Happy Holidays everyone! I was up early this morning, browsing through my reader and stumbling upon posts that have a common theme: it’s no surprise that this year, many people are eager to give gifts that cost little in terms of cash they may not have or trash that clutters up the planet. I’m thinking about the slew of new possibilities available to all of us, thanks to the web, and I spent yesterday sharing some of these ideas with my own children, who have been busy making gifts all weekend.
Oprah gave away free holiday music downloads this week and iTunes did as well. Last year, I threw together a blog where my husband’s family could begin sharing stories and pictures. Many of my friends maintain blogs like this as well. Here are some other ideas we came up with yesterday. Please add your own in the comments section below! Happy Holidays!
- Wordle your loved ones’ wedding vows or the readings used in ceremonies.
- Gather resources that your teachers might enjoy using in the classroom and create a wiki for them.
- Help your parents or grandparents download and navigate Google Earth.
- Retell funny family stories using Xtranormal.
- Share memories with scrapbooks, ecards, slideshows and postcards at Smilebox.
- Help a loved one set up a Google Reader account and populate it with subscriptions they will enjoy all year.
- Create and share Google Calendars with family and friends. Keep up with important birthdays and events!
- Share your knowledge of free office suite tools.
- Share your heritage or favorite recipes or special moments using Glogster. You could create a tribute to someone special there as well.
- Show your little brother how to use Shidonni.
- Create a guided tour of sites that someone you love might enjoy using Jog the Web.
- Share tools that will can help friends learn more about themselves.
- Show your aunt how she can get books in her phone.
- Create and give funny motivational posters.
- Select and share games that your loved ones will enjoy.
- Gift someone with a membership at Bookswim.