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A Gift Guide to Smart Gadgets for the Home


A Gift Guide to Smart Gadgets for the Home


What do you get the person who has everything? From sweaters to perfume, neck ties to golf clubs, there's that one name on your list who you know has it all – the one you save for last when doing your shopping. Lucky for you, the experts at Verizon have some unique suggestions that even the most nitpicky of the bunch is sure to love.


If you can't bear the thought of giving another gift certificate to the spa or one more watch, think outside of the box – or rather, inside of the house. The 3rd generation Nest Learning Thermostat is a gift that every home owner can appreciate – whether they are super tech savvy or an extreme tech newbie. Easy to install and simple to activate, the Nest Thermostat helps conserve energy and keep energy bills down.


It works with most low voltage heating and cooling systems, and can be controlled even when the homeowner is away from home by simply using their compatible mobile device. The Nest Thermostat creates a personalized schedule based on the temperature changes made on a regular basis, and continually adapts to changes. After a week, it will begin programming itself, and will even sense when the home is empty and adjust the temperature to avoid unnecessary heating and cooling.


Is your hard-to-shop-for friend or family member an avid traveler? Pick up a Nest Cam Security Camera if you really want to impress with your knowledge of top-of-the-line gadgets as well as your thoughtfulness. The Nest Cam Security Camera will keep a watchful eye on your loved one's home while it's vacant. It streams 24/7 live, super-vivid 1080p HD video and clear sound that comes through via mobile device, even when that mobile device is lounging poolside on a tropical island. Included with the camera is a 30-day trial offer of the Nest Aware service. Up to 30 days of video in the cloud is stored via Video History, so they can go back to see what they missed. After the trial has expired, they can opt to continue the service via a monthly subscription.


Designed to work with the Nest Cam Security Camera and Nest LearningThermostat or on its own, the Nest Protect smoke and carbon monoxide alarm thinks and speaks, alerts your mobile device and keeps you in the know. It uses words instead of beeps, so they’ll have the information they need to deal with the issue at hand. Equipped with a Split-Spectrum Sensor, Nest Protect, which is available in “wired” and “battery” versions,  is able to detect fast and slow burning fires. It also looks for steam to cut down on false alarms and can detect the poisonous carbon monoxide you can’t see.  Nest Protect knows what room it’s in, so should it detect something, it will tell the homeowner where and what the problem is via alerts from the Nest app sent right to your smartphone. Also helpful, any alarms initiated by Nest Protect, can be silenced right from their mobile device.


Give the gift of peace of mind with the Canary all-in-one home security system. A home security system with a twist, Canary will send a notification with recorded HD video if out-of-the-ordinary activity is detected at their home. So there's no more guessing about whether it was the dog setting off a sensor or their brother stopping by unannounced to do some laundry. Canary will take note of all the natural rhythms of their home, and adjusts its smart notifications accordingly in order to decrease false alarms.  Their response to the alerts sent by Canary teaches it which events are normal and which really need their attention. As Canary gets smarter, its notifications will become more relevant, and the number of false alarms will decrease.


What if the one you're shopping for tends to be a little bit forgetful? The Chamberlain MyQ Garage is a handy tool for the home that will ensure they never go out with the question "Did I close the garage door?" hanging over their heads. The MyQ Garage app will let them open or close their garage door when away from home, and receive custom alerts when it's opened or closed. Compatible with most brands of garage door openers made after 1993, the Chamberlain MyQ Garage is easy to install and even easier to use.


To empower the MyQ Garage to do even more, choose the Additional Sensor for Chamberlain MyQ Garage The add-on sensor will let them monitor and control a second MyQ Garage-compatible garage door opener.  Just install the second sensor onto the second garage door and set up with the MyQ Home Control app (available for iPhone and Android devices). The sensor can be programmed to turn on garage lights, control up to two garage door openers and send custom alerts when the door is opened.