Are you a Smart Home enthusiast? If you are, chances are some of your family and friends are as well. And that’s a very good thing, because it opens up a whole world of gift giving possibilities for you. What’s more, the smart home product category has expanded over the last few years to now include products that appeal to virtually everyone. In other words, if your family and friends include all different types of people with different interests, there’s bound to be a smart home product that appeals to each and every “type” of individual on your Christmas shopping list. With this thought in mind, join me below as I explore a few different smart home products that may well appeal to the different types of people in your life.
Note: The image at the top of this page refers to Whole Home Mesh Wi-Fi Routers, which make a great gift idea for anyone with a large home where the Wi-Fi signal is spread thin, or anyone with massive Internet usage where the data demand is particularly high.
From home cooks to inquisitive kids!
Something that appeals to virtually everyone is the Smart Home gift giving category of Smart Speakers, Displays, & Accessories. For the home cook, a smart display can be a wonderful kitchen assistant. With it one can look up a multitude of different recipes for virtually any meal and follow along with the instructions to cook the dish to perfection. They can even watch instructional videos that show exactly how to introduce each new ingredient so the recipe comes out perfectly.
Likewise, inquisitive kids and others with inquiring minds can research every subject under the sun and learn everything they might wish to know on any given topic. This would certainly be useful to students, no matter what grade or level of education they’re currently pursuing. They can do research for a major history project, delve into the world of Shakespeare for their English Literature class, or even study the mysteries of the vast universe for an Astronomy course or project. If inquiring minds need to know, the gift of a new smart speaker or display will go a very long way towards helping them find out!
Your security-conscious loved ones
For the security-conscious gift recipient on your shopping list this year, a variety of smart home items are available. Included in the mix are Security Cameras, Smart Locks & Smart Door Bells, Safety Sensors & Detectors, and Home Security Systems & Motion Sensors. There are an absolute ton of different options in this particular realm of smart home products, from a multitude of highly respected brands.
One of the most popular brands in the category of smart security cameras is Arlo, and their Arlo Essential Spotlight Wire-Free Indoor/Outdoor 1080p Security Camera is a great gift for family members with security concerns. If, for instance, you have older parents who still live in their own home, you could give them a security camera setup such as this one and actually keep an eye on their property yourself—even if you live miles away from them. Your smart phone will allow you to do this if the technology is too much for them to deal with. You can almost function as a home security service for those you love and wish to protect.
The home improvement enthusiast
Home improvement enthusiasts enjoy a lot of gift possibilities when it comes to smart home products. For instance, both Smart Lights and Smart Furniture & Décor provide vast possibilities for upgrading one’s home in a way that’s not only smart, but also functional and aesthetically pleasing.
One of my own personal favourites from this realm of smart home products is the NETGEAR Meural Canvas II 21.5″ Digital Art Frame. These frames come in various different styles and allow users to display any one of several thousands of different images at any given time. In fact, you can even have it display your own photos or digital artwork! I reviewed an earlier generation of one of these frames and absolutely loved it.
For the gardener in your life, there are numerous different Smart Gardening setups for you to choose from. With one of Best Buy’s many smart gardens, your friend or family member can grow everything from flowers to food right in their very own home—and year round to boot! I have never personally tried one of these smart gardens myself, but from what I’ve read and seen in videos, they’re a really cool way to not only grow some interesting and useful plants, but they’re also a lot of fun and a great way to pass the long, lonely winter months with a project through which you can see amazing results every single day.
Of course, there are many other different types of people for whom specific smart home product types may hold a particular appeal. If you know someone that’s always struggling to stay on budget, a Smart Thermostat is a great way to manage and reduce recurring energy costs; someone who’s always misplacing and/or losing things (like their keys), may benefit greatly from Item Tracking Devices; someone with a love of convenience might enjoy a gift of Smart Switches & Plugs; and the pet lover on your list may enjoy receiving some of the great Pet Wearables & Tech that has recently begun to emerge.
I’ve barely scratched the surface of the many different “types” of people in our collective lives with this article. The entire point of the exercise is merely to get us all thinking outside the box for potentially useful new ways to solve our holiday gift giving quandaries. As I’m sure you can see by now, the gift giving category of Smart Home products and devices has something for virtually everyone.
For all your Smart Home gift needs, visit Best Buy Canada either in store or online today!