Holiday Wish List

With the holidays just around the corner, you better get busy shopping. Here's a short wish-list of this years must-have gadgets and gizmos for the home. These modern gifts are sure to get your motor running while also enhancing the functionality and livability of your household.

Wireless Home Security System 

For about $200 you can bestow the gift of peace of mind. One of the great benefits of going with a wireless home security system is that it alleviates the issue of digging holes and drilling into walls which could be an issue if you're planning a move in the near future. This allows a family to feel safe at home without doing any real damage to the home. The X10 Monitor Plus System offers three-way protection: a screaming siren, flashing lights, plus an emergency dialer. Maintenance of this system is minimal, including the monthly service charge of $20.00.

Keyless Home Entry 
Is there someone forgetful on your list? Then you might want to consider the Keyless Pro Keyless Touchpad Lock. These locks are offered in several tarnish-free finishes, are easily installed and range in price from about $100-$280. Several codes can be accepted simultaneously and the codes can be individually deleted. This means your real estate agent or housekeeper can have a different code from your family. An added safety feature is the warning alarm which sounds after four failed entry attempts. This gift is tech-savvy, practical and very affordable.

Electronic Heater 
This updated electronic heater will be as much of a conversation piece as it will be a source of warmth. The has a unique modern design which combines the look of an LCD display with the toasty heat of a space heater. The functionality and price of this product, just $242, is what really makes it nice. And the good thing about this "fireplace" is that it's practically maintenance free and can be moved around the house as needed.

Robotic Vacuum 
For the handy homemaker on your list the iRobot Roomba 510 robotic vacuum is a must-have. This little robot zips over carpets and other floor surfaces clearing them of debris and pet hair. The 510 is the newest generation of robotic vacuums offered by iRobot. There's no need to worry about bumps to your baseboards or furniture, this rechargeable model has a very sensitive system in place to detect the proximity of walls, furniture and other obstacles. While the iRobot won't replace your traditional upright vacuum, it's a great value at $250 and can be used daily to help keep the home spic and span for open houses.

Robotic Lawn Mower 
Its hard work to maintain great curb appeal, but you can make that task easier by giving the Automower solar-powered robotic lawn mower. The Automower is able to trim a quarter of an acre with 10 hours of charging. It even has built-in technology to avoid flower beds and potted plants, plus a feature that prevents it from harming pets and kids. For those seeking a green lawn but who are also green minded, the $3,100 price tag is worthwhile.

Jacuzzi Tub 
There's nothing wrong with a little bathroom remodel while indulging the one you love. The Jacuzzi La Scala Whirlpool tub is the ultimate in luxury and doesn't just appeal to the ladies. In addition to the silent air induction system, adjustable directional jets and underwater mood lighting, it also features a 43" flat-screen HDTV complete with a DVD and CD player, FM/AM radio, surround sound and a floating remote control. This is the ultimate addition to any master suite and can be purchased for about $34,000.

Smart Treadmill 
If there's a fitness fanatic in your life then you've got to check out the latest in home-gym technology. The Technogym Treadmill 700i isn't your average treadmill. It's got enough bells and whistles to keep you entertained even on the longest of runs. The 700i includes an iPod dock, touchscreen, television, radio, and software capable of automatically determining a workout regimen. The treadmill is pricey at $16,000, but it's perfect for tackling those New Year's resolutions.

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