You've almost got all the gifts in order, but how will you keep them a surprise until the big gift exchange? Keep nosy recipients guessing with presents in geeky disguises. Try traditional wrapping paper adorned with robots or vintage music sheets for an outside that's as beautiful as the inside. Even if you don't have time to buy these sheets, they could serve as awesome inspiration to create your own!
Shopping time is running out, but if you have a gaming fanatic on your list, you actually have plenty of time. Whether they have an Xbox, PS3, or Wii console at home, these gifts can be bought in-store any time. Well, maybe not on Christmas Day, but you get the picture.
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There’s nothing like the warm, fuzzy feeling you get when passing out gifts to the ones you love. Except maybe the incredible, thrilling rush that comes from scoring those gifts during the most invigorating shopping season of all!
This year, our friends at T.J.Maxx, Marshalls, and HomeGoods are giving you more reasons than ever to celebrate your holiday shopping victories — by creating a series of fun and inspiring gifting “missions” that you can tackle weekly for a new chance to win!
Readers as well as our favorite lifestyle bloggers will be invited to participate in five missions across T.J.Maxx, Marshalls, and HomeGoods stores, then simply share their experience via Twitter using the hashtag #TheGifter. Each week, one winner will be chosen to receive a $500 gift card! You can also visit #TheGifter holiday gifting hub to explore an ever-evolving gallery of amazing gifts at amazing values — check back often for fresh inspiration and fun ideas.
Make this holiday shopping season your most triumphant yet! The missions are already under way, so start making your gifting list, and click here for more details.
Here's one way to bring a bit of geekery to the holiday season: decorate your Christmas tree with Star Trek and Star Wars ship ornaments! It looks like the tree is even topped off with a Leia figurine. So geeky.
Source: Flickr user JD Hancock
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- These Doctor Who Futurama-style heads in jars are wearable art — GeekTyrant
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- Eleven unintentionally creepy holiday ornaments — Cracked
- A $50,000 18K gold mobile phone: you fancy, huh? — SlashGear
Handwritten cards are always appreciated, but if you've forgotten to pick up a batch for the holidays, sending an ecard today might be your last hope for sending well wishes this season. Let your friends and family know you're thinking about them by shooting off a few ecards today (or whenever you get the urge to say hello).
- GroupCard — Want to personalize a thank-you card from your whole family? This site features an electronic pass-around that's accomplished by just emailing the card to the people who need to sign it. Easy as pie.
- MushyGushy — Upload photos and cut and place your heads onto awesome video animations! It's like Elf Yourself without the hats.
- Postcard.FM — Lets you put together any picture and any song (just upload each file), slap in a message and an email address, and your recipients get a custom card!
- Someecards — It's hard not to get addicted to this hilarious site with wacky, cheeky ecards. The site is known for juxtaposing vintage-y images with witty and racy messages. Not your grandma's ecard site.
For the rest of my ecard suggestions (there are lots!), after the break.
There were more music sources available in 2011 than we had time to listen to them all. With the amount of streaming music options available on the Internet, there's virtually no way to go without tunes every day. Which of these services and apps were your favorite music option of the year?
Holiday time is here, and whether you're celebrating with family or friends, memories will be made. If you're branching out from photo to video this year, there are a few things you need to remember in order to make your holiday clips the best they can be. Here, a few beginner tips brought to you by the video masters at Vimeo. Check our their fun video explaining the basics, or read through the tip roundup if you're short on time.
- Keep your shots short and sweet — Don't spend the entire night walking around with a camera in your face. Mingle, get a few interviews, a few moments, then put the camera down and enjoy yourself too.
- Plan your important shots ahead of time — Whether it's the cooking, the opening of presents, the after-dinner games, whatever, make sure you have your camera close at hand to capture those moments.
- Play with close-ups and angles — Don't be afraid to get some closeup shots of family and friends chatting, over the shoulder, or shots from above. Play around — you never know what you might end up with.
- Shoot your surroundings — Don't forget to take some video of the decorations, the food, the atmosphere, the presents (before and after they've been opened) to cut into your video.
- But don't film people eating — Film the food, not the people eating it. It's kinda rude, don't you think?