With the holiday clock ticking down, there's only a bit of time left to grab a fantastic HomeKit-enabled device for that special someone. Whether it's as simple as a HomeKit smart plug, or a fancy new HomeKit thermostat — we've got you covered. If you still haven't gotten around to picking up a gift for everyone on your list, then check out these awesome HomeKit shopping ideas for smart home beginners — they are sure to be a hit!
If you are buying for someone new to HomeKit, there is no better way to start than with Apple's HomePod mini. This tiny smart speaker gives that special someone Siri voice control over HomeKit accessories and acts as a hub enabling out of home controls. Plus, the HomePod mini packs quite a punch for Apple Music, even with its compact size.
The Philips Hue line is the perfect place to start with smart lighting, and this set includes both bulbs and the all-important Hue Hub. With everything you need to get up and running, you can easily replace all of your outdated bulbs with smarter LED ones in minutes. Control them with the Hue app or any variety of intelligent home assistants, like Siri through HomeKit.
The Wemo Smart Plug works quickly over Wi-Fi without a hub and seamlessly integrates with HomeKit, Alexa, and the Google Assistant. The incredibly small size lets you stack two in one outlet, letting you use the plug to automate your lights or appliances with your own personal settings and routines.
A smart thermostat is one of the easiest ways to upgrade your smart home and still save money. The ecobee SmartThermostat can easily be installed and will instantly cut down your heating and cooling costs. It integrates with ecobee SmartSensors for even greater control, plus it works with HomeKit and plenty of other smart home services.
HomeKit cameras are a great way to keep an eye on the home or your loved ones. This affordable camera from eufy sports all the essentials and then some, with 2K high definition imagery, two-way audio, and support for the latest HomeKit Secure Video features like Face Recognition and Activity Zones.
VOCOlinc's Smart WiFi Aroma Diffuser makes for an excellent gift as it provides so much functionality at a great price. Smart capabilities include adjustable mist levels, automatic shut-off, out of home controls, and even a color-changing mood light. To make your gift extra special, be sure to include some essential oils!
If you want to have total control over your lights from your wall switch, the Lutron Caseta Wireless line is the best there is. Turn lights on or off, view brightness levels, dim up or down — all right from the wall. You can also take command with HomeKit, Alexa, and Google Assistant integration for even more options.
Motion and more
A HomeKit motion sensor opens the doors to all sorts of automation potential, like turning on the lights automatically when you enter a room or sending a notification for motion events. The ONVIS Smart Motion Sensor is more than just a motion sensor though, it also measures temperature and humidity and puts them just a tap away in the Home app.
The August Wi-Fi Smart Lock is the easiest to install HomeKit on the market with a simple design that replaces the door's interior lock. Once up and running, your loved one can lock and unlock their door remotely and grant access to the home to friends and family on-demand.
Ready to go
With a peel and stick design, the Eve Door and Window sensors are ready to guard the home in no time. This sensor notifies you the moment a door or window opens, and it works with other HomeKit accessories through automation. Bluetooth connectivity means it can set it up with just a scan of the HomeKit pairing code — no accounts or registration required.
If you are looking to wow that special someone, then the Nanoleaf Shapes Hexagons are the gift for you. These colorful light panels display millions of colors, fun scenes, and even support touch actions. A modular design allows for creative installations, and they can even link up to other Nanoleaf Shapes.
Peace of mind
Let's face it, we have all been in that situation where we are left wondering whether or not we left the garage door open, so why not give that special someone the gift of added peace of mind? The Meross Smart Wi-Fi Garage Door Opener does just that with status notifications and remote controls that lets you check-in and close your door from anywhere in the world.
The gift of HomeKit
If you have any smart home beginners on your list — or even seasoned HomeKit vets — these are the very best HomeKit shopping ideas for that special someone. From simple switches to the smartest of locks, these smart home devices are the best way to put a smile on the face of anyone who is just getting started in the world of connected tech.
If your giftee is starting fresh with HomeKit, then we recommend going with the HomePod mini. Apple's tiny smart speaker enables voice controls over HomeKit accessories through Siri, and it acts as a HomeKit hub for remote access. If that weren't enough, the HomePod mini is also an excellent way to listen to Apple Music, with tons of power coming from its incredibly small footprint.
If you are looking for something a little more fun, then check out the Nanoleaf Shapes Hexagons light panels. These awesome lights support millions of colors, and their modular design allows for creative installations. The Nanoleaf Shapes also react to music with flashes, pulses, and pops of color that will definitely wow everyone on your list.
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Christopher spends most of his time writing and dreaming about all things HomeKit and the Home app. Whether it is installing smart light switches, testing the latest door locks, or automating his households daily routines, Christopher has done it all.