The holidays are here, and we need them more than ever
It’s been a different kind of year, but there will still be a holiday season in 2020. In fact, the season of giving takes on more meaning. We all need to give ourselves a break and our loved ones something nice. In that spirit, we’ll still do a gift guide this year, but there will be some uniquely 2020 items on it.
We’ve binged just about everything we could think of this year, so we need help finding some hidden gems. The voice remote will help you search, and the Google TV will offer suggestions if you ask. The Chromecast plugs right into the back of your existing TV and makes it easy to stream any service from a Chrome browser tab or streaming service onto your big screen. That’s great considering most of our entertainment is at home these days.
It’s basically an adult swaddle, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. The sleep pod uses deep touch pressure therapy to make the wearer feel comfortable without overheating or feeling the heaviness of a weighted blanket. It even has an escape hatch for a leg if you’re one of those people who regulates temperature by sticking one foot out of the covers. Run by a husband and wife team of a mechanical engineer and psychology master’s degree holder, Hug Sleep will show you how to snuggle.
Your feet could use a hug too. “The world’s lightest fully cushioned running shoe” is up to the task. The patented CloudTec cushions give you a soft landing then shift instantly to propel you off the ground in your next stride. A variety of soles designed for different surfaces make sure that no matter where you train you can do so light on your feet, half in the clouds and half planted firmly on the ground.
We’ve been our own bartenders during the pandemic, and some of us have gotten a little heavy-handed. This home mixing machine dispenses spirits, water, mixers, and carbonation in your glass, blending them as it goes. It’s programmed to make many different cocktails to specifications with just the right amount of each ingredient. Drinkworks also partners with Loop Industries, a leader in sustainable plastic innovation, and its factory is powered with 100% renewable energy.
Promising vaccine news is making us itch for a return to worldwide travel. This travel dreaming tool helps families plan their next round or rounds of adventures and matches them with a travel advisor to make it all come true. You can explore destinations with maps, videos, and other helpful information about the place. When you’ve narrowed it down to a few places, you can rate individual experiences by thumbs up, thumbs down or neutral. Roam around the world and build your wish list.
You might need a pair of noise cancelling headphones to get some work done while the kids are in the background. These babies create an oasis of personal space at the touch of a button. The audio quality is rich even when you’re away from your Bluetooth device, with a roaming distance of more than 300 feet. When the kids or anything else really do demand your attention, you can easily switch over to open listening mode without removing the headset.
For that special someone who’s been working from the couch for most of the year and who needs to embrace the home office, this lightweight desk doesn’t take up too much room, but it can handle all your work from home needs. Its impressive range can go as high as 50” or low enough that you can sit on the floor. Sustainably sourced from bamboo forests and treated with water-based polyurethane, it’s flexible and durable. Remote work is here to stay. Might as well get comfortable.
It’s a pressure cooker. It’s an air fryer. It steams, slow cooks, and bakes. It has everything you need for cooking at home much more often. And you can do it guilt-free, with up to 75% less fat from air frying than deep frying methods. With a 5-quart capacity, you can make enough for leftovers to sustain you through another work/school/play day at home. The seven functions ensure you’ll never get bored of having the same dinner over and over again.