The 2016 Smart Home Holiday Gift Guide

We’ve laid out a comprehensive smart home gift guide for this year’s holiday season and everyone who will be gathered in your home.

The holidays are right around the corner. But that doesn’t mean you don’t have time to get something special. For the second year in a row, we’ve put together the Smart Home Holiday Gift Guide for everyone on your list.

For the one selling their home: Smart Home Staging Kit

Smart Home Staging Kit

According to a Coldwell Banker survey this year, 71 percent of Americans want a move-in ready home and of them, 44 percent believe move-in ready means the home must have smart home technology. That means that people serious about selling should seriously consider “smart staging” their house. This kit has it all, including a Nest Thermostat, Nest Protect Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm, Nest Cam, August Smart Lock, August Connect and a Lutron Caseta Lighting Kit. You can even opt-in for professional installation. The kit is offered at a promotional rate of $999 for clients of Coldwell Banker affiliated agents.

For the one buying a home: A Vivint Complete Smart Home Package

vivint smart home complete

The package is perfect for new homeowners who want to keep their home safe! The Vivint Complete package comes with home security, smart home technology, data storage and installation. Vivint’s smart home pros are also available to help monitor their home 24/7, 365 via their mobile app or customer service. Prices vary by location, but you can request a quote online.

For the forgetful friend: August Locks

August Smart Lock

Got any friends who always lose their keys or lock themselves out by accident? An August lock will ensure they never call you to borrow that set of spare keys they’ve asked you to hold on to. The device is placed on the inside of their door and allows users to open doors with their smartphones. Don’t worry, traditional keys work too (in case they also forget their phones)! The price starts at $299.

For the chatty friend: Amazon Echo


You already know who the chattiest person at your holiday party will be. This holiday season, introduce them to the gadget that will satisfy their chatting needs and talk back to them. The Amazon Echo is the hands-free speaker they can control with their voice. The voice inside the Echo is named Alexa, and she can do just about everything from turn on the lights to buy more detergent. Amazon Echo products start at $179.99.

For the sleep and nap aficionado: Beddi Smart Alarm Clock

beddi smart alarm clock

This device won’t comb out their bed-head, but it will make sure they wake up on time and peacefully. The Beddi Smart Alarm Clock uses their favorite Spotify playlists, soft lighting and various other functions to ensure a smart (and timely) start to their morning. It can even charge their phone overnight and tell them the weather as soon as they wake up. Prices start at $99.

For the one who is always cold (or always hot): Nest Thermostat

Nest Thermo

Never again will they gripe about the house being too hot or too cold – it will be just right. The Nest Thermostat allows users to control their home heating and cooling remotely from their smartphones to ensure their home is the perfect temperature upon arrival. The Nest is also intuitive, so it will learn their tricky heating and cooling preferences. The best part? It can save them money on heating and cooling. The Nest Thermostat is priced at $249.

For the one who is always on the go: Chamberlain MyQ Garage

chamberlain myq

Have a relative who’s always running around town? The Chamberlain MyQ Garage sensors connect with their smart phones to ensure their garage opens and closes without wasting any of their precious travel time. The starter kit is priced at $129.99 and additional sensors can be purchased for an added $37.

For the safety-first folks: Nest Protect Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm

Nest Protect

The Nest Protect is a two-in-one alarm that tests for smoke and carbon monoxide. It also tests itself automatically and lasts for up to a decade without having to change the batteries. Your safety conscious relative will receive alerts from the Next Protect to their phone and they can also disable the alarm remotely. The Nest Protect starts at $99.

For the grillmaster: Lynx Smart Grill


Chilly temperatures may drive us inside but the grillmaster always is thinking of their next summer barbecue. The Lynx Smart Grill comes in various shapes and sizes, but the coolest part is how it uses voice activation. The Smart Grill prompts users on what to do and when to do it, for example, “Flip the burgers in two minutes”.

For the savvy crockpot-er: Belkin WeMo Smart Slow Cooker


We all know someone who swears by the crock-pot! This crock-pot is like any other except users can control it directly from their phones. That means that their delicious eight-hour roast can go on when they get to the office and be ready by the time they get home from work. Plus, this gift guarantees they’ll invite you over for dinner! The product is priced at $129.99.

For your four legged friend: CleverPet


Who says your pup doesn’t want a smart home too? Get your furry friend a CleverPet, a feeding bowl that teaches them sequences and memory games. The device has touchpads that your pet can tap for food and brain games. Plus you can track their progress and schedule playtime from your phone while you’re away from home. Hey – every smart house has to have a smart dog! Prices start at $299.99.

Whether you buy these gifts for others or keep them to yourself, it’s clear to see that smart home products are not only great to put under the tree, but also a great investment for the home!

Senior Manager, Public Relations & Giving for Coldwell Banker. Grew up in Sarasota and attended college at Western Carolina University. Athena wanted to wake up in that city that doesn’t sleep so headed to Madison Avenue to start her marketing career. She has been with this awesome brand for more than 15 years and can be found generating buzz about CB in every way possible. Athena helps to grow the brand’s position as the most storied real estate company within the industry and has led many high-profile endeavors; she was at the forefront of the brand’s pioneering smart home campaign, raised $6 million in two years to build 130 Habitat for Humanity homes, and led the Homes for Dogs program in partnership with that resulted in tens-of-thousands of dogs finding their furever home. She currently leads the CB Supports St. Jude program, which encourages the Coldwell Banker network’s 96,000+ real estate agents to make donations to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital for every real estate transaction they represent. In her spare time, you can find her either digging up a new area in her yard for another flower bed or planning her next travel adventure. She's the proud mom of three cats Jolene, Ziggy and Lucy.

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1 Comment

  1. Joe Kang
    December 5, 2016

    Hello Athena,

    Thank you for sharing the top smart home products to buy. I am a huge fan Nest Thermostat and I never heard of Clever Pet, in which I think is mind boggling.

    Have you heard of the doorbell, RemoBell? It is a new smarthome wireless doorbell that just came out, and I think it is fresh and new product that your audience will love

    We would love to see that product on here if you can. We will also share it on our website and all of SNS to promote this amazing blog. We will also link to your site in one of our blogs to promote the great Real Estate Option ColdWell Bankers provides


    Joe Kang
    Content Marketing Specialist
    Olive & Dove


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