Christmas Gift Guide: Bathroom Tech & Gadgets

Everyone has at least one tech geek in their life, so why not surprise them with a tech-centric Christmas present? The gadget-obsessed spend a lot of time thinking about the living room and kitchen, but an impressive bathroom is just as important as a modern living room. Here’s some of the coolest gadgets and tech gift ideas for the techies on your Christmas list – if an American Express gift card just won’t cut it, surprise them with one of these hi-tech bathroom gadgets.

Withings Smart Body Analyzer Scale

Although you should think twice about the message you’re sending before giving someone a bathroom scale, this scale is perfect for that health-conscious techie in your life. The Smart Body Analyzer scale provides high-accuracy weight and body fat measurements, and allows you to track your weight and muscle mass over time from a computer, tablet, or smartphone. The scale has automatic user recognition, and can also track fat mass, heart rate, and indoor air quality. Whether they’re into running, weight loss coaching, cardio fitness, or activity or calorie tracking, the Smart Body Analyzer scale recognizes up to eight users and can sync with popular apps like My Fitness Pal and Run Keeper.

Weather Reporting Shower Mirror

If you’ve ever tried to research the weather on your phone while in the shower, you’ll understand the convenience of a mirror that delivers a current weather report while you shower. Now, whoever receives this gift won’t have to waste any time deciding what to wear – they’ll have an idea as soon as they set foot out of the shower or bath. The unit’s backlit LCD panel displays indoor/outdoor temperature, humidity levels, and a complete weather forecast. The Weather Reporting Shower Mirror includes storage space for two razors and shaving cream, and includes an alarm clock and calendar.

Squatty Potty

Although the Squatty Potty isn’t a piece of modern technology per se, this piece of equipment will redefine your gift recipient’s idea about healthy toilet posture. The product is intended to mimic the natural ‘squatting’ position which humans have used while using the restroom for millennia – until the advent of the modern toilet. In doing so, your colon is able to empty quickly and completely, without unnecessary exertion or strain. Touted by medical professionals and radio personalities alike, the Squatty Potty is one of the most health-conscious ways to use the restroom. The functional and durable product is easily hidden, affordable, and can be purchased in white or bamboo designs.

AquaNotes

Perfect for the deep-thinkers, busy moms, college students and aspiring writers in your life, the AquaNotes waterproof notepad ensures that no more great ideas go down the drain due to lack of a functional pen and paper in the shower. This convenient method of note-taking allows users to make notes during a shower or bath without having to worry about soggy paper. With AquaNotes, on-the-go families can leave notes for each other, artists can doodle while in the shower, and writers and inventors can quickly jot down any brilliant ideas that may come to them while relaxing in the tub.

The Top Five Remodeling Apps

Whether you’re in the beginning stages of planning a renovation project or are already midway through, DIY project guides, calculators, and color matching swatches, would all come in handy, right? Lucky for you, there’s an app for everything nowadays – including home improvement, design, and renovation. With these helpful mobile apps in your virtual tool-belt, you’ll be able to tackle virtually any project without having to get your contracting license.

WikiHow (Android, iOS)

This free app is like Wikipedia for the DIY community. Within the app you’ll find thousands of how-to-guides ranging from life hacks and quick repairs to DIY projects and food recipes. Users can browse by category, search by term, check out featured articles and bookmark how-tos for offline reading – all from the comfort of their own home. If you’re using the iOS version, there’s an additional perk: a collection of first aid and survival guides that come preloaded for offline use – because you never know if you’ll hurt yourself while at the hardware store.

Houzz (Android, iOS)

Often referred to as the “Wikipedia of Interior Design”, Houzz is a popular social network dedicated to interior design and home improvement. Their official app is the home of thousands of articles, discussions, and photographs intended to inspire and motivate DIYers to take the next step in renovating their homes. Whether you’re looking for ideas or inspiration, this is the app for you. When the time is right, the app includes a directory of local professionals including architects and contractors.

Home Improvement Calcs (iOS)

Perfect for homeowners interested in forecasting the costs of certain renovations, the Home Improvement Calcs app includes a variety of helpful DIY calculators and estimation tools. The database includes over 74,000 present functions that range from mulch coverage to attic insulation volumetrics. With the amount of explanatory illustrations found in Home Improvement Calcs, you’ll be able to make your way through the flooring section of Home Depot with ease.

iFixIt (Android, iOS)

This DIY-oriented app focuses on do it yourself repairs, and includes repair and teardown guides for a variety of categories and devices, ranging from vehicles and smartphones to common household appliances and furniture. Whether you’re fixing a leaky sink or replacing your cell phone’s battery, this site can help. Users can browse by category, check out featured guides, and even create their own guides straight from within the app. If you don’t have the necessary tools or parts, the app includes a handy link to iFixIt’s own online store.

House Maintenance Schedule (Android)

So, you’ve installed a new vanity sink – but will you remember when to deep clean the oak? Now, thanks to the House Maintenance Schedule app, you’ll be reminded when it’s time to give your vanity a little TLC. Anything from flushing the water heater and inspecting fire extinguishers to changing HVAC filters and cleaning the rain gutters can conveniently be scheduled using this app. Over time you’ll find that remembering miniscule maintenance tasks can prevent them from becoming large and expensive issues.

Father’s Day: Bathroom Gadgets for Dad

Whether your dad is technologically savvy or new to the tech game, these bathroom gadgets are guaranteed to make the perfect Father’s Day gift, no matter his experience level. Forget about embarrassing him with another funky tie or cliché Hallmark card, and really put some thought into his gift this year. Here’s some ideas to get your creative juices flowing:

Heated Shaving Cream Dispenser

With a heated shaving cream dispenser, your dad’s favorite foam or gel will be warmed for a luxurious, close shave each and every morning. The product works with virtually any brand of foam or gel, and even comes with two separate nozzles. With an attractive, chrome-like appearance, the design of this shaving cream dispenser is sure to blend in with virtually any bathroom design. Setting up the dispenser is simple: use the included tool to pop the top off any standard can, attach the proper nozzle, adjust the heating preference, and in about two minutes the heated gel or foam will be ready to dispense.

The iPad Musical Shower Curtain

If you’d like to turn your dad’s shower into a media-rich bathing event, get him this iPad shower curtain. This shower curtain comes with built-in speakers and a waterproof pocket for an iPad. The shower-facing side of the pocket is made of touch-enabled material so he can navigate through a movie, jump from song to song on his favorite playlist, or even take a call while washing his hair. The integral audio cable of this product connects an iPad, iPhone, Android phone or MP3 player to two speakers in the upper left and right hand corners of the curtain, so he’ll never be bored in the shower ever again.

Single-Handed Soap Dispenser

If your dad’s a bit of a self-proclaimed germaphobe, he’ll love the unique design of this soap dispenser that can be operated with the back of one hand. To use, your dad will just have to place his hand into the C-shaped opening and press down firmly to dispense soap onto his fingers or into the palm of his hand. The dispenser is easy to fill and clean, comes with a soap-level indicator so he’ll never have to worry about running out of soap, and is suitable for all types of liquid hand soap. Additionally, this single-handed soap dispenser will keep the top of the pump cleaner and more hygienic.

Eco-Friendly Water Pebble

For the eco-conscious dad, this palm-sized pebble will take the guesswork out of water conservation by tracking exactly how much water he’s using during his daily shower. Programming the water pebble is easy: simply click the restart button on its base and place it near the shower drain. The pebble will measure his water usage and will flash future finishing times against this benchmark, reducing suggested stop times by 5-7 seconds each time he showers. Before your dad knows it, he’ll be enjoying shorter showers and conserving water in the process.

Towel Spa Towel Warmer

For dads who live in exceptionally cold areas of the United States (or those who just prefer to stay warm after a shower), this towel warmer will produce toasty towels, robes, and small blankets in just a few minutes. Traditional towel warmers take up to twenty minutes to work, but this product will warm your dad’s towels in less than six minutes – more than enough time for him to hop in the shower and enjoy a warm towel upon completion. This towel warmer is small enough to move from room to room, and can conveniently fit on dad’s bathroom counter. Something tells us mom is going to love this one, too!

Bathroom Storage Ideas for Small Spaces

If your bathroom is small enough to touch both walls while standing inside, you’re not alone. Bathrooms tend to be the smallest room in the house, yet are used to store the most varied collection of times. Whether your bathroom is standard sized or smaller than average, you’ll probably have to create enough space to store extra linens, make-up, beauty supplies, and toiletries. While traditional storage cabinets may provide much-needed storage space, many bathrooms can still use more. For those whose bathrooms are low on space, here’s some creative storage solutions for your small bathroom.

Shelf above the Door

If you’re lucky enough to have high ceilings in your bathroom, the space above your bathroom door is prime real estate. Although this space isn’t realistic for items you use every day, it’s a great space to store cleaning supplies bought in bulk, extra rolls of toilet paper, or old magazines. Installation is simple: use wood screws to secure a pair of wooden shelf brackets to either side of the door frames. Then screw the shelf to the brackets and voila! You’ll have yourself a convenient above-the-door shelf in no time. To make retrieval of items easier, consider keeping items in small, handled boxes.

Towel Bars

Very few bathrooms have enough space to hang towels –especially if the bathroom is used by more than one person. If you find yourself with inadequate space to store towels, consider installing a few towel bars behind your bathroom door. By stacking towel bars behind closed doors, you’ll remedy the space shortage issue and be able to use space more efficiently. In order for this to work effectively, the door should be flat or single-paneled. Additionally, it’s easier to affix towel racks to a wooden door rather than a wallboard or plaster wall.

Mason Jars for Small Items

Ideal for smaller items like cotton balls and Q-Tips, mason jars affixed to a wall are a great space-saving solution. For those interested in adding a bit of functional flair to the bathroom, antique mason jars in different styles and colors can be found in most antique stores. By fixing mason jars to a piece of wood and nailing the piece of wood to a bare wall, all bathroom items will be within reaching distance. For the style-conscious, the wood and jars can be painted or decorated to match your bathroom’s color scheme.

Shoe Organizers

If you don’t have enough space to add shelves or live in an apartment and aren’t allowed to drill holes into your walls, you can get a ton of storage without drilling holes by using an over-the-door shoe organizer to store your bathroom items. By utilizing an over-the-door organizer, your make-up and bathroom products will be kept off the countertops and out of view. For additional convenience, use a clear organizer so you can see exactly where everything is without having to dig through the pockets.

On the Wall Storage

In most cases, the sink or vanity countertop is generally the only countertop surface in the bathroom. By paying attention to space on the walls and installing a shelf or dishwasher-safe wall-hung containers, your bathroom items will still be within reach without sacrificing precious counter space. In lieu of a shelf, consider installing spice racks to store the items you use on an everyday basis. By adding a coat of paint or stain, you can color-coordinate the spice racks with the rest of your bathroom decor.