The season of holiday shopping is here. If your friends and family are interested in smart home living, there are some great options to supplement their homes. Smart home gadgets are more affordable, higher quality, and easier to install than ever before.

Spruce Up the Home Ambiance with Smart Lights
A well-thought-out smart lighting system is convenient as well as beautiful. Without the necessity of a physical light switch, smart lights can be installed atop cabinets, behind house plants, and in all those hard-to-reach spots to provide an accent to your existing lighting setup.

Smart lights are also economically and environmentally friendly, as you can program them to dim or brighten only when necessary, saving your pocketbook and the planet a little bit at a time. 

If you’re interested in shopping for different smart light setups, check out LifeStyle Homes’ included home automation package. 

Create an Ideal Environment for Your Loved Ones with a Smart Thermostat
Thermostat control can be a famously contentious issue in any household. Dad likes it no higher than 70, the kid wants to crank it up to 82, and a small but fierce war of attrition ensues. 

You can save your loved ones (especially those in your own household) that headache with a smart thermostat. A smart thermostat will not only let you monitor your home’s heating and cooling settings, but also analyze your thermostat habits and tell you how best to save energy while keeping everyone as comfortable as possible. It also lets the user adjust the thermostat from your smartphone or tablet, so you no longer have to worry about leaving it on after you’ve left the house.

Smart Garage Door/Garage Door Opener
For a long time, anyone who wanted a smart garage door would have to do a major re-installation with a lot of time and money invested. Nowadays, as long as your friend or family member has a garage door opener made after 1993, making it smart is a quick and easy process. The benefits of a smart garage door opener are much greater than one might think: it increases the security of your home by telling you when your garage door is opening, tells you exactly when your kids arrive home so you don’t have to wait up, and can even connect to your smart lights so they turn on as soon as you arrive home. 

In fact, in your LifeStyle Homes’ smart home, your WiFi-enabled garage door opener communicates from the get-go. 

Smart Vacuum for Keeping Up with the Mess
It’s a saying often repeated that a home without a pet is just a house, but what if you had a pet that could clean up your messes instead of making them? Smart vacuum technology has evolved to the point that there are several affordable options equipped with sophisticated arrays of sensors and powerful cleaning abilities. 

Smart vacuums don’t use cameras, so there’s no need for any privacy concerns. Instead, they use a complex network of proximity and cliff sensors to navigate their way around your home, sweeping up after any messes made by kids, dogs, or grown-ups. 

For the buyer interested in not just a smart vacuum, but a new element in a smart home, many vacuum options can communicate with virtual assistants such as Amazon’s Alexa, so you can tell your house to turn on the lights and clean itself up with nothing more than a voice command.

Whether it takes the form of lights, thermostats, or vacuum cleaners, the best thing about any smart home gift is that it’s just as easily a gift for you as it is for your roommate, spouse, or family member. If you’re living in the same house, it’s a gift that gives right back. 

If you’re interested in learning about smart homes, how they work, and what kind of smart home setup you or your loved ones might be interested in, check out LifeStyle Homes for more information.