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Smart Gift Ideas: ‘Convenient’ Gifts

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November 23, 2021 at 10:00:00 AM PST November 23, 2021 at 10:00:00 AM PSTrd, November 23, 2021 at 10:00:00 AM PST

Let’s be honest here: buying home automation products as holiday gifts is not the first idea most people have. Buying practical gifts for a friend or family member is always a gamble. You would have to know someone well – I mean, really well – to be able to buy them a smart device that can simplify their daily life that they will even use, such as a smart plug that adds remote control to plugged in lights or appliances, or a monitor to help them remember to close their garage door. Yes, finding stocking stuffers for these elaborate automation systems can be a challenge.

So the Christmas elves at Home Controls have been busy compiling a list of products that can make your holiday shopping much easier. We’ve put together a Christmas Gift Guide for everyone on the Nice List. Our collection of gifts are perfect for expert and amateur home owners alike, whether they use an integrated home automation system or not. This post highlights gifts that make everyone’s life more convenient – products that solve a unique need in your home, or I admit products you didn’t know you need, but can’t live without:

Seco-Larm Enforcer CBA Wireless Outlet Controller Kit, 5 Outlets

Less than $30!Add the convenience of simple plug-and-play remote control wherever needed, without installing additional wiring. The Seco-Larm Enforcer CBA Wireless Outlet Controller Kit, 5 Outlets is ideal for adding simple remote control to 5 plug-in devices. This kit is the perfect sampler of the remote control functionality of a smart automation or security system! The control signal uses short wave RF transmissions, eliminating the worry of signal interference or hijacking.

Surge Protector with Rotating Outlets (& USB Ports!)

Less than $35!With the 360 Electrical PowerCurve2.4 5-Outlet Surge Protector with Dual USB Ports, you no longer have to cover up outlets with large, bulky plugs! This surge protector plugs into an existing outlet, providing five surge-protected power outlets and two surge-protected USB ports. The five AC power outlets rotate 360 degrees in either direction to make room for large, bulky plugs, like that of a cell phone charger. Just plug in one device and turn the outlet to make room for a second, then third, fourth and more!


Leviton Decora Smart Voice Dimmer with Built-In Amazon Alexa

Less than $150! Instead of purchasing a standalone Amazon Alexa device and/or a standalone Wi-Fi dimmer switch, the Leviton Decora Smart Voice Dimmer with Built-In Amazon Alexa includes built-in voice control and does not require an automation hub. This smart dimmer allows you to use voice commands to fully automate lighting, create schedules, and gain remote access all while enjoying benefits from Alexa such as streaming music, news updates, announcements, and more. The dimmer can be installed in single-pole or 3-way wiring applications and instantly control your Wi-Fi connected devices once added to your home Wi-Fi network,


We have a lot more gift ideas online at You can also check out our blog throughout the holidays as we feature other great home automation, security and networking products.