The Ultimate Guide to Smart Holiday Gift Giving
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Are you struggling to find the perfect holiday gift for that person in your life who loves technology? Well, Mysa is here to help! We’ve been surfing the net to come up with 10 smart gift ideas for the tech lover in your life. 

So, let’s get to it! Here is a list of the 10 best smart holiday gift ideas, in no particular order:

Smart Home Tech 

Is the person you’re shopping for a homeowner who has or is looking to start a smart home? Home automation is on the rise and below are some products that may be of interest.

1) A Smart Thermostat

At Mysa we’re passionate about technology and saving energy. So, of course, a smart thermostat had to be part of our list. What better way to show someone you care than to gift them with the power of reducing their energy bill year-round and controlling their thermostat from their phone. A smart thermostat is truly a gift that keeps on giving. 

The ideal device for your special someone will depend on their home’s heating system.

For line voltage systems, Mysa is a great option since it was specifically designed to control line voltage heating. 

If the person you’re shopping for has low voltage heating, some options are Ecobee and Nest.  For more information on finding a compatible smart thermostat check out this blog

2) A Smart Security Camera 

If the person you’re shopping for would like to add an extra level of security to their home, a smart camera would be perfect to place under the tree. These devices let you record audio and visual content, which can be stored for later review or streamed live from a mobile device. 

Different models have different features, many of which include 2-way audio, motion and sound detection, CO2 and smoke alarms, and night vision. 

The Wyze Cam V2 is a smart camera that we really like; Ebitcam and Srihome are also great options.  

3) A Smart Speaker

A smart speaker is a great idea for someone who is looking to better organize and automate their life. From a simple vocal command, a smart speaker can tell you the weather, play music, adjust your home’s lighting or temperature, or even order a pizza. It’s basically a digital personal assistant. 

If you were thinking about gifting someone a smart speaker, the most important consideration is what voice assistant they prefer. The most popular options would be Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant. A smart speaker option for each would be Amazon Echo for Alexa, Apple Homepod for Siri, and Google Home for Google Assistant. 

4) Smart Lights 

If you know someone who has or is just starting to build a smart home, smart lights are a great idea. In addition to being more energy-efficient than regular incandescent bulbs, smart lights can be controlled from a smartphone app or voice assistant. Many even have motion detection! 

Some great smart light options can be found from Wyze, Philips Hue, and Sengled

5) A Smart Lock

If you’re shopping for someone who’s always losing their keys or trying to remember if they locked their door, a smart lock might be just the thing they need. Rather than reaching for a set of keys, your loved one will be able to lock and unlock their front door from their smartphone. They can enable guest access if someone is coming to visit and even monitor who came and left throughout the day from a smartphone app. 

August Smart Locks, Nest X Yale Lock, and Schlage Sense are some locks that are definitely worth looking into if you know someone who would like this type of product. 

Smart Fitness Tech

If the person you’re shopping for is a fitness enthusiast, there are some great ideas that we noticed while making our list.  

6) A Smart Water Bottle

That’s right, even water bottles are getting smarter these days. Smart water bottles are great since they encourage you to drink water throughout the day and help you meet your fitness goals. These bottles track every sip that you take and even remind you to drink water so you remain perfectly hydrated.  

Two options worth considering are the HidrateSpark 3 and the Ozmo Smart Bottle

7) A Smart Jump Rope

Smart fitness accessories are a great idea for someone who seems to already have everything. One smart fitness accessory that stood out to us was the Tangram Smart Rope. 

The fact that this jump rope is able to store workout data is pretty impressive itself. The rope connects to Tangram’s Smart Fitness app, so you can keep track of the length of your workout, how many calories you burned, and it allows you to select recommended internal training programs. But, on top of all that, this rope can display fitness stats right in front of you in mid-air thanks to LED lights! 

8) A Smart Fitness Roller

Another accessory that a fitness enthusiast might enjoy receiving is a fitness roller. But, instead of giving someone a regular foam roller, consider a smart option instead. The Hyperice VYPER Fitness Roller has built-in high-intensity vibrations to really help you get that knot out. 

Who wouldn’t love a fitness roller with massaging vibration to help you warm-up faster or unwind after a workout? 

Smart Apparel Tech

If the person you’re shopping for enjoys technology and style, here are some apparel items that have incorporated smart technology. 

9) A Smart Jacket 

Levi’s® and Google teamed up to create this next item on our list - a smart jacket. 

A series of Levi’s® jackets have incorporated JacquardTM technology powered by Google, which allows you to take photos, listen to music, and answer phone calls from your jacket sleeve. Also, worry no longer about losing your phone or jacket! The jacket’s Always Together feature sends you an alert if you happen to leave your jacket or phone behind. 

10) Smart Sunglasses 

Finally, we have reached the last (but not least) item on our list - a pair of Bose Frame Audio Sunglasses. We know it’s winter, but the idea of a pair of smart sunglasses was so neat that we just had to include it.

Aside from being a pretty stylish pair of glasses, these shades let you listen to music and phone calls without using headphones or earbuds. The electronics are discretely built into the temples of the glasses, and Bose’s AR technology helps ensure that you experience top-notch sound quality while the people around you hear almost nothing.  

And That’s a Wrap!

We hope you saw an idea or two that will help with your holiday shopping this year. If there are any products that you think should have made our list, please share them in the comments section below. We’d love to hear what you have under your tree this year!

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