Are you looking for a great housewarming gift? The type of gift that isn’t going to get stashed away under the stairs, only to make an appearance every time you go round for a visit? Gone are the days of meaningless offerings! Man’s Black Book has put together a range of superb home gifts that we think every home deserves.
Echo Smart Hub
A smart hub has made it to our list of great housewarming gifts. As more and more items in our homes are becoming smart controlled, the lucky recipient of this gift will be sure to get heaps of use out of this device. The Echo smart hub, also known as ‘Alexa’, is the most popular choice for those seeking virtual assistance in their homes. She has the ability to control any smart device including thermostats, lighting, kitchen items and many more. Alexa is a personal assistant who possesses the intelligence to play your favourite music tracks anywhere in the home, order you a takeaway, set reminders and so much more, all with simple voice commands. And she looks good too.
Smarter iKettle Housewarming Gift
For years, kitchen items have always made great housewarming gifts and now the kettle has made it’s way into the smart world. So why not give the gift of a Smarter iKettle that can be controlled remotely via a smart phone app (available to download on iOS and Android devices)? With the Smarter iKettle, making a brew has never been easier as this enables the user to prepare hot beverages quickly and easily via a smartphone. This clever appliance has a range of abilities including ‘wake-up’ modes and functions to enable the user to heat water at a specified time. The app can even control water temperature between 68 and 212 degrees to suit. The latest edition now connects to Amazon’s ‘Alexa’ and also Google Assistant-enabled devices so the kettle can go on using voice commands.
The Kuna Security system is one of the more unusual and unique housewarming gifts to give (in that when was the last time you gave someone the ability to monitor their home via their smartphone or tablet?!) No matter what time of the day or night it is, Kuna’s smart and stylish outdoor security camera system detects movement and sends actionable alerts to any iOS or Android device. Kuna’s app functions include light control options, a HD live video feed, two-way intercom, prerecorded deterrent messages, and 100+ decibel siren. Kuna takes limited set up time. In only fifteen minutes it can be fully installed and ready to go. With no batteries to worry about, continuous protection is around the clock. A fantastic gift for your loved ones, including grandparents and young people living away from parents!
Philips Hue LED Smart Bulb
Philips Hue LED Smart Bulbs are fab housewarming gifts. Believe us when we tell you that these are so much more than a light bulb. These smart bulbs can be turned on or off, even if no-one’s at home so it’s a perfect security feature if you’re on holiday or want to give the impression that someone’s in. Not only that, this bulb can be controlled to set moods for different environments including relaxation, romancing, studying and reading and can even sync to music or a movie! Great for those who have difficulties with hearing, this bulb can even alert to someone being at the door. This device can be controlled by any smart hub, including smartphone, Amazon’s Alexa and google Home.
Nest Learning Thermostat
Using smart learning technology, the Nest Learning Thermostat gets to know your comfort level and will automatically adjust itself to suit. After only a couple of days of manual adjustments, the Nest Learning Thermostat can anticipate when you want to turn the temperature up or down. The Thermostat works in combination with a Nest smartphone app which makes remotely changing the temperature of your home easy peasy. It’s just one part of your heating and cooling system but it keeps an eye out on the rest of it. You’ll get an alert on your phone if there’s something wrong – like temperatures being so low that your pipes could burst. And if it looks like your furnace is acting up, the Nest Thermostat will send you an alert.
Jibo is the one to get if you’re considering fun and interactive housewarming gifts. Much more than a smart hub for around the home, Jibo is the world’s first family robot with his own charming personality and super smart face and voice recognition technology. Jibo will get to know anyone who engages with him and so has the ability to build relationships with all the family. Children and adults will have hours of fun with Jibo – if you talk to him, he’ll talk back. He’ll read you a story, take family pictures, order you a takeaway, turn on your lights, syn with your phone – the list is endless. Jibo learns about you and the people you love the most. This is truly unbelievable (don’t believe us? Check out the vid!) and one of our favourites at Man’s Black Book.
Neato Botvac Robot Vacuum Housewarming Gift
The Neato Botvac robot vacuum makes a great housewarming gift for those with busy lives (or those who are just lazy sods). It is the smartest Vacuum around and, what with it’s WiFi connection, you can control it with the push of a button on your smartphone.
The accompanying app will allow you to set programs that will automatically clean floors around the home and, once that’s done, it will make it’s way back to it’s charging point ready for it’s next go. All you need to worry about is emptying it when it’s full, however, you’ll be notified of this so even that’s made easy. This clever little Botvac will work on all types of floors and can be voice activated via any smart hub device.
Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller
This makes another great gift for the home and anyone who has or wants the perfect garden! The Rachio Smart sprinkler controller will take the guess work out of when you should water your garden. It has a mobile app that enables you to water your garden when you’re anywhere else in the world, for example, when you’re at the office or away on annual leave. you water your garden from the office or on holiday you come home to a perfect garden. The Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller even knows when it’s rained so that your garden is never over-fed. It comes with all the latest features and can also be controlled by Amazon’s Alexa.
Samsung Smart Fridge
Who wouldn’t want this as a housewarming gift? This Fridge is the command centre for the kitchen with its built-in 36″ LED Touchscreen Smart hub that runs off Bixby, the smartest artificial intelligence on the market. This is a complete game changer in terms of how you do your shopping, cooking and even socialising.
You’ll always know what’s in your fridge, thanks to the inside camera which takes a picture every time you close the fridge. On the go and want to know if you’re running low on milk? Simply access the last picture taken on the app to find out! Or, what with it’s voice control, add an item to your shopping list (or even get it to order it for you).
The Samsung Smart Fridge can play music, television and tutorials to keep you entertained during cooking. It will allow you to set timers and reminders for any occasion and displays and an attractive and interactive family calendar.
Connect it to any other smart hub device, such as Amazon’s Alexa or google Home and have control of your entire home via your fridge.
WEBER Spirit BBQ
Who doesn’t like a good BBQ with friends or family on a beautiful summer evening? The WEBER Spirit BBQ is a fabulous way of bringing people together (and will surely bag you an invite!). No rusty or wobbly bits, this is a sturdy and solid BBQ built of robust and easy to clean stainless steal. You can guarantee it’s still standing at the end of the night, even if you aren’t. Will definitely make the perfect housewarming gift.