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Dazzle Your Holiday Guests With These Smart Home Trends

Whether to make holiday decorating and hosting easier, or to trick out your home with high-tech gadgets that will wow your guests, you'll love this collection of smart home trends.

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Create a Scene on Your Mantel With Twinkly

If you haven’t heard of Twinkly Lights yet, it’s time to jump on this smart home trend. The app-controlled lights are ideal for decorating during the holidays—especially your fabulous tree! We also love Twinkly’s Christmas garland that’s pre-lit with 55 red, green and blue LED lights. The green pine garland also features a Wi-Fi controller that allows you to change the light’s operation for a custom look. If you need a refresher, here’s how to decorate a Christmas tree.

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Automate Your Holiday Lights With a Smart Plug

The holidays can be stressful, so tap into smart home trends that can make it all a bit easier. For example, make controlling your outdoor holiday lights a breeze by plugging them into a smart plug, such as the BN-LINK smart Wi-Fi heavy-duty outdoor outlet. You can use it with your Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant to control all your outside decorations with just a tap or voice command. You can also schedule when your light display turns on and off.

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Light Up the Party With a Smart Strip

Hosting a holiday party this year? Take advantage of smart home trends like smart strips that peek beneath cabinets, frame entryways, decorate the mantel and more. We love the smart strips from Philips Hue. You can match any mood with 16 million color choices, including the colors of Christmas.

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Welcome Guests Remotely With a Smart Doorbell

From visitors to packages, there’s bound to be a lot of foot traffic at your front door this holiday season. That’s where a doorbell camera comes in handy. The Ring Video Doorbell Pro allows you to answer the door from anywhere and watch over your home in 1080HD video. Whether you’re at the store or have your hands full in the kitchen, you can talk to visitors right from your phone, informing them you’ll be home soon or you’ll be right there! For more options, check out the safest smart doorbells for your home.

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Let Family Access Your Home With a Smart Lock

Improved security is a big player when it comes to smart home trends, and even more so during the holidays. Enhance your entry system with the Ultraloq U-Bolt. It’s a unique smart lock that engages automatically as you leave and unlocks when you arrive, features anti-peep touch keypad technology, and even allows you to shake your phone to unlock your door. Plus, when you’re approaching your door with a handful of gifts or items for decorating or cooking, Ultraloq U-Bolt unlocks the door for you when you arrive with your smartphone in your pocket. It’s also ideal for family members and friends visiting during the holidays because you can assign temporary virtual codes. If you like these, then here are some more smart home devices you’ll love.

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Serve Up Cocktails With a Smart Scale

Rolling out that bar cart for guests this holiday season? Give your guests their most sensational sip yet without breaking a sweat. The Perfect Drink PRO Smart Scale ensures you make correctly proportioned drinks. Use the app to discover and create an extensive array of cocktail recipes. The scale ensures each drink is perfect because it precisely weighs each ingredient. If you like this, you’ve got to take a look at the best gifts for whiskey and beer lovers.

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Multitask In the Kitchen With a Sous Vide Circulator

Kitchen smart home trends can make whipping up a delicious meal much less stressful, especially when you’re hosting lots of friends and family. This Google Home-enabled sous vide circulator is the perfect kitchen appliance for hands-off cooking of vegetables, meat and more. It brings your food to just the right temperature every time. Keep track of the cooking process via its Bluetooth system and use Google Home voice commands to say things like, “Start my cooker” or “What is the current temperature?”

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Gain Peace of Mind With a Security Camera

With all the knocks on the door and packages being dropped off, ramping up your home security is a must. Consider the Canary Flex, an indoor/outdoor camera that offers 360-degree swivel, weatherproof capabilities, a powerful 1080 HD camera with night vision, AI-enabled person detection, plus Alexa and Google Assistant compatibility. Here’s more on getting started with home security cameras.

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Make the Perfect Pie With a Connected Kitchen Scale

Baking during the holidays can be hit or miss. If you’re experimenting with a new recipe involving the kids, or trying out family recipes for your first year of hosting, you could be in for major failure. Enter the Drop Scale. It measures your ingredients precisely, while the app features a lengthy display of recipes to guide you along each step.

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Get Dinner on the Table Faster with Thermomix

The latest smart appliance from Vorwerk is here to save you counter space and help you get that holiday dinner on the table faster. The multi-purpose kitchen appliance performs slow cooking for things like beef brisket, or high-temperature cooking for caramelizing sugar, with just the touch of a button. It can do everything from provide the right environment for fermentation for homemade yogurt to sous vide cooking for meats and veggies. We think it’s the best do-it-all kitchen device for making delicious food from scratch that will wow your guests while saving you countless hours cooking and cleaning up.

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Clean Up with a Robot Vacuum

With all the hustle and bustle of the holidays, your floors are bound to get dirty. Give yourself one less thing to worry about cleaning up by investing in a robot vacuum.

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Alexa Erickson
Alexa is an experienced lifestyle and news writer, currently working with Reader's Digest, Shape Magazine and various other publications. She loves writing about her travels, health, wellness, home decor, food and drink, fashion, beauty and scientific news. Follow her traveling adventures on Instagram: @living_by_lex, send her a message: [email protected] and check out her website:

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