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2016 Home Gadgets Gift Guide | 8 Ideas for Comfort, Security

The smart home — a house or apartment full of gadgets and devices aimed at making a residence safer and more comfortable — was all the rage at last year’s Consumer Electronic Show. Those devices and ideas keep coming across various platforms and offer some interesting holiday gift ideas in the home gadgets department.

This home gadgets gift guide assembles some possibilities that are not dependent on any operating system. We also worked in some ideas that put technology to work in some very practical ways.

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We start out with the Amped Wireless Ally Smart Wifi System and the understanding that no “smart” home can operate without reliable, home-wide wifi. The Amped system uses two linked booster routers to take your original wifi signal up to 15,000 square feet. With that network active, your other home devices will have signal to work with while you surf the web.

You can inspect the rest of the home gadgets gift guide in the gallery below.

Offering multiple sets varying in total pieces and coverage ability, the SkylinkNet Alarm Systems interact with a free smartphone app to enable complete remote control of this easily installed, DIY home security setup.

The IDevices Switch is a multifunction, automated house tool that can control a variety of home devices via a free app. Using voice control, the Switch can control power outlets, scheduling on/off times while producing home energy reports. 

The Blink Wireless Cameras have as many uses as you can think of and can be arranged anywhere you need in or outdoors. The cameras link with each other and report back to a free monitoring app.

The LockSmart is one of those smart devices that leave you wondering why someone else didn't come up with it sooner. The LockSmart's keyless unlocking feature requires a free linked app that triggers a special wireless key code.

The Vimtag Wireless Camera and Storage cooperate to offer professional level home security recording for the consumer market. Their cameras are weather-proofed and report back to the Vimtag storage devices for later review.

The Airweave Portable Dual Mode Mattress Cover falls squarely on the comfort side of the smart home equation. Used by American athletes during this past summer's Olympics, the Airweave improves firmness of any mattress while helping to regular body temperature during sleep.

The Apollo Pro Wireless Camera can be put to use for everything from home security to checking up on your pets. But, its special attraction is its easy set-up, making it a prime choice for anyone needing a wireless camera who isn't highly tech savvy.