4 Tech-Focused Gift Ideas for a Smart (and fun) Home

4 Tech-Focused Gift Ideas for a Smart (and fun) Home

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The world is changing rapidly. Every day there seems to be a new product or app released that helps us live more efficiently.

These new efficiency-focused advancements have now made their way into our homes. And I’m welcoming them with open arms. The less time I spend on meaningless time-consuming activities, the better my life will be.

Here are 4 gift ideas that will help you stay up with the latest technology trends and make your home more efficient (and fun).

Playbulb

What is it?  An LED lightbulb that changes color and plays music.  Mind. Blown.

Why I love it!  Combines two necessary devices in one, reduces clutter on the counter and gives me something to show off to my friends when they come over (CHECK THIS OUT)! The sound quality isn’t half bad either. The more Playbulbs you install, the better the overall sound. Yes, this is surround sound inside your lightbulbs people.

Nest Learning Thermostat

What is it?  This thermostat learns your preferred temperature and programs itself in about a week. It turns itself down when no one is home and can be easily adjusted through your smart phone.

Why we love it!  Nicole and I were always messing with the temperature in our house. Now that we have our Nest, we haven’t touched it in months. We knew a computer could do a better job than we could! Also, with its energy-saving features, Nest will pay for itself in two years.  #Winning!

AMazon Echo

What is it?  Hands-free home assistant that plays music, answers questions and even orders you a pizza.

Why I want it!  On my travel days, Echo could order me an Uber to the airport, play my favorite music on Spotify and tell me my schedule for the day all while I’m making myself breakfast. Now if I could just find that breakfast making robot, I’d be all set!

Ring Video Doorbell

What is it?  A wi-fi enabled doorbell that allows you to see, hear and speak to your guest from your smart phone, tablet or computer.

Why I want it!  I order a lot of packages online so this would be an easy way to see if they’ve arrived at the house when I’m traveling or at work. The infrared night vision would allow me to keep an eye on my house too. And when I am home, I wouldn’t even need to get up to answer the door! Talk about efficiency!

Looking for some more gift ideas?


What smart home devices do you have that you can’t live without?

Please tell me about it in the comments below!


 

Author: Andy Hill

Andy Hill, a mid-30’s father of two living in the metro Detroit area, pens the MarriageKidsandMoney.com (MKM) blog taking you through the trials and tribulations of being a young parent and husband who is planning for his family’s future and winning with money.

7 thoughts on “4 Tech-Focused Gift Ideas for a Smart (and fun) Home”

  1. I am definitely intrigued by the Nest Thermostat. I have a friend that picked up one a couple of years ago and he loved it. I have a smart thermostat already but the allure of Nest interface is definitely intriguing.

    Thanks for sharing the latest tech!!!

  2. Check out the echobee3 smart thermostat.

    It has sensors that you put in each room so that it knows where you are in the house and adjusts the temp to where you are currently located.

  3. I ordered the Amazon Echo. Pretty cool gadget. If you’re looking for something to boss around and play your music, this one’s the answer!

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