Amazon has just shared 10 ways its virtual assistant can make your holidays less stressful, by helping you with things like picking the right holiday music to smart home, shopping, reminders, and much more.
As shared by lifestyle expert Kelle Hampton, here’s how Alexa can help make your holiday season more festive and easy.
1. Alexa, start the holiday party
Set up a special holiday routine in your Alexa app to make hosting that much easier. Tailor the routine to your hosting needs and ask Alexa to turn on your favorite holiday music and movies, change the lights’ colors, turn on your tree lights and more with one simple request.
2. Alexa, Drop In on grandma
Invite far-away family and friends to be part of your traditions by connecting with them via Drop In on your Echo Show. Pro tip: Create a personalized holiday greeting card with Alexa Skill Blueprints that you can send virtually to family near and far.
3. Alexa, start game night
Ask Alexa for some holiday trivia next time your family needs a little break, and see who the takes the trophy for Holiday Champion. Then settle in with a classic holiday movie, like Jack Frost or It’s a Wonderful Life with your Prime membership.
4. Alexa, change the subject
Family dinner conversation getting politically heated? Quick, say, “Alexa, change the subject!”—a lighthearted way to shift the conversation and make the family chuckle.
5. Alexa, who is at the front door?
With a Ring Video Doorbell and Echo or Fire TV devices, you can simply ask Alexa to see who is at the front door and with select devices, you can let them know to come in and head to the kitchen for snacks and libations.
6. Alexa, add milk to my shopping list
Add missing ingredients to your shopping list in real time and check your app while in the store.
7. Alexa, thaw my turkey
Alexa can’t thaw a turkey by herself just yet but she can connect you with the Butterball Turkey TalkLine experts to help with turkey prep. Just say, “Alexa, open Butterball” to get step by step directions.
8. Alexa, play holiday music
To fill your house with holiday cheer, just say, “Alexa, play holiday music,” in the Amazon Music mobile app for iOS and Android, and on all Alexa-enabled devices.
9. Alexa, set a timer
Totally exhausted from the delicious food and socializing but don’t want to miss out on shopping? Ask Alexa to set a nap timer so you’ll wake up in time for the best Black Friday deals.
10. Alexa, where’s my delivery?
Track your holiday deliveries to make sure everything arrives on time for your gifting occasions this season. If you’re worried about not being home when your items are delivered, put your mind at ease by getting your Amazon packages delivered securely inside your garage, with Key for Garage. Get information and delivery notifications to your phone through the Key by Amazon app.