Merry Christmas to Us: The Smart Home Gear Couples Should Put on Their Own Lists

Merry Christmas to Us: The Smart Home Gear Couples Should Put on Their Own Lists

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Carley Knobloch
Dec 5, 2016
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Imagine yourself gift shopping, selflessly browsing the aisles, checking off items on your to-do list, when you find it: the perfect gift. Let me clarify: you find the perfect gift for yourself. While it's a gift you know your significant other would love, you also know it's something you've been longing for all year. You need to have it. You both need to have it.

Perhaps it's time to make your own wish list. Better yet, maybe it's time you and your significant other made a joint wish list. After all, what's yours is theirs, right? And sometimes—especially in the case of splurge-worthy home tech—one gift is better than two. The prices of the gear on this list might seem a bit of a splurge, but if it's for both of you, don't you get double the budget? (Methinks you do.)

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To sleep sounder

For most couples, better sleep is a worthwhile investment (especially if one of you is Loud McSnorepants). Eight is a smart mattress cover that can help you get your best sleep ever—together. The topper fits four standard mattress sizes, and it tracks your sleep patterns, regulates temperature, and even tracks mid-sleep disturbances on each side that you can then address together in the morning. Unlike other trackers, you don't have to wear anything uncomfortable or inconvenient. All you have to do is hit the sack and wake up to helpful results.

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To travel in style

If you and your partner are jetsetting off to somewhere fabulous this holiday season, you might want to upgrade your luggage with pieces from Away. While packing in your dusty old duffle might seem sufficient, you'll be missing a strong-yet-lightweight polycarbonate shell, innovative packing compartments and a built-in battery that charges your phone at the airport. Get two with monograms and end the fight over whose luggage is whose.

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To rest easy

Keeping your home safe is a no-brainer, but for renters or the budget conscious, a home security system is often out of the question. Netatmo Welcome is an all-in-one indoor security system with a twist—face recognition. It recognizes your family members, and will send you an app notification if it detects an unfamiliar face (AKA intruder). The app lets you program privacy settings to your liking, and you can check on your children's comings and goings with the touch of a button.

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For an interactive gallery wall

If the art on your walls needs a refresh, and you want to keep refreshing it on a whim, Meural is a digital canvas that lets you call up a gallery full of art on demand. Upload your own photography, or choose from an array of artists to display on the digital screen, then change your selection with a wave of your hand for a different look.

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To greet the day

Serious coffee drinkers, look away— tea drinkers, this one's for you. Teforia uses technology to identify the tea you're brewing and execute the perfect brew every time. It uses Keurig-style caplets full of a variety of beautiful loose leaf teas. Your morning just got beautifully caffeinated.

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