Not only is smartening up your home with the latest tech both practical and rewarding, the wonderful world of the smart home is also rife with opportunities for gift giving. Be it sound, vision, lighting, security or beyond, there’s something smart to make anybody happy.
What is it? Google Nest Hub
What‘s the crack? The way to set somebody up in the Google Assistant ecosystem in style, this sleek device – available in two colours – packs a 7” screen and a whole lot of power. Perfect as the nerve centre for an entire smart home setup, it’ll answer questions, track your appointments, show videos from YouTube and more. It even functions as a photo frame when idle.
Who would it suit? If you know somebody who’s been talking about smart home tech but is yet to take the plunge, this will start them off in style.
What is it? Philips Hue Outdoor White and Colour Spot Light Base Kit
What‘s the crack? When many think about smart homes, their thoughts don’t turn to outdoors. However, there’s plenty of exciting tech available to smarten up a yard, and the Philips Hue range is a great starting point. This weather-proof, dimmable spotlight hooks into all main smart ecosystems via Hue Bridge, and offers a chance to light up the outdoors with 16 million colours.
Who would it suit? If you have a great outdoors entertainer in your orbit, this could be the perfect gift to up their ambience ante.
What is it:? Arlo Essential Wire-Free Video Doorbell
What‘s the crack? Knock, knock… Who’s there? It’s me, your doorbell’s busted! Make this situation a thing of the past with this slick Wi-Fi video doorbell from Arlo. Able to be installed wire-free or more permanently, this marvellous bit of kit allows a home’s residents to view their doorstep anytime from anywhere via their mobile and lets them speak to any visitors – or ignore them!
Who would it suit? Pretty much everybody knows somebody with a crappy old doorbell that doesn’t work, so drag them into the 21st century!
What is it? Eufy Wire-Free HD Security Cam 4-pack with Home Base Kit
What‘s the crack? There’s nothing paranoid about knowing what’s going on around your home, it’s just smart thinking. Arlo deliver an incredible 365-day battery life in this setup, allowing monitoring via phone app of four places without the need for wiring. It has local storage – no entrusting personal data to the cloud – and a crazy-loud siren if somebody tries to forcibly remove a camera.
Who would it suit? If you know somebody who’s renting and could use a bit of a security uptick, here’s your perfect gift.
What is it? Lenovo Smart Clock Essential
What‘s the crack? A brilliant trojan horse to help convert the Luddite to the joys of a smart home, this looks like a fairly standard clock at first glance, but its feature set runs deep. Useable as a Google hub, you can ask it everything from the time to what the weather is outside and, of course, use it as a helpful audio player or alarm clock by the bedside. It even has a handy nightlight built in!
Who would it suit? That person in your life who is time conscious, but doesn’t feel the need for innumerable bells.
What is it? Google Chromecast with Google TV
What‘s the crack? With so many ways of enjoying entertainment, including live TV and streaming services, it seems that much of your playtime can be spent swapping between various apps looking for stuff. This powerful device brings it all together on one home screen, with program search (even via voice), personalised viewing suggestions and speedy streaming – with 4K and HDR support, too.
Who would it suit? Anybody who could benefit from some TV viewing time-saving will find this fabulous little device a godsend.
What is it? Eve Cam Indoor Security Camera
What‘s the crack? Security is important, yet some will go cheap on a camera and not consider another security angle, that of their data. The Eve Cam is designed exclusively for Apple Homekit Secure Video, so you know that data will be safely encrypted in your iCloud. Receive notifications of any detected movement, but feel secure knowing that it can be turned off while at home.
Who would it suit? That Apple acolyte in your life who could possibly do with a bit more security consciousness.
What is it? Philips Hue Play Gradient Lightstrip
What‘s the crack? Subtle lighting behind your TV can be good for your eyes, be it gentle white light or any of a massive array of colours. This latest tech from Philips has been specially designed to fit to the back of most modern TVs, and it’s available in 55”, 65” and 75” sizes. Plus, hook it into a Hue Play HDMI Sync Box via Hue Bridge and get into wild surround lighting synced with your content.
Who would it suit? It’s the perfect gift for somebody with a big screen who likes big spectacle with their viewing.
- If your recipient already has a fledgling smart setup, make sure that your gift is compatible with their ecosystem.
- When going the smart bulb route, ensure that you nail the right fitment, be it bayonet cap (aka B22) or screw (E27).
- Consider your giftee’s situation – a smart outside spotlight probably isn’t the best choice for somebody who lives in a flat.
- Check out our guide to smart lighting.