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20 Home Gadget Gift Ideas to Fit Any Budget

home gadget gift ideas

Looking for those last minute presents for loved ones this holiday season? I’ve rounded up 20 of my favorite home gadget gift ideas. And since I work in real estate, I focused on items that add enjoyment, comfort and, in some cases, extra value to your home.

From music lovers to home chefs, I’ve got something for everyone. And I’ve included a range of price points to suit any budget, from under $50 to major splurge, in case you’re feeling extra generous this year. I hope you find this list useful in identifying gifts your friends and family will love. And maybe some of these items will make your wish list this year, too!

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15 Unique Halloween Homes

Not sure how you are going to decorate for Halloween this year? Looking for some creative ideas? Here are 15 unique Halloween homes that might help clear those cobwebs from your head.


bats in the belfry

Okay, not in the belfry, but all over the front door. Just cut out your bats with black poster board and attach them using damage-free poster strips.

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Holiday Lights in San Diego County

Holiday Lights in San Diego County

North County Coastal

CARLSBAD, 92009, 92011, 92008, 92010

7607 Romeria St. Nicknamed “The Carlsbad Christmas House”. Walk up to see the animated window display, swimming penguins, surfing Santa, Snoopy skating and three snow machines. Food drive donations accepted. Dec. 4-31, 5-9 pm.

6646 Elegant Tern Pl. Real Santa’s mailbox for the kids and treats nightly. Santa writes back a free personalized letter to each child. Free community event Dec. 17 with cotton candy, crafts, bubbles and a special guest. Dec. 3-25, 5-10 pm.

Holidays at LEGOLAND, California. Enjoy live entertainment, twinkling lights, festive holiday songs and dancing with LEGO Friends Live, snow flurries, nightly fireworks Dec. 26-31, and the annual Kids’ New Year’s Eve Party on Dec. 31. Nov. 25-Jan. 1. 760-918-5346.

OCEANSIDE, 92056, 92057, 92054, 92058
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8 Scams to Watch Out For This Holiday Season

8 Scams To Watch Out For This Holiday SeasonThe holidays are a happy time for celebrating with family, friends, and co-workers. Unfortunately, this time of year can also be turned sour by a wide variety of clever frauds, unauthorized debit and credit card transactions, and bogus person-to-person scams. By the end of 2015, individuals, retailers, charitable donors, and companies were victimized to the tune of $1.5 billion. That number is expected to have gone up in 2016.

Just as you protect your home with an alarm system, you should set up defenses for your credit and identity. During the holiday season, fraudulent activity spikes. Here’s how to protect yourself from the eight most common scams.

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Holiday Tree Safety

holiday tree safetyFresh holiday trees are beautiful, smell great and really add to the spirit of the season. Following some proven holiday tree safety tips might help you avoid a disaster and keep the Grinch away.

  • Select a tree with fresh green needles that don’t fall off when touched or when the trunk is tapped on the ground.
  • When trees are cut too early, they have a greater risk of drying out and can become more dangerous especially with electrical lights.
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