Top 12 Last Minute Smart Home Tech Gifts for Christmas 2018

Christmas is around the corner and what better time than to buy yourself gifts that can make your life easier: the top 12 tech devices that can assist you with carols, recipes, and magical lights. Most of them are prime enabled, so you can still save face. Happy holidays eveeyone!

How to Beat the cold: Nest E Thermostat

You are in bed, and you feel very cold and would like the heat to be turned up 2-3 degrees but just cannot get yourself to do it; you come back from a vacation and find that you had left the heat on. In both of these likely scenarios, you need the Nest E, with the smart technology provided by the 3rd-gen Nest Learning Thermostat that doesn’t light up when somebody walks by and looks good in its snow-white plastic housing.  Check price and delivery speeds on Amazon. 

How to Clean up Automatically: iRobot Roomba 690

The holidays also mean that you have a lot of cleaning to do. But the iRobot Roomba 690 is here to free you from the tedious job of cleaning your floors. If there is a need to transition between floor types, then the 690 is just what you need. This device will not only keep away from cable-strewn floors, such as your office, but also any other dangerous areas, thanks to the “Virtual Wall” it is equipped with. Best of all, you will receive an alert when the Roomba is full. There is something magical about seeing a robot run around cleaning your home.

Amazon Price: $268

How to Deck your halls with light: Nexlux LED Strip Lights

You would not stick these in a Christmas tree, but you may like to string them under countertops, or around the edges of a room, to provide easy mood lighting that creates a festive atmosphere. Beyond the holiday season, you can use them on a rainy day to light up the house or use them for your parties.

Amazon Price: $30

How to Get Holiday Help: Google Home Hub

This 7-inch smart display is a vivid representation of all that is good about Google Assistant. Home hub has a compact footprint, ensuring that it doesn’t crowd the end table in your living room, or your kitchen counter that you may prefer to keep it on. You can enjoy quick control of your smart home thanks to Google view.

Best Buy Price: $149

How to Light up the holidays: Philips Hue Starter Kit

Ahead of your holiday party, you want to get your lights configured perfectly. Regardless of whether you have three lights or 30, it’s a job for Philips Hue that comes equipped with an easy room and scene set up. If you have only a single room to be provided with mood lighting, or you wish to go all-in, then rely on the 2-color bulb start kit to do the job.

Amazon Price: $100

How to Protect your Property: Ring Video Doorbell 2

Protect your property, 24x7x365, by installing a video doorbell. This time of year, you will need it even more, as you are likely to expect many guests, whether it’s Santa or people coming to your Christmas party. Best of all, the bell can save your holiday from being ruined by porch pirates! Catch them red-handed!

Amazon Price: $200

How to Make Magic with Mini: Google Home Mini

Regardless of the decor of your home, smarts, sound, and style combine in this little donut to help stand out or blend in. Expect your guests to be dazzled when it controls thermostat, lights, or entertainment. You may wish to pump up your party by using Bluetooth or Google Cast to combine it with some larger speakers.

Best Buy Price: $49

How to Pump up the party: Sony SRS-XB31 Portable Bluetooth Speaker

Whether day or night, its RGB mood lights and 24-hour battery help this EXTRA BASS speaker to rock 24×7. Don’t worry if it’s too close to the hot tub or the punch bowl; its IP67 dust/water resistance will keep it dry. The festive red color is an added attraction!

Amazon Price: $98

  1. How to Roast Chestnuts on with 4K clarity: Google Chromecast Ultra

Yule log DVDs are so yesterday! Enjoy 4K Yule Logs on YouTube in every style and length of your choice. And if watching the fire gets monotonous, the trusty Google Home Mini will allow you to use your tablet, phone, computer, or simply your voice to summon Netflix shows.

Best Buy Price: $60

How to Rock around Alexa’s tree: Amazon Echo Plus (2nd gen)

The new Echo Plus comes with a Zigbee smart home hub built-in. You can not only expect the new Echo Plus to deliver a plethora of Alexa skills and bigger sound, but also rely on the device to control an array of smart home devices from hundreds of brands!

Amazon Price: $150

How to Enjoy an Exclusive Treat for Alexa users: Amazon Smart Plug

Plug in this branded Smart Plug from Amazon within a newer Echo device’s range, and the plug has a self-setting mechanism that will spare you the effort. If you have a lot of devices or lights, you no longer need worry about how to set up last minute controls. The only downside to this smart plug is that it will not work with your Google Assistant. Buy it only if you are an Alexa user! Amazon Price: $25

How to Upgrade old fairy lights: iClever Outdoor 2-Outlet Smart Plug

Forget about searching out the remote to light up those “dumb” old lights on your Christmas tree. This two-outlet smart plug is the upgrade your tree, or any holiday decoration, needs.And if you have a fresh-cut tree and are worried about keeping the plug near a water-filled stand, stop fretting: the plug is water-resistant!

Amazon Price: $30

 

 

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