Courtney Boyd Myers
Courtney Boyd Myers is the founder of audience.io, a transatlantic company designed to help New York and London based technology startups gr Courtney Boyd Myers is the founder of audience.io, a transatlantic company designed to help New York and London based technology startups grow internationally. Previously, she was the Features Editor and East Coast Editor of TNW covering New York City startups and digital innovation. She loves magnets + reading on a Kindle. You can follow her on Facebook, Twitter @CBM and Google +.
It’s two days before Christmas. You could do a mad dash to the mall and fight over a parking space with every other stressed out suburbanite driving a Suburau. But did you ever think about all those lovely people who have to work today and tomorrow because you were too lazy to plan ahead? (Macy’s is open 24 hours before Christmas.) How about simply shopping online this year? Say it: Printable Presents. It just sounds dreamy. We put together a list of as many as we could for your perusing pleasure.
These are an easy out for last-minute shoppers. We recommend the following:
Amazon: For your Kindle obsessed daughter.
iTunes: For your pirating teenage son.
Fandago: Who doesn’t love movies?
GameFly: For your COD obsessed brother.
Exclusively.In is selling discounted holiday gift cards, which can be used to purchase anything from their Indian inspired online shop.
Spotify Premium Account
Ah, the coveted Spotify account. Pick up a few Spotify Premium e-cards for your friends and loved ones in Finland, France, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom. (1 month/€9.99; 3 months/€29.97; 6 months/€59.94 ; 12 months/€119.88). Spotify Premium provides unlimited access to music without interruption from ads; Spotify mobile; Offline mode for playlists; and the ability to take your music abroad so you can make all of your American friends jealous.
And now to make our friends in Europe jealous, how about giving someone a Netflix account? (Deals start at $7.99/month for movie streaming; $9.99/month for streaming and 1 DVD out at-a-time.) Netflix, btw, is one of Oprah’s favorite things.
For the epicureans in your life, look into giving a gift from Basis Foods. Not only do they have a wholesale division, which provides distribution services for family farms and artesian producers to wholesale customers, including the 20,000+ restaurants and institutional buyers in New York City, but they also have a new retail delivery service, which brings 100% traceable food directly from family farms to your home or office. Check out a list of all the delicious gifts you can give like an array of cheeses each month or a breakfast bag of savory options from local farms and artisanal producers here. Thanks to my girls from @ofakindfor the sweet tip.
Without indulging in schadenfreude, Tribair let us know that they received 10 times more downloads than usual yesterday in reaction to the Skype outage. The brand new Skype-like service is a “tribe” of WiFi connected individuals. This Christmas, they are running a special promotion of 50% extra credits.
Watch this video on Tribair in 90 seconds:
23 and Me Genetics Test
Want to know whether your soon-to-be husband is Daddy material? Get him this gift for Christmas. Or perhaps you could selfishly get one for your identical twin sibling. Or for your Med school lab partner. Whomever the recipient may be, this is an off-the-beaten path pretty hip gift. I literally just spit into my 23 and Me test tube this morning. In 2-4 weeks I will receive a full report that will hopefully tell me I’ll never be fat. The test will also provide insight into my ancestral origins; traits, from hair quality to muscle performance; risk factors for 93 diseases; and my predicted response to drugs, from blood thinners to coffee. The company, 23andMe was co-founded by Anne Wojcicki, the wife of Google’s Sergey Brin. The service normally costs $499, but 23andMe is offering a special $99 holiday price, which is valid through 12/25 or while supplies last. (Limit 10 per person.) N.B. This is not a gift to give to someone you’ve just started dating.
Other ideas that aren’t exactly The Next Webby? Massage gift certificates! Gym memberships! And airplane tickets are made of paper! @FrommersTravel: 10 Last-Minute Winter Holiday Deals: Amsterdam & Paris, Tahiti & more.
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