The Holidays provide us with an excellent opportunity to show those close to us just how important they are. Remember, a present shouldn't be about how much you spend, but is a well-thought representation of how much we know and the memories shared with one another. It's believed that technology has created a cold rift between ourselves and everyone around us but we believe that these six apps beg to differ. Smartphones can make purchasing gifts from the heart a seamless affair without detracting from the human element.
iOS Mosaic by Mixbook Mixbook has every angle thought out with Mosaic, a fantastic way to deliver your photos in a pristine package. Simply select 20 photos from your iOS photo album or photo stream, arrange them in whichever order is best for the front page and send it off to the printers for an all inclusive price of $20 (taxes and shipping included). A great gift to give older relatives who aren't as connected to Facebook or Twitter. Free
Casetagram Have you ever thought of an amazing idea for a smartphone case design? How about creating one just for your best friend or spouse? Casetagram creates solid cases for iPads (2, 3rd Gen), iPhones (4, 4S and 5) and iPod Touches (4th Gen) which are customizable with pictures from your photo library, Instagram or Facebook. Create a collage of memories and meaningful words then send it off for Casetagram to create a one of a kind iCase made for one. Free - iPhone 4/4S: $35 - iPhone 5: $40 - iPad: $55 - iPod Touch: $35
Left: Gift Professor - Right: Etsy
Gift Professor Still stumped on what to get? Gift Professor is a gift generator that produces apt results based on a brief but surprisingly in-depth survey. It asks you questions based on your relationship, how long you've known each other, their personality, interests and general taste and gives a list of possible gift ideas from a wide selection of vendors. Selecting any brings you to the browser page of the retailer where you can buy it online. Free - Also available for iOS
Etsy The crafty online store is home to millions of unique items. If you have an idea for an obsolete gift, Etsy will most likely have it. Everything you can imagine from phone accessories, clothes, accents for the home, decorations, jewelry and more are present in Etsy. It's free to browse and whatever you select is guaranteed to be a unique and individual gift. Free - Also available for iOS
Left: Project Mosaic - Right: Postcard on the Run
Project Mosaic Our phones have become a reference for all of our lives moments because they are usually with us and have the capability to take a quick picture of reasonable quality. At the very least we can load all of our photos to show others, imagine if we were to use that one special picture and built it up with hundreds of good memories? Project Mosaic does just that after selecting a photo you want to turn into art using your photo library as a palette. Push it even further by printing it off from your local stationary store for an up close and personal gift. $1
Postcard on the Run Giving everyone a piece of yourself is difficult, especially if they are spread across the globe. We've looked at sending Holiday Cards via tablet apps and advise those if you're looking for more options. Postcard on the Run is versatile enough to be used over various Holidays as well as vacations, just add a message, sign it off and send it to all your overseas friends and relatives. Free - Each postcard ranges between 99c and $1.69 - Also available for iOS/Android
(Images: 1. Jason Rodway, all others: as credited above.)
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