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The world of smart home products is expanding at light speed. It seems every week there’s new gadgets to make your home start working for you. What once seemed only possible on The Jetsons, is now common. So if you’re struggling to find the perfect gift for the gadget guy or girl in your life, something to make their home just a little smarter is a fun place to start!

Of course we can’t talk about gadgets without talking about Best Buy, and with daily and weekly deals leading up to Christmas, you can find scores of amazing smart home gadgets for every person on your list! Here’s just a few of my favourite

Philips Hue Smart Personal Wireless Light Bulb Starter Kit-$199


For the past couple of years, we’ve been investing in a Philips Hue light here and there. If you want to do your whole house, it could take some time. But the start kit is a great way to get started. The system gives you a variety of lighting options at your fingertips directly through your smart device. The lights can be adjusted to encourage specific moods or programmed to work as handy alarms. We use ours around Halloween and Christmas to set the perfect mood. They are practical and fun.

Nest Protect Wi-Fi Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarm-$129


When we were renovating our house, one of the things we wanted for sure is the Nest system. When it comes to fire safety, you should spare no expense. This advanced smart device can distinguish between levels of urgency in smoke and CO levels, and sends you alerts on your smartphone immediately upon detection so you can take action right away. Ours is actually hooked up to our Hue lights, so when my cooking starts smoking (which is often), the lights start flashing and Nest warns us about the smoke. Very neat.

Netatmo Smart Weather Station-$179


This is the newest addition to our smart home. Our house is a very bike and walking friendly neighbourhood. Meaning when I walk out the door, I never really know how I’m going to go where I’m going. So having an exact idea of the weather is proving to be incredibly helpful. So while can’t control the weather, you can stay informed about indoor and outdoor temperatures, humidity, air quality, CO2 level, noise pollution, barometric pressure, and 7-day forecast information, which you can access from your

Google Chromecast Ultra-$90


You may have read that I switched to the Google Pixel, so the Chromecast Ultra is the next sensible step. This premium TV streaming device takes the best from Chromecast and throws in faster processing speeds and up to 4K UHD and HDR picture quality. Plug it into your TV, connect to your Wi-Fi network, and enjoy up to 4K content, all controlled using your cell phone. Easy peasy.


To help you get the perfect Christmas gift, this is your chance to win a $100 Best Buy gift card! Since Christmas is around the corner, the contest is only open until midnight, Monday, December 20th. To be entered, tell me which of the above gifts you’d love to see under your tree this year.

Good luck!

Mike Morrison


  1. I would love the Nest Protect Smoke & Carbon Monoxide alarm! I’ve been meaning to get it for a while now but can’t seem to make room in my budget! Thank you so much & Merry Christmas to all! 🙂


  2. I would love the nest protect – with three little ones it’s the perfect gift. Thank you for the chance

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