With Mother’s Day just around the corner, everyone is researching types of gifts to give to their mother. Obvious choices includes spa retreats, dinner, jewelry, and similar items. But there are also great smart home gifts that would fit the bill perfectly.
These days, there are plenty of household tech gadgets on the market, but it can be hard to sort through them and find the ones your mom will really enjoy. The following household gifts either provide some measure of safety and comfortability for mothers, allow them to be more effective, or just downright make them happy.
Nest Thermostat E
Nest Thermostat E is a smart home thermostat that allows you to control and manage temperature in your house no matter where you are in the world, year-round. Think about it: as the weather changes (which can be swift and surprising), you find yourself constantly adjusting the thermostat. If mom gets a little cold during the evening, she has to get up out of bed and make her temperature changes manually, without interrupting the temperature in other rooms.
What’s more is that the device is smart enough to pick up on your habits and preferences, and will make adjustments based on your history (though you have complete control over the device’s autonomy). This is great for not only your mom’s day-to-day life, but for vacations as well. This ensures that your mother can save on bills while she’s away, and set the temperature accordingly prior to her arrival.
Philips Hue Smart Light Bulbs
Like other items on this list, these LED light bulbs can be set remotely. Not only are LED lights better with energy usage, and can therefore save money, but the Hue Smart Light Bulb also changes colors and can really set the tone of a room (set it to mimic the sunset, for example). Additionally, you can program the lightbulb to change color for nearly any situation. For example, one Forbes writer programmed the lights to turn red whenever they received a text message from their boss. Your options are limited only to your creativity.
D-Link DCH-S160 Wi-Fi Water Sensor
The last thing any mother wants in her home is an emergency. Emergency plumber in Melbourne, Fix It Right Plumbing, says, “Almost everyone who lives in a home with toilets, showers and taps is going to have to deal with a burst water pipe at some stage of their life.”
While some of these emergencies are unavoidable, there are many preventative strategies you can have in place to avoid one from occurring. Just as you would visit a dentist or doctor for a checkup before you feel pain or discomfort, you’d want to have the right tools and procedures in place to ensure everything in your home is in good, long-term working condition.
The D-Link DCH-S160 Wi-Fi Water Sensor was rated the best smart water sensor on the market. Unlike other options, it does not require a smart home hub and can work independently to detect leaks before you even notice. By spotting excess moisture, it can also prevent mold from accruing. Otherwise, these can be major, costly issues later down the line.
iDevices Switch is a smart home outlet that allows users to turn outlets on and off remotely. It works similarly to an extension cord; simply plug it into the wall, and plug devices themselves into the outlet. You can also set timers for devices that are plugged in.
This is very useful for mothers, especially if they have children in the house or tend to be forgetful about leaving items on. WIth just a few clicks, you can check which items are on in the home, and switch them off from anywhere. This is especially useful for hot devices, like irons and hair curlers, which can easily become a fire hazard if left on.
The device is also compatible with Amazon Alexa and Apple Homekit. Most importantly, it comes equipped with an energy monitoring functionality that shows users the daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly energy costs of their home devices, detailing which devices draw the most power.
A smart home list is hardly complete without a mention of Amazon Echo. Mothers can ask their Echo anything they want, and they don’t have to reach for their smartphones to get the answer. It can also corroborate with plenty of other types of smart home systems, like the Philips Hue Smart Lightbulbs. It also doubles as a speaker and can recognize different voices and respond accordingly. You can do everything from request a car on Uber to add an item to your grocery list and have the device track it. Overall, It makes for the ideal compact assistant for any mother. Check out this list of Amazon Echo features.