9 Tech Gadgets To Get The New Homeowner In Your Life
Home technology has come a long way since the days of The Clapper (still available for $19.99 at Walgreens). Gizmos and gadgets abound for any tech-savvy homeowner who loves a connected lifestyle. From creating a fully customized smart home to enhancing home entertainment and keeping a home neat and organized, here are nine housewarming gift ideas for the new homeowner in your life.
Amazon Echo — The future is here with home automation, which centralizes control of home electronics, including security systems, lights, thermostat, entertainment and more. A voice-controlled home automation device, like the Echo, gives homeowners the ability to use voice controls to do anything from playing music and making online purchases to ordering food delivery or a ride share service. Users simply ask Amazon Echo, a.k.a. “Alexa,” to dim the lights, make phone calls, send and receive texts, adjust the temperature or activate their home’s security system. $49.99 – $229
Philips Hue Connected Smart Bulb — Set the mood, change the colors and use scheduled timers with Philips Hue Connect Smart Bulbs, which can be customized and controlled from a mobile phone app, or by using voice commands via Amazon Echo (or another home automation device). The Philips Hue Connected Smart Bulb system can even sync with a variety of movies and TV shows, taking the home entertainment experience to a whole new level. Starter Kit, $142
Roomba — With kids or pets, vacuuming every day is nearly a must, but not every busy homeowner has time for continuous cleaning. Enter the robotic vacuum, a must for any homeowner with a full house and a busy schedule. With a docking system to keep it charged and the ability to run at a specified time each day, the Roomba is a quiet partner to help homeowners stay ahead of the dust and dirt and keep their floors looking new each and every day. $269 – $890
Ecobee4 — Ranked one of the best — if not the best — smart thermostat on the market, the Ecobee4 is a slick way for homeowners to control the temperature in their home. It comes with a remote sensor to ensure the temp in each room of the home is just right. The Ecobee4 also has Alexa (Amazon Echo) built in, so there’s no need for an additional device to control other smart features in the home. Use voice commands to change the temperature, check the weather, or do any of Alexa’s other 100+ tasks. $249
Chamberlain MyQ Smart Garage Door Opener — Never lose a garage door remote again. With a smart garage door opener like the Chamberlain MyQ, homeowners simply tap the screen on their mobile device to open or close the garage door from anywhere. Geofencing capabilities are expected to be coming soon, so the garage door opener will sense when the homeowner is near the driveway and automatically open the door, closing it again once they’ve parked inside. MyQ garage door openers work on nearly any garage door opener manufactured in the last 25 years. $99
Samsung SmartThings — For the truly techy homeowner, the Samsung SmartThings smart home hub provides a central system to integrate and control a variety of smart home gadgets, including many listed above. The Samsung hub comes with battery backup and works with a wide range of smart devices. $84
NVIDIA SHIELD TV — The perfect fit for any Google-connected homeowner. The NVIDIA SHIELD TV offers the best in entertainment and gaming possibilities. With Google Assistant, users can play any show in 4K HDR, stream their favorite music, share photos, control the thermostat, order pizza, go shopping, dim the lights and more — all with simple voice commands. $199
CB2 Cord Tacos — Keep your tech organized and say goodbye to the rat’s nest of cords with these stylish, handmade leather pouches. For any homeowner who loves organization, this simple gift helps keep loose cords neat and knot-free. Wrap USB cables, earbuds and other gadget cords in tidy little bundles and store them in a drawer or toss in a bag to take on-the-go. Set of five, $29
Marshall Portable Speaker — Any music lover is sure to appreciate the old-school amp look of the Marshall portable Bluetooth speaker. Complete with a phone charger and big volume packed into its compact size, this portable speaker does not disappoint. $223
Crock-Pot Smart Slow Cooker with WeMo — Cooking has never been easier for the busy homeowner. With a stable home Wi-Fi connection, the Smart Slow Cooker with the WeMo app allows cook time and temperature to be adjusted anytime, anywhere. When dinner’s done, simply switch the Crock-Pot to warm, or turn it off. $99
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