The Nest Learning Thermostat is pretty much a staple of the smart home. It rings in at $249 and will save your buddy money on utility bills for as long as they have it in their home. Plus, it comes in a few cool colors that will match with any aesthetic. Want to go the extra mile? Install it and load the app onto the giftee's Android or Apple device before the big day. Crank up the heat for the big reveal.
Know somebody who loves to have guests? The Philips Hue is sure to impress. The three-pack starter kit comes with three Hue bulbs, a dimmer switch, and a bridge that connects to automation hubs. The gift is all-inclusive and at $139.99, will be fun to play with straight out of the box, just like Christmas morning when you were a kid.
The Wemo Mini WiFi Smart Plug($29.99) is small enough to be a stocking stuffer and practical enough for the pickiest people on your list. It is a WiFi-activated outlet that can be controlled via smartphone. So baby monitors, curling irons, or lamps can all be activated via WiFi, whether you're home or on your way.