2023 Holiday Guide: Smart Home Tech With Amber Mac
by Amber Mac on December 8, 2023
Smart home tech is getting smarter and more affordable this holiday season (everything below is under $500 – while sales last). Here are some of the hottest new products for any budget or wish list, and the perfect upgrades for a stress-free, smooth, and safe 2024.
See Guests & Packages at Your Door
Thanks to a 175-degree field of view and crystal clear vision day or night, the ecobee Smart Doorbell Camera lets you see who is at your door along with deliveries on your doorstep. This is a wired smart doorbell camera, so no batteries are required. Plus, it’s designed to withstand extreme temperatures, from -25 to 45°C during cold Canadian winter months. The Smart Doorbell Camera also seamlessly integrates with ecobee’s Smart Thermostat Premium, so you can see a live stream right on the thermostat for easy viewing and two-way talk.
Plan Family-Friendly Gaming Nights
The Nintendo Switch – OLED Model – Mario Red Edition is super versatile, so you can play at home on the TV or on-the-go in handheld mode. The vibrant 7-inch OLED screen is the perfect way to play one of the hottest new games of the season, Super Mario Bros. Wonder. In this game-changing adventure, explore a whole new world – The Flower Kingdom – with fun surprises in each course. You can even team up with up to 3 family and friends to experience the fun together.
Upgrade Your Home Computer with AI
The new HP Chromebook Plus 15.6″ combines AI-powered Google and Adobe features with 2X the speed and memory of top-selling Chromebooks in 2022. Whether you’re working from home or on the go, you’ll have all the apps you need, including Google Workspace, Adobe Photoshop, and LumaFusion. Fast boot means you’re online in less than 10 seconds. Plus, the battery life lasts up to 10 hours on a single charge and there is built-in virus detection. HP Chromebook Plus 15.6″ is available at Costco, Staples, and Amazon.
Print Photo Memories & Quick Crafts
Take the pain out of printing with the HP Smart Tank 6001. This affordable and versatile printer helps my family manage all of our printing, scanning, and sharing needs thanks to the easy-to-use HP Smart App. The printer includes up to two years of ink in colour-coded mess-free bottles, so we can print photo memories and holiday crafts at a fraction of the cost. The HP Smart Tank 6000 series not only has automatic on/off features to conserve energy, it’s also made from recycled content.
What are your favourites? Let us know on my socials – and happy holidays! Thanks to our brand partners for supporting our 2023 Smart Home Holiday Gift Guide.