run until the floors are done. The newest versions allow you to control it from your smartphone, so if you forget to turn it on, you can program it remotely!
- Trivet: This trivet is so pretty, it can double as a display piece in your kitchen! Great for hosts who love dinner parties, it adds a pretty detail to any tablescape–and it’s less than $13!
- Nest Learning Thermostat: This one is on my Christmas list this year! It’s a thermostat that automatically lowers the heat or air when you leave the house and can be controlled by your smart phone. The product description suggests that it can save you 10-15% off of your energy bill, meaning it will pay for itself in two years’ time. I’ve even heard that some homeowners’ insurances offer discounts to smart-home users. Apparently, it’s also easy to install. I’ll keep you posted!
- Vitamix blender: This one is an investment, but have you heard about the things this blender can do? Makes hot soup without a stove in under 10 minutes, makes ice cream in seconds, grind nuts into nut butter, kneads thick bread and pizza dough, and cleans itself in 30-60 seconds. Is there anything this machine can’t do?! This would make a perfect gift for people who either want to upgrade their blender or like to make homemade preservative-free food in less time.
Thanks for stopping by,