Gift Guide for the Perfect Smart Home

smart home gifts

Smart home technology uses the internet creatively to bring your home goods online. It gives you more control over your home when you’re there and more peace of mind when you’re away. Here are some great gift ideas to make your house a (smart) home.

Amazon Echo

Amazon Echo
The hub for most smart homes is some sort of smart speaker, and Amazon’s Echo is a solid offering. In addition to voice commands, smart assistant Alexa, and a host of apps, the Echo comes in options like Echo Show, a tablet focused on home viewing options, or the small and affordable Echo Dot.

Nest Thermostat

Nest ThermostatSmart thermostats give you unprecedented control over your heating and air. That means more control over your energy bill. Beyond the inherent savings, many cities will incentivize the purchase of a smart thermostat. Nest was the first Energy Star thermostat, and it learns your habits and adjusts itself to save you money. It’s compatible with Alexa, and with Google Home–as well as phones, tablets, and laptops.

Ecobee Thermostat

Ecobee Smart Thermostat
Another great smart thermostat option is Ecobee. It doesn’t seem to support Google Home, but it has built-in Alexa. Moreover, it’s compatible with numerous IoT integration systems like Apple HomeKit, Samsung SmartThings, IFTTT, and more. It comes with a sensor, and you can purchase additional sensors to place around your house so that it can deliver more air to the rooms that need it most.

Nest Security Cameras

Nest Indoor Security Camera
Nest isn’t limited to thermostats. They also have a security camera system that–you guessed it–works with Alexa. They come in indoor and outdoor models. They’re on the expensive side, for sure. But they can let you communicate through a built-in speaker and microphone, and they can send alerts to your phone when they detect activity.

Nest Protect Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm

Google Nest Protect
Another great way to protect your smart home is with the Nest Protect Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarm. These things can send alerts to your phone when they’re low on battery and send warnings to (and be silenced from) your phone. They will also specify what they’re warning you about and where the problem is so you can take appropriate action quickly.

Awair Element

awair smart home gift
Awair Element is…a lot of things all at once. It’s an air quality monitor that plugs into the wall. You can track temperature, humidity, carbon dioxide, chemicals, and particulate matter in your space.

Philips Hue

philips hue smart home gift
There are several smart light bulbs, but Philips Hue has been in the game for a while and has established some strong credentials. Control light color and intensity from an Amazon, Apple, or Google device with ease, even if you aren’t home.


fitbit smart home gift
Fitbit is geared a little more towards “quantified self” than “smart home,” but both ideas are about using tech to centralize information and control in your life. Fitbit Versa 4 measures your pulse, tracks your cardio fitness level, tracks your activities and sleep, reminds you to keep moving, and gives you alerts about texts and calls.

August Smart Lock

august smart lock smart home gift


The August Smart Lock is another great way to have peace of mind on the go. This lock automatically locks and unlocks as you leave and return. You can allow and rescind visitor access. You can track who comes and goes, and you can give voice commands with Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, or Google Assistant.

Smart Plug Eightree Smart Plug

An Eightree Smart Plug is perfect for those who wish every wired device was a smart device. No more wondering and worrying about whether or not you turned off an appliance. With an Eightree Smart Plug, easily control the appliance through a simple app, switching it off or on. Compatible with Google Assistant and Alexa, you can also use your voice to control your home appliances. Or, put them on a schedule to set when they turn on and off.

*Updated November 22,2023