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Many people know Amazon’s voice assistant Alexa from Amazon devices such as Echo speakers.
But many products from brands like Bose and Ecobee also have Alexa built in, giving you the convenience of a voice assistant in a pair of headphones or thermostat.
Below, you’ll find 15 devices with Alexa built in, all of which make great gifts.
For more holiday gift ideas, check out all of our 2020 gift guides.
The desire for speed and convenience seems to be hardwired into human behavior. The less energy we expend to accomplish our tasks, the better — that’s why voice assistants like Amazon’s Alexa are thriving right now.
Alexa is primarily known for living inside Amazon devices like the Echo Dot, but it turns out you don’t actually have to own an Echo speaker to take advantage of Alexa’s capabilities. Many everyday devices like headphones and car dash cams from non-Amazon brands have Alexa built in, allowing you to do things you thought you could only accomplish with an Echo speaker.
These gifts are all perfect for anyone who loves the convenience of Alexa and is always tinkering around to create the most seamless smart home setup.
Most of these items are available with Prime two-day shipping, so don’t stress too hard about scrambling for a last-minute gift — just remember that the sooner you order, the better your chances of a timely arrival. We’ve noted which gifts will potentially arrive after Christmas so you can plan accordingly.
The 5 best Alexa-enabled gifts:
Sonos One, $199
Bose QuietComfort Wireless Headphones, $199
ecobee4 Smart Thermostat, $247
ecobee Switch+ Smart Light Switch, $68
Jabra Elite 65t True Wireless Earbuds, $80,
This post was updated by Kevin Webb on 11/2/2020 to reflect price changes and newly released products.
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Sonos One Smart Speaker (Gen 2), $199, available at Amazon
If your main priority is a good music-listening experience, splurge for this smart speaker, which fills your room with clear, rich sound. You can use Alexa to play and control your music without ever lifting a finger, and you can also use it to control the other smart home devices in your place. As an added bonus, this model also allows buyers to use Google Assistant instead of Alexa if they prefer.
Portal from Facebook
Portal from Facebook, $173.51, available at Amazon
Frequent Facebook users should consider Portal, the Alexa-enabled device that keeps them connected to their friends and family. It has a smart camera for video chatting and taking photos that adjusts and widens the camera view automatically as you move in and out of the frame, and a Super Frame feature that displays Facebook photos, videos, and birthday reminders.
Bose QuietComfort Wireless Headphones
Bose QuietComfort 35 (Series II) Wireless Headphones, $199, available at Amazon
These headphones cut out surrounding noise so you can focus completely on the music. Ask Alexa to turn down the volume, add to your to-do list, and tell you about tomorrow’s weather without skipping a beat. For buyers willing to spend a bit more on a gift, the newer Bose 700 headphones also include Alexa support, along with an updated design and improved noise cancellation for $379.
Sony WH-CH700N Wireless Headphones
Sony WH-CH700N Wireless Bluetooth Headphones, $198, available at Amazon
A similar headphone option is this pair of Sony headphones. It blocks out background noise, has a built-in mic, and has a 35-hour playback time. Charge it for just 10 minutes and you’ll get one hour of playback time. For even better noise cancellation performance, there’s also Sony’s new flagship WH1000XM4 to consider.
Sonos Beam Smart TV Sound Bar, $399, available at Amazon
This advanced sound bar is the perfect tech accessory to enhance your movie- and TV-watching experience. You’ll enjoy the action-packed scenes of the latest thriller and crisp dialogue from your favorite drama. The Alexa integration offers added convenience for hands-free voice control.
The white model is in stock now but the black version won’t be in stick until December 13.
ecobee4 Smart Thermostat
Ecobee Smart Thermostat (includes Smart Sensor), $246.99, available at Amazon
The Room Sensor measures room occupancy and temperature, then signals to the thermostat whether to adjust to a comfortable temperature or switch to energy-saving mode, a cool feature that can save homeowners up to 23% on their annual bills. Of course, you can adjust the temperature yourself, too, through the app and Alexa voice commands.
Fitbit Versa 2
Fitbit Versa 2, $177.95, available at Amazon
In addition to tracking all types of health and fitness information, including heart rate, sleep quality, and steps walked, this powerful Fitbit smartwatch can now tell you the weather, set timers, change your music, and more with the help of Alexa. For buyers with a bigger budget, a new Fitbit Versa 3 is also now available. This model offers built-in GPS, added support for Google Assistant, and other improved features for $230.
Jabra Elite Wireless Earbuds
Jabra Elite 65t True Wireless Earbuds with Charging Case, $79.98, available at Amazon
These Jabra earbuds offer a truly wireless listening experience as well as IP55-rated resistance against water, sweat, and dust. Through the app’s customizable equalizer, you can find the exact sound you want.
First Alert Smart Hardwired Smoke + Carbon Monoxide Alarm
First Alert Onelink Safe & Sound Smart Hardwired Smoke + Carbon Monoxide Alarm, $169.27, from Amazon
First Alert has been making home safety devices for decades, but the Onelink Safe & Sound could be its most innovative one yet. It’s a reliable smoke sensor and carbon monoxide detector with a 10-year battery backup, as well as an Alexa-enabled speaker. It’s also compatible with the Apple HomeKit.
ecobee Switch+ Smart Light Switch
Ecobee Switch+ Smart Light Switch, $67.95, available at Amazon
Get this smart switch for all your lighting needs, from turning the lights on and off automatically whenever you enter and leave the room to turning on the outdoor lights when sunset arrives. If you have the aforementioned Ecobee Smart Thermostat, this switch can also act as an additional Room Sensor.
Bose Home Speaker 500
Bose Home Speaker 500, $299, available at Amazon
One advantage of this home speaker over the Sonos is the screen that shows you the album art and name of the song currently playing. With a custom-designed eight-microphone array, it can hear your commands even if you’re way across the room or speaking over the music. There are also six presets so multiple users can customize their experiences with the speaker.
Polk Audio Command Sound Bar
Polk Audio Command Sound Bar, $273.13, available at Amazon
This slim sound bar features built-in Dolby and DTS surround sound. It’s also Fire TV-compatible and has built-in support for all the major music services. To further strengthen your home theater setup, it includes a wireless subwoofer for powerful bass.
Roav Viva by Anker USB Car Charger
Roav Viva by Anker USB Car Charger, $25.99, available at Amazon
Quickly charge up your devices with Anker’s signature PowerIQ tech, your indispensable car ride companion. At the same time, you can get directions to your destination, listen to an audiobook to make the drive more interesting, and call your friends while keeping your eyes on the road. This bundle even includes a magnetic car mount.
Garmin Speak Plus Dash Cam
Garmin Speak Plus Dash Cam, $150.50, available at Amazon
A dash cam is a smart investment that pays off if you get into an accident or need proof of anything that happens on your drive. With built-in Alexa, this one is literally “smart,” letting you add Alexa voice commands on top of Garmin’s useful driver assistance features like forward-collision and lane departure warnings.
Moto G7 with Alexa Hands-Free (Unlocked, 64 GB), $199.99, available at Amazon
This Amazon-centric phone comes pre-installed with all the necessary apps: Shopping, Music, Audible, and Alexa. Some highlights of this affordable device include a 12MP and 5MP dual camera, fingerprint sensor and facial recognition, and TurboPower charging, which gives you nine hours of power from just 15 minutes of charging.