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The trend of 2020's Christmas gifts

This year’s Christmas gifts have something to do with houses. Here are 7 gift ideas, perfect for 2020


It has been a difficult year, which has forced us inside our homes for many months. Our homes have become the only stage of our life, especially social. And so it will also be for the first months of 2021 (at least). Therefore home has , is overwhelmingly at the center of 2020 Christmas gifts. From the kneading machine, to homemade cocktails, from the passion for plants to the most technological choices, here are this year’s essentials.


THE KNEADING MACHINE


One of this year’s oddities has undoubtedly been the “yeast rush”. Yeast was pretty much impossible to be found last Spring, since the supermarket shelves were literally stormed by people ready to do some cooking while forced inside the house. Bread, pizza, cookies and all kinds of dessert were the most popular. 


If one of your friends has developed a real passion for baking, then a kneading machine could be the perfect gift to make them happy. You can choose among many different brands and prices: just pay attention to the kneading ability and machine power. The coolest ones also include optional tools, like the pasta press. 

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THE VIRTUAL ASSISTANTS


The smart speakers, able to speak with humans and manage diverse aspects of a smart home, are constantly evolving and in future years they will be probably found in most houses.  


Is Amazon Echo (with Alexa) the best choice or maybe Google Home? It comes down to personal taste and needs. Google Home certainly offers a fantastic speaking fluency, whereas Amazon Echo is unbeatable in the smart home functions. Which one would you like to use in your Villa Lago Maggiore?


A GARDEN INSIDE THE HOUSE


If you are the lucky owners of a villa with Lago Maggiore view, you’d certainly have a manicured garden, which you use all year round. Whereas, those who don’t have an outdoor space can create a relaxing and pleasant tiny-garden inside the house. There are many mini-greenhouses for plants, perfect to take care of the aromatic plants in the kitchen, as well as self-watering pots, that don’t require much maintenance. 

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THE BBQ KETTLE


We have long talked about the splendid villas with gardens overlooking Lago Maggiore. We have described their pros and cons, news, tips to furnish them outdoor and indoor. 


So, what could make your garden even more perfect than a barbecue? In recent years we have learned a lot about kettles, that is the American version which provides both a slow cooking and the possibility of smoking our dishes. With a little practice you can learn how to manage smoke and air airflows and therefore get some perfect cooking. Also in this case, we can find many different brands and power sources (gas or embers).


HOMEMADE COCKTAILS


How many times in the last few months have we imagined having a nice happy hour with our friends? Sometimes we have made the so-called “aperi-zoom”, to keep some semblance of our ordinary social life. In this case we can use the single-dose cocktails, already mixed. 


An original gift could be a good selection of ready-made cocktails, to store in the dining room, just in case. 

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A FRAGRANCE FOR EVERY ROOM


Home fragrances lovers can indulge in dozens of fragrances and dispenser types. Artistic or tech, colorful or essential, they far exceed their essential function (perfume) to become a piece of furniture.


BAMBÙ FOR THE BATHROOM


A branded perfume is a great classic among gifts. If you want something different, why not choose a bamboo make-up set as a gift? It can also be combined with a kit with a bamboo toothbrush and other objects in this natural and warm material.


This very special year, indulge yourself in finding an alternative gift for you and your friends. It will make your villas on Lago Maggiore even more beautiful, immersed in the most fairytale of landscapes.

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