This is the first year the Internet of Things (IoT) starts hitting the mainstream. For those of you who don’t know, the IoT is a network of physical objects that feature an IP address for Internet connectivity.

Simply put, it’s the concept of connecting any device with an on and off switch to the Internet. The IoT will link everyday objects (like parking meters or dishwashers) to the Internet. It’s the largest trend we’ll ever know in our lives…

By 2018, 9 billion devices will be connected. That’s about equal to the number of smartphones, smart TVs, tablets, wearable computers, and PCs in existence—combined.

Greg Wilson, chief analyst for the Legacy Portfolio, provided the unbelievable IoT “holiday shopping list” below:

The Nest “Learning Thermostat”—This self-programming thermostat can save you 20% on your energy bills, and you can do it all from your smart phone.

WeMo LED Lighting Set—Manage all your lighting right from your phone or smart device. LED bulbs are super-efficient and have a life expectancy of 23 years.

Kevo Kwikset Locks—Forget your keys? No problem, open your door right from your phone with Kevo’s Bluetooth enabled locks. Also comes with key fobs if you don’t have a smartphone. You can also use eKeys to let guests in when you’re not there.

The Cicret Bracelet—Still in production… but too cool not to share. It’s a bracelet that turns your arm into a touchscreen. You can literally make a call from your arm. It works by connecting your phone with the bracelet via an app.