Tech the Halls: 10 Holiday Gifts for a High Tech Home

published Nov 26, 2014
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With new devices to digitize every corner of the domestic space, there’s never been a better time to help make someone’s home a little smarter with the gift of gadgetry. We’ve rounded up a list of our favorite home tech gadgets for gifting, from connected Crock-Pots to smart power outlets.

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From tracking fitness goals to making sure kids brush their teeth, Mother is an incredibly versatile system that works with a set of small sensors to monitor pretty much every aspect of home life. You can set up Mother to do things like monitor a room’s temperature, track how much sleep you’re getting, or send an alert to your phone if you forget to take a dose of medication. $299.00

This switch instantly turn an ordinary outlet into a smart one you can turn on and off with your phone or tablet. It’s pretty handy for everyday use at home with lamps, space heaters and the like but particularly useful when you’re traveling but still want some remote control. $39.99

Lock and unlock your home with your phone or the included RFID tags. This smart lock has a hands-free mode and also lets you create and share keys for certain time shifts, which is perfect if you need to let the dog walker into your place while you’re at work or want to give houseguests easy access for the weekend. $259.00

The Iris from Philips is a chic little lamp that works just like the Philips Hue LED bulbs, but is bright enough to illuminate larger rooms. Choose from over 100 apps to control light color and quality, or program Iris to wake you up gradually in the morning with an automated sunrise. $149.95

Designed for homes with pets, the latest Roomba vacuum robot features advanced cleaning and navigation technology as well as a longer battery life. $599.99

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This would make a great gift for busy moms and dads—or anyone whose dinner plans get consistently rearranged due to life’s daily curveballs. This smart slow cooker lets you adjust cooking time and temperature via your smart device to fit your schedule. $129.99

Basically a Fitbit for Fido, the Whistle activity monitor tracks daily activity, behavior and long-term health trends. You can also set health goals and receive custom updates on your dog’s day. $99.99

Lose your remotes for good once you connect all your home entertainment devices and turn your smartphone into a universal remote with the Bluetooth-enabled Blumoo. $99.00

Still the best high-tech stocking stuffer we can think of, Google’s Chromecast lets you stream HD media directly to your TV and supports a growing number of apps, including Netflix and Vevo. $32.49

Pencil by FiftyThree is a brilliantly-designed stylus for iPad that responds to surface pressure, erases, and lets you blend drawings for a more hands-on digital experience. $59.95