With the festivities of the holiday season in motion, here are 6 Smart Home Gift Ideas to give (or add to your own wish list). Technology has so many benefits in almost every aspect of our lives. The one that is top of mind for me is protecting my home both inside and out. I have found 6 home safety products that will keep an eye on your property whether you are there or not. The good news is most you can install yourself and are inexpensive. They are also a great way to get the recipient started with smart home automation.
Smart Home Gift Ideas
You may know ADT Security for their home alarm systems. But they have gone one step further to create Blue by ADT which is a DIY suite of protection devices for your home. No need to get up from the couch to see who’s at the door with their Blue by ADT Doorbell Camera. Just check the app on your smartphone. The system offers advance motion and human detection notifications, night vision, facial recognition, two way talk and noise cancellation, push notifications with video previews, and the ability to store on the cloud. When the doorbell rings, you can see who’s there when you are away from home as well. In addition, the wired Doorbell integrates with Google assistant, Amazon Alexa and IFTTT and works with your existing wired doorbell system.
For more details or to order, visit Blue by ADT Doorbell Camera.
Whether you are lounging on the couch or relaxing on the beach, knowing your home is safe is a major source of comfort. Exactly why installing Blue by ADT Outdoor Camera or giving it to your family or friends is a welcome gift. Keep an eye on your property from virtually anywhere. Using WIFI, the DIY setup for the camera is easy and sends clear 1080p HD videos right to your phone. With two way talk plus noise cancellation, night vision, facial recognition, push notifications with video preview, customer motion detection zones and a rechargeable battery, you have established a peace of mind that is the best gift of all.
For more details or to order, visit Blue by ADT Outdoor Camera.
Every have such a crazy morning that you pull out of your driveway and are miles away but can’t remember if you closed your garage door? No need to worry that you left the door open anymore thanks to the Chamberlain Smart Garage Hub. Now you can control your garage door from your smartphone or tablet from anywhere. Set notifications to get alerts when your door is opened or closed, schedule your garage door to close at customized times or securely share access with up to three people to control your myQ device. Set up is easy and requires WI-FI. Works with all major brands of garage door openers made after 1993 that have standard safety sensors. Works with the Amazon Key program as well where your packages are left in your garage. Give the gift of time (no need to run home to see if the door is closed) with this gift.
For more details or to order, visit myQ Smart Garage Hub.
Smart Home Gift Accessories
If you are shopping for someone who routinely loses their keys, then Tile Mate is the perfect smart home gift for them. Keeping track of your keys and handbag (wallet, credit cards) is also a safety concern. You don’t want to leave them behind at the store or coffee shop. If you haven’t heard of Tile Mate, you are going to want them for your belongings like luggage, computer bag and even your child’s favorite toy. This bluetooth tracker, keys finder and item locator works with an app on your phone to find the lost or misplaced items by sound or on the app map. Lost your keys in your house? Just use the Tile app to ring your Tile Mate when it is within 200 feet. Saves you from turning your house upside down trying to find them. Plus, there is immense comfort in knowing your keys are found so you don’t have to change the locks on your doors. Tile Mate can be used to find your lost phone too.
There is another series known as Tile Pro available that offers a 400 foot wireless Bluetooth range (vs the 200 in Tile Mate) and a louder ring. There is even a crowd-finding network that draws from other people’s Tile devices which can help in identifying where the lost item is via the Tile mobile app. Wonder about using Tile for keeping track of your runaway pets? Tile Mate should be a solution for those occurrences. Tile devices are water resistant and have a replaceable battery with a one year life span.
For more information or to order, visit Tile Mate.
Gosund Smart Mini Plugs are more than just a convenience so you don’t have to get up from bed to turn on or off the lights. They also provide a safety feature for your home. Create the appearance that your household is occupied while you are out of town or away for the evening. By using the Gosund app on your smartphone, you are able to turn the lights and appliances on and off giving the illusion you are home. The number of uses for these little gems is enormous. Lights. Coffeemakers. Fans. Connect to Alexa or Google Home Assistant with a simple voice command. No hub required to install the WIFI plug. Set up a schedule for the coffeemaker or Christmas lights to go on and off.
For more details or to order, visit Gosund Smart Mini WIFI Plugs.
How to keep your home safe. Lock your doors. Sounds easy, right? No need to wonder if you remembered to do that step, just check your smartphone. Thanks to August Smart Lock, you will have the peace of mind to know you locked your door when you left the house. It also allows you remote access to unlock the door when the kids get home. The lock attaches to your existing deadbolt on the inside of your door. The outside lock stays the same and you keep your existing keys. Using WIFI, this August Smart Lock works with Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri. Enable your smartphone’s fingerprint or facial verification for unlocking and locking your door when you are away. August’s exclusive DoorSense™ technology tells you when your door is open or closed. You can also check your activity feed to know whenever your door was physically opened or closed. Using the app, you can arrange guest access for single or reoccurring purposes for your babysitters, dog walkers or house cleaners.
For more information or to order, visit August Smart Lock.
Finally, if you are looking for smart home gifts for the kitchen, here are 10 ideas to choose from. Happy Holidays!