8 tech gifts for DIY smart home enthusiast

We all have that friend who has the latest gadgets. The new iPhone, Galaxy Tablet, Dyson Vacuum, and smart washing machine. If you’re looking to impress them with a gift this year, here are a few ideas that your smart home enthusiast may not have unearthed yet.

LIFX Wi-Fi Smart LED Light Bulb

Price: $39.99

Are they ready for some light in their life? LIFX LEDs are the perfect smart bulbs to set the mood in any home. Installation is as easy as swapping out the current light bulbs and downloading the LIFX smartphone app. From there, you can set schedules for when the lights turn on and off, set custom lighting schemes – including red and green for the holidays – and control every bulb in the house, via the app, from the couch or across the globe. It’s a bright idea.  

Samsung UN55LS003A 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV – The Frame

Price: $1,997.99

Welcome your gadget-loving friend to the future of TVs with a Samsung 4K Frame TV. When in use, The Frame showcases crystal clear, 4K imagery with bright colors and rich contrast. When not in use, The Frame transforms into art on the wall. Literally. It includes a gallery of professionally curated art — 100 pieces of art across 10 different genres. The customizable frame fits any home’s decor and hangs flush against a wall, just like a real picture.

Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller

Price: $199.48

Ready for a more practical gift idea? Rachio is a smart sprinkler system that will helps save money on your water bill while being less wasteful. Rachio has a smartphone app that allows you to set up different zones to water, input things like soil type, plant type, and sun exposure to help set the best watering schedule for each part of the yard, and adapts to the local weather and season via its connection to WiFi. Give the gift of continuous blooms and a slim wallet.


iRobot Roomba 770 Robotic Vacuum Cleaner

Price: $372.22

Weekends are for brunching not cleaning. Instead of spending hours sweeping the entire house, hook your tech lover up with the 2017 version of Rosie the Robot – Roomba. Roomba 770 makes it easy to keep the house clean. It offers the ability to schedules for when to vacuum, it defines zones to clean, and you’re able to monitor Roomba’s battery all from a smartphone app. The best part is that when Roomba finishes vacuuming, it direct itself back to it’s charger to recharge for the next time duty calls.

Apple TV 4K (32 GB)

Price: $179.99

The new Apple TV is the perfect media device for the cord cutter in your life. Stream TV and movies from a variety of apps, including HBO Go, Hulu, and Netflix, and stream tunes from Apple Music. The latest Apple TV is also 4K compatible, so if you think there might be a large, rectangular (and high definition) gift under the tree, it might just be the ideal companion present.

eero Home WiFi System

Price: $399.00

To ensure all the smart home devices function properly – especially the ones on the periphery of the home – good WiFi is essential. The eero Home WiFi System ensures every home has fast, reliable WiFi. Plus, with eero’s app, your smart device-loving friend can see all the gadgets attached to the network in one place, and see the quality of their connect to the WiFi. It’s a no-brainer to ensure all connected devices are functioning at peak efficiency.


ViewSonic PJD5155 3300 Lumens SVGA HDMI Projector

Price: $299.99

With all the snow and ice, are visions of summer parties already dancing in your head? If you’re looking for a gift for the entertainer in your family or friend group, consider a ViewSonic movie projector. Rather than heading inside after dining al fresco, set up the projector, throw on a blanket, and enjoy the latest Pixar movie under the stars next summer.