The 7 Best Smart Home Gadgets to Get Your Dad for Christmas
Holiday gift shopping can be challenging, getting the right Christmas gift for your dad even more. So why not indulge his inner child with a new smart toy to play with? Our recommendations for this year’s smart home gifts below!
Now that Thanksgiving and the madness of Black Friday are over, your thoughts may turn to Christmas shopping. The big day fast approaches, and you may wonder what to buy for your dad.
Fathers can be tricky to buy for, so if you want to avoid stereotypical sweaters or ties, try one of these smart home gadgets.
Satisfy his inner geek and give him a new toy to play with!
1. Google Home or Amazon Echo
If your dad is an Android user, the Google Home might be perfect. It can play music through Bluetooth speakers, and he can ask Google all the questions he wants.
It also integrates with the Chromecast so your dad can stream his favorite shows on TV. The Home will also keep your dad up to date with his calendar appointments.
If he wants more flexible functionality, pick up a product from the Amazon Echo family. The Google Home is excellent for keeping you entertained and organized, but the Echo is better at controlling other smart home devices.
Go for the Echo Dot and a decent Bluetooth speaker for better sound quality than the main Echo.
2. Nest Learning Thermostat
It’s a running joke on TV sitcoms that dads don’t like anyone touching the thermostat. If that’s your dad, get him the Nest Learning Thermostat. He can change the temperature on his phone if your mom changes the settings.
But he will have to get used to the thermostat adjusting itself to suit how your dad uses his home.
3. Behmor Connected Temperature Control Coffee Maker
Get your dad a smart coffee maker so he can start the day off the right way. Using the app, he can start the Behmor drip coffee maker when he wakes up, so his coffee is ready when he gets downstairs.
He’s got a range of options at his fingertips, including the temperature and pre-soak settings. Your dad can tailor his coffee to how he likes it. He can create a profile of his favorite settings to save time.
The Behmor integrates with Amazon’s Alexa, so your dad can control his coffee maker using the SURE Universal Remote app.
4. Fitbit Charge 2
Does your dad always make New Year’s resolutions about improving his fitness? Give him an easier start towards his goals by buying him the Fitbit Charge 2.
It tracks heart rate to measure the calories burnt during the day. It’ll also track activities like steps taken, sleep, distance walked, and how many minutes he’s active. The Fitbit also prompts guided breathing sessions to help your dad manage his calm levels.
If he enjoys technology, he’ll also appreciate the notifications on the display, letting him know if he’s getting a call, a text, or a calendar alarm.
5. Vitamix Ascent Blender
Speaking of health and fitness, does your dad want to try protein shakes or healthy fruit smoothies in the morning?
Consider buying him a Vitamix Ascent blender. It uses NFC technology, so it knows which container you’re using, and changes the settings. That includes blend times, so you can’t over or under blend something.
Check out their video for a demonstration.
Though your dad won’t be restricted to healthy beverages. The Vitamix can even tell when you’re mixing margaritas!
6. Ring Video Doorbell Pro
A video doorbell doesn’t sound like a fun gift for Christmas. But if your dad loves security and gadgets, then the Ring Video Doorbell Pro is ideal.
Its camera comes with night vision and films in HD. The doorbell sends alerts to your phone when anyone rings the bell. But the device also picks up anyone within range, in case someone tries to sneak past. He can use two-way communication to leave instructions for deliverymen if they turn up when your dad is out.
It’s not just a doorbell. It’s peace of mind.
You may wonder why a robot vacuum is on a list of Christmas gifts. This is no ordinary vacuum.
With its new Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM) technology, the Roomba will clean the floor and avoid the furniture or other obstacles.
Your dad can control the Roomba using Alexa or the SURE Universal Remote app from the sofa while he watches TV.
If he’s not sure, just tell him iRobot used to make bomb disposal robots. The Roomba packs a lot of technology into its little body.
Over to you – what smart home devices will you buy your dad for Christmas?