Hosting a holiday party is a wonderful way to celebrate the season. You get to see all the people you love gather together in the comfort of your home. It’s no secret that being a holiday host requires a lot of preparation. Entertaining guests, however, can be as simple as putting the latest gadgets to use.
From wearable technology to smart home devices, these gadgets can take your home and your hosting to a whole new place. You’ll find technology that will make your home more comfortable and enhance the seasonal celebration. One of these must-have gadgets may even make the perfect gift for a loved one!
1. Get in the Right Mood: Helix Cuff
It’s easy to get stressed out hosting family and friends during the holidays. To avoid getting overwhelmed, it’s important to take a break. Helix Cuff wearable headphones make it easy to listen no matter where you are. The fashion-forward cuff stores Bluetooth earbuds that can be removed and in use within seconds. Need a break from prepping your holiday meal? Pull out your untangled wireless headphones and listen to your favorite holiday music. With the Helix Cuff’s noise reduction feature, you can tune out the distractions around you and simply relax. Superior quality sound will make your music sound better than ever before. Keep your cool as a holiday host and enjoy music instantly.
2. Play with Holiday Lighting: Philips Hue
Everyone looks forward to holiday lighting and with Philips Hue, you can create a custom experience in your home. Holidays hosts can choose from 16 million colors and paint their home with light. From orange and black to set a spooky Halloween to red and green to get in a festive Christmas spirit to silver or gold to help ring in the New Year, the possibilities are endless. Philips Hue transforms the ambiance of your home into a celebration. Using third party apps, like Hue Halloween, Hue Christmas or Hue Fireworks, you can sync the colorful lighting to holiday music or seasonal sound effects. Pair Philips Hue with Apple HomeKit, Amazon Alexa, or Google Home, and you turn on/off, dim the lights or get your desired color or scene with voice control. Philips Hue can help holiday hosts impress guests, create the right home ambiance and entertain in an eye-catching way.
3. Start with On Demand Brewing: Smarter Coffee
When you're unprepared for early rising guests or out of it first thing in the morning, Smarter Coffee will be your dream come true. The world’s first connected grind and brew machine enables you to remote brew fresh coffee from anywhere in the house. Hear your guests up and at it downstairs? Start making them coffee from the comfort of your bed. Brew for up to 12 people and adjust the coffee strength and flavor to what they’ll like best. Set a schedule and always wake up to freshly brewed coffee or start it from your phone when you’re in a pinch. Smarter Coffee is giving holiday hosts one less thing to worry about with its connected coffee maker.
4. Say Hello the Smart Way: Skybell
Getting things done while juggling family, friends, caterers, and all other kinds of services can be nearly impossible. Knowing when people will show up and making sure you’ll be there and at the door is a waiting game you don’t want to play. SkyBell is the smarter way to manage the unexpected arrivals at your doorstep. When a visitor rings your doorbell, you’ll get an alert and a live feed of who’s there. From your phone, you can see, hear, and speak to your visitor. Finishing up at the store when the in-laws get to your place? You’ll be able to see that they’re there and let them know when you’ll be back or where the spare key is. Day or night, you’ll know who is at your door even if they don’t ring the doorbell. SkyBell helps holidays hosts and homeowners secure their homes and welcome guests.
5. Breathe in Fresh Air: Airmega
While you likely spent hours cleaning your home to prepare for guests, did you think about cleaning the air? Mold, pet dander, allergens, and dust mites can all pollute the air you breathe. Airmega is an air purifier unlike any other. The connected purifier gives you real-time air quality reports and adapts its fan speed to the room’s air quality and lighting conditions. With Airmega’s app, you can see the current air quality in your home, check out outdoor air quality, and activate the air purifier remotely. Airmega can reduce cooking odors, remove pollutants, and improve sleep by warding off colds and allergies. Give your guests the gift of fresh air.
6. Use a Hands-Free Helper: Amazon Echo
The Amazon Echo voice control speaker is a holiday host's best friend. Ready to get the party started? There’s no need to fumble with speaker controls, Alexa can connect to Spotify, Pandora, or iHeartRADIO at your command. Run out of a holiday hosting essential at the last minute? Ask Alexa to re-order what you need. The list goes on and on. The holiday season is a great time to start taking advantage of the voice control technology that makes life more efficient. If you're looking for more options for other hands-free helpers, you may want to check out Google Home or Echo Dot. You may not have a butler, but these gadgets can help make the holidays much easier.
What’s your favorite thing about holiday parties? Have any tips and tricks on holiday hosting to share? Let us know in the comments below.
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