Smart Tech Christmas 2023 Gift Guide

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What do you get the tech geek for Christmas? Gadgets of course!

Christmas comes but once a year so indulge them in something more exciting than socks. If you’re not tech savvy our gift guide will help you find the perfect present. Our Smart Living Christmas elves have assembled the best tech on the market in one handy place so you can avoid the chaos of the shops.

Whether you need a gift for the family Grinch or a film aficionado, you’re bound to find something they’ll love. And with ‘splurge’ or ‘stocking filler’ options we’ve covered the best smart tech for every budget.

Pssst! If you’re the gadget geek of the family, pass this list to Santa to guarantee something special under the tree on Christmas morning.

Make Christmas magic for music lovers

Stylish speakers are a must-have for any music lover. Not only do they sound awesome, today’s smart speakers look appealing on bookshelves and coffee tables too. Even better, smart speakers link seamlessly to Google Assistant or Alexa.

All the better to blast the Christmas tunes with. Last Christmas, anyone?

Smart Living team picks:

Splurge: Dolby Atmos Speaker System, from £249-£2,000

Stocking filler: Amazon Echo (4th Gen), £49.99

If their smart home is their temple

Us smart tech aficionados are houseproud! From TV screens that double up as paintings to air purifiers that leave homes clean and fresh smelling after the Christmas dinner cookathon, anything that makes home-life more functional and good-looking is a win.

Smart Living team picks:

Splurge: Panasonic TX65MZ2000, £2999

Stocking filler: Sensibo Air Purifier, £110

Illuminating gifts for smart light lovers

We’ve a couple of bright ideas to light up Christmas for the smart lighting lover in your life. Dimmer switches are a wallet-friendly entry point but what do you get the smart light enthusiast who has every bulb covered? Our money’s on striking lighting that doubles up as wall art. Elegant light panels can be arranged as they please and synced to music for an elegant way to illuminate their living space.

Also handy for lighting Santa’s way to the stockings by the fireplace!

Smart Living team picks:

Splurge: Nanoleaf Elements Hexagon Starter Kit, £199.99

Stocking filler: Lutron Caseta Wireless Dimmer Switch

For the film buffs

Imagine watching Die Hard on the big screen this Christmas — from the comfort of home. Film aficionados will think all their Christmases have come at once if you indulge in a cutting-edge projector. Think resolution crisper than fresh snow and a screen up to 120”. For stocking fillers there’s Google Chromecast. It’ll let them stream films and TV shows to their heart’s content without paying a rental fee.

Smart Living team picks:

Splurge: Optoma UHZ65, £3750

Stocking filler: Google Chromecast, £22.99

For the party hosters

For the super-organised, Christmas prep is a serious business. Make their festive season easier with a smart home hub. From asking Alexa for last-minute New Year cocktail recipes to suggestions for a festive film night, smart technology is A host’s best friend. Meticulous multi-taskers relish planning every day of the year, so if you have the budget get a hub that controls every inch of your smart home seamlessly from one central touchscreen panel.

Smart Living team picks:

Splurge: Control4  Smart Home OS 3

Stocking filler: Amazon Echo Dot with Clock, £39.99

Smart gadgets for gourmands

The food is the best part about Christmas — especially if someone else is cooking! We’re not suggesting that you give to receive, but it’s a fact that foodies are always looking for guinea pigs to taste test their culinary creations. If you really want to treat the chef in your household, get them a kitchen gadget with smart capabilities. From high-tech salt mills to smart ice cream makers, there are a whole host of smart appliances at their culinary convenience.

Smart Living team picks:

Splurge: Sage Smart Oven Air Fryer, £329.95

Stocking Filler: Meater Smart Thermometer, £79

For the Christmas morning Grinch

On Christmas morning the world splits into two camps: eager-eyed early birds who can’t wait to tear into their presents and the ones who wish they could ask Santa for another hour in bed.

Smart technology can help make mornings easier, whether it’s a gentle alarm or lights that brighten gradually in harmony with your circadian rhythm. If all else fails there’s good old caffeine. A smart espresso maker should have night owls racing for the tree on Christmas morning.

Smart Living team picks:

Splurge: Lavazza A Modo Mio Voicy Espresso Coffee Machine, £299

Stocking filler: Amazon Echo Dot Alarm Clock, £39.99

Smart cameras for Christmas crime-stoppers

Santa’s the only person you want coming down the chimney at Christmas. Give over-protective relatives (or yourself) the gift of peace of mind with smart security.

Smart doorbells, security cameras, and window or door locks let the security-conscious enjoy the festive period without worrying about present thieves or family wellbeing. Enhanced security can also give elderly parents or disabled family members their independence back — a present you can’t put a price on.

Smart Living team picks:

Splurge: Pakedge IPA Camera Systems

Stocking filler: Ring Doorbell, £99

Gifts for green-fingered gadget lovers

Nature lovers needn’t feel left out this Christmas. In fact, smart technology can help you reduce your carbon footprint and live a greener lifestyle. Christmas is a holiday that gets a bad (w)rap for the sheer amount of waste it generates. But with everything from keeping plants healthy to saving energy via temperature control, smart technology means the green-fingered can enjoy a guilt-free, sustainable Christmas.

Smart Living team picks:

Splurge: Control4 Thermostat

Stocking filler: Veritable Indoor Garden Smart Herb & Plant Holder, £159

All they want for Christmas is smart technology

Know someone who is just starting their smart tech journey? Give them the gift of light! Starter kits are a hassle-free way to schedule light routines, experiment with colour schemes, and enjoy all the convenience smart lighting has to offer. If you’re looking for the perfect tech gift for the smart home enthusiast who has everything, why not spoil them with app-controlled Christmas lights?

Smart Living team picks:

Splurge: Control4 Lighting System with 4Sight

Stocking filler: Philips Hue Starter Kit, £89.99

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Don’t forget to share this list with your  friends and family. It’ll give them plenty of reasons to stay on your nice list!

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