Best Safety, Security and Smart Home Gifts this Christmas

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Ready or not, Christmas shopping is already upon us! This year, thanks to the ever-increasing cost of living, picking that one perfect gift (and getting a good deal on it) is even more important than usual. 

We know your time and money are at a premium right now, so we've pulled together the best gifts for every type of person in your family. 

For the world traveller: A travel door lock or RFID wallet

For that friend or family member who was counting down the days for international borders to reopen, there are plenty of options for gifts. You could go for a cute luggage tag or a travel journal, but we reckon the best presents for globetrotters are practical ones that will keep them and their belongings safe overseas.

Travel lock

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RFID wallet

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A travel door lock is a perfect stocking stuffer, with most coming in under $15. This portable lock from Amazon has multiple holes to ensure it fits just about any door, and we love the added security it brings to hotel rooms and Airbnbs.

For something that they can use both at home and away, an RFID wallet can protect their credit cards from high-tech thieves. Our favourite is this leather RFID wallet from Timberland. We like its slimline profile and the fact that it looks like any other wallet. It's also pretty reasonably priced.

For the car enthusiast: A dash cam

Dash cam

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We all have that one person in our lives who is obsessed with their car. Maybe it's your cousin, your sister, or maybe even you. No matter who it is, they probably put a lot of time, effort and money into making their car their pride and joy, so it only makes sense they'd want to protect it.

Aside from the obvious like driving safely and getting car insurance, one of the best things a car lover can do to protect their ride is installing a dash cam (like the Vantrue N2 Pro Dash Cam). In the event of an accident (whether they're involved or simply witness one), footage from a dash cam can be invaluable in identifying the at-fault driver.

It's also a fun way of capturing the more scenic road trips they may go on.

For the forgetful friend: Password manager subscription or a smart lock

Everyone knows at least one person who has the memory of a goldfish. They can never remember names, always forget what time you're supposed to be meeting up, and have lost more than their fair share of personal belongings. Luckily for you, this means there are plenty of useful gift ideas for your forgetful pal.

For the forgetful friend
LastPass
Password manager
From $3.38
/mo

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Smart lock

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It's probably safe to assume that they're terrible at remembering passwords, and as a result, use the same one for every account (which, in case you didn't already know, is a really, really bad idea). This is where a password manager comes in. A password manager like LastPass will create complicated passwords for all your accounts to keep them safe, while all you have to do is remember one master password. Too easy!

If they're more likely to forget physical keys than digital keys, might we suggest a smart lock? We love the Ultraloq U-Bolt because it offers a whole myriad of unlocking options—you can use your voice, your phone, a numeric code, or a physical key. The choice is yours.

For the privacy-obsessed: A "dumb" phone

"Dumb" phone

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Most of us rely pretty heavily on our smartphones, but there's no denying there are risks to having so much personal data on one device (or even in the cloud). For that person in your life who's ready to do away with their smartphone once and for all, why not help them out with a new "dumb" phone?

The 2022 version of the Nokia 8210 harkens back to the good ol' days of long-lasting batteries and the best game ever invented, Snake. This one offers 4G connectivity, an FM radio and MP3 player, a basic camera and, most impressively, up to 27 days of battery life. Not a cloud service in sight!

For the chronic online shopper: A video doorbell

Video doorbell
Ring Video Doorbell (2nd Gen)

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For that family member or friend who's constantly getting packages delivered, give them a gift that will make their lives a whole lot easier—a video doorbell.

There are plenty to choose from now with options for every budget, but it's hard to go past the OG Ring Video Doorbell. It's affordable, easy to use, simple to install, and will help them keep track of visitors and deliveries regardless of whether they're home to receive them or not.

For the DIY devotee: A DIY home security system

DIY security camera system

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In every family and friend group, there's always at least one person who considers their home to be their pride and joy, spending every spare moment painting, upgrading, building, and decorating their house. So, it only makes sense that they'd want to protect their castle, right?

A DIY home security system is a simple and cost-effective way to help them do just that.

Give them the gift of peace of mind with the EufyCam 2C Pro Security Camera Set, which comes with two wireless, waterproof cameras and a HomeBase that allows them to build a whole smart security ecosystem.

For the baker: An oven rack push/pull tool

Oven rack puller

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Just about everyone has experienced a burn (however big or small) in the kitchen, and it's safe to say that the oven rack is one of the biggest culprits.

For that person in your life who's always baking up a storm, an oven rack push/pull tool (like this one from Amazon) is a simple, inexpensive gift that could save them from nasty cake-related injuries. Not to be too dramatic, but it will change their life.


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Georgia Dixon
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Georgia Dixon
Georgia Dixon has 10 years of experience writing about all things tech, entertainment and lifestyle, with bylines on Reviews.org, 7NEWS, Stuff.co.nz and in TechLife magazine. In her spare time, you'll find her playing games and daydreaming about good food, wine, and dogs.

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