The 12 Best Smart Home Gifts to Buy

Photo: EcoFlow RIVER 2

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With technology advancing at a breakneck rate, now’s the best time to take advantage of the gadgets available to enhance your homestead, whether you’re trying to make life easier or just more fun. What was once reserved only for the tech-obsessed, future-proofing your home is now a great investment for anyone, and doesn’t always have to break the bank. To help make your shopping easier, we’ve compiled a guide to the best smart home gifts for almost any budget this holiday season.

EcoFlow River 2

Charging up in just one hour, the RIVER 2 from EcoFlow is a perfect travel power bank but can also be used to power your favorite home gadgets in the event of an outage, or even if you want to use your electronics away from an outlet. Controlled via the smartphone app and equipped with both AC and USB ports, the 7.7-pound RIVER 2 has a 300W output and can be fully recharged in 1 hour. 

Amazon Voice Remote Pro

As remotes to our smart TVs get smaller, they become much easier to lose. Amazon’s latest Voice Remote Pro updates its backlit Fire TV remote with Alexa capability, allowing you to find it in the inevitable occurrence that it gets wedged inside or underneath your sofa somewhere.

Amazon Blink Mini Pan-Tilt Camera

Featuring two-way audio, motion detection, and 360-degree panning, this indoor smart security camera from Amazon lets you see what’s going on at home in hi-def, even if you’re not there. Great for parents leaving their kids home with a babysitter or pet owners.

Ember Cup

The Ember Mug is one of the best smart home gadgets you can get, keeping your beverages warm, and at your desired temperature for as long as it takes you to drink them. Recently the brand released a smaller 6oz version for drinks like espresso and cortados.

Amazon Halo Rise

Introduced earlier this year, Amazon’s Halo Rise works in tandem with the Halo app for a better way to help you adjust to waking up and going to sleep. The device brightens gradually like the sunrise so your body can adjust to the morning before you’re even awake. Likewise, it can keep track of how long you sleep with app integration to monitor your habits.

Hue Go portable table lamp

Sporting a silicone grip that makes it easy to handle, Philips’ Hue Go portable table lamp brings the brand’s smart lighting to an aesthetically-pleasing piece of furniture, surviving 48 hours without being plugged in so you can move it around from room to room as desired.

Therabody SmartGoggles

Powered by SmartSense Technology, these SmartGoggles from Therabody help slow your heart rate for a better sleep state but can also be applied to relieve headaches and eye strain caused by staring at devices all day.

Sonos One Speaker

The diminutive size of the Sonos One Speaker isn’t a knock on quality but a benefit when trying to minimize footprint while maximizing sound. Working with your smartphone to play music, audiobooks, and podcasts, the Alexa-compatible speaker can also be controlled hands-free.

The Bruvi BV-01 Coffee Maker Bundle

Aiming to change the pod machine game, the Bruvi BV-01 not only promises better-tasting coffee with guilt-free pods but offers a wide range of styles from drip coffee to espresso to cold brew, and everything in between. You can operate and schedule the machine via a touchpad but also control it remotely from your smartphone.

Breville Joule Oven

Taking Breville’s standard Air Fryer and making it more tech-friendly, the Joule Oven offers seamless smartphone integration and an Autopilot feature that can switch modes mid-cooking depending which recipe you’re using. Whether baking cupcakes or roasting a turkey, the smart oven optimizes heat thanks to Element IQ tech and features 13 preset functions.

FITURE Interactive Workout Mirror

The new Interactive Workout Mirror from FITURE gives you instant feedback on your form when lifting weights and also monitors your reps, sets, and heart rate in real-time. Sporting a sleek design that will double as a stylish piece of furniture for your living room, the mirror also supports the brand’s interactive fitness courses.

myQ Pet Portal

With the myQ Pet Portal, you can now let your cat and dog in and out of your house, even when you’re out on Friday night. Preventing any undesirable critters from coming inside, the smart elevator-style passageway is operable remotely via your smartphone and can be triggered by your pet’s collar when it’s close by.