If you’re anything like me, this holiday season has taken you by complete surprise… just like it did last year and the year before that. Honestly, why is it that every year, around mid-November, I feel so prepared, and a mere two weeks later, I’m scrambling to get the cards, the gifts, the meals all done! It would be funny if it wasn’t so so overwhelming.
It seems ironic that, since the dawn of the high-resolution smartphone camera, we’re all taking more pictures than ever, and yet doing very little with them— once they hit your social media feed, it’s pretty much end-of-life for most of them. Remember printing photos? I do too— especially how great it is to have a box or an album of them on the coffee table to flip through with friends and family. The ritual of dropping film off at the drugstore is no more, but thankfully, these print services make printing digital pictures as easy as saying “cheese.”
Go with the grain this season and pick up tech-cessories inspired by nature.
From the Shop
KitchenAid 7-Quart Pro Line Stand Mixer
Sony DPT-RP1 Digital Paper
Mulberry Silk Sleep Eye Mask
We all have them: The Impossible Giftees. They’re the ones you put off until last, hoping that the perfect present will magically turn up. Because if you’re anything like me, you want to do more than give “just okay” gifts. You want to blow your giftees away with epic presents they’ll use all year. I’ve searched high and low and zeroed in on five fantastic tech presents that are guaranteed to impress all your toughest giftees. Even better, you can find every gift I’ve chosen at Staples.
With the number of Internet-connected devices being used in one household these days, online safety is a massive concern, with intimidating practicalities. Do you even attempt to block websites via browser add-ons across each laptop in the house, when it’s just as easy to get online via tablet or phone? And, despite what the kids promise, how can you ensure their time online is less Facebook and more textbook?
Whether it’s a whole house affair or an intimate dining room dinner party, I have one rule of hostessing: In the words of Rhianna, “Please don’t stop the music”. Keep the merriment alive by outfitting whatever type of holiday party you’re planning with one of these chic speakers.