Gift Giving in the Digital Age

What does it mean to go digital when giving gifts? First let’s examine the meaning of the word digital.

Digital describes electronic technology that generates, stores, and processes data. Whether we realize it or not we live within a complex digital network that regulates our street lights, telephones, cell phones, water systems, agricultural system and of course the business market. An evolution from the Industrial Revolution, the digital network system that characterizes the Digital Age can be likened to the synaptic connections of the adult brain, connecting pockets of data one to the other for lightening fast access and retrieval.

Gift Giving In The Digital Age

The digital age is not unlike one world-wide living brain with the earth as the head. Because we are merely mimicking a natural process it’s no wonder the use of digital age technology is so mainstream. Though this has been the reality for over 40 years many do not fully realize the degree of advantages we have at our fingertips thanks to the Digital Revolution. The fact is once we fully realize these advantageous we are better able to spare our time and money as well as the use of earth’s natural resources.

Understanding Digital Goods

The next time you go online to shop for gifts consider whether you are taking full advantage of the digital resources available to you. For example, when shopping for a gift the shopper may be more inclined to look for tangible goods, merchandise that you can put your hands on. Stuff like jewelry, computers, clothing or even CD’s. But another kind of product exists and thrives on the Internet. Intangible or digital goods. Virtually anything that is in a digital form and deliverable on the Internet can be considered an intangible good. A piece of music, a picture, or an article downloaded from the Internet are all examples of intangible or digital goods.

Digital goods are used much like tangible goods with minimal use of tangible resources. Now artists and computer technicians have discovered ways to merge these two fascinating industries to design products that are both fun and practical. Notice the list below.

Cell phones

Compact discs

Digital videos

Digital television sets

Digital Audio (Music)

E-books

Web sites

Minidisc

Video games

E-Commerce shopping systems

Online game systems

Beaming Up A Tangible Gift

Imagine having the ability to access a tangible gift in a matter of minutes as quickly and easily as saying “beam me up Scotty”. The fact is you can beam up a tangible gift simply by taking full advantage of online digital resources and still add that personal touch to the gift itself. How can this be done?

1. Locate a recommended printable greeting card resource online.

2. Choose an appropriate printable greeting card.

3. Print out the greeting card.

4. Add a personalized message.

Boom! In minutes, not days, you’ve managed to get a tangible creative gift in your hand ready for giving.

Want to add a digital gift to the card?

1. Next locate a recommended prepaid debit or store gift card resource online.

2. Print out a printable prepaid gift card with a load of say $15 – $25 or so. (Yes gift cards can now be printed from your home printer.)

3. Place the gift card in the printed greeting card and give it away.

Its that easy.

Digital Goods vs Tangible Goods

What are the advantages of printable gift cards? Like other tangible gift cards printable gift cards can be used to make purchases online at top retailer stores with no questions asked so they are ideal for online and offline shopping. And there’s no need for you to pay additional fees for gift wrapping is there? Less use of our natural resources. But best of all, no more waiting for the greeting cards and gift cards to come in the mail. Fast holiday shipping is often unreliable. With printable greetings and gift cards you just print and give.

Keeping in mind that we are living in the digital age, lots of computer users can use prepaid debit cards and online retail gift cards to order online gaming time, on demand movies, digital downloads in the form of software or mp3’s as well as eBooks such as those read on Kindle book readers.

Go Full Digital Gift Giving

Want to save money on postage and gift wrapping? Go full digital gift giving! Send an email gift card with a personal message and you’re done. These tips save much time and money, not to mention a comparative 80% reduction in the use of our natural resources over shopping, purchasing, wrapping and shipping tangible goods.

A Review of Musicnotes – Digital Sheet Music Dealer

Are you a musician? Can you find the sheet music you want? If you are anything like me, then the answer is no. Although the town I live in isn’t that small, there still isn’t a large selection of stores when it comes to music. There is only one small music store that I go to (and only on rare occasions) when I need something immediately, like guitar strings for example.

When I want to buy sheet music though, that little shop isn’t much help. There is only a small selection of sheet music for the most popular genres and most popular instruments. If you want to play Beethoven piano arrangements then you are fine, but if you want something else then you are out of luck.

I couldn’t find what I wanted in my area, so shopping online was my only alternative. After trying different online sheet music dealers I finally came across one that I really liked-Musicnotes. This website offered instant digital sheet music and I thought it sounded cool, but wasn’t sure how “digital” music works.

I found out that it was really easy to do it though. In order for the digital sheet music to work, you do need to have special sheet music software, but you can download that for free on the Musicnotes website. After downloading the free software I began searching through the music database. It was completely different from my local music store!

This site has thousands of songs to download the sheets for, and in many different genres. The quality of the site is great and I have never had interest in buying from a local store again. It is easy to buy exactly what I want and I don’t even have to leave the house. I can find a song, download the sheet music, and learn it right away.

At first I was leery about the musicnotes player software, but now love it! It has many features that help you to learn songs such as being able to transpose, change the tempo, or learn one part of the song at a time.

The only downside I can see with this program is that you have to be on a computer for these features to work. But, if you want you can print off the sheet music like you normally would. Since I use a digital piano, I usually just slide that up next to my computer so I can use the software though, it really is a big help.