Smart Home Gifts That Make Perfect Holiday Presents
Shopping for holiday gifts should be fun, not stressful. But when you're at a loss for what to get your recipient, hours spent browsing stores often feels fruitless and tiring. If you're trying to find the perfect present for the techie in your life, but have no idea where to start, we're here to help. This curated selection of editor-approved smart home picks—which features everything from safety essentials to kitchen must-haves—has something for everyone. Whether you're shopping for your spouse, child, parent, or friend, there's a gift here that's guaranteed to make them smile this holiday season.
Smart home presents are always well received because they generally do one of two things: simplify or enhance everyday tasks. On the simplify side, products like smart mops (cleaning the kitchen has literally never been easier) and wifi-enabled coffee pots (they can begin brewing the perfect cup of coffee before they're even out of bed) are surefire winners. As for gifts that will enhance their day-to-day life, smart plugs (they'll never come home to a dark house again!) and hidden televisions (we found one that looks like art when not in use) are among our favorites. We're also sharing some of our favorite safety-centric smart home gift picks. Video doorbells, smart locks, and connected smoke detectors are essentials that homeowners can access anywhere they are. If peace of mind isn't the ultimate holiday gift, we don't know what is.
Ahead, a selection of editor-approved smart home gifts everyone will love this holiday season. Wrap one (or more!) up for your family members and friends.
In terms of safety and convenience, this video doorbell can't be beat. Your recipient can monitor their front door and greet guests from their phone—and they can do so anywhere in the world. Thanks to a two-way-talk feature, homeowners can communicate with guests no matter where they are.
Shop Now: Ring Video Doorbell Elite, $499, shop.ring.com.
Connected Coffee Pot
When paired with the Nespresso app, this smart coffee machine is able to change the user's java preferences, schedule brew cycles, and save preferred recipes. That means your gift recipient can make their morning cup of coffee without even getting out of bed.
Shop Now: Nespresso Expert Smart Coffee Machine, $230.30, williams-sonoma.com.
Connected Smoke Detector
They'll never have to deal with a blaring alarm they can't shut off again. This connected smoke detector can be silenced from an app, and each one in the house will tell you exactly where the problem is. Best of all, users will receive alerts on their phones, which means they're aware of what's going on at home no matter where they are in the world.
Shop Now: Google Nest Protect, $119, store.google.com.
Smart Pet Camera
With this camera, pet parents are able to watch and interact with their dogs and cats no matter where they are. See what's happening in the house, talk to your pet, or play games using the connected app.
Shop Now: Petcube "Play 2" Smart Pet Camera, $199, amazon.com.
Connected Air Purifying Fan
Thanks to this fan's purifying features, homeowners can cool a room while also cleaning it. Intelligent reporting is available via an app, so your gift recipient can check air quality levels at any time.
Shop Now: Dyson Pure Cool TP04" Purifying Fan, $549.99, dyson.com.
If you're shopping for a tech-lover who also cares about design, this incredible television is the gift to give. When not in use, the TV actually looks like a piece of framed art.
Shop Now: Samsung "The Frame" Smart 4K TV, from $999, samsung.com.
Cleaning the house has never been easier. Using just an app, your recipient can program this handy machine to sweep or mop an entire floor of their home.
Shop Now: iRobot "Braava Jet m6" Robot Mop, $499.99, bedbathandbeyond.com.
If you're shopping for someone who entertains or travels frequently, a smart lock, which can be be locked and unlocked remotely, is a winning gift idea. They'll also be able to give visitors secure digital keys, which makes it easy to let relatives, cleaners, or dog walkers into the home from anywhere.
Shop Now: August Smart Lock + Connect, $199, august.com.
Wifi Enabled Instant Pot
This programmable pressure cooker can be controlled, scheduled, and monitored using a smartphone app—that means even those who feel challenged in the kitchen can prepare a meal with ease. They can also choose from over 1,000 pre-programmed recipes if they're not sure what to make for dinner.
Shop Now: Instant Pot Smart Wifi 6 Quart Pressure Cooker, $99.95, amazon.com.
They'll never have to come home to a dark house again! Once installed, these smart plugs can be controlled from a smartphone, so recipients can turn on lights, fans, and more with the touch of a screen. We especially like the idea of using it to control outdoor holiday decorations.
Shop Now: Wemo Mini Smart Plug, $34.99, westelm.com.
This smart thermostat learns the temperature the user prefers theirs home to be and then creates its own schedule to work with theirs. That means if they typically turn down the heat before you go to bed, it'll quickly learn to do that on its own. Ultimately, it'll make life easier and help them save money.
Shop Now: Google Nest Learning Thermostat, $249, store.google.com.
Connected Lightbulb Kid
Light makes a big difference in a space. This kit, which is controlled using an app, makes adding ambient color to a room so simple.
Shop Now: Philips Hue "E26" White and Color Ambience Starter Kit, $119.95, target.com.
Never worry about the music being too quiet during a party again! Apple's latest smart speaker adjusts to its location to make sure the sound quality is just right. It can also assist with everyday tasks with Siri's help.
Shop Now: Apple HomePod, $299, bestbuy.com.