11 Unique Home Gifts
Brought to you by one of Hingham’s top Realtors, Alice Pierce with Coldwell Banker.
The art of gift giving is subjective, but when it comes to the trends within each holiday season, the numbers speak volumes. Adding items to your South Shore home has never been more varied or innovative than it is now. Between technology and artfulness, and in certain cases, combining the two, there are so many holiday gifts that we could not have imagined 20 years ago.
1) Smart Crockpot
Cooking is central to any home, and this is why, when selling real estate, the kitchen is a highlighted area. Belkin released their version of a “smart” crockpot in partnership with Jarden Consumer Solutions. is the first smartphone-controllable slow cooker on the market. Used with the WeMo iOS or Android smartphone app, you can adjust the crock pot’s settings from anywhere, get reminders, change the cooking time, adjust the temperature, use the timer, or check the status of your dish so you can come home to a perfectly cooked meal.
2) Refrigerator and Then Some
The Samsung “Family Hub” Refrigerator is outfitted with an outstanding number of features. For $3,800 at Best Buy, this fridge includes a large touchscreen for your household members to put in their schedules, leave notes for one another, order your groceries, listen to some music, or watch television. There are also three cameras on the inside, which will take a picture and email it to you every time you close the door. No more guessing if you need a quart of milk!
3) Sleep with a High IQ
The SleepNumber IT Bed will track your every move while you slumber. Aimed to improve our sleep quality (something we are failing at), the bed’s embedded sensors track heart rate, breathing and any movement. Then it delivers (via the SleepIQ app) suggestions for you about bed times, mattress firmness and overall sleep hygiene. It will also communicate with your FitBit and Nest Thermostats to customize your environment and sleeping patterns.
4) Moss Wall Garden
For $599 you can own a piece of Luludi Living Art from Astoria, NY. Delivered in frame, this preserved moss wall garden contains a variety of moss and hanging amaranthus to create a miniature landscape with textured, rolling hills in subtle shades of green. This is an unusual way to bring nature inside and keep it close all the time.
5) Phone Charger Keychain
The Merkury Innovations Charger becomes part of your keychain so that you never have to panic about your phone battery.
6) Fujifilm Mini Camera
This Polaroid-style camera seems to be a big hit with older kids. Take a photo and out pops the developed image.
7) The Aether Cone
The Aether Cone is a nicely designed speaker with wireless technology so you can easily connect to your favorite music app. Smart technology remembers what music you like, so when you turn it on, it automatically plays your favorite songs and the wireless system includes voice activation.
8) Clock with no Numbers
This is a high design timepiece priced around $3,900 that shows the time typographically using no hands, and no digits. The display combines the moment with the written word and turns it into a statement. For example, “It is half past seven.” Each close is made of wood and has high gloss pain in many different colors. There is a front panel attached by magnets so any changes can be made seamlessly. The special Creator’s Edition comes in brushed stainless steel, mat powder-coated stainless steel, or polished synthetic glass.
9) Keep the Cork In
The Coravin Wine System allows you to pour your wine without disturbing the cork. Why do this? So that your wine is preserved to enjoy on another day. There are 3 finishes to match your kitchen or style, and the Coravin Capsule technology uses argon gases to protect the remaining wine from oxidation.
10) The Smart Jump Rope
The classic jump rope has evolved much like everything else, and now comes “smart” thanks to Tangram. The Smart Rope is an LED-embedded jump rope that works with smartphones for an easy fitness experience.
11) Humidifiers Look Good
Humidifiers can help ease the dry winter months by adding much needed moisture to the air we breath and to our skin. This humidifier has a natural wood design and LED lighting. It also doubles as a diffuser for any essential oils.