Switch on the holidays
Get smart about your holiday decorations with the iDevices Outdoor Switch ($79). These heavy duty rain-tight dual-plug switches attach to a standard grounded extension cord or outlet so that you can use a smartphone app or Siri on an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch to control, monitor and schedule holiday lights to turn on from wherever you are. Works on a home Wi-Fi network and Apple HomeKit (sold separately).
Wrap and roll
Does the array wrinkled rolls of wrapping paper, bows and tags stuffed in your closet make you want to say, “Bah Humbug?” Get organized for seasonal gift giving with the Container Store’s Holiday Wrap & Tote Organizer ($15.99). The main compartment’s interior divider can be configured to fit rolls up to 40” long, and up to 24 rolls of wrap. A removable accordion divider allows you to customize compartments for tags, ribbons and bows, or store them in the lid pocket. The 3-way zippered lid allows easy access to contents.
Chef on demand
Forget spending hours in the kitchen cooking for your houseguests. Order up delicious chef-prepared meals from Munchery to satisfy all the picky palates visiting over the holidays with a menu featuring a variety of entrees, sides, salads, snacks and desserts, including vegetarian options and even Christmas dinner, complete with turkey, cranberry sauce, and all the trimmings. Order online or the app for on-demand or schedule meals that come delivered to your door chilled and ready to heat in minutes. Menu prices range from $3.95 to $13.95.
Warm up the holidays without spending a fortune heating your whole house with a costly fuel-burning furnace. Instead turn up the heat in just those rooms where you need it with the top-rated Vornado TAVH10 Vortex Heater ($139.99), featuring “Vortex Action” that circulates warm, gentle heat throughout an entire room and automatically adjusts to maintain a balanced room temperature. A remote control and timer along with two heat settings can be set to regulate power consumption between Low (750W) and High (1500W), or the unit can be set to a fan-only mode. For worry free use, the unit features a tip-over shut-off system and a 5-year guarantee. Available on Amazon or at national retailers.
Feeling overwhelmed about holiday decorating? Make life easier with one-stop shopping at Papyrusonline. Best known for their classy greeting cards, the fine stationary brand is also a great place to get wrapping paper and gift bags, ornaments and gifts like picture frames, candles, journals and novelty books. Many of the gifts are pre-wrapped for easy, stress-free gifting.