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GET SMART: 6 BEST SMART HOME GIFTS

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The holiday season is fast approaching and so is your best friend’s next birthday. Fortunately, this year we’re helping with your shopping list. These electronic doodads are designed to simplify even the most complicated lifestyle. The lucky recipient of your gifts will have their work cut out for them when it’s time to give you something. Because that’s what giving gifts is all about – being the best at it. Now go get ‘em!

Amazon Echo or Google Home

First things first, your gift getter is going to need one of these two smart assistants to easily communicate with and control the smart toys that will soon be simplifying their life. Both devices have their own advantages, so do your research to decide which one suits you best. You will also want to make sure your other smart gifts are compatible with your smart assistant of choice.

Ecobee Smart Thermostat with Voice Control

Remember the days when you used to have to physically turn the thermostat up or down? It was practically the Dark Ages. Thank goodness for products like this smart thermostat, which you can not only control with your voice, but also connect to your WiFi so you can turn the heat up to 80 when you’re sloshing home in a rainstorm. Only $249!

Wyze Cam V2

Unlike some devices, this smart security camera doesn’t connect to a ton of other smart home devices, but it is compatible with Amazon’s smart assistant devices, and is extremely affordable at just $25.98. It records high-resolution video at 15 frames per second, and its four infrared LEDs provide vision at night up to 30 feet away. Recordings are stored on a microSD card or in a free cloud storage account provided by the company.

Yeelight Smart LED Bulb

Smart light bulbs sound like a joke, but this is legit! What makes these shiners so smart is their ability to do double duty. Not only can you control their brightness, but they offer 16 million colors, so you can easily customize the light to fit any kind of mood. Phillips also offers a popular smart bulb option, but their starter kit, with three bulbs and the Hue Bridge control module, comes in at $199. The Yeelight bulbs are $29.99 and connect directly to your Amazon or Google device, without the need for a bridge.

Ecovacs Deebot N79S

Vacuuming your own floor is for chumps. That’s robot work! This little dirt-gobbler would love to come live with you – maybe you should just give this gift to yourself. It’s compatible with your Amazon smart assistant, and it’s only $169.99.

Husqvarna Automower 315X

This is only for people with lawns, but it’s just so darn cool! It’s a robotic lawnmower! If you don’t have a lawn, maybe you could start a side hustle letting it cruise around to neighbors’ lawns. With its mobile app, you can start and stop it, create a schedule, and track its progress across a map of your (or your neighbor’s) lawn. And it’s a steal at only $1,599.

All prices listed above are subject to change. For more tips and tricks on being the best friend and gift giver a person could ask for, check out the Olympus Carrington blog.

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