Best Smart Home Gifts – 2021 Holiday Gift Guide
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Best Smart Home Gifts – 2021 Holiday Gift Guide

Learn about popular smart home products that make great gifts for the holidays.

It's official, the holiday shopping season is in full swing, and it's time to start filling up those holiday wish lists. The question is, what are the best gifts for those on your list?

Everyone loves new technology and popular and trending gifts that offer convenience at home. So we've included ideas for every person, whether it's your mom, uncle, friend, or even something for yourself, as part of the most popular gifts of 2021.

The best part about these gift suggestions is that you can't go wrong with any devices listed below. These smart products are extremely popular, making them the best smart home gifts you can give for the holidays.

The Best Gifts to Make Someone's Life More Convenient

Many smart home products can add convenience and save time for just about anyone. From voice assistants to smart thermostats, there are several smart home gift ideas. Here are some examples:

Google Nest Mini or Google Nest Audio

From playing music, answering questions, providing news and weather, or controlling other smart home devices, these smart speakers can provide simple voice control almost anywhere in the home. Choose the model that best fits your budget. The Google Nest Mini is an excellent entry-level smart home device. It's all anyone needs to start a smart home, making it a practical holiday gift.

Wemo Wi-Fi Smart Plugs

Easy to set up and use, the Wemo Smart Plug allows you to make almost anything in your home smart by controlling timings, remote on/off, and more from almost anywhere via phone app or your voice-controlled smart speaker. You can even pair it with the Wemo Light Switch.

Every appliance—from a desk lamp to an electric blanket to a coffee pot—can be automated with this fun smart-home accessory. The Smart Plug uses your home Wi-Fi network to provide wireless control of lamps, heaters, fans, and more--with no subscription or hub required.

Best Device to Stay in Touch with Family

There are plenty of smart home devices, from speakers to cameras to video monitors, that can keep you connected to the ones you love. And there is one smart gadget that combines all of those features. Here is the best example:

Google Nest Hub

Not only does it provide all the convenience of a smart speaker, the Nest Hub Gen 2 adds more capabilities, allowing you to monitor smart cameras and watch videos. For even more functionality, the Google Nest Hub Max has a built-in Nest Cam that allows users to make video calls to other users of the same device, using the Google Home app's Duo feature. It's a great way to check in with family members, no matter where they are. Along with making video calls, you can leave video messages and check in with the family when you're away. In addition, everyone in the family can use any of the Nest Hubs, making them an ideal gift for a family member.

Stay entertained in the kitchen with shows, videos and music. Ask Google to show you recipes and follow them hands-free. In addition, you can control your compatible lights, TVs, and other smart devices with a tap or with your voice. The Nest Hub is the one place to control your smart home – it works with thousands of compatible devices.

Best Devices for Home Security & Safety

Home security depends on more than just protecting a home from external threats. Devices like smart cameras and the Yale Lock can help make a home more safe.

From keeping track of what's going on to controlling access and ensuring secure outdoor lighting, there is a range of smart products that can help make someone's home safer and more secure this holiday season. Here are a few to consider:

Google Nest Doorbell – Battery

This convenient and affordable video doorbell is battery-powered, allowing for easy installation almost anywhere. This gift allows users to see what's going on at their front door, monitor package deliveries, and even use pre-recorded responses when visitors appear – like "You can just leave it, thanks" or "Be there in a minute."

Nest Cam Indoor & Outdoor - Battery

These practical cameras are battery-operated, allowing placement almost anywhere – indoors or out! It can identify the difference between people, animals, and vehicles, send you alerts, and allow you to listen and speak through it using the Google Home app. Available in one, two, or three packs, you can use the Nest cam indoor and outdoor to monitor critical spots all over the home.

Nest Protect

Available in wired and battery versions, the Nest Protect helps keep your loved ones safe from both fire and Carbon monoxide emissions. Sends alerts to your phone – even if you're away from home.

Outdoor Motion Detection Lighting

Whether one opts for basic floodlights or a more advanced version through motion detector lights, the importance of lighting a home can't be overstated. The Sengled PAR38 Smart Floodlight with Motion Detection offers smart features and dependable motion activation, which turn it on immediately upon detecting any outside movement. It screws into any existing standard floodlight socket, making it an easy choice for a holiday gift.

Clean Air to Breathe

When looking for gift ideas, it is always good to choose something practical. With today's concerns about bacteria and viruses like COVID-19, one of the best ways to help ensure the safety of our loved ones is to improve the air they breathe. The nUVo Traveler is an advanced UVC Air Disinfector that uses powerful UV light to destroy and eliminate viruses like COVID-19 and other harmful airborne pathogens. It is 99.9%+ effective, provides proven protection, and is designed for small spaces, like a desktop or inside a vehicle.

The Best Device to Help Save on Energy Bills

It seems more people are choosing to stay at home nowadays, resulting in rising energy costs. Fortunately, thermostats like the Honeywell T9 can help reduce these energy costs. An Energy Star certified smart thermostat could keep your family comfortable all winter while saving you money on energy bills year-round. This type of efficiency can also be found in a Nest thermostat, another excellent option to consider.

Integrating smart home technology is an easy, affordable, interior design-friendly way to upgrade a home. For example, switching out inefficient electric heating thermostats for modern smart thermostats is a DIY home project that can positively impact your home's style. In addition, a smart thermostat is a great gift idea for an energy-conscious family member.

Google Nest Learning Thermostat

With almost half of our yearly energy bill going towards heating and cooling, a smart thermostat can change that1. The Google Nest Learning Thermostat learns the temperatures you like and programs itself, automatically saving you energy. Connect to your Nest Thermostat from your phone, tablet, or laptop to check in or change the temperature, whether you're home or away. The Nest Leaf appears on your thermostat when you choose a temperature that saves energy. And best of all, this thermostat is easy to install; most people install their Nest Thermostat in 30 minutes or less.

Honeywell Home T9 Smart Thermostat

Enjoy a smart thermostat that creates an average temperature across the whole home. The Honeywell Home T9 Thermostat knows when you're coming and going and can save energy when you're away, and allow you to return to a comfortable home. The T9 learns your home's heating and cooling cycles and alerts you when it's time to change your filter or drastic temperature swings. This thermostat also allows for Smart Room Sensors (sold separately), which automatically focus on occupied rooms, allowing you to maintain the desired comfort level in any room of the house.

The Best Gift For The Family Member That Has Everything

Every family has one, the person that's impossible to shop for because they seem to have everything. This gift is the gift that keeps on giving safety and security year after year.

Smart door locks from trusted brands like Nest, Yale, and August can be quickly installed to provide safe, secure access where it's needed most. In addition, smart locks can be easily controlled via a phone app or a voice-controlled smart speaker and allow you to lock and unlock your door from almost anywhere, ensuring kids can enter safely after school. Best of all, the recipient of this gift will never worry again about losing a key.

August Wi-Fi Smart Lock - 4th Gen

Remotely lock or unlock the door, check door status, grant virtual guest keys and see who's coming and going. You can even use your voice to control the door with a compatible voice assistant. The August Wi-Fi Smart Lock is easy to install and attaches to your existing deadbolt on the inside of your door, so you can even keep your original keys. And with built-in Wi-Fi, this lock requires no additional bridge to connect, making it easier to control and manage your home securely.

Google Nest x Yale Smart Lock

Give the gift of a tamper-proof lock from Nest and Yale. This smart lock is keyless, so you can lock and unlock the door from anywhere from your smartphone. Provide passcodes to friends and family and get alerts when they come and go. You can even lock the door with a tap, and if you forget, the Nest x Yale Lock reminds you and locks automatically.

The Best Devices for Better Internet

Everyone has friends and relatives that complain about their lousy home Wi-Fi network. Hint: maybe they need a device that can improve internet performance for the holiday season! Advanced systems like the Google Nest Wi-Fi and Point provide a seamless mesh network that not only increases network speed but strengthens the signal throughout the home.

In addition, mesh routers can blanket a home with reliable Wi-Fi coverage. For example, the Linksys MR7350 Max Stream Mesh Wi-Fi 6 Router is truly state of the art and affordable, too. It will improve network speed, add the newest features, and is the perfect answer for busy homes with gaming kids and parents working from home.

High-Performance Routers & Mesh Systems

Another good option for gift consideration is the Linksys Velop Mesh Wi-Fi. Aside from a Linksys router, you should also consider the Google Wi-Fi router or the Google Wi-Fi 3 pack, which offers extra Wi-Fi points to extend the wireless signal. These high-performance routers provide seamless coverage for a hassle-free online experience throughout the home.

Range Extender & Access Point

Of course, if the giftee already owns a router, devices like the Linksys RE7000 offer a way to extend the wireless signal range, a must-have for gamers or online streamers. Also available is the Nest Wi-Fi Point, which works with a Nest Wi-Fi Router to cover any home in fast, reliable Wi-Fi. Each Nest access point adds 1,600 square ft. of coverage. Plus, each access point has a speaker with the Google Assistant built-in for an additional holiday surprise gift.

The Best Smart Home Packages

If someone on your list has talked about smart devices, creating a smart home, or even installing energy-efficient appliances, we have affordable ideas that are perfect. These packages are great for getting started with smart home technology. The packages include something for everyone and almost every budget, from increasing overall home security to enhancing holiday lighting. Check them out!

Indoor Smart Starter Package

This bundle is a perfect smart starter package for anyone on your list. The package includes Sengled Smart Multicolor Wi-Fi Bulbs, Wemo Wi-Fi Smart Plug, and Google Nest Mini. All great items for anyone moving into a new apartment, condo, small home, or just wanting to get started with smart home technology. Sengled smart bulbs and a Wemo smart plug provide convenient control of your lighting and small appliances — and you can manage them from a smartphone or even using your voice with the Google Nest Mini. It's easy to add more devices as you go. And best of all, they are portable so you can take them along if you move.

Energy Efficiency Starter Kit

This package is a great gift for making any home more intelligent and more energy-efficient. This energy-efficient package includes a Google Nest Thermostat, Sengled Wi-Fi LED Soft White Smart Bulbs, and Google Nest Mini. The Nest Thermostat allows you to control your heating and cooling costs with a smart thermostat that learns to be efficient. The Sengled Wi-Fi LED Soft White Smart Bulbs use less electricity than traditional bulbs, plus they offer many automated lighting options. Best of all, you can easily control these devices (and more) with the Google Nest Mini Voice Assistant.

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In Conclusion

Smart home devices are a great gift idea for someone anywhere on their smart home journey. Let the FirstEnergy Home catalog of smart home products help eliminate the pressure of holiday shopping. Find great and affordable gifts for every person on your list, from smart speakers for the kids to a voice assistant or smart lights for grandma and grandpa.

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