With only three weekends between Thanksgiving and Christmas, there’s less time to procrastinate holiday shopping. Don’t stress; Walton EMC is here to help with some great last-minute gift ideas. We polled the co-op’s Customer Service Representatives and bloggers to find the perfect presents.
We prioritized convenience, but looked for bargains, too. Below, you’ll find everything from the practical to the “pawfect” gift options for everyone on your gift list.
And after you get a look at this list, we wouldn’t blame you for wanting to pick up a couple of things for yourself. It’ll be our little secret.
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Several practical gift ideas are as near as your local Walton EMC office. For fast and easy shopping, our top picks:
Electricity Gift Certificate
Whether it’s for a daughter who just moved into her first apartment or your parents who have lived in the same house for 50 years, a gift certificate for electricity is a novel-yet-practical present for any Walton EMC member. Gift certificates can be purchased at any Walton EMC office in any amount you choose. Be sure to bring along each recipient’s complete address.
Cooperative Solar Block
Give the gift of the sun! Walton EMC’s Cooperative Solar program, you can purchase blocks of solar electricity for any Walton EMC member. Each block is only $25 a month and offsets the same number of kilowatt-hours on the gift recipient’s power bill. And, if the block produces more energy than is consumed, the gift recipient receives a bill credit for the excess. There’s no long-term commitment, so you can give the gift of solar for as many or as few months as you wish.
Walton Gas Gift Certificate
Here’s another practical idea that doesn’t require a Walton EMC membership. Help friends or family stay warm this winter with the gift of gas. Gift certificates can be purchased at any Walton EMC office in any amount you choose. Be confirm the recipient is a Walton Gas customer and bring along the recipient’s complete address.
Tripp-Lite Surge Suppressor
If the latest electronic toys are under the tree, don’t forget to add a Tripp-Lite surge suppressor to protect expensive consumer electronics from lightning strikes and power surges. Beginning at $20, Walton EMC offices have Tripp-Lite models to fit almost any need, including computers, televisions, gaming systems and other electronic devices.
Latest and Greatest
Throughout the year, we feature lots of great electronic gadgets and appliances in this blog. We followed up on a few and found some great deals to add to your holiday shopping list.
Home Security Cameras from EMC Security
In July, we told you Georgia homeowners are following a national trend toward installing video surveillance equipment for security and monitoring conveniences. EMC Security (owned by Walton EMC) offers self-monitored indoor and outdoor cameras and video doorbells (https://www.emcsecurity.com/home-security/security-cameras/). Available cameras include features such as free live look-in, two-way audio, high-definition video and night vision. For only $10 a month, you can add a subscription to EMC Security’s video service to store and view anything your camera detects. The best part of this deal: No contract is required, and the service can be canceled at any time without penalty.
Energy-saving Smart Thermostat
Because it can potentially save you significant dollars on your heating and cooling costs, a programmable smart thermostat is the gift you might want to keep for yourself. Several retailers are offering deep discounts on models by multiple manufacturers this month. This includes Google Nest and Ecobee 4 that we featured in June. A smart thermostat can be monitored, set up and managed from a computer, smartphone or tablet that is connected to Wi-Fi. It can turn itself down when you’re away, guide you to energy-efficient settings and provide monthly energy reports.
If you’ve been waiting for the right time to buy a robot vacuum for yourself or as a gift, this is it. Many manufacturers are offering the lowest prices of 2019 this holiday season. To help you shop wisely, Walton EMC put together this helpful list of 10 things you should consider when choosing a vacuum unit.
Lenovo Smart Clock with Google Assistant
We wrote about this smart clock in April when it was among the newest tech gadgets introduced at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show. It does more than just tell you the time and wake you up. It can also run your smart home, play your favorite music across your home, manage your schedule and more. The original suggested retail was $80, but you’ll find it available at many stores for $40 this month. It’s a great gift for the tech-minded person on your list.
Opal Nugget Ice Maker
Back in September, we told you about this great countertop gadget for backyard parties that produces “the same chewable nugget ice made famous by Sonic restaurants.” It can even be connected to a smartphone to monitor ice levels and set ice-making schedules. In the summer, it was retailing for around $500, but it’s currently on sale at several outlets for $380. Sure, it’s still a luxury item, but it beats driving to Sonic every time you need a chewable ice fix.
Petcube Bites Wi-Fi Pet Camera and Treat Dispenser
This great gadget is topping the wish list of many pet parents. Equipped with a high-definition video camera, two-way audio, a treat dispenser and 24/7 cloud recording backup, this gadget not only allows you to check on your pets remotely, but also to feed, play and interact with them through your smartphone. When we featured it in our vacation gadgets blog back in June, Chewy.com was selling it for $249. This month, it’s marked down to $120 with free shipping.