We all know that smart home gadgets make it to the top of many Black Friday and holiday shopping lists. When thinking about what to give during the holidays, why not give the gift of convenience? To help you with your holiday shopping, we’ve compiled a list of the smart home gadgets we’d love to give (and receive).
Budget Smart Home Gadgets You’ll Want in Your Own House
1. Smart Home Speaker: Google Home
A smart home technology system starts with a command module. Google Home is the device that “techies” are adding to their lists this year. Google Home can answer almost any question if you start with “Hey Google…” You can ask it to lower the temperature in your home or ask questions like the day’s weather forecast and the average lifespan of a gecko. It’s at a lower price point than the Amazon Alexa but its features, like its integrated AI, the Google Assistant, rival the features offered by the competition.
Retail Price: 129.99 USD
2. Mini Speaker: Google Home Mini
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When you’re strapped for cash but would like to have your own Google Home unit, opt for the Google Home Mini. Consumers will necessarily be getting the same functionalities thanks to the Google Assistant in a space-saving package. The Google Home Mini can also serve as an extension of a more significant Google Home unit – allowing you to issue commands from other rooms in the house.
Retail Price: 49.00 USD
3. Smart Home Hub: Samsung SmartThings Hub
Speakers like Google Home and the Amazon Echo are like the heads in a home automation technology system. What’s the heart, you ask? Smart home hubs keep everything within the house in sync. One such product is Samsung’s SmartThings Hub. The SmartThings Hub works to integrate and harmonize different smart home gadgets through different connections and operating systems like Android, iOS, and Windows apps. No more tangled wires, switching between apps, and complex installations. The hub is also manufactured to accommodate future upgrades.
Retail Price: 99.00 USD
4. Smart Lighting System: Philips Hue
This is not your old school clapper system! With the Philips Hue smart lighting kit, you will be able to control lighting with voice commands or program it to switch off when you leave your home. Additionally, the Philips Hue isn’t just fixed to on or off – it can dim or brighten depending on the hours of the day and the amount of available natural lighting coming into the room.
Retail Price: 99.97 USD
5. Smoke Detection System: Roost Battery
There are a lot of smoke detection devices under the smart home gadgets category but why buy a new unit when you can upgrade your old one? Now it’s possible thanks to energy devices like the Roost Battery. Insert Roost Batteries into your existing smoke alarm. The Roost Battery app connects to your smartphone and alerts you whenever it detects smoke – whether you’re in your home or not. It doesn’t offer interconnectivity with other smart home gadgets, but it’s a steal for the price.
Retail Price: 46.21 USD
6. Entertainment: Roku Streaming Stick
Want to rock your guests’ worlds with an endless stream of entertainment? The Roku Streaming Stick can supply around 500,000 clips of video content at your fingertips. The device also offers a voice command remote and apps you can use with your smartphone. Plus, it works well with Netflix, Hulu, and other video platforms.
Retail Price: 39.99 USD
7. Security: Blink Home Camera Security System
Leaving home without anyone to watch over your place? Crush the anxiety by setting up a motion-detection camera system. The Blink Home Security Camera System is incredibly cost-effective in comparison to other products on the market. Once installed, the cameras will activate once they detect motion and start capturing images at 720p. If you want to add more cameras, you can do so at $70 for each piece. The price is well worth your peace of mind!
Retail Price: 149.00 USD
Spread a little holiday cheer in the form of cutting-edge technology this year! Smart home gadgets are a great investment in making the homes of your friends and family a little safer and routines around their houses a little more convenient. As the smart home gadgets, we featured here show, giving the gift of smart home automation doesn’t have to break the bank.
What smart home devices are you planning to buy as gifts? Comment down below to share your best selections.
Why only let the adults have all the fun? If you’re considering buying for kids, here’s a list of 9 Cool Home Gadgets Perfect For Families With Small Kids.