Tech Talk Tuesday: Random Acts of Kindness

Updated: Tuesday, December 24 2013, 12:42 AM MST
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By Lonnie Valencia

It’s Christmas Eve!  Have you been good?  I myself may have not been as good as I should have been.  I’m afraid that I might be on the naughty list (and not it the good way) if you know what I mean.  I’ve heard that Santa still has that last minute double checking of his list to do and I intend on making the cut, so join me in today’s tech talk as I bump myself up a notch or two on the good list by helping you buy last minute gifts.



Digital Random Acts of Kindness, that is what I call it.  What am I talking about?  The fast, easy, tech savvy way you can spread some holiday cheer and still make the good list.  Here are my top three - Digital Random Acts of Kindness that Santa will have to notice.

3. If I said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times - you can’t go wrong with a gift card to someone’s favorite digital watering hole.  iTunes, Google Play, Xbox are all really good ideas to stuff a stocking or two. Don’t forget Barnes & Noble as well.  You gift their card and it’s good online as well as in their store. It’s not just all books anymore either.  Their inventory includes toys, tablets, blu-rays, and e-books.  You'll be able to cover a whole range of gift ideas with just one card.

2. Amazon is one of those sites that almost everyone uses.  This year they are giving you three different ways to give their gift cards.  The fastest and easiest way is through Facebook.  Throw down $10, tag that Facebook friend, and BOOM instant gift.  No wrapping to do and you look like a total tech savvy rockstar.  To me this is awesome.   You were going to wish them a “Merry Christmas”  on their wall anyway but now you posted your gift too.  

1. Go Specific!  If you know what your giftee already wants, why not buy it- but digitally!  Books, music, movies, whatever it is you can get it online.  iTunes and Google Play will let you gift from their large inventory of digital media.  Best of all, Amazon’s music and e-books can be returned if you gifted the wrong boy band to your grandaughter.  

Using these three last minute gifting ideas you can get off the naughty list too.  Unless, the naughty list is where you want to be and, in that case, I would tell you to gift the wife a card to Victoria’s Secret.  

Let me know if my, “Digital Random Acts of Kindness” worked for you or didn’t.  What was your best Christmas gift?  Did it involve Victoria’s Secret in any way? Does any one know what her secret is to begin with? Let me know in the comments below and, “Happy Holidays!”  As always we would love your feedback/suggestions for this or our next edition, so feel free to send your comments to our resident Tech Guy Lonnie Valencia.

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