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Tech Ideas for Holiday Decorating

Date Published: 10/22/2017 I Author: Anthony Bessler

This season, bring your A-game to your decorations and crafts. Impress the in-laws with a next-gen music and light show, take selfies to new creative heights and create amazing DIY holiday cards. With the right tech, it's easy to make this year a memorable one.

Create a Smart Holiday Light Display

Traditional holiday lights are fun, but it's time to upgrade to a smart light show. To start, pick up a Philips Hue Starter Kit and plug in the Hue bridge (the brain of the operation). Then, install the included Hue bulbs throughout the room (and buy some extras if you want to go big). Next, use a compatible smartphone like the Samsung Galaxy S8 to purchase an inexpensive, Hue-compatible app so you can sync the lights to music. (There are a few different third-party apps out there that can do this.) Then turn up the volume on a holiday tune and enjoy the show. You can pick the colors of your lights, select from pre-set moods and more. It's an easy way to take this year's holiday party from ho-hum to heck-yeah in no time.

Turn Selfies into Holiday Magic

Best Buy isn't a craft store, but we do sell plenty of tech to create decorations and fun new holiday ideas, like selfie gift tags. First, shoot a selfie with your gift recipient. To take better selfies, check out the LuMee phone case, with built-in LED lighting that provides just the right warm light (plus, it protects your precious phone). Also, a ReTrak Selfie Stick can help you frame up the shot easily. Then, download the HP Sprocket app to edit the image. Have fun adding emojis, text and more. Finally, print your magical selfie with the go-anywhere HP Sprocket Photo Printer. Make sure to use HP Zink Photo Paper. It has a peel-and-stick backing, so you can slap the tag right on the wrapping paper. You'll get two gift reactions: one when they see the selfie, and another when they open the present.

Quick! Create Affordable, Pro-Quality Photo Cards

We get it. It's the holidays. You're busy. Procrastination happens. Here's how to get custom photo cards out the door, even if they're last-minute. The key element? A photo printer like the HP ENVY Photo 7155. Just find a favorite picture (or two or three) from the past year and take them into card-making software like HP Photo Creations. Select a template (snowflakes, reindeer, whatever stirs your cocoa), add a fun message and send it to the printer. Then, like sugar cookies from the oven, your professional-looking cards are ready for friends and family.

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