Do you have someone in the military or studying abroad who won't be able to come home for the holidays? Since you probably have boxes of pictures from Christmas' past, gather up a bunch of your favorites over the years and put together a humorous collection of pictures and stories about your favorite holiday memories.
Although I may not be the most accomplished Facebook poster out there, I am glad to say that lots of friends and family keep me constantly amused with their photos, funny cards, recipes and hysterical stories. Blurb has an automated system to help you create A book directly from you and your friends' albums on Facebook.
Shutterfly has a new app Photo Story that lets you create printed books from the iPad. An interesting twist is that you can add up to 30 seconds of audio to each page and send the book electronically to someone for free.
There are many people who don't have ability to scan photos in or to create albums or screen savers. Why not give someone the gift of your time to help them organize and memorialize their photos?
My extended family plays endless games of Shanghai Rummy when we get together and it typically requires at least three decks of cards. I thought it would be fun this year to create some cards specifically for the occasion.
For years, good friends of ours gave us a jigsaw puzzle as our annual family Christmas present and it has become a treasured holiday tradition for the four of us to slave over a puzzle of increasing difficulty. Whenever we finish the puzzle, we send them a photo of the finished product, then break it back into thousands of pieces and return it to them to give it a whirl. I thought it might be fun to create a puzzle for them from a favorite photo.
At our annual party, we always have a bowl or two of M&M's. I decided that this year it was time to see if anyone pays attention to what they are eating.
I admit that I never would have checked this out if I hadn't received a Groupon for $15 off, but in the spirit of the upcoming holiday season, I decided to give it a whirl.