2019 is about to end, and the holiday season is just around the corner. There are so many reasons piling up for everybody to go out and choose a gift. Whether it is about your favorite co-worker, your spouse, or your best friend, it is the time of the year to show them that you care. But it is so tough to choose the right gift. I know as I have been spending so much of my data from my Spectrum Packages to search for perfect gifts for everybody!
This year, let us all deviate from the usual hard fruit cakes, and give something smart to people we love. Smart home gifts are a rage this year, and very affordable too. So, have a look at this list of some cool tech gifts!
Philips Hue White Starter Kit
Ever went to your best friend’s place, had lots of fun, but have terrible selfies to remember that day by? Happens to all of us. It is the best time of the year to gift her some good lights. Yes, literally. These lights that I have picked for you are for illuminating the whole place. In the $70 package, you get the Philips Hue Bridge and two bulbs. Later, when Philip Hue products are a part of the smart home, more bulbs can be added to the bridge too.
If you want to get a smart light but don’t want to spend that much on it either, you can go for a cheaper alternative. Wyze Bulbs, which cost around $30 for four bulbs, are Wi-Fi operated. Setting them up is quite easy. But obviously, the brand name is not as reliable as Philips, and the features they offer are lesser too.
SimpliSafe 3.0 Kit
If you have a co-worker who is always being paranoid about the security of their place, this is the best gift you can get for them. This kit supplies security to the whole place. It costs about $229 and includes a motion sensor, an open/close sensor, and a keypad, all comprising a base station. One of the most amazing features of this sensor is that you can customize the settings to select from 8 different types of sensors. You can set a sensor for smoke detection or glass break, according to your requirement.
The best part? Unlike other complicated security systems, you don’t have to sign any contract or subscribe to a service plan to use it. You have the option to choose a $15/month professional monitoring package, but it is not compulsory to buy it. And even if you do, you can unsubscribe at any time.
You can go for alternatives like ADT, Vivint, Nest, and Ring too, but all of these require choosing service packages to work. They offer fewer features too. Hardware is almost the same in all other options, but the prices spike up in every system other than SimpliSafe.
There is another one you can consider too. Abode is close to SimpliSafe. A little higher in price, but it integrates with other home devices. So, if your price range can go a little higher, you should opt for it. But if you want to choose a single device, SimpliSafe is the safest option.
Amazon Echo Dot (3rd Generation)
Giving competition to Google Home Mini speakers, these are good enough to gift to anybody who loves to party. Google has recently launched its newer product, renamed as Google Nest Mini, and the competition has become an absolute tie between these two. You can get either in about $50 and cheaper as you can find them on sale frequently.
Most of the times, you ask a smart speaker to tell you about the weather, to play a song for you, or to set an alarm. Both of the devices recommended above can do that quite well. But I would recommend the Amazon Echo Dot because of one little hardware advantage: it comes with an audio-out jack. The Google Mini or the Google Nest Mini doesn’t offer that. Also, the Echo dot comes with a built-in LED clock display, for an extra 10 bucks. Comes in handy, and looks good too.
TP-Link Kasa Smart Plug Mini
If you want to try out your first smart plug, gift this one to yourself. TP-Link Kasa Smart Plug Mini is easy to install and is light on the pocket too. They are pretty easy to use too.
Consisting of a single outlet, it can connect to your home network through Wi-Fi. The app is user-friendly, and you can even set an on/off schedule too. It is also compatible with Google Assistant and Alexa. It doesn’t abrupt your other socket’s work by blocking it either!
Have you found your type of gift yet? Well, this list has juiced up my holiday spirit. I’m going to dial the Spectrum Hawaii number to update my internet package, and use all my data on finding similar stuff to gift. I have a big list to take care of this year.