Get Fancy With These Splurgy Holiday Gifts
Among our top-10 favorite home splurges: An award-winning hi-tech measuring device, the portable smart speaker we’ve all been waiting for and a super fancy (and warm) toilet seat. Read on!
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The holidays are a great excuse to spoil the ones we love with luxury gifts (and, let's be honest, sometimes ourselves). Among our top-10 favorite home splurges: An award-winning hi-tech measuring device, the portable smart speaker we've all been waiting for and a super fancy (and warm) toilet seat. Read on!
A heated seat, built-in deodorizer and LED nightlight are just the beginning. The Omigo smart toilet seat also turns your toilet into a bidet with remote-controlled options including temperature, pressure, spray width and oscillation. The finale? A warm air drier. Now that's the kind of luxury gift we can get behind.
Omigo is available for $540 (or $50 per month).
For the DIYer who has everything: Cubit, a CES innovation award product, smart point-and-click Bluetooth-enabled laser measurement tool that eliminates the need to do all that complicated project-related math. This smart helper also imports images into its Plott App for an Augmented Reality visual of your project, as well as turn-by-turn directions for installing every last nail and screw.
This high-design Saarinen side table is a classic, quality investment piece for new and longtime homeowners alike that easily fits within all kinds of decor. It's most recognizable in standard white laminate, but you can get it with alternative tops including ebonized walnut, chrome and Carrara marble.
Saarinen 16-inch side tables start at $685.
The Robot Bartender is a sure hit for the consummate party host or gadget geek on your list. Position the shaker, order a cocktail via the Barsys app and watch as it auto-mixes with the pre-loaded liquors and mixers. Quite the conversation piece.
If the DIYer on your list appreciates quality and loves a good project, have we got the gift for you. Sjobergs Elite 1500 Workbench Plus Cabinet Combo is 286 pounds of thick European beech featuring a sweet pair of smooth, movable vises and plenty of closed storage. It comes disassembled—built it together!
The new Sonos Move is angling for the title of best portable speaker on the market by offering all the top options in one portable 6.6-lb. package. Topping the list: It doubles as a hands-free smart assistant (compatible with Google or Alexa), and its built-in Bluetooth connection picks up where Wi-Fi leaves off to deliver high-quality sound for a full 10 hours, when fully charged.
The Move is also weather- and shock-resistant, charges wirelessly within its own sleek little charging ring and, of course, connects to other Sonos speakers. And the winner is....
Bridge the seasons for your favorite avid gardener or chef with the AeroGarden Farm Plus indoor gardening system, including grow lights that can help herbs, greens and flowers reach their full potential about five times faster than outside. Keep track of stats such as current water level and light hours on the garden's touchscreen, app or your Amazon Echo-enabled device. Think: "Alexa, turn my kitchen garden off."
The main reason serious coffee drinkers will shell out a couple thousand dollars for the JURA E8 coffee machine? It brews a wide range of truly amazing coffee drinks, with no highly trained barista necessary. Just touch a button, and a flat white, macchiato or other coffeehouse favorite becomes beautiful, tasty reality (thanks to extraction optimization, advances in filtering, integrated maintenance and other fancy coffee-specific technologies).
Surely you'll want to add on the JURA Smart Connect adapter, which allows the user to control the machine from a Bluetooth-enabled smartphone or tablet. It's the gift of many a morning—and odd after-dinner dessert and conversation session—made.
File this under Why Didn't Someone Think This Up Sooner: A roomy drawer microwave, that makes for easy loading, with a hidden easy-access control panel that tucks neatly away when not in use. Even cooler? It features a built-in sensor for touchless opening—just wave, and voila. Treat yourself!
It's the decorative neon lighting of the new millennium: Customizable artwork and a smart lighting system in one. The recipient of this gift can mount these Smart Lighting Panels in any design, adjust them to any of 16 million colors, then program them, with app or smart speaker, to change, pulse or react to sound.