Gift ideas for use with Amazon Alexa enabled Echo Dot
Last Christmas, my daughter surprised me with an Amazon Echo Dot which I love using. Since then, I’ve purchased another Echo Dot which I use both Alexa enabled devices to stream music from Amazon Music, Pandora and I often connect my computer to my Echo Dots to play music from iTunes, YouTube and Google Play Music (thanks CG.) One of my favorite tricks with the Echo Dot devices is to create a group with more than one Echo Dot and have them all play the same music which fills my house with the same song. There’s currently over 50,000 Alexa Skills which are enabled via the Alexa app which connects to your Echo Dot.
I can’t forget to mention how amazing the “talk to me Alexa” feature is which taps into the Alexa Prize Socialbots (a collegiate AI Competition) allowing you to have a conversation, learn and be entertained by Amazon’s Alexa.
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In the spirit of Amazon’s Echo Dot, below is my dream list of the 10 best Amazon Echo Dot gifts which all work with Amazon Alexa. The holiday giving season is very close and I prefer to get a huge jump start on the holiday shopping. I hope this Echo Dot gift list offers some fun and amazing gift ideas for you while not breaking the bank. It’s important to note for editorial reasons, the copy below is from Amazon.com.
“Introducing a hands-free, voice-controlled speaker with Alexa, designed with kids in mind. Echo Dot Kids Edition can play age-appropriate music, answer questions, tell stories, control compatible smart home devices, and more. Includes a black Echo Dot, a 1-year subscription to FreeTime Unlimited, a fun kid-friendly case, and a 2-year worry-free guarantee. If they break it, return it and we’ll replace it for free.”¹
“Answer the Door From Anywhere. Stay connected to home with motion-activated alerts, HD video and two-way talk from Ring Video Doorbell. Get alerts on your phone, tablet and PC when anyone comes to your door, so you can see, hear and speak to visitors from anywhere. Get alerts on your phone, tablet and PC when anyone presses your Doorbell or triggers the built-in motion sensors. Check-in on your property with a press of a button, and use Live View to get on-demand video and audio any time.”¹
“Works with Alexa for voice control (Alexa device sold separately). Just ask Alexa to set different colors, change themes, add effects, adjust brightness, and turn your holiday lights on/off. Supports 25 different colors (e.g. golden yellow, green), 9 themes (e.g. Valentine’s, Mardi Gras), and 4 effects (e.g. steady, glimmer) Connects to your Echo device through Bluetooth. Supports up to 3 strands on Echo (2nd Gen) and Echo Dot, and 4 strands on Echo (1st Gen), Echo Show, Echo Spot, and Echo Plus. Other Echo devices are not currently supported. Each strand contains 24 mini bulbs and is 24.5 ft (7.5 m) in length. As an added delight, Light Rhapsody will blink when Amazon Music is playing on the connected Echo Device.”¹
“Make your life easier at home. Use your voice to set timers, add items to lists, and create calendar events and reminders. You can also check the news, weather, or traffic. Ask for sports scores, movie showtimes, restaurant hours, or information. Echo Dot can hear you from across the room. And with compatible Echo devices in different rooms, you can fill your whole home with music. Pair your Echo Dot with a second Echo Dot (3rd gen) for stereo sound, or connect to your own speakers over Bluetooth or with a 3.5 mm audio cable. Call almost anyone hands-free using your voice. Use Drop In to instantly connect to another compatible Echo at home or send an announcement across Echo devices, like calling the family for dinner or reminding the kids to go to bed.”¹
“It’s much more than a normal Essential Oil Diffuser. The essential oil diffuser will give out a lovely fragrance and bring tranquilizing atmosphere to your home or business. Voice Control by Amazon Echo /Echo Dot. This device takes 4 steps to add to your Alexa App and it shuts off automatically when it runs out of water. 7-color LED lights display and the light can be set to dim or bright mode plus 3 Timer Settings: 1H/3H/6H.”¹
“Fire TV Cube is the first hands-free streaming media player with Alexa, delivering an all-in-one entertainment experience. From across the room, just ask Alexa to turn on the TV, dim the lights, and play what you want to watch. With far-field voice recognition, eight microphones, and beamforming technology, Fire TV Cube hears you from any direction. Enjoy hands-free voice control of content—search, play, pause, fast forward, and more. Plus control the power and volume on your TV, sound bar, and A/V receiver as well as change live cable or satellite channels with just your voice.”¹
“The next generation of our best-selling Fire TV Stick–now with the Alexa Voice Remote. Enjoy tens of thousands of channels, apps, and Alexa skills with access to over 500,000 movies and TV episodes from Netflix, Prime Video, Hulu, HBO, SHOWTIME, NBC, and more. Plus, access millions of websites such as YouTube, Facebook, and Reddit with browsers like Silk and Firefox. Launch and control content with the included Alexa Voice Remote. Simply say, “Play Game of Thrones” or “Launch Netflix” and Alexa will respond instantly. Plus, play music, find movie show times, order a pizza, and more—just ask. Find the best way to watch with universal search results from over 200 channels and apps including Netflix, Hulu, and Prime Video. Amazon Prime membership unlocks thousands of movies and TV episodes, including “Thursday Night Football”, Amazon Original Series, Prime Video Channels, and ad-free listening to millions of songs with Prime Music. Pick up where you left off. Bring hit shows and movies with you when you travel. Plug Fire TV Stick into any TV’s HDMI port, connect to Wi-Fi, and continue streaming.”¹
“Amazon Echo Dot (2nd Generation) is a hands-free, voice-controlled device that uses Alexa to play music, control smart home devices, make calls, send and receive messages, provide information, read the news, set alarms, read audiobooks from Audible, and more. Connects to speakers or headphones through Bluetooth or 3.5 mm stereo cable to play music from Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, and TuneIn. Hears you from across the room with 7 far-field microphones for hands-free control, even in noisy environments or while playing music. Includes a built-in speaker so it can work on its own as a smart alarm clock in the bedroom, an assistant in the kitchen, or anywhere you might want a voice-controlled computer; Amazon Echo is not required to use Echo Dot. A Certified Refurbished Echo Dot is refurbished, tested, and certified to look and work like new.”¹
“Compatible with the Fire TV Stick (not compatible with Fire TV with 4K Ultra HD – Pendant Design, Fire TV Edition smart TVs, or Fire TV Cube). Take gaming to the next level – Lets you play hundreds more games on Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick than with the included remote. Ergonomic design – Fits naturally in your hands with precise and responsive controls so you can enjoy hours of wireless gaming. Instant voice search – simply speak into the controller to instantly find games, movies, and music and more. Stereo headphone jack – enjoy your movies, music, and games without distractions (only compatible with Fire TV 2nd generation). Intelligent power management – up to 90 hours of gameplay without headphones on a single set of AA batteries (included).”¹
“Specially designed to power & connect your Amazon Echo Dot, includes insert for Gen 1, Gen 2 & charging cable for Echo Dot. Stereo sound for room-filling music and includes an additional USB port for charging devices (charging cable not included). The front includes a 12/24 hour clock display and compact design to keep your nightstand clutter-free plus dimmer control with adjustable brightness levels.”¹
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