If you’re stumped for great gift ideas this holiday season, allow me to suggest a few Smart Home stocking stuffers that are sure to please! What exactly do I mean by that? Well, to me stocking stuffers are small, relatively affordable gifts that easily fit into most Christmas stockings—you know, those things that are hung by the chimney with care? In the case of today’s blog, each suggestion will also be a smart home item that you can give to a friend or family member with the assurance that your recipient will easily be able to use and enjoy the product (in other words, no—or at least very few—complicated installations here!). Read on for all of my smart home stocking stuffer ideas!
Great Smart Home stocking stuffers
The first product I’d like to suggest is an entire category: it’s Smart Plugs, and they’re small, inexpensive, incredibly convenient, and they’ll fit into any stocking!
But the real benefit of smart plugs is that they allow your recipient to remotely control any electronic device that is plugged into them via a dedicated app on their smart phone. Users can also schedule when the plug is powered on or off as well as use various other means to control their plug (such as with smart voice control or via a smart home ecosystem).
What this all means is that the recipient of your smart plug gift will be able to control lamps, coffee makers, stereos, and anything else they want to plug into their smart plugs in a variety of convenient ways, including remotely from anywhere in the world that has Internet access. It doesn’t get much more convenient than that!
Smart Speakers & Assistants
Another smart stocking stuffer I’d like to suggest that’s also an entire category of products is Smart Speakers & Displays, although some of these items may be a bit bigger than your average stocking stuffer. Even so, these products have built-in smart voice assistants like Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant, so they’re sure to put a smile on any gift recipient’s face.
And that’s because these devices can do a variety of very cool things, like controlling many other smart home gadgets. Similarly, your gift recipient can ask pretty much any question that can be answered via the Internet, and even get all the day’s news, weather forecasts, and sports scores.
Many smart speakers (and even some displays) are small and unobtrusive enough to go just about anywhere, and they allow users to enjoy all their favourite tunes from popular music streaming services such as Spotify and Apple Music, among their many capabilities, such as maintaining their daily calendar and setting useful reminders. Of course, they can also provide route and traffic information, give you an update on the stock market, tell you pretty much anything you might want to know about a particular celebrity or historical figure, and a whole lot more. They really do make a great gift for just about anyone.
Item Tracking Devices
One of the smallest smart gifts you can give to someone—and therefore the perfect stocking stuffer, is an Item Tracking Device.
These devices allow your gift recipient to keep track of any belongings that may frequently go missing—such as their keys, but they also allow users to track items that may be lost outside of the house. For instance, nobody wants to lose their wallet or purse, but with an item tracker inside, it will be a whole lot easier to find that important possession if it ever gets lost or stolen.
Basically how these work is by sending out a signal that an app on your phone can track. The app allows you to see on a map where your item is, and if you lose something inside your home, the app will allow you to have the tracker play a tune or make some other sound to help you locate whatever’s attached to it. Item tracking devices are a very cool and convenient gift idea that’s sure to bring peace of mind to whoever you give them to. They can even put one on a beloved pet’s collar.
Finally, I’d like to offer one suggestion that does require installation, but that installation is relatively easy to do (I know this from installing multiple smart locks myself) and completely worth it for the peace of mind that it brings. It’s the category of Smart Locks, of which most are small and unobtrusive enough to make great smart home stocking stuffers—ones that can protect the home and entire family of your gift recipient this Christmas. And not only that, but they also provide a great deal of convenience to those that use them.
This is because smart locks allow users to control the locking and unlocking of their door’s deadbolt with just their iOS or Android based smart phone and the dedicated app of whatever smart lock you give them. These locks also frequently work with Bluetooth and over Wi-Fi, meaning your recipient will enjoy easy access to their home at any time provided they have their device with them. Burglars, on the other hand, won’t stand a chance of getting inside.
Other features of these locks include compatibility with several of the major smart home ecosystems, voice based control via a smart voice assistant (i.e., Amazon Alexa, Siri, or the Google Assistant), and the option to keep on using an old-fashioned metal key if you wish. Some even have a numbered keypad on them for getting in via a numeric pass code, while others still allow for temporary (or permanent) digital keys to be given out to family members, guests, or helpers that may need to come and go when nobody else is at home. What a great idea!
And that’s all of the smart home stocking stuffers I’m going to suggest for now, but you can always find many, many more great gift ideas simply by visiting Best Buy’s Smart Home page for yourself. And, if you want a broader range of options that are also relatively inexpensive, check out Best Buy’s page for Gifts Under $50.
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