The holidays are coming up quickly. Even though they’re a time for families, parties, and celebrating, they can also be very stressful. Trying to get all the shopping, baking, mailing, and other tasks done, as well as throwing holiday get togethers for friends and family, can make anyone stressed out. But this holiday season, technology websites offer and recommend gadgets that can make your holidays less stressful. This way, you can make sure that you have time to actually enjoy the company of your loved ones. Here are five ways that you can use modern technology to make holidays easier:
Grocery shopping is difficult enough to begin with. When you have to shop for your normal groceries, plus all those extras you need to make holiday cookies, Thanksgiving dinner, and party snacks, going to the grocery store is enough to make anyone melt down. But this year, you can skip that stress by ordering your groceries at home. Forget about wandering up and down the aisles or fighting over that last frozen turkey.
Most major retailers including Walmart, Target and Whole Foods have online ordering now. You can shop online with your phone, computer, or tablet. Alternatively, you could use a smart home receiver, like Amazon’s Alexa, which is very popular on numerous technology websites. This device will let you order your groceries by voice. Then, all you have to do is pay online and drive to the store to pick it up. The store’s employees will bag your order and place it in a cooler in the front of the store. You can just drive up, load up your groceries, and be on your way.
Two words that strike fear into the heart of any parent are “Black Friday.” Crowds of shoppers all fight over the hottest toys and gadgets, ranked by technology websites. There’s no parking within a mile of any store, and you’ll have to drive endlessly from store to store to find the exact gifts that your kids want. No one needs that. Skip it. Order the gifts your kids really want and have them delivered right to your door. You won’t have to worry about stores running out of stock or all the other holiday shopping hassles. Many online retailers also offer free shipping and other deals on holiday gifts.
Looking Up Recipes
Tired of having to dig through drawers and flip through recipe books when your hands are covered in flour, dough, or other foods as you cook? Store all your recipes on a tablet, like the iPad Pro, and just ask Siri for help when you need to find a particular recipe. Or, you can use Amazon’s Echo and let Alexa recite the recipe to you.
Christmas decorating will go a lot faster when you ditch outdated decorations and go with modern LED lights. Plug them all into a smart outlet and you can turn on your decorations with a voice command. You can also set them on a timer so that they aren’t glowing all night long. I’ve seen numerous technology websites that say this is the future of holiday decorations.
Skip the hour long line at the post office for mailing your holiday gifts to friends and family. Instead, print postage online and schedule a mail pickup right at home for all your holiday packages.