With the kids safely back at school and the days getting a little bit cooler, can you hear those jingling bells? It might be the end of summer, but get ready because Christmas is coming!
With Santa tucked away in his grotto for the next few months, you might (if you’re ridiculously organised) be thinking about what presents to buy your loved ones, or (if you’re sensible) ways to save some money on those energy bills.
Don’t fret, we’ve got you covered. In this quick read, we look at some of the best money-saving gadgets to make life easier. They might not be the most exciting gifts, but at least they’re sensible.
Did your energy bills scare the daylights out of you last winter? Were you super stingy with your heating and force everyone to wear an extra jumper? This year, you can try and claw some of those costs back by investing in an electric heater. There are loads on the market with reviews aplenty. So, whether you’ve got a huge lounge you need to heat or want something more portable, there’s an electric heater out there for everyone.
Whilst electricity has gone up in price, it’s still cheaper than gas, meaning electric heaters are more cost-efficient and are better for the environment.
Heated clothes dryer
Whatever the weather, one thing’s for sure, there will always be a pile of laundry that needs to be done. With the winter months rolling in, hanging those pants outside won’t be an option, so back away from the tumble dryer and get yourself a heated clothes rack.
It’s not sexy, but it will make your clothes feel toasty and help dry those fluffy towels quicker than a normal rack. Starting from around £40, heated clothes rails are cheaper to run than a tumble dryer and can be stored away when not in use. Make sure you buy one that suits your space as they come in a range of sizes.
Magnetic key holders
How many times a day do you lose your keys? You need to invest in a magnetic key holder. Starting at around £5.99, this great gadget sticks to your wall with self-adhesive and holds onto your keys so you always know where they are (unless you forget you’ve got one, then you’re on your own).
Home office helpers
All of us know at least one person who works from home, so choose a gift to make their home office/dining table more work-friendly. You can get smart mugs to ensure their coffee never gets cold, spec stands so they never lose their glasses, or a task timer to help them focus. All these items are available online and are relatively inexpensive.