20 Home Gadget Gift Ideas to Fit Any Budget
Looking for the perfect present for a loved one this holiday season? Here are 20 of my favorite gift ideas. And since I work in real estate, they are items that add enjoyment, comfort and, in some cases, major value to your home.
Approximate Price Ranges
$ - under $100
$$ - $101 to $300
$$$ - $301 to $700
$$$$ - Splurge
LET IT SNOW
Keep your loved ones cozy all winter with these gifts that add warmth and a touch of luxury.
Tabletop Fireplace - $
On cold nights, nothing beats the comfort and glow of a fire. Whether you’re looking to cozy up on the couch with a good book, or enjoy a relaxing night in the backyard with family and friends, a tabletop fireplace is an easy way to light up your evening. The HOMCOM Ventless Tabletop Bio Ethanol Fireplace can be used indoors or outdoors, no vent required.
Towel Warmer - $$
Who wouldn’t love to wrap themselves in a warm towel when they step out of the shower on a cold morning? The Amba RWP-CB Radiant Plug-In Curved Towel Warmer is an entry level version that gets good reviews. Modern and elegant, this model plugs into a nearby outlet for easy installation and is made of rust-resistant stainless steel.
Smart Thermostat - $$$
After using the Nest Learning Thermostat for a week, it will start to recognize your patterns and adjust the temperature automatically to your preferences. In its third-generation, Nest claims to pay for itself over time in energy savings. It uses sensors and your phone’s location to check if you’ve left the house, then sets itself to an Eco Temperature. And this smart-thermostat knows when you typically get home from work and can heat things up before you return.
Radiant Floor Heating - $$$$
According to BobVila.com, “radiant floors are heated either with electric resistance cables or hot water flowing inside tubing” beneath the floor. It’s energy-efficient, effective, and doesn’t blow dust and allergens around the way forced-air systems do. Not only will you love stepping onto a heated floor on a cool morning, you’ll be adding value to your home, as this is an appealing upgrade to buyers when it comes time to sell.
ROCK AROUND THE TREE
Music lovers are sure to appreciate these gifts guaranteed to enhance their listening experience throughout the home.
Showerhead Speaker - $
Whether you enjoy singing in the shower, or listening to your favorite podcast, the Morpilot Rainfall Shower Head with Waterproof Music Jet syncs with any bluetooth-enabled device so you can stream your favorite audio directly into the shower. It even includes a dual microphone so you can answer phone calls.
Voice Controlled Smart Speaker - $$
Google Home not only streams music on demand via voice control, it can also serve as a central hub for numerous other smart-home devices. Now you can change the channel on your TV, make a phone call, turn on your lights, set your thermostat and lock your front door, all without lifting a finger.
High-End Wireless Speaker - $$$
If you prefer a premium speaker, the Sonos Play:3 is the mid-range option in the brand’s line of wireless speakers. It delivers rich and robust sound with a sleek design that can placed horizontally or vertically to fit almost any space. Add additional speakers from the Sonos line for an enhanced, surround-sound experience.
Whole Home Audio System - $$$$
The sky’s the limit when it comes to whole-home audio systems, and for a premium sound system you can expect to make a significant investment. Companies like Yamaha offer a wide variety of components, all designed to work in conjunction to give you a customized whole-home audio and home theater system to suit your needs.
ADD SOME SIZZLE TO THE SEASON
Home chefs will love these gifts, perfect for holiday entertaining and home cooking all year long.
Bread Maker - $
Warm, fresh bread can make any meal feel special. With a bread machine like this one from Hamilton Beach, you can enjoy fresh rolls, pizza dough, cakes, jams, flatbreads and croissants with minimal effort. Plus, there’s a gluten-free setting, which makes this a perfect gift for anyone avoiding gluten in their diet.
Air Fryer - $$
Air fryers are one of the hottest new cooking gadgets this year, and for good reason. With the Philips Airfryer, you can fry your favorites foods using only a tablespoon of oil (or less). It also grills, roasts, steams and even bakes, giving you more quick and easy options for feeding your family and entertaining guests.
Smart Sous-Vide Machine - $$$
Sous vide is a method of cooking in which food is vacuum-sealed in a plastic pouch and then placed in a water bath to cook at a precise temperature. The new Mellow Smart Sous Vide Appliance hits the market this holiday season and promises to make sous vide as easy and foolproof as a slow cooker. Its built-in cooling system keeps your food cold until it’s ready to be cooked … so you can stick a piece of salmon in before you leave for work, and dinner will be done when you get home.
High-End Oven Range - $$$$
To really heat things up in the kitchen, any home chef would love a new high-end range, like this 36” Dual Fuel Range with Six Burners from Sub-Zero Wolf. With ten custom cooking modes this oven makes cooking almost foolproof. Investing in a high-end range not only adds enjoyment to meal preparation, it’s highly-desired by home buyers … something to consider if you plan to list your home within the next few years.
SPARKLE AND SHINE
Holiday lights aren’t the only way to make a home sparkle. These cleaning gadgets and appliances will keep your home clean and shiny all year long.
Portable Deep Carpet Cleaner - $
Anyone who has pets or young children will love the convenience of a cordless and portable spot cleaner like the Bissell Little Green Cordless Portable Spot/Stain Cleaner. Spray, scrub, and suction to remove spills and stains from carpet and upholstery.
Robotic Vacuum Cleaner - $$
The ECOVACS DEEBOT N79 Robotic Vacuum Cleaner provides a good mix of features and value. It offers several cleaning modes and moves easily from rugs to tile to carpet. You can also control it with your smartphone using the ECOVACS App.
Dishwasher - $$$
The Maytag Built-In Undercounter Dishwasher in Stainless Steel gets consistently great reviews for its powerful motor that disintegrates bits of food to deliver sparkling clean dishes, even without rinsing. And its elegant exterior will upgrade the look of your kitchen … all without breaking the bank.
Washing Machine - $$$$
If anything can make laundry exciting, it’s a new washing machine like the Samsung Front Load Washer with AddWash. Its innovative door-within-door design allows you to add to the wash mid-cycle if you forget something, and its Smart Care error-monitoring technology enables easy trouble shooting using a smartphone app.
KEEP THE GRINCH AWAY
Protect your loved ones—and deter intruders—with gifts that keep you and your home safe and secure.
Smart Light Bulbs - $
The Philips Hue White A19 Starter Kit is a good entry-level investment in smart lighting technology. Now you can automate your lighting and control your lights from your smartphone using the Philips Hue App. Deter burglars by making it look like someone’s home when you turn your lights on remotely. And stay safer by never entering a dark house again.
Video Doorbell - $$
Watch over your home and greet visitors from your computer or smartphone with a video-enabled doorbell, like the Ring Video Doorbell Pro. Adjustable motion sensors alert you when someone is approaching your door, and live video and audio allow you to see and talk to visitors without opening the door, even if you’re away from home.
Smart Lock - $$$
Control and monitor your locks from anywhere with a smart lock like the August Smart Lock Pro + Connect. Now you can unlock your door from your smartphone, so there’s no need to leave a key under the doormat or give a copy to the housekeeper. And no more fumbling around for your keys in the dark. Similar to keyless entry for your car, Smart Lock Pro automatically unlocks your door when you approach.
Security System - $$$$
An in-home security system is still one of the best ways to protect your home and family from intruders and alert you to the presence of smoke or carbon monoxide. Vivint can integrate your security system with video monitoring, a doorbell camera, smart locks, garage doors and even your thermostat.
I'M HERE TO HELP
As a real estate professional, I get to visit people’s homes every day and talk to buyers and sellers about their favorite features. So I have a unique insight into the elements that truly make a house special, bring joy to homeowners and add value to a home.
If you do decide to “splurge” on a home upgrade, contact me for recommendations on the best options for your particular home. Buyer expectations and preferences vary depending on price point, style of home and neighborhood. I can run a comparative market analysis to find out how the upgrade you're considering will impact the value of your home, before you make the investment.