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Smart home gifts for grads

Help make your recent grad's home life a little more convenient and connected.

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Rich Brown
Rich was the editorial lead for CNET's Home and Wellness sections, based in Louisville, Kentucky. Before moving to Louisville in 2013, Rich ran CNET's desktop computer review section for 10 years in New York City. He has worked as a tech journalist since 1994, covering everything from 3D printing to Z-Wave smart locks.
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Amazon Cloud Cam

Amazon's smart security camera is an Editor's Choice pick, not least because it offers 24 hours of video clip storage in the cloud for free.

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2 of 10 Tyler Lizenby/CNET

First Build Paragon Mat

This app-connected cooking surface is perfect for anyone living in a small space that still wants to make delicious food.

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Google AIY Vision and Voice kits

Maybe your recent grad has a million dollar idea for a smart home product? Give her the tools to bring that to life with Google's build-it-yourself smart speaker and smart camera development kits.

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4 of 10 Chris Monroe/CNET

Google Home Mini

For the less DIY-inclined, the Google Home Mini is an affordable, powerful smart assistant wrapped in an attractive cloth-covered housing. 

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Nanoleaf Light Panels

$199 gets you a kit of nine, color-changing LED panels. They're compatible with every major voice control service, and you can even set them to move in time with your music. Perfect for dressing up any room.

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Nokia Sleep

Slide this $100 pad underneath your mattress to track how well your sleeping via its connected app.

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Philips Hue White Starter Kit

Philips's entry-level LED starter kit remains our favorite way to add smart light bulbs to a home.

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Quartz Bottle

Shipping in June for $79, the Quartz water bottle promises to purify its contents with a wash of UV light.

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9 of 10 Chris Monroe/CNET

Roost Smart Battery

The Roost Smart Battery delivers out-sized peace of mind for its small, 9-volt battery-sized packaging. Pop it into a smoke detector and it will not only provide power, but it will also send a message to your phone when the alarm goes off. 

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10 of 10 Chris Monroe/CNET

TP-Link Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Plug Mini

This simple smart plug lets you add basic, phone-connected smart to any household device via an especially-clean app interface.

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