Giving away technology is becoming more and more common at Christmas time, as it is present in more and more products. We already talked about how the iPhone XR can be the best of these gifts for someone who likes Apple, but of course... not everyone has the money that a new iPhone costs.
So let's take a look at another great idea to give to someone who uses Apple devices in their daily lives: HomeKit accessories. They are much cheaper, and can be the gateway to something that many people still consider science fiction that is the automation of almost any electrical device in the house. Let's look at some examples.
This is probably the best HomeKit accessory with which to start entering the platform. The Eve Energy is a simple but effective smart plug to turn on, turn off and automate any electrical device you want. From lights to coffeemakers and teapots, through speakers or even strips with several things connected.
The HomePod could not be missing from this list. The Apple speaker is added to the list of HomeKit devices at home, is an excellent receiver for Siri's orders and works with Apple's AirPlay 2 technology. If you want to be able to recite orders from anywhere in a room without raising your voice, the HomePod is your perfect gift.
IKEA TRADFRI Bulbs
If you want to introduce someone you love into the world of smart bulbs, one of the most economical solutions is IKEA's TRADFRI bulbs. We have tested them thoroughly, they are the bulbs that I have in my own home and although they do not offer all the possibilities of configuration of the Philips Hue are more than enough for someone who starts. You can find the prices for the entire range on the IKEA website.
The temperature sensor from Aqara is one of the best smart temperature sensor on the market. It help detect the current indoor temperature, humidity and air pressure. The sensor is compatible with Apple Homekit, Amazon Alexa and Google Home.
Philips Hue bulbs
HomeKit bulbs par excellence. More expensive than the IKEA bulbs but more flexible, with more configuration possibilities and some will tell you that they are more robust.
D-Link Omna 180
Does your friend or family member live in a house where burglaries can be easier than usual? Nothing like giving them a HomeKit compatible camera like D-Link's Omna 180. As we said in our own analysis, this camera will let you see what's going on in your home from the iOS Home application itself and record what you need in 1080p quality.
Logitech POP Button
The simplest thing of all: a button. With POP, you can control the rest of your HomeKit devices connected to your home with just a few clicks. Perfect for those who do not want to have to take the iPhone every time they want to turn off or turn on the lights, something quite understandable.
Finally, for those who are looking for a rather ornamental but striking decoration, we have the Nanoleaf triangular light pack. These panels have become famous for being on the walls of the rooms and recording rooms of many youtubers, and their lighting possibilities are almost infinite.