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Practical Gifts For The “Home-Body” in Your Life

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

We all have that person in our life who loves nothing more than coming home after a long day and  curling up in the warmth of their home, with their phone, lap top or tablet handy. For this kind of person, a night of streaming videos online or reading e-books on the couch is absolute heaven. I’ll admit, many days I am that very person! Yes, at times I can be a bit of a home-body… And I’m perfectly content with that!

So when I recently heard of a few new innovative products that can make this very experience even more comfortable, my interest was immediately peaked. I even received the Nest Learning Thermostat, which I am quickly learning to love. Check out 3 new products that are should be on your my wish-list this year, that will be sure to provide a comfy, cozy, “curl up on the couch” kind of Christmas!

Nest Thermostat

  • Nest Learning Thermostat: Is there anything more comforting than walking into a perfectly warmed home on a frosty winter evening? The Nest Learning Thermostat (3rd generation) makes this possible with no hassle and without having to heat your home all day. This is because Nest connects  to your existing home’s Wi-Fi network and can be accessed through the free app from iTunes or GooglePlay.

Nest Thermostat App for Home or Away

Thanks to the app you can manage your home’s temp from your smartphone, tablet or laptop, even when you’re miles away so you never  come home to a cold house. You can easily turn down the temp when traveling, or set it to warm up your home before you come home. Another cool feature is that  within a week, the Nest learning thermostat starts programming itself. It learns your habits and adjusts automatically, regulating your home’s temperature based on your schedule – which can save you energy and money. Nest also monitors your home’s heating and cooling systems and sends you alerts if there is any problems while you are away. The third generation Nest Learning Thermostat is available from Best Buy for $249.99 with free shipping.

Netgear Router

  • Netgear® Nighthawk™ DST Router and DST Adapter– it happens to me all the time. I get all comfy and cozy with my tablet, ready to stream the next season of my new favorite show and find out that my wireless router is either acting up or that there is a giant dead-spot right where I am sitting. And then what am I to do with the  gloriously relaxing evening that I had planned. Because of the number of wireless devices that are connected in the typical home (think about it… phones, tablets, wifi printers, computers, gaming devices, smart TV’s… The list goes on and on) most wireless routers just can’t keep up with the demand. This can cause  slow Wi-Fi, dropped calls, or experience “dead zones” – which could be improved upon with an “AC” router, Wi-Fi extenders and expert help.

This is why the Netgear Nighthawk DST AC1900 Wireless-AC Gigabit Router  is on my wish list! This high-performance router was built to support 10+ connected devices – you can also prioritize devices for streaming videos or music, and included advanced features for lag-free gaming. It also comes with one DST, or “Dead Spot Terminator,” adapter – to eliminate your Wi-Fi dead zones. My tech-savvy friends will be happy to know that this router boasts a dual core 16GHZ processor and provides 600-1300 Mbps. For less tech-savvy people (like myself) you will be happy to hear that if you buy this  this new high performance Wi-Fi router from Best Buy you will also receive free Geek Squad Set Up and Support via phone & web, for one full year. Available now from Best Buy for $299.99 with free shipping.

 

  • Sling TV– With a warm house and some awesome wifi, all I need is a valid excuse to cuddle up on the couch on a cold winter night. Sling TV is all the excuse I need! Sling TV is revolutionizing the way that you stream TV online. That is because with this service you can watch live and on demand TV from up to  65 popular channels such as ESPN, AMC, A&E, TNT, HGTV and more all for just $20 per month! There are no long-term contracts, no set-up fees and easy online cancellation so it is super user-friendly. Best Buy is even sweetening the deal by offering $50 off compatible device – available with 3 months of prepaid Sling TV service; this offer is available in Best Buy stores only, and not online; the $50 discount is given in the form of a Best Buy store coupon.

 

So if you or someone you know just wants to stay indoors when the weather outside is frightful (or really any time of year) be sure to check out one of these wish list items to give them the coziest Christmas ever!  

leanne

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