Illustration by Richard Parry
Spruce up your digs with some clever gadgets
Home is what you make it, so why not make it as awesome as possible? Sometimes, that can be done by just hanging up a sentimental photo in a frame or spritzing things up occasionally with some flowers or a new piece of furniture. Every now and again, however, you just need to gift yourself some crafty home tech goodies or buy them for someone you care about. Not every item in the list below has a circuit board built into it — though many of them do; instead, what ties them all together is that, in small ways, they’ll make your home look better and operate more smoothly, and perhaps let you relax a little more.
We’ve consulted the minds at The Verge for their ideas, and what follows are a couple of dozen gift ideas for anyone who’s looking to liven up their abode with some clever home tech. From an affordable robot vacuum and smart lighting to a 4K TV that moonlights as a Monet when not in use, there’s something for everyone on our list. In fact, in an effort to appeal to even more people (and in time for the holidays), we’ve added a couple of more options, specifically the Abode Cam 2 and Amazon’s excellent Smart Thermostat.