During the holidays, we always think of buying gifts for our family and friends. (Let's be honest, here: How badly does Uncle Ned really need that knitted beer coozie?) In the buying frenzy of the holiday season, we often overlook the one recipient who could always use a new gadget or handy-dandy device:
Our own beloved home.
From killer sound systems to eerily accurate thermostats, our homes deserve to look, feel, and sound their best. The third-generation Nest Thermostat is a quick learner: Over the course of a week, it learns your preferences and adjusts your home's temperature to your habits. Sound a little Big Brother? Well, perhaps. But it'll also save you big bucks in utilities—up to 15 percent!—in the first year.
Trouble keeping track of which key goes in which door? We're loving the new keyless entries popping up all over the place. Eliminate the need for keys and gain more control over who's got access to your home with an electronic lock, like these from Kwikset. What's especially cool is the guest code feature, which allows guests temporary access with a deletable code. (Adios, Uncle Ned.)
Finally, our homes should sound as good as they look. The smart speaker system from Sonos tunes each room's speaker according to the acoustics, plays multiple streams of music depending on the area of the house, and allows you full control over the entire system right on your smartphone. Bach in the bathroom and Ke$ha in the kitchen: What could be better? (...Or worse?)
So remember your home this year and give the gift that benefits not only your lifestyle, but your resale value, too. Happy holidays and happy New Year from the entire Mod Boulder team!