As you have figured out by now, home security is very important to me. Thanks to working with Master Lock and some other great companies I am able to share tips and even gifts with friends, families, and readers. And as we know, the holidays is a huge time for home safety to be a priority for your family. Break-ins are usually on the rise, as thieves look for holiday packages and new items to steal in homes. It is more important than ever to keep your home, personal belongings, and important documents safe.
And since the holidays are officially here and it is shopping season. giving the gift of home safety is not a bad idea at all! Below are some home safety gift ideas that you can give yourself, or something else to show that you care.
A Document Safe
Back when I sold my house in September, I was blessed to be able to pay it forward. I had an extra Sentry Safe SFW123TSC. I left it along with a bottle of wine as a gift for the buyers on closing day. The ironic and fun thing is that during closing their real estate agent said to them, “Be sure that you keep your mortgage papers in a safe place.” The wife responded, “Yes. My mother said that we are going to have to invest in a safe.” I just smiled knowing that I had left one at the house for them with a bow on it!
I’m definitely thinking of gifting a document safe to my mother. She is actually in the process of moving too. Once she is settled I’m delivering a real Sentry Safe Privacy Lock File so that she can stop keeping her important papers in a bag or box under her bed!
A Security Camera
It is no longer necessary to drill holes and run wires to add security to a home. There are plenty of security cameras out there now that are wireless. Some even include motion detectors, and can send an alert to your smartphone, email, or sound an alarm. This is an awesome solution for someone living in a smaller space, or apartment where they cannot install a permanent solution. And it’s actually awesome for any homeowner who wants to add extra eyes around the house.
A New Smartphone
While a smartphone is not technically a security device, it is still a good thing to add to your home. I will likely be making sure that my mother gets a much better phone this holiday season. In the event that phone lines in the home go down due to storms, or other unforeseen circumstances, having a backup phone is a must. And, as mentioned above, if you want to take advantage of some of the awesome features of new home security of smart home devices, you need a smartphone.
And in the event of an emergency, being able to grab a phone and run out of the door is important.
A Door Security Bar
No matter if you live in a home or an apartment, you have doors with locks. And while we hope that the locks on our doors keep us safe, having a little extra security never hurts. If you have a patio door, keep it locked, be sure that there is an alarm sensor attached, and use a security bar like the Master Lock Door Security Bar. This bar can also be used for extra security on a traditional external door.
Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detectors
It is very important to make sure that every home is equipped with smoke & carbon monoxide detectors. There are even some wireless units that can interface with your alarm system and send alerts to your phone in the event of a problem.
While these may not be traditional gifts, all of these are gifts that show that you care. My mother has been in the same apartment for 30 years, so when she moves you better believe I will be inspecting her new place and making sure that it is equipped for safety all around.
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Master Lock. All opinions are my own.