Give your parents the gift of a smart home for the holidays

Here's what to get for your parents this holiday.
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With Black Friday finally upon us and the holidays fast approaching, there’s no better time to get your parents pumped about the idea of living in a smart home. This holiday, take them into the 21st century by gifting them some devices to make their lives a little easier.  

Here are some of the coolest selections that your parents will totally dig for the holidays.

Amazon Echo

Start them off with an Echo. They’ll probably get a kick out of using voice commands for their music, and asking Alexa about the weather and ordering a Lyft can only make them more excited. Normally $100, you can get one for your parents for $20 off.

Google Home

Google Home is another smart speaker that plays your favorite songs at your command and can help out around the house by making phone calls, pausing TV, and more. And yes, it can still Google who that one actor in that one movie you saw that time was. You can save $40 on Google home for the Black Friday weekend.

Smart thermostat

We all have that parent who A) knows how to work the thermostat better than anyone in the house and B) hates it when anyone else tries to mess with it. Give them complete control over their preferred thermostat settings with their phone or tablet. The Nest thermostat even lets you know when your temperature settings are eco-friendly and will turn down the heat when you’re away to save energy. The Nest Thermostat is $249, but you can save $50.

Smart lock

Of all the things that could use a smart upgrade, home security should definitely be one of them. You can set this touchscreen lock with your own PIN instead of fumbling around with your house keys. Share the PIN with trusted friends via the companion app, and it can even lock your door for you remotely in case you forget to lock it on the way out. The Schlage Smart Deadbolt is $229, but you can save $40 on Amazon for Black Friday.

Smart Security

For even more security, this smart system could be what you’re looking for. This includes four wireless cameras that you can install anywhere you need them. You can view your footage on your phone or tablet and speak through the two-way audio. The Arlo Pro costs $650, but Black Friday sales have knocked off $150.

Smart lighting

It happens to all of us: You get settled in bed, but there’s a light in the hallway that you forgot to turn off that’ll bug the hell out of you unless you get out from under your cozy covers and turn it off yourself. With smart lighting, you can turn it off with Alexa’s help or use the Wemo app on your phone. You can even set a schedule or your own specific settings to fit any time of the day. These lights typically cost $80, but they’re on sale for $30 off.

Smart bulbs

If you don’t want a big lighting system, then maybe just settle for a set of smart lightbulbs instead. You can still control and dim them at your leisure with your smart device, but you can also control their glow and sync them to music for a little more atmosphere. The Philips Hue Starter Kit is $100, but you can save $40 for Black Friday.

Smart ice maker

Did you even know that smart ice makers were a thing? Because they are. This one can produce one pound of ice cubes in an hour and the machine’s bin can hold three pounds at once. The bluetooth capability even lets you schedule your ice making with the companion app. It’s normally $499, but Black Friday sales have it pinned for $50 off.

Samsung SmartThings Home Monitoring Kit

With all of the smart gadgets that will populate your parents’ home soon enough, this can help them mitigate all of them in one place. This monitoring kit can connect to and plug into any of your smart devices. Using Google Assistant or Alexa, it lets you control and keep track of all of them at once. Think of it as a smart device for your smart devices. It’s normally $249, but you can save $100 on it for Black Friday. 

For even more Black Friday shopping, check out our Black Friday Deals Tracker. We’ll be updating it all day with the best sales around the web. Good luck out there.

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