Finding the right gift for new homeowners or holiday house warming parties can be tricky. While most may reach for sharing stylish home accessories, why not upgrade homeowner gifts with security for the homeowner in your life? From connected cameras to bluetooth enabled door bells, I’m all about connected home accessories these days. Discover just a few of my favorite holiday gifts (that I’m sharing & want for myself) for any homeowner on your list below!
Nest Cam is a sleek Internet-connected security camera that’s super easy to setup and use. It’s entirely controlled through the Nest app or online, so it works with your smartphone (iOS and Android), tablet or computer. It sends you notifications when it detects motion and sounds. Since it’s so connected, you can watch a live feed of your video, and save video clips — though the latter comes at an extra cost. The 130-degree wide-angle lens gives you a default video resolution of 1,280 x 720 (720p HD). You can also bump it up to 1,920 x 1,080 (full HD) for extra clarity, and there’s night vision, too. ($199)
You can turn your smartphone into a virtual key. Use your phone to lock and unlock your door and create keys for guests by granting access during specific times. Use the Kwikset Kevo app to send, delete or reassign eKeys anytime/anywhere allowing you complete control of your users. Provide your eKey recipients with anytime, scheduled, or guest access for a truly automated experience. ($199)
Need a little extra security for guests and package deliveries? Never miss a bell with Ring, a smart doorbell that comes equipped with a camera. The iOS/Android app gives you instant alerts when someone rings your doorbell. The wide-angle HD camera shows you who’s on your doorstep, so you can see or speak to them via your smartphone. As an added security, motion detection alerts you of any activity at your home. It records footage and has HD night vision, too. Ring makes sure you never miss a guest or package delivery, even if you’re not home. ($199)
The Philips Hue smart lights have been around for years, but now they’re a part of Apple’s HomeKit. You can use Siri to control the lights, and it works with other HomeKit products, like garage door openers, front door locks, thermostats and blinds. Just remember, to get Hue up and running with HomeKit, you’ll need the new square-shaped Philips Hue Bridge 2.0. (Bulbs $15)
Why not step up your gift giving efforts this year with amazing connected home gifts for the loved ones on your list? Are you a home owner? Share what connected home gifts you’d like to receive in the comments below!