Finding the right gift for someone can be tough. Smart home products are useful. That’s why they make great gifts. They can have a meaningful impact on someone’s life. For example, someone can turn their coffee machine on with their voice while still in bed. That’s a game changer—a gift that keeps on giving.  

Smart home gifts work with every budget. There are many products to choose from – all at different price points. The holidays are a great time to get someone started with a smart home. Let’s look at some gift ideas for every budget. 

Google Nest Cam Wired Indoor - Smart home

Smart Security Cameras

Smart Security cameras provide the ultimate gift—peace of mind. They allow live and recorded video surveillance inside and outside the home. This could be the front door, backyard, or driveway. There are Wireless Cameras and Wired Cameras available. You may know someone who could benefit from a smart security camera. For example, a frequent traveler monitoring their home remotely. With motion detection alerts, they can watch a live viewing anytime the camera gets triggered. 

The Google Nest Cam Wired Indoor is an affordable, budget-friendly security camera. It’s a great gift for pet owners. They can check on their pets remotely, and talk to them with the built-in microphone and speaker. If someone needs to monitor an area indoors, this is an affordable option that makes a great gift.

Blink Outdoor IP Camera System - 5 Pack - Smart home

Security Camera Packages

Another option is to gift an entire Security Camera Package. These are IP Camera systems designed for DIY installation. They come with multiple outdoor wireless IP cameras that connect together inside an app. This provides a complete smart home security setup straight out of the box. 

The Blink Outdoor IP Camera System – 5 Pack is a complete security camera system. With 5 weather-resistant wire-free cameras, homeowners can monitor every side of their property. With two years of battery life, it’s easy to set up and maintain. It supports voice commands with Amazon Alexa compatibility to stream live video, play clips, and activate motion alerts. 

August Wi-Fi Smart Lock - Smart home

Smart Locks and Doorbells

Smart Locks and Doorbells are a great family gift. Everyone benefits from the security and convenience it provides. Keyless entry with smart locks lets family members get in and out without keys. Parents can remotely check to see if the doors are locked after the kids get home. With smart doorbells, anyone can see, hear and speak to whoever is at the front door. This can be inside the house, or remotely through a smartphone. 

August Wi-Fi Smart Lock

The August Wi-Fi Smart Lock is a budget-friendly gift option that adds smart features to an existing lock system. It installs on the interior side of the door. That means you can still use the existing keys to get in and out. However, users can send virtual keys to friends and family to open the door with their smartphones. This provides the best of both worlds – physical and virtual key entries. Another gift idea is adding the optional August Smart Keypad. This allows pin code entry into a home. This is a quick and easy way to let people in and out of a home. 

Ring Wired Video Doorbell

The Ring Wired Video Doorbell is an affordable option for homes with an existing wired doorbell. It provides 1080p HD video with two-way talk to see, hear, and speak to people at the front door. This is great for online shoppers who receive a lot of deliveries. It provides real-time notifications and night vision for 24/7 monitoring. It’s also great for Amazon Echo users. It works with Alexa to announce when someone presses the doorbell or triggers the motion sensor. 

Google Nest Mini - Smart home

Smart Speakers and Displays  

Building a smart home starts with Smart Speakers and Displays. It’s the hub to connect and control all smart home devices. Picking the right one first starts with choosing the ecosystem for voice commands. Google, Amazon, and Apple Homepod each have their own respective voice assistants. 

For smart speakers, a great budget-friendly option is the Google Nest Mini. With Google Assistant, it’s easy to check the weather, set reminders, schedule alarms, and play music. It’s a great gift idea for someone who already lives in the Google ecosystem. Used right, it becomes a personal assistant at home. Use it to turn smart lights on or make calls using a Google Duo account. It truly brings a host of smart features to any room in the home.   

Twinkly Generation II Flex LED Tube Light - Smart home

Smart lights

Smart lights are popular gift ideas for those looking to build a smart home. First, they integrate well with smart speakers to provide voice activation. Turn the light on and off without getting out of bed. Second, they used LED lighting making them energy efficient. This saves money on energy bills. Third, they offer multi-colour options to transform any space with mood lighting. Gone are the days of plain white lighting. 

To get started with smart lighting, a budget-friendly option is the Sengled A19 Smart LED Light Bulb. It works with existing light sockets and connects with Alexa and the Sengled app. It’s a quick and easy way to bring multi-colours to a bedroom, gaming, or entertainment room. Plus it’s as easy as changing a light bulb. 

Smart LED Light Strips

Another lighting solution is Smart LED Light Strips. As the name suggests, these are thin strips of LED lights with double-sided tape. They can be placed under or over cabinets, behind televisions, or mounted on the wall. It’s a unique, ambient way to light a room with multi-colour lights.

The Twinkly Generation II Flex LED Tube Light uses the latest in smart lighting technology. Instead of a strip, it’s constructed with a flexible tube light. This allows it to take any shape when it’s mounted on a wall. Using the Twinkly app, users can program various light effects. For the ultimate smart home experience, connect with Twinkly Music for light effects that react to music. 

Smart home gifts for every budget

No matter your budget, there are many different smart home products to choose from. And with Matter being released to smart home devices, included Google devices, managing all these devices in the home is now going to be even easier.  Smart security cameras bring peace of mind.  Combine security and convenience at the doorstep with smart locks and doorbells. Smart speakers are the hub of any smart home. It’s the perfect place to start. Finally, smart lights transform spaces with multi-colour light options and voice control. 

Check out this gift guide and all the latest smart home products available at Best Buy.

Andy Baryer aka “Handy Andy” is a technology journalist, gadget reviewer, and DIY/how-to content creator. Known as the handyman of tech, Andy enjoys fixing poor wireless networks, building smart homes, and cooking with the latest kitchen gadgets. He’s a competitive whistler, a budding woodworker, and loves gardening in his home-built smart garden.


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