We all know it is a major pain to schlep around the mall. You have to deal with the parking, face the crowds, and turn down the free samples at Panda Express. All of these hassles can take their toll on even the jolliest elf. However, here at Digital Operative we are thinkers, planners, and strategists and we want to help you beat the holiday madness! We put on our thinking hats to help you avoid the dreaded mall trip and be the one who gives the “cool” gift this year. We think that some of the best presents this year will be from the online community and taking advantage of how easy it is to give these gifts, will provide you with the best present of all – time to relax. Without further ado here are three digital gifts to give your favorite geek! 3. Netflix (around 7.99 a month) – This is the gift that keeps on giving! There are a variety of reasons why this is the perfect digital gift. First off, it is always going to fit. Secondly it is not going to go out of style – new movies arrive all the time. I love the way I can stream the movies and avoid the awkward mailroom conversation that would surely ensue if I had to use the DVD mail service. The best part is when the recipient sees a good movie – they will think of what a great gift giver you are, but when they see a bad movie they still blame the director. 2. Fiverr – This service will change the way you see five dollars. I am not sure how we originally discovered this site, but I am tremendously happy we did. The basic premise is that you pay five dollars and people will do pretty much anything. This can range from singing whatever lyrics you like in a banana costume to designing Polynesian tribal tattoos. We like using it to send funny videos to friends and clients (We used this for ContestCore our online contest platform). There is no need for boring old (environmentally unfriendly) cards anymore when you can pay five dollars to Ziggy the demented elf to offer holiday greetings to chosen recipients. Give the gift of laughter and send someone a customized, funny video. 1. Taskrabbit – Order online to pay people to do your chores! This is such a great concept for a service that I can’t believe no one had thought of it earlier. As far as gifts go I am always in favor of ones that make my life easier rather than add more difficult. I don’t want a book or puzzle – as Jim Gaffigan says, “That’s not a gift, that’s a homework assignment”. What I do want is the gift of someone doing my laundry, wrapping my presents, and going to IKEA and picking up my furniture. When you order from Taskrabbit people do all of these annoying tasks and more: laundry, spring cleaning, recycling, and organizing the closet are all items I would love to get. I think that this is a gift to give to college kids with messy dorms, overworked parents, and anyone who needs some help over the holidays (which is all of us).
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