If you're looking for a gift no one is expecting but everyone will love, you might need to look for gadgets that make life easier around the house.
First, a USB outlet from Newer, called Power2U. It's easy to install, too. First, remove an old electrical outlet, being careful to turn off the electricity, replace the outlet with the Power2U.
Once installed, you have two traditional AC outlets and two new USB connectors.
Power2U retails for 30-dollars, but you can find it for half-that.
Next, the Biscotti TV Phone. It's a gadget that sits on top of your TV and allows one to make and receive high-def video calls while enjoying your favorite show. If the phone rings, you can answer on your smartphone or tablet and not just chit-chat with the person on the other end, but see them as well.
The Biscotti TV Phone is listed for right at $200 on Amazon.
By synching it with a smartphone app, it knows when you've left the house by using your phone's location service, and when your car gets away from the house, the heat or A/C adjusts to an empty house, and turns it back on when you get close to home.
Finally, the Nexia Home Intelligence System does a lot of things, and among them is a smart door lock you control with your smartphone. Users can unlock or lock the doors with a few buttons on their phone and can control the lock from anywhere. If someone needs to get inside, the door can be opened for just a couple of seconds.
And it comes with a sense of security as well. If someone opens the door, it'll send a text or email letting you know.
The smart, connected home is a wide open frontier for tech companies - putting you in control of nearly everything in your home, right on your phone.