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Jeanine Matlow

Whether you're still looking for that better-late-than-never holiday gift or you plan to return one of your own and treat yourself to something else, it's fun to stumble upon some of the latest creative inventions. Here are some of the hottest gadgets for the home from Brookstone.

The following items really make you wonder: What will they think of next?

For those who like to entertain, there's the Big Blue Party Indoor-Outdoor Wireless Speaker. In addition to the superior sound, it's water resistant and easy to transport, making it ideal for any setting.

When it's time to get a good night's sleep, there are a couple of options. First up, the Pure-Ion Bedroom Air Purifier and Humidifier offers two functions in one compact design that allows you to run both features together or separately. It includes a convenient built-in timer or it can work continuously. The reusable filter is an added bonus.

Another way to drift off into dreamland is with the Tranquil Moments Bedside Speaker & Sleep Sounds. By night, it offers doctor-developed sleep sounds and by day it becomes a wireless Bluetooth speaker.

For those who love to whip up delicious desserts, there's the Perfect Bake App-Controlled Smart Baking with color-coded bowls and a scale that connects to your tablet or phone. It even does the math for you when you need to adjust your recipe.

Binge-watching TV and movie buffs might like the Brookstone Pocket Projector Pro with DLP IntelliBright Technology that delivers a big picture from a small footprint. The pocket-sized projector displays 100" (diagonal) images from most smartphones and other devices.

Those who are often on the road can appreciate the Virtual Keyboard with laser technology that projects a virtual keyboard on any flat surface.

When it's time to play, Sand by Brookstone is kinetic sand that never gets messy. It's great for kids and adults and it's an affordable gift that sells for $15.

For the handy person in the house, you might want to consider the Twist-Bit Screwdriver that changes bits with a twist. Also an affordable find at $20, it includes six common screwdriver bits or you can load your own.

After all that shopping, you might want to treat yourself to the MAX 2 Cordless Dual-Node Percussion Massager with unlimited reach and various settings.

Another way to pamper yourself this holiday season is with an oversized towel warmer to keep you toasty from head to toe. Designed to hold two towels at a time, it can also work for blankets and robes or hats and gloves before you head out into the cold for your next shopping trip.

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Jeanine Matlow is a Metro Detroit interior decorator turned freelance writer specializing in stories about interior design. You can reach her at