Brooding over a pile of gift cards in your stocking? Looking for something you might not normally splurge on? Well it seems every household appliance is getting some smarts these days, meaning it connects to a phone app and the broader Internet, to somehow make your life easier. If you're looking to treat yourself, these might be a good place to start.
Here's a closer look at a few "smart" products for the home. There are plenty more if you look around. The connectivity, of course though comes at a price so you'll need to decide whether the benefits are worth your gift card splurge.
Read more: http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/tech/2014/12/25/reviews-smart-home-appliances-try/20865409/