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Looking for the perfect gift for that person in your life who's tough to shop for? You might want to consider smart home technology. Home automation helps make any living space more convenient and efficient, and there are a lot of great options that won’t break the bank. Treat yourself or someone special to these can’t miss connected gifts this holiday season:
iDevices Socket - $39.95
Thanks to this innovative, Wi-Fi-enabled bulb socket, you can turn any ordinary light bulb into a smart one. Just pick a light bulb, screw it into the iDevices Socket, and you can:
Don’t want to come home to a dark house? The iDevices Socket allows you to schedule when your lights turn on and off. If you're coming in at 7 p.m., you can have the lights automatically come on at 6:30 p.m. so you walk into a well-lit home without a power bill reflecting your lights being on all day.
With these smart sockets, you don’t need to invest in a separate light-only hub. Instead, you can simply use your smartphone to connect and set up the main features or remotely control the lights when you're not home. iDevices products work with Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit and the Google Assistant. These smart sockets also come with a one-year warranty.
Ring Alarm System - $239 (8-piece set on Amazon)
When it comes to finding a solid home security system, there are a ton of options out there. The Ring Alarm System comes with a huge brand advantage thanks to the Ring Doorbell, which has jumpstarted many homeowners who previously skipped out on home security. The standard eight-piece set comes with:
- 1 base station
- 3 contact sensors
- 2 motion detectors
- 1 keypad
- 1 range extender
In order to set up and use the Ring Alarm System, you'll need to a smartphone or tablet to download the Ring app. There's no binding contract with this Ring home security system - you can simply choose to pay $10 per month, or dish out $100 for a full year. You can cancel the service anytime without having to deal with cancellation fees or pay someone to come and uninstall the equipment.
Amazon Echo Dot (3rd Gen) - $29.99
There's a new Echo in town this holiday season, and it comes with a sound upgrade. The Amazon Echo Dot has been beefed up just in time to be a great and affordable holiday gift. Improvements to this already top-rated voice assistant include:
- New design
- Better speaker
The new design features a slightly larger Dot with rounded edges thanks to the new speaker design. It's also much heavier than the original. While the Amazon Echo still offers a fuller sound experience, the Dot is much improved. This is a great gift for anyone looking to expand their smart home with a handy voice assistant - Alexa works perfectly with iDevices smart switches, outlets and thermostat.
Deebot - $229.99
One of the best gifts you can give is the ability to clean with your feet up. With the Ecovacs Deebot N79, you can enjoy a cleaner floor without having to put your back into a daily cleaning routine.
This small, yet mighty robotic vacuum cleaner is super easy to set up and begin using. It pairs with your smartphone and allows you to set up a scheduled cleaning routine, choose multiple cleaning modes, check on the status of your vacuum, and locate it while cleaning.
The Deebot can clean for up to 100 minutes on a single charge. It has also been fitted with plenty of smart sensors to keep it from bumping into furniture, accumulating scuff marks from side-swiping walls, and steer clear of drop offs.
iDevices Wall Outlet - $89.95
Put the power back into the palm of your hand with the iDevices Wall Outlet. This innovative smart outlet gives you two Wi-Fi-enabled receptacles that can be controlled individually with the iDevices Connected app on your smartphone or tablet. Think of Wall Outlet as two smart plugs actually integrated into your wall. The Wall Outlet is great for controlling:
- Coffee makers
- Holiday lights
Schedule the top outlet, bottom outlet - or both. This is great for automatically controlling a lamp at night or creating a wake up routine for brewing coffee and turning on the lights. Plus, each outlet features energy monitoring, so you can make smart decisions when it comes to how you use your home's accessories.
Furbo Dog Camera - $169
Humans aren’t the only ones who can have great smart home devices. The Furbo Dog Camera is the ultimate for pet owners who want to be able to see and interact with their pets while they are away.
This smart device allows you to see your pets while you're not home, thanks to a full HD camera that also supports night vision. The camera provides an all-day livestream that you can check in on.
There's also a built-in bark detector that alerts you when your dog is barking. If your pet is upset and you're away, then the Furbo has an excellent feature that lets you have a two-way chat with your furry family member to help calm them down or just for a quick hello. When your pet is in need of a pick-me-up or has been good, then the Furbo offers a treat. When you activate the treat, it will toss it out to your pet for being a good boy or girl.
iDevices Thermostat - $99.95
Expect more from your thermostat with the iDevices Thermostat. This can’t miss smart home solution gives you full control over your home’s temperature without having to get up and adjust the thermostat multiple times a day. What the iDevices Connected app, you can:
- Create schedules and scenes
- Change the temperature from anywhere
- Set ranges and offsets to save money
With the iDevices Thermostat, you can create a schedule so that at 6 a.m. when you wake up, the temperature raises to help warm the floors. You can also set it to lower close to bedtime if you sleep better with a little chill in the air.
While you're away from home, if you notice the weather deviating from expected levels, then you can simply open the app and adjust your home temperature to create a comfortable environment to return to. Ranges and offsets allow you to monitor how even the thermostat is heating or cooling your home so that you can save money or create a more even home temperature. This thermostat is also compatible with Apple HomeKit, Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant so you can adjust the temperature with your voice.