Accessories and tips that will make being home for the holidays - or anytime - feel like a vacation


You probably don’t need us to remind you that it’s a month to go until Christmas, and if your thoughts haven’t extended to gift-buying, shopping, menu planning or entertaining, then don’t worry - we’ve got you covered with our home-themed ideas and accessories this week. 

The Internet of Things or Smart Home is a popular buzzword now, and we’re stocking more and more products that speak to this trend. The Smart Home refers to the idea of a network of objects or devices equipped with sensors and connected through the internet, which you can wirelessly remote control from almost anywhere. 

With the Internet of Things, you can remotely see who’s coming into your house for example, or check in on your child from work, or even set the aircon to the correct temperature for when you arrive home.

According to Intel, the Internet of Things is predicted to grow from two billion objects in 2006 to 200 billion by 2020, which equates to around 26 smart objects for every human being on Earth. 

Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) are also shaping the world we live in, and toy and tech companies are finding ways to build these skills, and teach programming, engineering and physics in the most fun way.

It’s our third week of great suggestions for the festive season, and we’ve got some wonderful gift ideas for your home, and for kids (and those young at heart). 

 

The ultimate gift for your home - and entertaining!

 

We’ve just launched the new Apple TV in store, which is an entertainment device that connects to your TV, and allows it to get content over wifi such as movies and series from iTunes. You can also watch YouTube from it, and you can stream photos, music and movies onto it from an iOS device that supports AirPlay.

The Apple TV can be the life of your party (after you and your loved ones, of course) and you can use it to set the mood with music, or watch a Christmas favourite like Love Actually, or binge-watch series during the holidays. 

 

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