2020 Smart Home Holiday Gift Guide

Posted: December 4, 2020
Category: Home , Smart Home/New Tech

For the holidays this year we have good news and bad news. Hey, it wouldn’t be 2020 if there wasn’t some bizarre twist to even what’s traditionally the happiest time of the year, right? The bad news is that we’ve all got a few (maybe more) months of staying mostly at home ahead of us. The good news is, these circumstances take a lot of the guesswork out of what to get friends and family this holiday season.

There have never been more smart home products on the market than today. And seeing that we’ll all be spending more time at home than we normally would, there’s never been a better time to appreciate and get to know how to work these new gadgets.

So, to properly ring in the holidays (and ring out 2020), we’ve put together a list of must-have smart home gifts that fit any budget. And (depending on the size of your feet), these can fit in almost any stocking too!

Sensibo: The Smarter Smart Thermostat


Smart thermostats are great if you have a central heating and cooling system. But that’s not the case for a lot of apartment dwellers. Enter Sensibo, the smart thermostat for the person who has a window air conditioner, portable room heater or any climate control device that has a remote control. Never walk into a hot apartment again on a summer day. Just set your Sensibo on your IOS or Android app to cool your home before you get home. Also works great with Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa and Apple HomeKit Siri Shortcuts.

Wyze Cam v3: An Elf on the Shelf 12 Month a Year


Between housecleaners, work people, dog walkers and babysitters, a lot of people have access to our homes. While nobody wants to turn their home into something out of a George Orwell novel, it’s not a bad idea to be able to keep an eye on things from time to time. Wyze’s new home security cam can be installed inside or outside of your home. It’s water and dustproof, works great in low light, has a motion sensor that can send you alerts on your smart phone, and is super easy to install. Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa compatible.

Wyze Smart Home Starter Pack: For Smart Home Newbies


Give your loved one the gift of smart home security with this flexible smart home starter pack that has everything but a smart kitchen sink. This kit includes a home security camera, micro SD card, three smart light bulbs, two smart plugs, and a set of contact and motion sensors that work together seamlessly. Works with the Wyze smartphone app and is also Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa compatible.

Apple HomePod Mini: White Box Quality at an Affordable Price


When Apple’s full-size HomePod came on the market a few years ago, it was lauded for its superior sound but jeered for it’s limited HomeKit functionality and wallet-busting price tag. Now, at an affordable $99, you can delight the Apple lover on your list with unparalleled sound hand-off music and podcast capability, enhanced AppleTV experience and full compatibility with HomeKit devices.

SmartDry: Add Some IQ Points to the Laundry


Save money and time with this game changing device. Wireless and easy to set up, SmartDry lets you know when your clothes are dry or the heat in your dryer may be at a level where it’s destroying your clothes. Plus, you can check on the status of your clothes from anywhere on your smartphone (IOS and Android) or with Alexa. Works with any electric or gas clothes dryer.

STITCH Smart Power Strip: The Most Versatile Gadget They’ll Ever Own


At first glance, a power strip may be just about the crappiest holiday gift ever. But hold on. This is no ordinary power strip. With the STITCH power strip, you can turn just about any device into a smart device. And with four outlets and two USB ports, this little item is like a smart plug on steroids. It’s unbelievably easy to set up via your local network and can be controlled via your Android or IOS smartphone and is supported by Google Home and Amazon Alexa assistants.

A Caveat to Santa

All of the items on this list are affordable, useful and easy to use. But before buying any smart home device as a gift, you need to be aware of a few things: ecosystems and installation. There are a lot of smart home ecosystems out there and not every device works with every platform. Also, some items (while easier to install than others) may require slight alterations to your home. That’s where we come in.

PK & Altman’s team of experts can help you determine which smart home items will work best for you. If your item needs professional installation, we’ll work with you and your coop board to ensure that all work completed is compliant with your proprietary lease.

As always, all work done by PK & Altman Electric’s team of licensed and insured electricians is guaranteed to meet New York City electrical safety code standards.


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