The best smart home tech gift ideas of the year 2020.


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The best smart home gifts can help you add something to your wish list or help you find the best gift for someone who wants to upgrade their home or apartment. Smart Home gifts aren’t just for technicians; they give you peace of mind, help you stay in touch with your family you see less of, and offer a lot of convenience.

We’ve put together the best Smart Home gift ideas based on the products we use every day and that our friends love.

Serena Shades from Lutron-$419 and up

Serena smart blinds and roller blinds are available in a variety of styles, including roller blinds, wooden blinds and honeycomb blinds. The smart wooden blinds can even be adjusted throughout the day to let in the perfect amount of light depending on the position of the sun. You can control the blinds with your voice or an app, add a routine or create a schedule.

We love to open the blinds when we start a morning routine and plan to close the blinds in an office shortly after 5 pm.

Serena Shades starts at $419 for a 3 by 5 foot window for Honeycomb.

Buy now from Serena Shades.

Arlo cameras & floodlights – $129 and up

We love the Arlo Smart Security System that protects your home and keeps an eye on deliveries. The security cameras and spotlights are completely wireless, so you can place the cameras where you need them, not where wiring is a good idea.

The Arlo Pro 3 security system includes cameras that can record in 2K or digitally pan and zoom to get a better view of people and license plates.

The Arlo Pro 3 Floodlight is a great way to provide your home with a super bright floodlight and camera. We installed it right above the driveway, but it is an excellent addition to any area around the house.

The Arlo video doorbell is a great introduction to intelligent security. It is installed instead of a wired doorbell. Our favorite features are the wide view that shows where the packages are and that the doorbell calls your phone via video call when someone rings at the door.

Buy now at Amazon, Best Buy and Walmart.

Chamberlain MyQ Smart Garage Hub-$33.99

The Chamberlain MyQ Smart Garage Hub is an affordable way to make your garage door intelligent. This hub works with most garage door openers and can be installed in minutes.

Once installed, you can open and close your garage door with your phone or watch. You can also set up alerts to know when the garage door will open or close when you are not at home.

We love letting a neighbor in so they can borrow a tool, knowing when a child is coming home, or just knowing that we did not leave the garage door open.

Buy now at Amazon, Best Buy, Home Depot and Lowe’s.

Roborock S5 Max Robot Vacuum Cleaner and Mop-$549

The Roborock S5 Max sweeps and wipes your home for you so you can concentrate on what you want to do. You can set schedules or start a cleaning session with Alexa or Google Assistant.

We love the dual functionality that sweeps hardwood, laminate or tile and sweeps the carpet. The S5 Max has enough suction power to even take an AA battery, and since there are no wiping zones, you don’t have to worry about a wet carpet. The Roborock S5 Max can also overcome a 0.8-inch obstacle to cross thresholds and get into the next room.

Buy now at Amazon.

Lutron Caseta Wireless Intelligent Twilight Switch-$99.95

If you want to control an entire room full of lights without buying individual light bulbs, the Lutron Caseta Wireless Smart Dimming Switch is the best option. We have used it in a kitchen and even for outdoor lighting. You can control the lights with a physical switch, voice wizard and an app on your phone.

The starter kit includes a hub to connect the smart switches to the Internet. Installation is simple and something that most users can do on their own in about half an hour. You can use it on a single switch or with three-way switches, and with a pico remote, you can add a switch wherever you need it.

Buy now from Amazon, Best Buy, Lowe’s and Home Depot.

Aura Carver Digital Photo Frame-$199

The Aura Carver digital photo frame checks all cheese


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