I always have the best intentions to do my Christmas shopping throughout the year. I tell myself that if I do this, then by the time December rolls around, I can relax, knowing I have nothing left to buy. I have yet to accomplish this goal. But, as it turns out, that’s not such a bad thing.

In the last month, friends, family and trusted media sources have vouched for some great products that seem to be worth the wait. The best part: They all contribute to a happier home environment. Whether you are looking to buy for someone special or for products to add to your own wish list, consider some of these gifts:

INLET: For many of my friends, baby proofing has become part the daily routine. This product offers a great alternative to the basic, plastic plug covers by turning regular outlets into kid-friendly, energy-friendly and aesthetically pleasing sockets. The INLET goes over a two-plug outlet and gives you three outlets on bottom and a USB port on top. Use the UNplug button to reduce phantom load. Interchangeable faceplates (sold separately or DIY) allow you to conceal the outlet in a stylish way. Starting at $25, livingplug.com.

Dyson V6 Absolute: I came across this cordless vacuum while searching for a handheld. This particular model, as well as all Dyson cordless vacuums, according to the manufacturer, can convert easily from cleaning floors with a long stem to spot cleaning upholstery with a handheld, all-in-one, thanks to tools that come with the device. Because it’s cordless, it’s great for quick cleans. Because it’s lightweight, it’s also great for ceilings, stairs and other hard-to-reach surfaces. On sale for $449.99, MSRP $599.99, dyson.com.

Amazon Echo: The Echo is a hands-free, voice-activated device that answers your questions, plays music, and carries out tasks like adding items to your shopping list or turning off your lights. All you have to do is say the activation word and then say your command. $179.99, amazon. com.

Good Night Biological LED: Melatonin, the hormone that helps you fall asleep, can be suppressed by regular light bulbs, according to Lighting Science, the makers of the Good Night bulb. This bulb, on the other hand, was originally developed for NASA astronauts and specially designed to support melatonin production. The manufacturers are so confident in the product, they offer a 100 percent money-back guarantee if you are not fully satisfied. $39.95, LSGC.com.

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