We’re making a list and checking it twice with our top tech gift ideas that are sure to be nice. From apps that make your home a bit “smarter” to a voice-enabled item locator, there’s a gadget for everyone on your list. Here are our top 3 tech gifts that will be a guaranteed hit this season.

1. ecobee3 Smart Thermostat

Think beacon technology meets in-door climate control. Unlike traditional thermostats that read the temperature in one location, the ecobee3 uses room sensors to deliver the preferred temperature to various rooms. Ecobee tracks energy savings, and a 2013 study found an average reduction in heating and cooling costs by approximately 23% per year.


This wi-fi thermostat system uses smart sensors to manage the temperature efficiently. Set your preferred temperature, and the rooms you are using will automatically be adjusted to comfort. Set the home/away function and the cost savings will continue while you’re away.  Our account director, Nigel Atkinson channels his inner Chef Garvin when he prompts Alexa to “Turn up the heat”. The ecobee3 can be powered with Amazon Echo’s voice activated capabilities, works with Apple Home Kit for Siri assisted controls, and seamlessly integrates with Samsung SmartThings.

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Why we love it

You can set and forget the temperature in the house and end the battle of the thermostat control. The room sensors ensure each room you are using is always comfortable.  In addition, the free energy reports, including energy efficiency tips makes this gadget a win-win.

Where to get it

The ecobee3 starts at a cool $249 on their site, and comes with free 2-day shipping, 30-day money back guarantee and a 3 year warranty. Visit www.ecobee.com to see their full product line, FAQs and more.

2. Amazon Echo Dot

The Echo Dot  is the latest addition to the Amazon Echo family of devices powered by Alexa’s voice activated technology. The Echo Dot is able to play your favorite song, turn on one of your smart-home connected devices or order take-out from that local Thai place – the possibilities are endless.

The hands-free, voice-controlled device can connect to 3.5 mm stereo audio cables, or use Bluetooth technology and connect to speakers and headphones. 7 far-field microphones ensure Alexa can hear your voice commands from across the room. Tap into the power of local voice search from Yelp, Google Calendar, movie showtimes and more.

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Why we love it

Our Product Manager, John Toth gets a kick out of lighting up his home with god-like commands on his voice enabled Phillips Hue lighting system. The Amazon Echo dot  is compatible with technology from WeMo, Philips Hue, Samsung SmartThings, Nest, ecobee, and others, not to mention it’s price point makes this device a practical choice.

Where to get it

With a sticker price of $49.99 and free shipping on Amazon, the Echo Dot will sell off the shelves faster than you can say “Alexa I’ll take an Echo Dot in white.” Check out  Amazon for full product specs and warranty coverage.

3. TrackR

A survey of 1,000 Americans revealed that 1 in 5 people lose or misplace personal belongings every week, with car keys topping the list of the most common item lost. Here comes TrackR to the rescue!

TrackR is a line of item-tracking devices that uses Bluetooth enabled GPS technology to locate misplaced items. It’s simple. Attach one of the TrackR devices to any item, and then use the TrackR app to locate the item when it’s misplaced. You can “ring” a missing item with a sound-alert system around the home or be notified before leaving things behind.

The product line consists of three detection methods: the TrackR Bravo, a coin sized- device that you can attach to your item, the TrackR Sticker which “sticks” to any device and the TrackR Wallet, with a thin insert that can slip into any wallet or purse.

You can also create a virtual floor plan of your home with the TrackR atlas device. The small plug-in device can go in any room of the house, and uses Bluetooth and Wi-Fi to detect any item with a TrackR device attached to it.

TrackR

Why we love it

We’re local SEO problem solvers, not detectives. Our Marketing Director, Karisa Macias would buy dozens of these little gadgets for taking the guess work out of finding her car keys. Cool features such as the Phone finder that works even while your ringer is on silent, the custom-2 way alert that notifies you before you leave an item behind and Alexa integration for a voice-enabled item search makes this a must-have.

Where to get it

The TrackR devices ranges from $24.99 for 1 TrackR sticker to $39.99 for 1 atlas home device system. Visit www.thetrackr.com for product specs and bundle deals for multiple-orders.

You’re sure to be on the nice list when you give these cool tech gadgets to the people on your gift list without breaking your budget. Alexa, play “Santa Baby” to get us in the holiday spirit.