Book of the Month
If your resolution is to read more, the Book of the Month subscription cuts out all the dirty work. This service tracks all the latest literary releases and whittles them down to a list of five. From there you can choose which you’d like, or save your book credit to be used for more books the following month or to obtain one from the past. At bookofthemonth.com, there is an offer through Dec. 31 promising your first book for $5, with each subsequent month’s book costing $15.
Exercising and staying fit in the comfort of your home doesn’t have to break the bank. Ditch the weight rack and opt for the KettlebellConnect. This kettlebell changes its weight from 12 to 42 pounds with the click of a button. When connected to the JAXJOX app, users can view their reps, sets, weight, rest time, and a host of effective kettlebell workouts. $199 at jaxjox.com
Those entering the New Year with intentions of managing stress should look no further than Headspace, the subscription-based meditation app. Find your inner peace with more than 100 guided meditations curated by Andy Puddicombe, a former monk and co-founder of the app for $12.99 monthly, $69.99 annually at headspace.com
With the aid of a removable sensor inside this tall, 20-ounce bottle, HidrateSpark3 tracks every sip to measure the owner’s hydration. By collecting data on the user’s height, weight, activity, and all other relevant variables, the Hidrate app calculates a personal hydration goal, and the bottle emits a glow when it is time for another sip. $59.95 at hidratespark.com.
Philips Wake-Up Light Alarm Clock
We can’t promise it will make waking up fun, but it may make it easier. The Philips Wake-Up Light Alarm Clock forgoes the loud, ear-piercing noises of traditional alarm clocks with a simulated sunrise. This clock will slowly and gently increase in brightness before activating an FM radio or a choice of five different nature-inspired sounds. $125 at amazon.com.