Amazon is still discounting its Echo (the second generation model) by about $30, bringing it down to just $69. That makes it a great time to pick up an Echo and bring Alexa into your home. The Echo also makes a really good stocking stuffer this year, and definitely worth picking up for someone that is deep into the smart home space. This is in stock and will definitely arrive before Christmas. It is also offering up free shipping on all orders, but if you want it a bit faster, you'll want to get Amazon Prime and you can sign up for a 30-day trial here.
The Amazon Echo is a smart speaker that is somewhat shorter than the original Echo. It also is covered in fabric, which makes it look nice, but it also makes the audio sound pretty good. With this second generation, Amazon really focused on the audio quality, since most people use it to play music. So it's tuned by Dolby meaning that you are going to get some really great sounding audio from this one. The Echo also has Alexa built-in, which can control your smart home as well as do other things like order Pizza, call you a ride, and even give you the weather.