Websites and Social Media as Gifts: The Mixed Tape Of Today's Generation?

@swissmiss recently posted about the gift she created for her roommate's birthday. Her roomie didn't want any presents, but is obsessed with all things yellow. So, Swissmiss created a Tumblr blog and added all sorts of pics of yellow things that she found across the web. And she will continue to add to it over time.

What a brilliant and inventive gift! You can view it over at Yellow Things For Maria.

Now, I've built websites and skinned blogs for friends and family before, but I never thought of giving them as presents. It just opens up so many possibilities: there are so many wonderful web-enabled ways to show your appreciation for your friends and family.

  • Personalized photo collections like Swissmiss', using Tumblr, Flickr, etc.
  • A Private journal using a blogging platform, to which only the 2 of you have access
  • A YouTube channel full of their favourite videos (Lego! Star Wars! Epic Meal Time!)
  • A bookmark account of sites or articles they would love using Google bookmarks, Digg, Technorati, Reddit, etc.
  • A Kindle or Kobo list of books they would love, with a gift code to purchase online
  • An iTunes account full of music they (or you both) love
  • Personalized Evernote or Instapaper account full of sites that would be meaningful to them

You know, that last one is a particularly poignant since you and your giftee could synch it to all your devices and add to it or access it from anywhere. (That reminds me, I still owe you guys an Evernote post. I use it so much, I think it will be a series. :)

So, what do you think? I could have gone on with this list for a while. There are so many possibilities! Would you create custom online gift for someone? Have you? What would/ did you make? Are these custom sites and lists the mixed tapes of today's generation?

Have you done any kewl online projects as gifts? Leave a link in the comments!

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