The holiday shopping season is upon us.
And if you're looking for some ideas-- consumer reports has some terrific tech gifts to check out.
News 8's martha koloski explains in today's on your side.
" a fairly new and unpleasant holiday tradition .
So- called porch pirates' stealing millions of packages from doorsteps.
Consumer reports' says video doorbells and other smart home products can offer some peace of mind.
Of course you'll want a doorbell with excellent video quality, but that's not all.
Chyron: dan wrocaawski, consumer reports home reporter (sot) it's really important to consider your storage options.
If someone stole something off your front porch, most companies require you to pay for a monthly plan in order to download and view that footage.
Without a plan you can only view footage that's live."
(v/o) cr recommends the nest hello for 230 dollars.
It offers several paid video storage options with 24-7 continuous recording and alerts.
To monitor more than just your door consider a security camera.
The top-rated arlo pro 2 for 220-dollars offers several video storage plans including one that's free, plus packages that come with additional cameras.
Always forgetting your keys?
How about a smart door lock?
(sot: dan wrocaawski) "smart door locks are super convenient because they allow you to lock and unlock your door from anywhere, so if you have guests coming for the holidays and you're at work, you can let them in just with a tap of a button on your smartphone."
(v/o) cr recommends this schlage sense smart for 230 dollars.
If all of these products sound like a great addition to your home, you may want to consider a whole house diy home security system.
(sot: dan wrocaawski) "diy home security systems are a great option because most of them don't require you to sign up for a long multi- year contract."
(v/o) cr recommends the 200-dollar ring alarm kit five piece home security system.
It's easy to set up and comes with what you need to start your home security system.
And now that you've secured your home, why not keep it cozy all winter long with a smart thermostat.
Cr recommends the $170 dollar nest thermostat e.."
For news 8, i'm martha koloski, on your