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Holiday Gift Guide: 13 Gifts For The Home/Smart Home Enthusiast


The holidays are getting closer every day! Our Holiday Gift Guide provides a few ideas to keep your favorite tech-lover happy this holiday season. These intros are getting longer the more gift guides that we’ve done, but so far we have: Stuffed stockings, appeased audiophiles, and found fitness gifts for those we care about. Today we’ll investigate techy items for the home and smart home enthusiast.

Electrohome: Retro Alarm Clock

Electrohome Retro Alarm Clock Radio

Circular, vintage design alarm clock dresses any room or nightstand and useful features upgrades user wake up experience

  • Twin LED lights brighten as a user’s wakeup time approaches, ideal for those sensitive to loud sounds or who have trouble waking up
  • Wave hand over the Retro Alarm Clock to activate the motion sensor which turns on its integrated lightbulbs and can also be used to activate the snooze button
  • Stores up to 20 AM/FM stations to quickly tune into favorite stations
  • Useful features include four display dimming options, calendar and indoor temperature display, an easily programmable dual alarm with weekend cancelation, the option to wake to buzzer or radio, and convenient sleep and nap timers
  • Integrated SelfSet technology allows users to set up Daylight Savings Time, which conveniently adjusts each spring and fall
  • Built-in backup battery ensures the alarm will function even through a power outage
  • WakeUp technology keeps alarm settings active, ensuring users will sleep soundly without missing a beat

MSRP: $34.99

  Purchase on Amazon

Griffin Technology: Guide


Magnetic cable management system keeps your cables as beautiful as your workplace 

  • Designed to organize essential cables for a clutter-free car, home or office workspace
  • Works on any surface, allowing for easy access to necessary cables
  • Customizable set consists of three grey steel bases and three iconic anodized aluminum magnetic anchors in three shapes (small, medium and large)
  • Different shapes of the anchors allow for various sized cables to be held in place, giving users the option to use just one anchor, or a combination of all three
  • Click here to see how Guide works

MSRP: $39.99

  Purchase on Amazon

Native Union: DOCK for Apple Watch

Native Union DOCK for Apple Watch Marble Edition (black)

With its sleek form and rotating arm, DOCK showcases the beautiful design of the Apple Watch and offers maximum versatility when recharging and using the device.

  • Minimalist design complements both your Apple Watch and home interior, making it the ultimate accessory
  • Compatible with all Apple Watch models – Watch, Watch SPORT, Watch EDITION – and all strap styles and sizes
  • Magnetically holds your watch in place, so you don’t need to worry if it’s buckled or unbuckled
  • Whether you’re checking the time, replying to messages or using apps, the aluminum arm rotates smoothly and securely to allow you to find your Apple Watch’s optimal angle
  • Sturdy, weighted base provides a versatile platform to comfortably view and navigate your Apple Watch as it recharges
  • Reversible design lets you position your watch on the most convenient side of the base, for an unobstructed view and easy navigation of the watch face from your bedside or tabletop
  • Can be used horizontally as well as vertically, for a more natural way of viewing your device when lying down
  • When connected to DOCK in horizontal orientation, the device will automatically go into Nightstand Mode
  • Easy assembly – Precision engineered without screws and made up of just two minimal components
  • Secures your charger in place, eliminating unsightly messy wires and the frustration of fumbling around for dropped cables at night.
  • Available in Graphite with Aircraft Grade Aluminum arm

MSRP: $59.99

  Purchase on Amazon

Winegard: FlatWave Micro

Winegard Flatwave Micro

Ultra-compact HDTV Over-the-Air Antenna with Winegard’s proven performance, electronics, and quality

  • The most compact version in the current FlatWave lineup (Winegard also has the original FlatWave, FlatWave Amped, and FlatWave Air).
  • 5.25″ tall by 7″ wide and weighs a mere 0.28 pounds, so it can easily be hidden in a window, hung behind a picture or HDTV, or even laid flat on a table or entertainment console
  • Can be setup in less than five minutes by hooking it up to the television using the included 5-foot coaxial cable
  • Once the user places the antenna near the television, simply run a channel scan to see what’s available, and start enjoying free, crystal clear programming
  • Pulls signals from broadcast towers up to 30 miles away
  • One year limited warranty; Reversible black/white antenna design

MSRP: $21.99

  Purchase on Amazon

ilumi: A19 & BR30

iLumi A19 & BR30

World’s smartest and brightest light bulbs improve sleep, complement moods and enhance your life. Check out our coverage of the ilumi smartbulbs.

  • Bluetooth SmartMesh technology pairs more than 50 ilumi smartbulbs and extends wireless range to more than 150 feet
  • Patented HyperLux LED technology delivers high brightness in variations of white and vibrant colors
  • Ilumi’s proprietary smartphone app provides exciting experiences, including:
  1. Suggestive Lighting – automatically provides the right lighting for every room in a home. Users can either take a photo of the area or specify what room it is
  2. Wellness Lighting – supports the body’s natural circadian rhythm by automating lighting to follow the sun’s daily color cycle
  3. Presence Detection – sensing a user’s device proximity, lights will automatically turn on and off without hitting a switch
  4. Nightlight Shake – users can power their lights on or off by simply shaking their smart device
  5. Rise & Shine – wakes users up with a simulated sunrise, creating a peaceful environment to ensure an energizing start to the day
  6. Vacation – prompts lights to turn on and off at night randomly while users are away
  7. Routine – schedules the exact lighting users prefer based on their own personal schedule
  8. Music Syncing – changes the smartbulb’s colors based on the beat of music
  9. Integrations – compatible with IFTTT, Nest and more
  • Both bulbs boast an updated beautiful industrial design that marries elegance and class
  • A19: features a natural dome structure for a wider dispersion angle to fit everyday standard lamps, pendants, fans or general lighting fixtures. It’s packed with more than 800 lumens at a category best efficiency of 10 watts of power
  • BR30: ideal for overhead, recessed and track lighting and delivers more than 1100 lumens at an efficient 15 watts of power

MSRP: $59.99 for A19 | $69.99 for BR30

  Purchase A19 on Amazon  Purchase BR30 on Amazon

Health o meter™ nuyu™ Sleep System

nuyu Sleep System

Sleep solution made of a Bluetooth® enabled sleep mat and app that cycles through temperatures through the night to mimic your body’s circadian rhythm. Check out our coverage of the nuyu Sleep System.

  • Only sleep mat that changes temperature throughout the night to help you wake up comfortably
  • Warms slightly when you are going to sleep; cools you down during the middle of the night, and then warms you back up to mimic your natural circadian rhythm
  • Proprietary algorithm adjusts the temperature of the mattress pad throughout the night
  • Goes beyond monitoring to serve as your partner and solution in becoming more comfortable, in order to get a better night’s sleep.
  • Controlled using your free nuyu™ app which can be used with the Activity Monitor to track sleep
  • Starts with a suggested temperature and then can be adjusted based on your preferences and sleep goals such as wake up time or sleep length
  • Provides rating system within app to learn temperature preferences over time
  • Starting temperature range: 69° – 105°
  • Machine washable mattress pad and hose, washer bag included
  • Circadian Rhythm: Body’s 24-hour cycle; includes internal heating and cooling and also controls our sleep and wake cycle
  • Why: 60% of Americans say they experience a sleep problem every night, or almost every night, according to the National Sleep Foundation; insufficient sleep contributes to our mood, relationships, work, and quality of life; there are many causes for sleep problems and in some instances, people are too hot or too cold when they sleep

MSRP: $499.99

  Purchase from Health o Meter

Elgato: Eve Weather for Apple HomeKit


Wireless outdoor sensor that monitors temperature, humidity and air pressure

  • Track and record outdoor weather insights (day, month, or year) to help make your home smarter
  • Easily access your personal weather data from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 8.3 or later
  • The Eve Weather is powered by long-lasting, replaceable batteries and is built to live outside with IPX3 water resistance
  • Eve Weather connects directly to your iOS device using Bluetooth Smart technology, without requiring a hub, gateway or bridge
  • Eve takes advantage of Apple’s HomeKit technology, offering unparalleled ease-of-use, advanced security, and tight integration with Siri
  • Download the free Eve app view all data collected by Eve and control all accessories featuring HomeKit technology

MSRP: $49.95

  Purchase on Amazon

Elgato: Eve Room for Apple HomeKit


Monitors indoor air quality, temperature, and humidity through sophisticated sensor that analyze volatile organic compounds (VOC)

  • Eve Room goes beyond CO₂ by analyzing substances that directly affect your well-being (like alcohols and chemicals, molds, paints, smoke, and more)
  • Review and monitor air quality with beautiful graphs by day, month or year
  • The cordless monitor is powered by long-lasting, replaceable batteries so you never have to deal with cords
  • Eve Room connects directly to your iOS device using Bluetooth Smart technology, without requiring a hub, gateway or bridge
  • Eve takes advantage of Apple’s HomeKit technology, offering unparalleled ease-of-use, advanced security, and tight integration with Siri
  • Download the free Eve app view all data collected by Eve and control all accessories featuring HomeKit technology

MSRP: $79.95

  Purchase on Amazon

Elgato: Eve Door & Window for Apple HomeKit


Monitor current open/closed state of doors or windows and view usage statistics to make smarter choices

  • Gain insights on door and window usage to help improve comfort, and make your home a smarter place
  • Eve Door & Window connects directly to your iOS device using Bluetooth Smart technology, without requiring a hub, gateway or bridge
  • Eve takes advantage of Apple’s HomeKit technology, offering unparalleled ease-of-use, advanced security, and tight integration with Siri
  • Download the free Eve app view all data collected by Eve and control all accessories featuring HomeKit technology

MSRP: $39.95

  Purchase on Amazon

Satechi: LED IQ Strip

Satechi LED IQ Strip - Header image

App-enabled, Bluetooth 4.0 Strip adds custom color moldings to set the mood in any home or office setting

  • Easily mount the IQ Strip around a TV screen, shelving, mirrors and more to instantly customize and control the colors of up to 10 strips via any iOS or Android smartphone or tablet
  • Free IQ Strip app allows users to turn the Strips on and off, dim and brighten them, and choose one of 16 million color options and change them as desired
  • Choose between a bright blue-white light to help study, warm yellow lighting to facilitate relaxation, or a host of other colors to express yourself or add a new mood to any room
  • In Disco Mode, the LED IQ Strip changes color to match music and sound – perfect for parties and entertaining
  • Scheduling feature allows users to set a timer for the LEDs to turn off, or set a schedule for the Strip to turn on or off during certain times of day – with any color

MSRP: $39.99

  Purchase on Amazon

Nyrius: Smart Outlet

Nyrius Smart Outlet

Instantly transforms any outlet into a Bluetooth-enabled one, creating a smart home at the palm of users hands. See our coverage of the Nyrius Smart Outlet.

  • Easily control electronics or small appliances via any iOS or Android smartphone or tablet
  • Simply plug the Smart Outlet into any home outlet, connect any electronic or small appliance, and control it wirelessly via the sleek and intuitive Nyrius Smart Outlet app.
  • Easily turn electronics or small appliances on or off via the app in order to save energy and reduce costs
  • Create a custom timer on the app to schedule electronics
  • Proximity control feature detects when a room is no longer occupied and will automatically turn appliances off

MSRP: $39.99

  Purchase on Amazon

Satechi: USB Light Strip

Satechi USB LED Light Strip Life Image

User-friendly lighting system provides colorful customization options for living rooms, gaming spaces and festive holiday decorations

  • Adhesive backing makes it easy to apply and re0apply the light strip to any surface
  • Integrated in-line remote lets users seamlessly choose between different speeds, brightness or modes
  • Users can cycle between solid colors, strobe lighting or cycling color options
  • Simply connect the light strip to any USB outlet, including a computer, laptop or any AC to USB adapter such as smartphone chargers or Satechi’s Compact USB Surge Protector (available now for $14.99)
  • Available in black or white options to blend into any space

MSRP: $19.99

  Purchase on Amazon

Swann: SwannOne

SwannOne Smart Home Control Kit

Fully customizable monitoring system offers complete control of security, temperature, lighting and more from the palm of your hand, anywhere in the world 

  • SwannOne iOS and Android app for viewing on PC, Mac, tablets and smartphones
  • Tamper detection feature sends an alert to your phone if an intruder attempts to break or move the camera
  • Built-in microphones analyze breaking glass, baby cries, car alarms, gunshots and more
  • Protects the home from smoke, fire and carbon monoxide threats by hearing the alarms going off and launching an alert
  • Lowers energy consumption by automatically making adjustments to settings based on pre-set rules
  • Allows for lighting schedules so you can program when they turn on or off
  • Captures hours of video, data, and sound, and stores content in the SwannOne Cloud
  • Kits range from basic alarm solutions (Alarm Starter Kit, Video Monitoring Kit) to more comprehensive solutions that combine alarm, video monitoring, energy management and appliance control (Energy Wise Kit and Advanced Smart Home Control Kit)

MSRP: $299 – $699

  Purchase on Amazon

Stay tuned tomorrow for some holiday gift ideas for the auto lover or commuter in your life.


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