smart home gifts for holidays

Smart home gifts don’t have to be expensive. People love them because they’re useful, handy, and always available. In addition, smart home gifts are great for everyone in the family. From the kids, and parents, to grandparents—everyone benefits inside a smart home. If you’re looking for gift ideas, here’s a collection of gifts that are all under $100.

Smart plugs under a $100

TP-Link Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Plug Lite - Smart home

Smart plugs are great gifts for people with smart speakers. Together, devices turn on and off through voice commands. The TP-Link Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Plug Lite 4 Pack is a thoughtful gift under $50. With four smart plugs, devices like TVs, heaters, and floor lights connect to your home Wi-Fi network. Users can remotely turn them on and off using voice assistants in a smart speaker. 

There are a lot of different use cases for these smart plugs. First, indoor gardeners can schedule when growing lights turn on and off. This is done inside the Kasa smartphone app. Second, it can be used with an electric heater to warm up a room. A student on the bus can remotely turn the heater on so their bedroom is warm when they arrive. Third, people can turn on a coffee machine with a bedside smart speaker. By the time they get to the kitchen, coffee is freshly brewed. 

Blink Mini Wi-Fi Indoor IP Camera - Smart home

Smart Security Cameras under a $100

Smart security cameras today are easy to install and provide users with a lot of peace of mind. While they do come in different price points, there are many affordable security cameras. In fact, with the Blink Mini Wi-Fi Indoor IP Camera, you can get two cameras for under $100. It lets people speak, hear and see inside their homes while at work, or on vacation.  

This is perfect for pet owners. They can check in remotely and talk to their pets from their smartphone. Travellers can receive alerts whenever motion is detected. If someone breaks in while you’re away, you’ll know instantly. The Blink Mini can sit on a tabletop or mount onto the wall. It’s a great security solution to check on the cleaners or contractors that come into a home while someone is away. 

Monster Smart RGB LED Light Bar - Smart home

Smart Lights under a $100

Smart lights are affordable gifts that integrate into any smart home. There any many different types of smart lights to choose from including Indoor Lighting, Outdoor Lighting, LED Strip Lights, Lamps and Fixtures, and Light Panels. Each category has smart lights under $100. 

Gamers will love the Monster Smart RGB LED Light Bar. It’s designed for high-tech gaming setups. Buy two for under $100 to place on either side of a computer monitor for late-night gaming sessions. It works in 3 different positions, horizontal, vertical, or wall mount. Plus, it connects to any USB power source to create colour and white option lighting effects.

The Nanoleaf Essentials Smart LED Light Bulb 3 Pack is another gift idea under $100. It’s a quick and easy way to convert home lighting into smart lighting. Use it in the entertainment room, bedroom, or gaming room to create multi-colour light effects. It works with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple Homekit for hands-free operation. This is a great gift for people who have sleep difficulties. With Circadian Lighting, the colour temperature of the light automatically adjusts during the day. It removes blue light at night to help people sleep. 

D-Link Wi-Fi Smart Water Sensor - Smart home

Safety Sensors & Detectors

Safety Sensors & Detectors gifts show you care. They’re designed to save lives by altering people of smoke, water, or carbon monoxide. Best of all, many smart sensors are under $100. It’s perfect for detecting water leaks, smoke, and deadly gasses that are tasteless, colourless, and odourless. 

The D-Link Wi-Fi Smart Water Sensor is designed to be placed around water heaters, sump pumps, washers, and under sinks. It features a sensor probe that monitors for leaks and water floods. The device connects to your home Wi-Fi network without the use of a hub. When water is detected, it initiates a 90dB alarm and smartphone push notification. This prevents long-standing water damage by instantly altering homeowners. This could happen while someone is at home or away. Regardless, they will know that water was detected by the sensor probe. 

Many people have working smoke detectors without smart features. The Ring Alarm Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Listener is designed to work with existing detectors. It must be installed within 6” of an existing smoke or CO detector. When it hears an alarm, it sends out a real-time smartphone notification. For example, a family on vacation may receive a notification of smoke detected in their home. They can immediately alert their neighbours and authorities and plan a course of action. This is the peace of mind every traveller wants.  

TP-Link Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Dimmer Light Switch

Smart Switches under a $100

The fastest way to upgrade to a smart home is by upgrading to Smart Switches. These are some of the most affordable smart home products available today. Smart switches provide a lot of benefits. First, it adds wireless connectivity to your existing lights. This allows people the ability to control lights with their smartphone and set home lighting schedules. Second, they promote energy efficiency. If you ever forget to turn the lights off, you can do it remotely on a smartphone. Some apps even provide energy usage data over the period of days, weeks, and months. Third, it’s DIY friendly. Many people familiar with changing traditional switches will have no problem upgrading to a smart switch. 

TP-Link Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Dimmer Light Switch 3 Pack is an excellent gift idea for homeowners with dimmable lights. It allows users to manage the brightness level, create fade effects, and enable voice control for existing lights. It has a Gentle Off feature that sets the lights to gradually fade. This is perfect to set a standard bedtime routine. 

Give the gift of a smart home

Everybody benefits from a smart home. There are many affordable smart home products that add value to people’s lives. Check out this Smart Home Buying Guide for more gift ideas. The holidays are the perfect time to get started with a smart home, so make this gift count. 

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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