The countdown has begun – Christmas is just around the corner. It’s time to get presents for loved ones. Are you looking for something special? Would you like to give presents that get used regularly – and not just one season a year like the infamous ugly Christmas sweater?
If you have an aversion to thoughtless gifts, we recommend opting for smart devices. If your loved ones are already smart home fans, then they’re sure to love any addition to their “collection”. But these kinds of gifts are even suitable for those who don’t know what smart devices actually are.
We have created a list for you with 5 smart ideas for useful Christmas gifts. Of course, we also explain the benefits they can bring to everyday life.
Smart grill for the perfect steak
Any meat lover knows how difficult it is to cook a steak just the way you want it. It’s all the more frustrating when you’ve spent a lot of money on high-quality meat that ends up being too well done. A smart contact grill, like the Tefal Optigrill Elite, always delivers the perfect result. The grill automatically recognises all the relevant factors, such as the meat thickness and number of pieces, so it can calculate the necessary cooking time and temperature. An intuitive grill assistant guides you through the entire process step by step – so nothing can go wrong.
Smart lamps, such as those from Eve or Philips Hue (both compatible with Apple HomeKit), offer endless possibilities for bringing special lighting moods to the home. The lamps can also be controlled remotely with the Hue Bridge. This brings you added security by deterring intruders. Or you can turn on the fairy lights on the tree for your children and make them shine in countless colour variations. If you integrate the lighting solutions from Philips Hue into your smart home environment, you can, for instance, easily create automations with Alexa. So, for example: You could have all your Christmas lights switch on as soon as you unlock your door with the Nuki Smart Lock.
Automatic food dispenser for dog and cat owners
Dogs, and especially cats, can be real foodies. You fill the bowl before you go to work, but in the evening the food is scattered all around the bowl? Especially for pet owners, smart devices are a huge help in day-to-day life, such as the food dispenser from PetSafe. Thanks to the integrated timer, your four-legged friend will receive fresh food on a regular basis.
Vacuum robots for smart cleaning
Household cleaning devices are considered the most charming gifts. But vacuum robots definitely fall into a completely different category. Anyone who has ever experienced just how effortless housework with smart devices can be, doesn’t want to go back to manoeuvring a noisy, bulky vacuum cleaner. For vacuum robots, such as DEEBOT from ECOVACS, all it takes is a swipe in the app or a short voice command and all your floors are cleaned.
Nuki Smart Lock 3.0 Pro – finally no more cutting spare keys
What can an electronic door lock do that a key can’t? Well, the answer is a lot of things that will make your everyday life easier. The Nuki Smart Lock digitises access to your home by turning your smartphone into an intelligent key. You can easily assign access permissions to your loved ones in the Nuki app. These digital spare keys are easily customisable – so you can ensure the cleaning staff only has access on Mondays, for example. This saves you time, stress and money, because the Nuki Smart Lock does not incur any subsequent costs.