What do you get them if they already have an Amazon device?
There continue to be
for the holidays, but what if somebody on your giftees list already has an Amazon device? What can you get for them then?
Well, obviously, you can always get
Those are always welcome, and that way they can get pretty much whatever they want. I think, for example, it’s pretty hard to buy somebody a cover: you have to know which model they have, and it’s kind of personal as to how it feels and how it looks.
Another option is to
That’s $99 for a year…and gets them free (to watch) videos, streaming music, free two-day shipping on many items, and other benefits.
If they already have Prime, they can exchange it for a gift card. :)
If you want to give them the gift of reading, you can give
Those start at $59.94 for six months. That could be a good gift for a family or a couple of kids. If they already are KU members, this will extend their subscriptions.
Now, what if you want to give them something physical?
One choice is a “powerbank”. This would be good for any EBR (E-Book Reader) or Fire tablet (or Fire Phone, for that matter). This is small device you charge up, and then you can carry it with you. It is then able to charge your device….pretty much any common device that would charge from USB.
My work just gave us all these for the holidays:
[Upgraded Version] EasyAcc 2nd Gen 10000mAh Power Bank Portable External Battery Pack (2.4A Smart Output) Travel Charger for iPhone Samsung S6 Edge HTC Smartphones Tablets -Black and Orange (at AmazonSmile*)
This one might be a bit heavy for some people but there are also smaller and lighter ones. The bigger ones can typically charge more often before they need to be charged, and may be able to charge bigger devices (not everything that can charge a phone can charge a tablet).
They can be especially valuable on a long flight; even though more planes seem to have in-seat power, it’s still far from universal. It’s not always easy to find an outlet during a layover. While an EBR can outlast the longest flight, having the power option can be good for an extended camping trip…or if the timing to charge your device just wasn’t right.
You also want something with “Smart Output” like this one…that detects what is plugged into it, and delivers appropriate power.
Even if they already have one, it wouldn’t hurt to have two. :) They could return it, too. This one is $18.99 at time of writing.
For home power, we use one of these:
This is a little charging station…small and sleek. It’s similar to the portable powerbank, in that you can plug USBs into it. You can charge your EBR, your tablet, your phone…all in one place, and quickly (great for taking to a hotel, too).
This was initially recommended to me by reader Man in the Middle (and others)…thanks, readers!
If they have a
I’d suggest Bluetooth headphones. I use these a lot with ours, when my Significant Other is still asleep. :) I use an inexpensive type from Arctic which is no longer available (others from them are). I like the behind the neck style, rather than over the head or in the ear, but there is a huge range.
If they have an
there are so many options…but it’s hard to get the right home automation if you don’t know what they already have. There are compatibility questions when you are buying smart lightbulbs, for example.
Certainly, another Echo would generally be welcome. ;) We have one in our house in the family room, but having another one in the bedroom would be good.
I would say the most interesting thing I have for use with the Echo is our
which is $107 at time of writing.
That controls our TV devices: I can switch sources, turn everything off, and mute the TV, all just by voice requests through our Echo to IFTTT (If This Then That) and then to the Harmony.
Now, I want to be clear: this is more of a hobbyist thing at this stage. It’s not simple to set up the activities on the Harmony: doable, yes, but it takes some work and it’s not all intuitive. See
in my The Measured Circle blog for a starting point
The Harmony is also a great universal remote (we eliminated the use of several remotes), and once that is set up, it is easy.
Some other ideas:
- Wi-fi extenders…around $30 and up, which improve the signal for your devices in your home
- Hubs…not too hard to get a more (?) powerful hub. There would be some set up involved
- Stands and holders
- Individual e-books can be gifted
- Donations to charities which support literacy; some, like Worldreader.org, specifically use e-books and Kindles
One other suggestion, which I also made at work when we were asked for low-cost give ideas.
You could go to
and download legally free public domain books you like, especially if you liked them when you were a child. You could then write something about why you liked them…and give them to a child in your life. It’s like a mixtape, but with books…a “littape”. ;) That would be a gift which would never be forgotten.
Have a great holiday!
What do you think? Do you have other suggestions? What “accessory” for an Amazon device has been the best gift you’ve gotten…or given? Feel free to tell me and my readers what you think by commenting on this post.
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