This $20 Amazon Buy Makes the Holidays Less of a Hassle

With the countdown to the most anticipated holiday officially underway, one needs to be as efficient as possible in order to avoid any decorative mishaps. In years past, it may have been totally acceptable to decorate the old-fashioned way, à la “A Christmas Story’s” Old Man Parker, who infamously disregarded fire safety precautions while lighting the family tree. But anyone who prefers the scent of a Douglas fir to the burning odor of an electrical fire should consider adding this $20 smart power strip to your Amazon shopping carts.

Not only does this trusty power source prevent you from literally and figuratively blowing a fuse while giving your space the ultimate holiday makeover, it makes the entire process of holiday decorating flow smoothly.

For starters, the power strip is voice-activated and can be connected via Wi-Fi. The strip also works with apps that integrate with Alexa and Google Home Assistant, granting you the ability to remotely control your holiday lights from your phone wherever you have internet access. So no need to crawl around behind the Christmas tree in order to plug in and unplug the lights each day.

Basically, these super nifty power strips mean no more freaking out about a sky-high utility bill because you accidentally left your Christmas lights on overnight. Also, some like the Lanshion Power Strip ($21.99) automatically detects and adjusts the charging current accordingly in order to get your devices back to 100 percent battery power as quickly as possible so you can conveniently snap and print out those Christmas tree selfies-turned-holiday cards with ease.

And then there’s the Meross Smart Wi-Fi Power Strip ($23.99), which allows you to control each individual outlet from anywhere via app.

We should be beyond grateful to have access to a roster of gadgets that are capable of preventing us perpetually flawed humans from completely bungling this most wonderful time of year.

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