Thursday, September 4, 2008
Christmas gift ideas
I like to buy our Christmas gifts way in advance! With 5 children, it's too difficult to try to do last- minute, by the skin-of-your-teeth shopping. For my sanity, I have to plan ahead.
DH (Dear Husband)'s aunt just turned 80. She wants to be able to print pictures from the weekend. So... I have put all of the pictures on a CD & I have burned CDs for all of the aunts, cousins, and uncles that were able to attend. Now they can take the CD to the local photo store & print the photos they desire! I love my Mac, as I have mentioned before. So, I also put all of the photos into a slideshow using I Photo & then I added music. Voila'! Christmas gifts for that entire side of the family! They are not expensive soaps or stationary, but these movies are priceless! I plan to do something similar for my family as well.
Each year I make calendars on I Photo for my brothers & their wives & both sets of grandparents. I type in everyone's birthdays & special occasions and fill it with pictures I have taken throughout the year. I even asked everyone to send me special dates of friends & family, so each calendar is personalized with those events. I should receive a cut from Apple Computers because I really love their products! It is easy to order these calendars online & they arrive at your doorstep! No mall traffic at all.
Snapfish sometimes offers cute photo ornaments... another great idea. My friend, K, gave us one 2 Christmases ago that is a picture of our whole family! I love it.
I also use I Photo to create books for my family. I scanned in my brother's wedding & honeymoon pictures & made a neat book for them last year! So, I will once again use my computer for lots of gifts this year!! :)