Tech the halls with these nifty gifts for the home!
What do you get the family member or friend that seemingly has everything? Well, how about some of the latest tech for their home! Each year the number of high-tech gadgets for the home grows so there’s always something new and inventive to find! Whether you’re looking to invest in your nest or just want to get your loved ones a unique gift they can actually use, you’ll find that there’s a great selection of options to match any budget.
Here’s what’s hot in tech this holiday season.
Smart thermostats are the best way to manage your home’s temperature 24/7. If you’re away, you can use the app to turn down your heating system when you’re away from the home, or let it use its sensors to autonomously adjust as needed. The two most popular brands right now are Ecobee and Nest, and you can order them online or find them at Best Buy and Home Depot. Smart thermostats typically retail for about $200 to $250, but can easily pay for themselves in time with the energy savings they provide.
You can instantly change the mood of any room with these vibrant, color-changing bulbs. The Stack Alba can sense when you’re in the room to turn on and off or change from soft to hard white, depending on the room.
WiFi Plug Module & WiFi In-Wall Outlets
This simple module can turn almost anything into a wireless accessory, including lamps, coffee makers, kettles, you name it. You could turn the coffee pot on from the warmth of your bed, or turn a space heater on before you get home. These typically retail around $50 and can usually be found in Home Depot, Staples, and online at Amazon.
These are perfect for friends and family that want to grow their own herbs but have had difficulties in the past. The Smartpot dispenses water and nutrition so that you can set it and forget it! Pick your favorite herbs, flowers, or fruits from their online store and they planter will take care of the rest. The Smartpot is currently only available in Click & Grow’s online store.
For friends that are constantly misplacing their phone, wallet, and keys, the Tile Tracker will be a gift they'll love to use almost every day. If you can't find your phone, you just have to press on the tile and a jingle will sound. If you can't find your keys, the app will send a notification to the Tile on your keychain which will ring with a pleasant tune. Tile Trackers usually retail for around $30 and can be found at Best Buy or online at TheTileApp.com.
This high-tech thermometer will keep track of your Turkey and send a notification to your phone when it’s reached a certain temperature. There are a few different brands out there and they are fairly easy to find in most houseware stores. Smart Locks Know someone who’s constantly forgetting their keys? They might benefit from the security and convenience of a smart lock! August, Kwikset, and Weiser are currently the top manufacturers of these Bluetooth and WiFi enabled locking devices.
Using your phone as the key, they can sense when you’re nearby to unlock the door, and similarly lock it when you’re away. You can also grant temporary access to a contractor or family member if they need to swing by your home while you’re away, and track who’s recent come and gone. Some products will also include a small camera so that you can discretely see who’s at the door before answering it. Smart locks typically retail for over $200 but they can be a great investment for large families and rental properties.
Lauren Schneider, Real Estate Agent and Military Relocation Professional (MRP)
Lauren Schneider has lived in Colorado Springs for nearly 20 years and knows that the military is what keeps this town ticking, which is one of the reasons she's chosen to pursue her dream of helping military families with all of their homebuying needs. Learn more about Lauren or start your home search now.