7th Week of Christmas – 365 Days of Giving

Naptime Gnome Idea #13

“Homemade” Hi-Tech Gifts, No Materials Necessary!

First, I want to apologize for being WAY behind on this series. I could make all sorts of excuses regarding the paucity of gnome time around here… having just ripped-up half the floors in our house, and then trying to get new floors installed, potties removed and then reinstalled, plumbing issues neutralized, baseboards painted and installed, appliances reinstalled, washing and putting away elephantine mounds of backed-up laundry (that’s what you get when you don’t have a functional laundry room for two weeks and 3/4 of the family changes 3 to 4 times a day), dust removed (who know tile removal was SOOO dusty?!), early Christmas presents made, and house, um, “cleaned” before the family arrived, some of which stayed in our dismantled guestroom (oh, that had to be put back together too! 🙂 and joined us for Thanksgiving dinner and early Christmas… at OUR house! 🙂 And don’t forget the biggest gnome time suck of all, falling asleep in other people’s beds at the end of the day because Goodnight Moon is far too lulling after days of waking early, staying up late, trying to keep kiddos occupied amid organized chaos, wielding heavy power tools and otherwise being just a hair’s breadth from crazy.  So I won’t make any excuses… ;)… besides, it feels good to have a few moments to get back on track.  It’s been oodles of fun and it looks amazing; I can’t wait to post about the projects when I get a chance after Christmas, but I am SOOOO sorry for being so behind.  I will do my best to catch up before the holidays.  Many, many, thanks for understanding. That being said, onward we go!

What if you could give a gift that would be fresh and new (almost) each and every day for a year?

I love giving gifts that serve as constant reminders of my love, so of course, I love to give things people will use and thus be seen more often.  Here are some ideas for gifts that will insert themselves in the lives of those you love, every time you think to reinsert… or program a device to do so!DSCN4400

With the advent of electronic calendars, email, text messages, and even phones for that matter, we have the to ability to give a little piece of ourselves, anytime, to just about anyone, anywhere… assuming they have the appropriate technology in hand. These gift ideas are meant to be setup on a devise to which you have “legal” access, or sent using email or text message to spread out the giving through the year.

Email/Text Message Photo Gallery

One of the most popular gifts I’ve ever given was completely free, oodles of fun, took NO creativity (seriously, NONE), and is the only gift for which I’ve received repeat requests.photo-5

I’d been receiving mass complaints about the irregularity of my photo sharing, so I vowed that I would be better about keeping everyone up to date with pics of the little one (at the time, there was just the Bear).  It had started as an idea for a New Year’s resolution, but I decided it had more potential than that, not to mention I’d be more likely to keep my resolution if I had witnesses.  So, on Christmas Morning our family rose to unwrap the simplest, yet most personal gift: 365 pictures of their favorite subject (as far as I was concerned ;).  I didn’t wrap up photographs, rather produced a simple certificate that promised these pictures to arrive, neatly in their email boxes, periodically throughout the coming year.  Now, I am not one to be overtly consistent with emailing, as you could probably guess by the huge lapse in blog posts ;).  I may have a day or two that I don’t make it to the computer, or forget to charge my phone, so notice I did not promise a daily delivery.  But over the course of one year, our parents, grandparents, and siblings, received over 365 pictures of their Little Bear in a mass email… and let me tell you, the days I skipped were met with much complaint, even though many days yielded multiple pics ;). Over all I would say it was a hit, and I don’t want to give too much away, but it may be making a reappearance under the tree this year! 😉

Love Letters

When I asked my Hubby what his favorite gift was when I first started planning this segment on the 12 weeks of Christmas, one of his first answers was one I’d almost completely forgotten about. He reminded me of how I have left notes for him to find later on some of his devices. You can hack (;) into your loved one’s phone, computer or other device and leave them messages that will either pop up periodically (set using the calendar or timer), or you can use the stickies, or a word processing program to leave notes on their computer dashboard or desktop. I would rank this as a “MUST” if you are planning to give any devices this year. You can go ahead and program them right in prior to giving. Note: this would probably be a terrible gift idea for someone that doesn’t like anyone to touch, manipulate or otherwise mess with, their devices. Screen shot 2013-11-27 at 12.02.09 AM

365 Days of Emails/Texts

The Hubby gave a similar gift one year that has morphed into a bit of a ritual, even though the year has passed.  He once gave his mom the promise of an email a day.  Each day for the ensuing year her email box greeted her each morning with anything from, “Good morning, just thinking of you,” to “Wait until you hear about the day I just had……………..” Occasionally, I was gifted with a CC, and would get to see Mom’s responses. What an amazing gift!  I know myself well enough to realize this would not be a good fit for my low tech day, but for someone who sits in front of a computer all day, everyday, this could be an amazing gift to someone you hold dear, even if they aren’t a few states away… my parents work one door from each other and they love getting email from each other!

So Happy Gifting and ENJOY!

Candice, with a little help from the Naptime Gnome <;’)

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