Holiday Gifts for the Digital Age
Online alternatives for the people on your gift list who have everything
For all the joy and togetherness they bring, the holidays can be stressful—particularly when it comes to finding the perfect gift for your loved ones. If you’re having trouble dragging their attention away from their electronic devices to ask what they want, here are a few digital gift ideas that might help you out.
Social Print Studio
How many pictures do you have saved on your phone right now that you keep meaning to print off, but never seem to find the time? Social Print Studio lets you take your mobile photos and turn them into high-quality prints and products. Just download the app and find an item to make uniquely your own.
The online shop also offers digital gift cards you can send to friends and family so they can use their own pictures. It really adds that special touch to personalized gifts.
If you have any music lovers on your list, you can’t go wrong with a gift subscription to a music streaming service. Pandora One lets listeners enjoy their favorite playlists, ad free, wherever they roam. Users can select from different genres or artists to explore similar songs they might also love, with the option to skip the ones they don’t.
Finally, a gift you know they’ll actually use all year long.
For your favorite movie buff, pick up a Netflix gift card which can be applied to any existing account. Not only does this give them access to their favorite movies and television shows, but also some pretty cool Netflix exclusive programs.
Physical gift cards are available in most stores. Alternatively, you can order through Amazon and choose between an actual card or a digital email code to save on time and shipping fees.
Finally, there’s a perfect gift for all the bookworms in your life. SCRIBD is an online service that grants users access to a full library of e-books, audiobooks, magazines and more, right from their devices. Imagine being able to gift the most popular books right as they release all year long. With a SCRIBD gift membership, your loved ones will have access to all the words they care to read on a monthly basis.
In addition to books and magazines, SCRIBD also offers access to various online documents. Everything from academic papers to sheet music is available, making this an incredibly resourceful gift.
Of course, not everyone’s tastes line up perfectly with gift cards or subscription services. Sometimes you need something classic and meaningful, which is where the Giftagram app comes in. Download this app to browse a thoughtfully curated gift marketplace. With a few clicks you can order and send gifts to anyone in your social network, with just an email address or phone number.
This app works for any occasion so you might want to keep it around even after the holidays. The next time a surprise birthday or wedding comes along, you’ll be ready.
When you need a truly one-of-a-kind gift, you’d be hard pressed to find something more fitting than a handcrafted item. Luckily, the Etsy shopping app brings unique, crafty items from all over the world right to your mobile device. These aren’t the same old gifts you’d find cluttering store shelves. Etsy is exclusively a marketplace for handmade and vintage goods. So, even if your gift recipient seems to have everything, you’ll be able to find something special for them here.
Each shop on Etsy is privately run by its seller so shipping policies and prices vary. Be sure to check and make sure your gifts have enough time to arrive.