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Guess Who’s Coming for the Holidays?

Get Your Home Ready for the Season’s Visitors

All Snug in Their Airbed

When you have more guests than beds, the Aerobed Luxury Pillowtop Airbed will keep overnight visitors comfy and happy.  The built-in pump inflates and deflates the bed with a touch, and a control wand adjusts the bed’s firmness or softness for up to seven memory settings.  A plush pillow top cradles the body while reinforced sides keeps edges firm.  When not in use, the bed stores in its own carry bag.  $299 in queen. Available exclusively at Bed Bath & Beyond.

AeroBed Luxury Pillowtop Airbed

Winter Cleaning

Get your floors sparkling clean before holiday guests arrive with the Quickie Home Pro Steam Mop.  This power mop heats up and is ready for use in 30 seconds, so there’s minimal waiting if you need to stop and refill the large capacity reservoir while cleaning especially large areas.  The 17-foot cord helps you get around without unplugging, and the stainless steel handle is built to last.  A steam output control helps you regulate the amount of steam you need for tougher-to-clean spots of built-up dirt.  A second included microfiber cleaning mitt makes the Quickie a particularly great value.  $44.99.  Available at Walmart, Shoprite, and

Quickie Home Pro Steam Mop

Chestnuts Roasting in a Toaster Oven


Home is where the hearth is, so make your guests feel at home by outfitting their guest house with BrylaneHome’s all-in-one Toaster Oven with Double Burners.  Your guests will be able to fix their own early-morning breakfast or late-night snacks while you snooze, and the auto-off feature adds safety in case the oven is left on accidentally.  The dual 6” burners heat up quickly so your guests can stir up whatever their appetite desires, and two moveable wire racks adds versatility to accommodate various sized pans and crockery. The black steel design of this space-saving and energy-efficient oven looks good in any kitchen which also makes it a perfect holiday gift for dorm and studio apartment dwellers. Sale priced at $89.99.  Available at





Don’t let your trash can overfloweth when guests are over.  Be prepared with the BrylaneHome Stainless Steel Trash Can that looks stylish in your kitchen and can handle all you throw in it with its large capacity bin, which fits a standard 16-gallon trash bag. The spring-loaded lid pops open with a touch, and the 33” height makes it easy to toss away trash and lift out the bag for emptying without bending over. $59.99.  Available at