With only 6 Mondays until Christmas, it's time to start thinking about that perfect gift for friends and family.
Smart devices make great gifts for everyone, and for those that may not be tech savvy you can give the added gift of your assistance setting it up.
From smart air quality monitors to GPS tracking dog collars, below we highlight 10 of our favorite smart home devices of 2023. Let's get started!
#1: Roku Streaming Stick
A tried and true smart device, the Roku Streaming Stick 4K is a staple for most households.
At it's size, it makes great gift for any traveler so that they can easily watch their TV on the go—even if their stay doesn't have a smart TV. Parent's still don't have a smart TV? Put the whole family at peace this holiday season by bringing one along.
While popular choices like the Samsung Frame TV can set you back nearly $1,500, the Roku Streaming Stick is a great budget gift that can help you save a little money this holiday season.
#2: Verdmo WiFi Soil Moisture Sensor
Still refining your green thumb? Just love data on your plants? This fully waterproof and dust proof sensor lets you check on your outdoor garden from anywhere.
The Verdmo Soil Moisture Sensor takes 3 different sensor readings of your soil: mositure, EC, and temperature. After setting up Verdmo in your lawn or garden, you can view the readings manually or setup automations to alert you when you need to water. The perfect gift for a new or seasoned gardener alike.
#3: Hatch Restore
Starting at $129.99
Getting out of your cozy, warm bed this time of the year can be especially difficult. If you have a friend or family member who’s complained about getting out of bed in the morning, the Hatch Smart Alarm Clock could be their perfect gift.
Hatch helps you build a restful routine from sunset to sunrise. Their warm color hues help cue your body to naturally fall asleep and wake up. The latest version of the clock also has a built in speaker with white noise, sleep stories and more machine to help you peacefully rise or wind down.
Plus, 83% of Hatch users reported that their sleep improved after utilizing the smart clock in their routine. Give your friend or family's sleep routine a boost with Hatch.
#4: Oura Ring
Starting at $299
Smart wellness devices have become increasingly popular over the last 10 years, and one recent standout is the Oura Ring.
If you want to track more than just sleep, the Oura Ring might just be for you. Tracking over 20 biometric metrics, the Oura Ring can combines several smart wellness devices into 1 and weighs just 4 grams. Using your biometric information, Oura will provide you personalized insights and recommendations for your sleep habits, illness likelihood, stress levels and more.
Don't just take our word for it, Oura was one of two finalists for the 2023 Webby Health, Wellness & Fitness Apps.
#5: Amazon Smart Air Quality Monitor
Since we’re already on the topic of wellness, the Amazon Smart Air Quality Monitor helps you understand your indoor air quality by measuring 5 key factors: particulate matter (PM 2.5), volatile organic compounds (VOCs), carbon monoxide (CO), humidity, and temperature.
The device's indicator light provides a quick idea of the current air quality and while it has no speaker or microphone, it can be connected to Alexa to get air quality reports.
Don't worry though, if you don't have an Alexa device, you can access the app to see sensor data translated into an easy-to-understand air quality score and you can also check trends over time and get general tips on how to improve air quality.
#6: Notion Smart Starter Kit
Starter kits starting at $199.99
We may be a bit biased, but the Notion Smart Home System makes a great gift for friends and family (or yourself!). Plus, Notion's Cyber Week starts on November 27th so you can give your friends and family the gift of peace of mind this year at a fraction of the cost.
With Notion’s handy smartphone app, if anything is detected, you’ll immediately receive a notification so you can take the appropriate action. Once you’re set-up, you can stay connected to your home no matter where you are.
To help detect the most common issues early, our top 3 recommendations are to place Notion Sensors near your water heater, entry door, and a smoke alarm. After covering the riskiest areas, you can use Notion Sensor for other entry doors, garage doors, under sinks/faucets, basements, washing machines, and near toilets/showers/tubs or other areas of your home prone to leaks.
And, if you want another layer of security, you can upgrade your system to Notion PRO. Get additional notifications: push notifications, group texts, and phone calls so you don’t have to miss a notification while you're traveling, sleeping or just busy.
#7: Whistle Smart Dog Collar
Starting at $69.99
From treat-tossing dog cameras to self-cleaning litter boxes, the smart pet product industry is growing rapidly. But when it comes to smart collars, nothing beats Whistle.
The brand's newest model is the Whistle Switch smart collar, which not only allows you to track your dog or cat’s GPS location and receive smartphone alerts when they leave a designated safe area, but also lets you monitor their health, set fitness goals, and more.
Insights from the Whistle Switch smart collar empower owners to take action to help their pets live happier lives. Whistle allows pet owners to communicate with and understand their pets without having to take them to the vet.
#8: Ecobee Smart Thermostat
Starting at $149.99
By definition, a smart thermostat is any thermostat that you can control via an internet-connected device, like a speaker or smartphone. But the Ecobee’s line of smart thermostats offer so much more than this.
It’s packed with useful features, like the ability to learn your habits and automatically adjust to eco-friendly temperatures, identify problems with your ducting or HVAC system, track energy usage, and more.
When you consider that heating and cooling costs make up nearly 50 percent of your energy bill, a smart thermostat like Ecobee could save you a big chunk of change.
#9: GE Smart Scale
Starting at $38.99
The GE Smart Scale series offers a range of smart scales to help you accurately track your fitness metrics. Easily see metrics like your body weight, body fat percentage, muscle mass, body water, visceral fat, BMI, bone mass, and more.
Your scale will send results to the Fit Profile app which supports an unlimited number of users, and keeps track of your progress graphically.
If you're looking to reach to a fitness goal this holiday season or just want more insight to your body's data, the GE Smart Scale can be a great gift to add to your list.
#10: Rachio Smart Sprinklers
Starting at $129.99
Gardeners rejoice! If you’ve ever worried about your lawn’s health while you’re away on vacation, you should check out Rachio’s Smart Sprinkler Controller – it’s a smart device that acts as your own watering assistant.
Once installed, you can connect the controller to your home Wi-Fi using the Rachio app and control your watering schedule from anywhere in the world! You can start, stop, pause, or skip individual zones, and even create a custom watering schedule.
The device can even use local weather data to determine exactly how much water your yard needs.
That’s all for now! We hope this gift guide gives you all the inspiration you need for the smart device lovers on your list.