Believe it or not, the season of giving is fast approaching. What feels better than sharing that perfect gift? You may have a person in your life who loves all things technology, but if you’re not so tech-savvy yourself, coming up with gifts for tech lovers to impress them can be challenging.
Here at Santa Fe Air, we’re always looking for ways to help our Kansas City community. We’ve been around since 1987 and have helped thousands of customers across the KC metro make their homes smarter and more efficient.
Below, we’ve compiled a list of great home improvement gifts for tech lovers to help give you a jump start this year.
1. Air Purifier
Air Purifiers are one of those gifts many people might overlook, especially as a gift for tech lovers. But don’t bypass this one; it could be just what the doctor ordered. Having clean air is extremely important for the health of you and your family. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, on average Americans spend 90% of their time indoors, which we all know is especially true in the winter. Unfortunately, indoor air can be concentrated with as many as two to five times more pollutants than the outdoors.
Along with having a strong HVAC filter, an air purifier increases the air quality in a home by targeting small particles such as dust, mold, allergens, smoke, and odors.
Our pick: Levoit Compact Air Filter $89.99
The Levoit Compact Air Filter uses a three-filter (pre-filter, HEPA filter, and an activated carbon filter) process to eliminate harmful pollutants in your home. Compared to other filters, it’s more affordable, and its small size is perfect for a bedroom or even a work desk.
2. Air Quality Monitor
An air quality monitor is a perfect companion gift to an air purifier, but can also be used on its own. These monitors track pollutants in the air, giving you insight on exactly how great (or not so great) your air quality is. For the tech lover in your life, a lot of these monitors come with a smartphone app to give personalized recommendations at their fingertips.
Our pick: Awair Quality Monitor $189
Awair offers everything you’d want in a gift for tech lovers. It looks at five factors that impact air quality: chemicals, humidity, temperature, fine dust, and CO2. The Awair app allows you to check the quality of your air any time, any place.
3. Smart doorbell
Smart doorbells give your home that extra boost of tech you’re looking for, while also adding a layer of security. Even when you’re not home, smart doorbells allow you to see who is ringing your bell via a camera and a smartphone app. As an added bonus, many even come with a two-way communication feature. Imagine speaking to the UPS delivery guy through the doorbell while you’re running errands? This gift idea for the tech lover in your life is an easy home run.
If you need help installing a doorbell in the Kansas City area, Santa Fe Air can help in no time!
Our pick: Ring Video Doorbell $99
The Ring Video Doorbell sends alerts anytime someone rings the doorbell or triggers its motion sensors. There’s also an app that allows you to see, hear, or speak to anyone at the door. It’s great for those on-the-go people who want to keep an eye on their home, even when they’re not there.
4. Lawn Bot
While some of us enjoy cracking open a beer and going to work on our lawn, other times mowing the lawn can be pretty tedious. We’ve all heard ourselves saying, “wouldn’t it be nice if the grass could just cut itself?” And though that’s still a Jetson’s-level feat we haven’t quite achieved, a lawn bot is the next best thing—and a great gift. For tech lovers, they’ll have their own little robot that cuts their grass on a predetermined schedule and puts itself back on the charger when it’s done.
Our pick: Worx Landroid M 20V Cordless Robotic Lawn Mower $999.99
The Worx Landroid is definitely a splurge, but it’s sure to be greatly appreciated. It can cut up to ¼ of an acre, and you can set it to any schedule you’d like. Along with having wi-fi connection capabilities, it has an app to help with control and operation.
5. Electric car charging station
If you know someone with a hybrid or electric car, giving them a car charging station in their own home could make their entire year. It can take up to 12 hours to charge a car with a standard, Level 1 120-volt charging cord, which is a pain if you’re in a rush. Adding an electric car charging station can cut that time down by 10 hours! To be clear, this is not something you simply buy; you would want a trained professional to install it for you.
Our pick: Santa Fe Air
The technicians at Santa Fe Air install electric car charging stations in homes across Kansas City. Since most new homes already come with 240-volt service needed for the station, it’s quick and easy for us to get it done! And with techs out on the road every day, we can easily perform the installation during the perfect time of day to keep your gift a secret from the tech lover in your life.
6. Smart light bulb kit
A smart light bulb kit is an unconventional gift that could brighten anyone’s day, literally. With the help of a wi-fi bridge, smart light bulbs can dim, change color, and even help with melatonin production all on their own. They can be controlled remotely with an app, so you can change the lighting even when you’re not home.
Our pick: Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance Smart Light Starter Kit $199.99
This specific kit contains both white and colored lights, so whomever you give it to will have tons of new options for lighting their home. The Hue app, along with the Hue bridge, allows you to control the settings from your smartphone or other mobile device.
7. Robot Vacuum
A robot vacuum should be on anyone’s list for gifts for tech lovers, as they’re quickly becoming a pretty neat staple of the modern home. This hands-free device cleans all kinds of flooring from hardwood to carpet to tile, the same way a regular vacuum cleaner would. The benefit of a robot vacuum is that you can be sitting on your couch, or even leave to run errands, while it does all the work of cleaning your floors. All you have to do is program it to your specific space, set the timer, and it’s ready to go.
Our pick: Eufy Robovac 11S $239.99
The Eufy Robovac 11S is only 2.85” thin, so that means it can maneuver under those hard to reach spaces. You won’t have to worry about it dying on you after a few minutes; it can run for up to 100 minutes per charge.
8. Wi-fi thermostat
The great thing about wi-fi thermostats is that they allow you to access and control your home’s temperature while you’re away. Some even help monitor your home’s heating and cooling system to ensure that they’re working properly. They’ll can also send you alerts to help with efficiency, such as a dirty air filter or clogged evaporator.
Our pick: Google Nest Learning Thermostat $249
Not only does this thermostat help you monitor temperature, it also learns what settings you prefer during different times. All of this happens just one week after use. It’s also one of those gifts for tech lovers that keeps giving; seriously, we’ve seen it save people on average 10 to 12% on heating bills and 15% on cooling bills.
9. Smart plugs
A smart plug is a fantastic energy saver, as they’re able to control the appliances that are plugged into them. You can turn just about anything off and on with the use of an app. Think about it: wouldn’t it be nice to have large appliances like TVs on standby mode when you’re not around? For those environmentally-conscious tech lovers, smart plugs are the ideal gift in 2019 and 2020.
Our pick: WeMo Insight Smart Plug $49.99
Whether you have an Apple or Android device, this smart plug comes with an app that works for both. You’ll receive customized notifications to let you know how much energy you are using and conserving. For a hands-free, voice-controlled option, you can link it with Amazon Alexa or Google Home.
10. Germicidal UV light
Okay, this probably isn’t the first thing that came to your mind for gift ideas, but a germicidal UV light is actually one of our favorite gift ideas for tech lovers this year. So what exactly do they do? In simple terms, ultraviolet light is a non-chemical approach to disinfecting. It deactivates the DNA of bacteria and viruses to stop them from multiplying in your HVAC system. Used strategically, UV lights can help keep your home sanitary and healthy to live in all year round.
Our pick: Ultramax Germicidal UV Light $373
The Ultramax Germicidal UV Light kills allergens, bacteria, and mold on the surfaces and inside your HVAC system. Because it gets installed in your HVAC system, it’s completely out of the way. Best of all? Noise free.
11. Smart home lock system
Bring the gift of convenience and security to your tech lover this holiday season with a new home lock system. Smart locks take away the need for keys and replaces it with remote access, voice control, and other in-app features. Say you forgot to lock your door before you left; with a smart lock, you’ll be able to lock it wherever you are.
Our pick: August Smart Lock Pro $279
With the August Smart Lock Pro, you’ll be able to do all the remote locking and unlocking you need. The app can even keep track of who is coming in and out, so you’re always in the know of what’s going on at home (perfect for when your teenagers decide to be sneaky). This system also has the capability to pair with voice assistants like Siri, Alexa, and Google Assistant.
12. Smart home monitoring system
A smart home monitoring system is one of those gifts for tech lovers that bundles a lot of features into one. These systems come with sensors that are placed around the house. Once installed, they can detect water leaks, open doors or windows, changes in temperature, and sounding alarms. For example, if the smoke alarm goes off while you’re away, a home monitoring system can notify you immediately, which could help you avert a disaster.
Our pick: Notion Starter Kit $149
This smart home monitoring kit is perfect for beginners, and gives you three sensors to set up around the house. Simply peel and stick and you’re good to go. The average set-up time for one of these babies is only about 15 minutes!
Santa Fe Air has been giving advice to tech lovers for years.
Santa Fe Air proudly provides air conditioning, heating, and electrical services in the Kansas City and Johnson County metro areas. We always operate with the customer’s needs in mind, which is why we’ve been the best HVAC company in Kansas City since 1987.
We commend you for looking for gift ideas for tech lovers. If you need any additional ideas or would like help installing your new smart home device, please don’t hesitate to contact our team and we’ll be happy to get you a fair quote for professional, efficient service.