I bought some string lights that were $10 marked down from $25 in a lightning deal. I’m not sure of quality, but my two little sisters are moving into their first college apartment together and I know they’ll use them.
I love my Alexa and use her every day. Many of the skills she has are party tricks that you might only trot out with guests or while you’re bored, but her use as a speaker and alarm is great. I love that I can tell her to automatically turn herself off after a set period of time. I’ve also just bought TP-Link light bulbs and it’s pretty fun to tell her to turn on and off the lights.