Editor’s Note: The products in our gift guide were curated by our team of editors and writers. We relied on testing scores from third-party sources like Consumer Reports, Wirecutter and Reviews.com to inform our picks, as well as products we’ve used and written about ourselves.
From voice assistants to temperature control to home security, there’s almost nothing smart home tech can’t do today. That’s why smart home devices make a great gift this holiday season. And the best part is the gift recipient doesn’t need a brand new home — the best smart home gifts can integrate just about anywhere.
If you want to make your place a little bit smarter, or you know someone who’s interested in Internet of Things devices, be sure to put these gifts on your list.
Get right to the gifts
- Google Nest Cam Outdoor security camera
- Amazon Echo Plus
- Ring Video Doorbell Pro
- Nest Protect Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarm
- August Smart Lock Pro + Connect
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Google Nest Cam Outdoor security camera
The gift of home security from the company that improves web searches
Google may best be known for improving internet search results, but the company has also started developing a variety of smart home automation devices.
The Google Nest Cam Outdoor security camera keeps watch 24/7 and sends a phone alert if there’s anything suspicious, such as someone hopping a fence. See everything in HD quality and use the built-in speaker to let the delivery man know he can leave the package at the door.
The camera’s sleek, minimal design won’t look out of place on any home. Additionally, it integrates with Google Home Hub or Amazon Alexa to add voice assistant as well.
Amazon Echo Plus
Give the gift of control with a hub that connects multiple smart devices
You may already be familiar with Amazon’s suite of Echo smart speakers, but the Echo Plus takes things to a new level. In addition to being a smart speaker that controls the music and answers other commands, the Echo Plus creates a hub for all compatible smart home devices.
The Amazon Echo Plus relies on Zigbee, a global wireless radio communication standard, to communicate with other Zigbee-compatible devices. These include a variety of smart in-wall switches, plugs, outlets, lights and locks. For instance, you can connect the Echo Plus with the Philips Hue light bulbs then say “Hey Alexa, dim the living room lights.”
Ring Video Doorbell Pro
The gift of never wondering “Who could that be?” again
Knock! Knock! “Who’s there?” Now your gift recipient will know with the Ring Video Doorbell Pro, which monitors the home and displays who’s at the door in HD video with infrared night vision. Additionally, use the live view to check-in at any time from anywhere.
Whenever motion is detected or a visitor presses the doorbell, an alert is sent to connect phones, tablets and/or computers enabling the user to see, hear and speak to the visitor. The Ring Video Doorbell Pro also integrates with Amazon Alexa to give door announcements from a smart speaker or hub.
Nest Protect Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarm
Give the gift of peace of mind inside the home
Keeping a home safe involves more than just protecting against potential intruders, but also protecting from potential problems inside, such as a fire or carbon monoxide. The Nest Protect Smoke and Carbon Monoxide alarm can keep a home safe for up to 10 years, giving homeowners peace of mind.
With phone alerts, the user can know immediately if there’s an issue at home, even if they aren’t there. Additionally, phone controls make it easy to silence the device during a false alarm — no more standing on a chair trying to reach the reset button.
August Smart Lock Pro + Connect
The gift of never having to circle back to ensure you locked the front door
If you’ve ever been out to dinner and a friend has gotten panicky when they can’t remember if they locked the front door or not, the August Smart Lock Pro + Connect is the perfect gift. The device allows a user to control and monitor their door from anywhere, including locking and unlocking the door, setting up keyless entry and keeping track of everyone who comes and goes.
Connecting the August Smart Lock Pro + Connect to a smartphone allows for automatic locking and unlocking as a user leaves or approaches the door. Additionally, it can integrate with Amazon Alexa for voice control.
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