Yep, “smart” gal Alexa has her own birthday. She celebrates another rotation around the sun today, Nov. 6, 2023, and this year she turned eight. To celebrate, Amazon gave customers Alexa birthday deals.
On Nov. 6, you could find deals on Alexa devices, like a 56% savings on the Echo Show 5.
This year’s sale is over, but here’s a tip that might be helpful for next year: You could start shopping for discounts as early as Nov. 1 this year. In 2022, you could shop as early as one week before her actual birthday.
Whether you’re eyeing an Echo Show or Fire TV, see below for our favorite deals and shopping tips.
Save up to 50% off Amazon devices during Alexa’s Birthday sale.
Alexa’s birthday falls on Nov. 6, but historically Amazon begins putting Alexa-enabled devices on sale a week before the big day. In 2022, the deals started on Oct. 31, and this year, we saw deals start going live on Nov. 1.
Related: 12 Simple Amazon Alexa Hacks
Alexa can be personalized for birthdays.
We know that you can use Alexa to set up Ring doorbell Halloween sounds, but let’s talk birthdays. She can actually sing “Happy Birthday” to you, using your name. Here’s how to enable it:
- Say “Alexa, open Happy Birthday Skill.”
- Next say, “Alexa, set today as (insert name here)’s birthday.”
- When you ask her to sing Happy Birthday, she’ll use the provided name.
- Additionally, if you need help remembering birthdays, Alexa can offer up reminders. Just say, “Alexa, remember so-and-so’s birthday is Nov. 12.” She won’t let you forget it!
Alexa has been around since 2014.
Amazon introduced Alexa on Nov. 6, 2014 (hence her birthday). According to Amazon’s website, Alexa only knew how to do 13 tasks when she debuted. Now? She has more than 100,000 skills all meant to make your day a little easier (or funnier—just ask her to tell you a joke).
When is the best time to buy Alexa on Amazon?
As you’ll see from the deals below, the week preceding Alexa’s birthday is an excellent time to get a great price on these devices. For example, you could save 50% on a Fire HD 8 Tablet 8″ HD Display 32 GB. However, there are other times of the year when you’ll find equally good deals.
Prime Day (Amazon’s July shopping event), Prime Big Deal Days (Amazon’s October event), and Black Friday each offer stellar prices on a variety of different Alexa products. So, if you take too long to decide which device to purchase as part of Alexa’s birthday deals, the next sale isn’t far away.
Here’s how to get bundle deals with Alexa.
Save even more on Alexa devices during these sales periods by purchasing bundles. During these big shopping events, Amazon will offer perks like free smart bulbs, smart plugs, and even services like free music streaming with the purchase of an Alexa device.
In terms of Alexa birthday deals, last year you could get an Echo (4th Generation) with six free months of Amazon Music Unlimited for 50% off. There was also an option to buy a Ring Video Doorbell Wired Bundle with Echo Show 5 for $74.98. That’s also a 50% discount.
You can get exclusive deals by ordering through Alexa.
When saving money is your goal, Alexa can be your sidekick. Simply prompt your device by saying, “Alexa, what are my deals?”
From there, the voice assistant will start rattling off deals. Following each deal, Alexa will ask if you want to add that product to your cart. If the answer is no, she’ll ask if you want to hear the next deal. The process keeps repeating until you get to the end of the deal list.
Before you check out, it’s a good idea to look at your cart on a device where you can get a visual of the items you just added.
Alexa also gives out free samples, if you ask.
We’ve gotten free samples of beef jerky, DripDrop, and Spindrift with Alexa’s Send Me A Sample feature. All you have to do is say, “Alexa, send me a sample.” She may have you sign up for an account if it’s your first time asking, which you can do through your Alexa app. And the samples really are free — we’ve tried this several times ourselves.