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Last Minute Holiday Shopping Ideas for Smart Home Beginners

Google Nest Hub sitting on a window sill
Google Nest Hub sitting on a window sill (Image credit: Android Central)

We've all put off holiday shopping before. There's no shame in it and these days, it's easier than ever to get things done at the last minute, anyway. While you probably don't have time to order any custom gifts, what you can do is grab some smart home tech to get your friends or family started on kitting out a more intelligent, more convenient, and ultimately cooler home.

'Tis the season for cool tech

Not everybody will have a need for every product on this list, but most people can enjoy at least one of them, and they all amount to a more connected home. We'd recommend starting with the Google Nest Wifi Router (opens in new tab) so there's a strong foundation for adding more smart tech.

If that's not quite your cup of tea, Philips Hue's smart lights (opens in new tab) are always an awesome choice. They add a ton of cool flair to any room they're installed in, and are great for parties, especially paired with a smart speaker or smart display like the Google Nest Hub (opens in new tab). Finally, if your aim is to give some smart home functionality on the cheap, the Belkin Wemo Insight Light Switch (opens in new tab) is the way to go.

At the end of the day, we're sure your loved ones will enjoy whatever you buy them. If they don't, that just means more tech for you.