29 high-tech smart home gifts to make your friends and family feel like the Jetsons

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  • No matter who you're shopping for, you can't go wrong with smart home gifts.
  • To help you in your holiday shopping, we've rounded up the 29 best smart-home gifts. You'll find a wide variety of devices for all budgets and tastes.
  • If you need more gifting ideas, check out all of our 2019 holiday gift guides here.
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Whether you're shopping for a geek or a tech newbie, smart home gifts are a great choice. You can gift something basic to introduce them to the concept of a smart home, or something more advanced to help them take their home automation to the next level.

If you're looking to give the gift of a smart home this holiday season but aren't sure where to start, peruse this list to find the perfect purchase. We've got big names on here, such as the Nest Mini and Amazon Fire TV Stick, as well as quirkier fare, including a smart padlock and an app-controlled face mask.
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An innovative smart board game

An innovative smart board game
When in Rome Alexa Board Game, $10.90, available at Amazon

Anyone who has an Echo will love this board game, which is fun for both kids and adults. With Alexa as their tour guide, they'll take a tour around the world, answering global trivia questions and learning about many different countries. When in Rome's creators worked with natives of the many cities featured in this game to develop the trivia and record narration.

An affordable, effective smart camera

An affordable, effective smart camera
Wyze Cam, $24.49, available at Amazon

Don't let the low price fool you: This tiny security camera is one of the best that money can buy, and it makes a great stocking stuffer. It shoots 1080p video, which you can access from your phone, and will send an alert if it spots an intruder.

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A smart power strip

A smart power strip
Wireless Smart Power Strip, $25.49, available at Monoprice

This power strip consists of four outlets and two USB ports which you can individually turn on and off, and automate using Alexa and Google Assistant. It can turn anything that's plugged into it into a smart device.

A smart, switch-pressing robot

A smart, switch-pressing robot
SwitchBot, $29, available at Amazon

Some devices can't just be automated with a smart plug because you need to push a button to turn them on. Enter the SwitchBot, an adorable button-pushing robot. Using Alexa, Google Assistant, or Siri, you can tell it to turn on your light switch, or press the "on" button on your fan, coffeemaker, air conditioner, or anything else.

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A smart plug to automate almost anything

A smart plug to automate almost anything
WeMo Mini, $29.99, available at Belkin

A smart plug makes a great stocking stuffer, and the WeMo Mini is one of the best you can buy. It has a compact design, and you can automate it with Alexa, Google Assistant, and HomeKit.

An Amazon Echo that doubles as a clock

An Amazon Echo that doubles as a clock
Echo Dot with Clock, $34.99, available at Amazon

Amazon's newest Echo Dot is an excellent gift. It's one of the best smart speakers around, it's just $35, and it won't take up much space on their nightstand or coffee table. It sounds great for such a small device, and your friend or relative will love playing around with Amazon Alexa. Also, it displays a handy LED clock.

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A Tile for often misplaced items

A Tile for often misplaced items
Tile Pro, $25, available at Amazon

Gift this to someone who tends to lose their keys ... a lot. They can stick this tiny battery-powered device on their key ring and locate it, even if it's out of Bluetooth range, using a crowd-finding network drawing from other people's Tile devices.

A mini smart speaker from Google

A mini smart speaker from Google
Google Nest Mini, $35, available at Best Buy

A Google Nest Mini is a great gift for a friend looking to get started on a smart home, or anyone who just wants a nice smart speaker. If your friend hasn't used a voice AI before, they'll love playing around with Google Assistant and discovering everything it can do.

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A smart clock that can do much more

A smart clock that can do much more
Smart Clock, $49.99, available at Lenovo

Google Assistant doesn't only come in speakers; it also comes in small alarm clocks with smart displays, including this one. The Google Assistant-equipped Lenovo Smart Clock uses a combination of lights and sounds to wake you up. You can choose from a number of different alarms and visual elements.

A super-futuristic miniature grill

A super-futuristic miniature grill
iGrill Mini, $31.38, available at Amazon

The iGrill is a must-gift for anyone who loves a barbecue. Let it know how you want your meat cooked, and you'll get a notification when your meal is ready.

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A 4K-ready streaming stick from Amazon

A 4K-ready streaming stick from Amazon
Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K, $49.99, available at Amazon

You can't go wrong with the gift of a streaming stick. The Fire TV Stick 4K is one of the cheapest options out there, and it will allow your friend or relative to control their TV with Alexa (using the included voice remote) and access hundreds of streaming services, including Hulu, Netflix, HBO and (of course) Amazon Prime Video.

A smart padlock with a fingerprint scanner

A smart padlock with a fingerprint scanner
Tapplock Lite, $59, available at Amazon

For anyone who goes to the gym, school, or anywhere else you need to place valuables in a locker, a smart padlock is a great present. You can unlock this one with just your fingerprint —no key or combination necessary.

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A smart light bulb with dimmer support

A smart light bulb with dimmer support
Lifx A19, $59.98, available at The Home Depot

A smart light bulb is an excellent gift for someone who wants to try out a smart home, or who has cheaper smart bulbs but wants to upgrade. The Lifx A19 is compatible with Alexa, Google Assistant, and HomeKit, and the bulb can produce a number of cool lighting and color effects, such as flickering, strobing, and pulsing to match your music.

A smart home hub from Google with a display

A smart home hub from Google with a display
Google Nest Hub, $79.99, available at Best Buy

This device is one of our favorite smart displays, and one of the cheaper ones you can buy. You can use its 7-inch screen to watch YouTube videos, follow along with recipes and other tutorials, or read song lyrics. You can also use it to control all of your Google Assistant-compatible smart devices.

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A remote for all of your smart devices

A remote for all of your smart devices
Harmony 665, $69.99, available at Logitech

A universal remote can be a god-send for a smart-home owner who wants an easy way to control all their different devices. The Harmony 665 can control a number of tech products, including lights, plugs, smart locks, and even cable boxes, all in one easy place.

The original Google Home smart speaker

The original Google Home smart speaker
Google Home, $79.99, available at Best Buy

A Google Assistant speaker can introduce your friend or relative to the world of smart-home with a cute design, colorful lights, and excellent sound. For just $79.99, this is the best Google Assistant speaker you can buy.

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An Amazon smart display

An Amazon smart display
Echo Show 8, $79.99, available at Amazon

Amazon makes a number of different Echo Show smart displays, from the $59.99 miniature Echo Show 5 to the full-sized, booming, $229.99 Echo Show 2nd-Gen. For gifting, I think the $79.99 Echo Show 8 is the best combination of price and quality. It sports most of the features of the larger Echo Show, including a bright 8-inch screen, a webcam, and (of course) built-in Amazon Alexa. You can use the touchscreen to watch videos, browse the internet, and control your smart-home devices, and can also use the camera to video chat.

A smart precision cooker for sous vide

A smart precision cooker for sous vide
Anova Nano Precision Cooker, $79, available at Amazon

Any chef, even one who's not too tech-savvy, will appreciate the gift of a smart sous vide. Just place your ingredients in a sealed container, drop the container into hot water with the Anova, and the device will do the rest — it's an easy way to fit cooking into a busy schedule.

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A smart lighting starter kit with dimmer switches

A smart lighting starter kit with dimmer switches
Lutron Caseta Wireless Smart Lighting Dimmer Switch Starter Kit, $99.95, available at The Home Depot

These are smart dimmer switches you can automate, or control remotely with Lutron's app or Alexa, Google Assistant, and HomeKit. The prospect of swapping out your light switches for smart dimmers might be intimidating, but this starter kit has everything your friend or relative will need, and Lutron's smartphone app will guide them step-by-step through the process.

A smart lighting bulb kit

A smart lighting bulb kit
Philips Hue White Starter Kit, $99.99, available at Best Buy

Gift this to a friend who wants to equip a full apartment or house with smart lights. This kit includes four white bulbs, which you can control with Alexa, Google Assistant, and HomeKit, and a Philips Hue Bridge that connects them to your router. You can automate the bulbs with timers and schedules, and create gorgeous lighting effects. With the Philips Hue Sync feature, they can even sync up with the audio of your music, movies, or games.

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A straight-up Amazon smart speaker

A straight-up Amazon smart speaker
Amazon Echo 3rd-Gen, $79.99, available at Amazon

Amazon's Echo Dots are a cool gift, but if you're shopping at a higher price point, the Echo 3rd-Gen is a bigger smart speaker with a much deeper sound. It comes in five different colors, so you can purchase the one that best fits your friend's or relative's decor.

A vanity mirror with Alexa

A vanity mirror with Alexa
iHome Alexa Vanity Mirror, $99.99, available at Amazon

Gift this to any friend who enjoys makeup, hairstyling, or skin care. It's a vanity mirror with Alexa built in, and it will look great in any modern bathroom. They'll be able to easily play music, hear the traffic reports, or play around with Amazon's voice assistant while getting ready for the day.

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A smart home-connected security kit

A smart home-connected security kit
Ring Alarm Home Security Kit, $139.99

The home security kit from Ring includes a base station along with a keypad to control it, as well as motion detector, contact sensor and range extender. Altogether, this package will secure your loved one's home even when power is lost with a 24-hour battery backup.

A smart face mask for all occasions

A smart face mask for all occasions
Foreo UFO Smart Face Mask, $139.50, available at Foreo

Any beauty or skincare enthusiast will appreciate this smart face mask. Foreo makes a number of face masks for different occasions; there's one for nighttime, one for the morning, one customized for relaxation, and many more. Place one on the device and select the type in the Foreo app. The UFO will guide you through a customized application process that's super relaxing and feels great.

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The absolute best-sounding Alexa speaker

The absolute best-sounding Alexa speaker
Sonos One, $169, available at Sonos

The Sonos One is the absolute best-sounding Alexa speaker you can buy, for anyone who wants truly premium audio. It's also a great gift for anyone who already has other Sonos speakers, as it will integrate with them for a multi-room audio experience.

A colorful smart light strip

A colorful smart light strip
Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance Light strip, $179.97, available at The Home Depot

This gift will help a friend or relative add a splash of color and light to their house. You can place it under stairs, behind a TV, or under a desk, and it creates a very cool, almost futuristic effect. (If your recipient is confused, tell them to look at pictures online for ideas of where to put it).

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A smart wall lighting kit

A smart wall lighting kit
Nanoleaf Canvas Smarter Kit, $179, available at The Home Depot

The Nanoleaf Canvas is a truly customizable smart-home gift. It comes with nine smart LED panels, which your friend or relative can stick on their wall in any pattern they please. Together, the panels can display hundreds of color schemes, and create truly stunning effects; they can flicker, strobe, cycle, sync to your music, and more. There are even some cute games built in.

A smart doorbell with video recording

A smart doorbell with video recording
Ring Video Doorbell 2, $129, available at Best Buy

Video doorbells might sound weird to give as a gift, but this one makes a perfect present because there's nothing intimidating about the setup process — it's entirely battery-powered, so your friend doesn't need to fiddle with any wires, and they can stick it onto their door in about five minutes. You can monitor the ring's 1080p video feed from your smartphone, and it can send an alert when someone approaches the door.

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A smart vacuum with smartphone support

A smart vacuum with smartphone support
Shark Ion R85, $249.98, available at Amazon

Many people think of robot vacuums as a luxury purchase, but this is one of the best ones you can buy and it's only $199.99. The R85 can suck up pet hair, crumbs, dust, and anything else it might find on your floor, and is easy to set up and control with the connected smartphone app.