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20 Tech Gadgets That Will Speed Up Your Holiday Prep So You Can Spend More Time Drinking Eggnog

From cords that'll let you plug in all your holiday decorations without sacrificing an outlet to multi-use appliances that'll let you kick back and watch cheesy holiday romantic comedies, these gadgets will work like Santa's elves.

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1. A holy grail 11-in-1 Instant Pot (and cookbook!) for the easiest meal prep *ever* thanks to recipes for just about everything from cheesy party dip to hearty Thanksgiving sides.

the Instant Pot, accessories

Psst, I already bought this for my mom for Christmas (she asked for it). It works as an air fryer, rice cooker, pressure cooker, slow cooker, steamer, sauté, sous vide, roaster, baker, broiler, and dehydrator. Pinterest has been all about the Instant Pot for a few years and you should really hop on this bandwagon. Just check out our full Instant Pot review and Instant Pot recipes that'll basically cook themselves. Still unconvinced? Look at all the yummy Amazon reviewer photos.

Get the 8-quart Instant Pot from Amazon for $179.95.

2. An adorable kitchen timer to keep you on track for that casserole you have cooking in the oven. Remember, you don't have to use your phone for every last timed task!

kitchen timer shaped like a standup kitchen mixer

Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

3. And an actual standup Kitchenaid mixer that comes with a 5-quart stainless steel bowl large enough for all sorts of tasks, like whipping up nine dozen cookies, four loaves of bread, or seven pounds of mashed potatoes in a single batch. If that won't be useful around the holidays, idk what would be.

matte black standup mixer

In case you're wondering why in the world this mixer is so cheap, it's because it's pre-owned, then inspected and refurbished, brought up to standards to make sure it's g2g for you! Amazon has a 90-day Renewed Guarantee (terms here). For this particular model, that means products with batteries will exceed 80% capacity relative to new, and accessories may not be original, but will be compatible and fully functional. Product may come in generic box. Still not convinced? About two years ago, I bought a refurbished HP printer/scanner/copier from Amazon and couldn't tell the difference! It's still going strong and I've had zero problems with it.

Get it pre-owned from Amazon for $269+ (available in a variety of colors; also available brand new for $499+).

4. A rechargeable lighter (no lighter fluid needed!) that'll help you quickly, safely light your pumpkin-spice or pine-scented fave without scurrying around the house to unearth your stash of restaurant match books.

Heather Braga / BuzzFeed, Amazon

My colleague Heather Braga, who's lighting a candle in the above GIF, is a HUGE fan. She raved about it so much that *I* bought one too!

Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

5. And a rapid fire starter if you like to grill through the winter or have a wood-burning fireplace. The quicker you get that fire going, the sooner you can get to other things on your to-do list.

the fire starter
The Grommet

This portable fire starter works on BBQs, campfires, wood fireplaces, and just about any other fire; uses butane fuel (easily found at grocery and hardware stores); requires three AA batteries (not included); ignites your coal instantly and can also be used as a chef torch; and provides 60 minutes of blower use with fresh batteries.

Get it from The Grommet for $49.95.

6. A double extension cord to help you create more access for those animatronic reindeer you put up in your living room before you eat your way through all the Halloween candy. No more shuffling around the plugs for the table and floor lamps.

outlet with the split extension cord plugged into the wall

Each cord is six feet long and has three available plugs.

Get it from Amazon for $12.08.

7. And a wireless remote kit to make turning on your holiday village, twinkle lights, or simply just ~mood~ lighting a total breeze.

hand holding the remote

Get the three plugs and remote from Amazon for $16.99.

8. A rapid egg cooker that'll make the hardest step of your famous deviled eggs (hard boiling 'em) minimal effort. It even has a built-in timer!

BuzzFeed / Marquaysa Battle

This machine can whip up hard-boiled eggs, poached eggs, scrambled eggs, and omelettes? So, basically breakfast is already ready on mornings when you have some Thanksgiving levels of food prep looking you in the face. Need further convincing? Read our full Dash Rapid Egg Cooker review here. I have several colleagues who swear by this lil' gadget.

Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in five colors).

9. A robot vacuum can suck up all the nasty crumbs, dust, and debris around your house while you're doing other things, like icing cookies. Let someone else do the vacuuming for once!

the vacuum
Amazon / Via

It vacuums for up to 100 minutes on hardwood floors with consistent, powerful suction at a volume no louder than an operating no blocking out your Mariah Carey Christmas songs! It has an anti-scratch tempered glass-top cover for protection, infrared-sensor for evading obstacles, and drop-sensing tech to avoid falls. It automatically recharges, so it's always ready to clean.

Get it from Amazon for $219.99 (also available in white).

10. A charging station so allll your devices will be juiced up in preparation for loved ones calling you because they can't remember which house on the block is yours or for when your kid is complaining about being bored. No more hunting for free outlets!

items on the charger

Get it from Amazon for $34.99+ (available in four colors).

11. An electric knife so you can efficiently carve that turkey, ham, bread, or other scrumptious edible for PEAK presentation.

the electric knife, carrying case

It has reciprocating serrated blades, an ergonomic handle, fork for steadying whatever you're carving, and a carrying case.

Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

12. A digital food thermometer to get an instant temperature read, keeping you from being intimidated when cooking a turkey.

the thermometer

Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

13. A timed safety shut-off plug in case your holy grail hair straightener doesn't have an auto-shutoff and you're a tad forgetful. Let's not have the fire department pop in for a visit this holiday season, eh?

the plug

Get it from Amazon for $10.49+ (available in three timer types).

14. A sunrise-simulating alarm clock that'll be even more effective than a regular model when it comes to convincing your body to wake up for the day — even if Santa stayed up late into the night wrapping gifts.

the alarm clock with a circular light on it

It has a tap-to-snooze alarm clock with speaker and beep function, and 10 brightness settings.

Get it from Amazon for $39.95.

15. Or a bed-shaking alarm clock with an extremely loud alarm if you sleep like you're in hibernation for the winter.

the alarm clocks

It has pulsating alert lights, adjustable volume and tone, snooze defuser, adjustable extra-loud alarm, and powerful bed shaker.

Get it from Amazon for $34.65+ (available in seven color combos).

16. A Google Nest Hub to answer all your cooking questions, tell you tomorrow's weather, queue up holiday tunes, and act as a smart picture frame while not in use.

the hub

This bb works with Nest and 5,000+ smart devices from 400+ popular brands. I gave my mom one of these for Christmas after it came out and she uses it in the kitchen most often for playing music and finding recipes, giving her some hands-free kitchen help. She loves it! Plus, she loves that it has no camera, which is something my parents are a bit skittish about when it comes to smart home devices (honestly, same).

Get it from Target for $89.99.

17. A programmable coffeemaker I made my brother buy our parents years ago with an easy-to-wash carafe pot that'll let you drink hot coffee hours after you brew it. Coffee is KEY, folks!

the coffee maker

As a person who writes about products for a living, I learned about this before it hit the market and it's still going strong for my well-caffeinated family years later. (We Lillys LOVE some coffee.) The wide-mouth carafe and easily removable lid mean you can properly clean it, unlike the skinny-necked carafe my mom was previously using to keep coffee batches piping hot. It has a 24-hour auto programmable brew option so it'll be hard at work right when you're rising for the day. And the drip will even pause mid-brew if you find you need coffee ASAP and remove the carafe while it's brewing.

Get it from Amazon for $49.97.

18. A countertop ice-cube maker that can create up to 26 pounds of ice in 24 hours. No more running out for bags of ice before the event!

the ice cube maker

FYI, this is a maker, not a freezer. So you can't keep the ice in here. You'll want to transfer to the freezer!

Get it from Amazon for $129.99.

19. An automatic pet feeder to dispense up to four meals a day while you're on the prowl for that special cheese you need to re-create a Pinterest recipe. Bowser's gotta eat.

the pet feeder

Dispenses 1–10 portions of 24 ml dry food per meal, with up to four daily distribution alarms.

Get it from Amazon for $79.99.

And check out a feeder for bigger pets (it can hold up to 24 cups of dry food).

20. An air sanitizer/deodorizer that'll one-up those little glass vials of seasonal scented oils and your diffuser because you'll only have to switch out a light bulb twice a year to keep it going. Your house only seems as clean as it smells.

the sanitizer

Get it from Amazon for $34.99.