Article by Jim Cherry
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This Christmas season, it’s hard for many to jump into the fray and join the hordes shopping for gifts. These people, techies and professionals many of them, are too busy with work and other distractions that come with the active lives they lead to actually go out and shop. This is why these are so grateful for the options provided by the internet and the ease afforded by internet shopping.
Those who like to read, often give books. Those who are into athletic activists and sports can be relied on to give gifts in the form of trainers, yoga mats, bicycle accessories or anything similar. In the meamtime, techies can be expect to also go techie with their gifts.
People with the hippest Apple products cannot be blamed if they want to share their insanity over the Ipod and the Ipad with others. They are addictive, these Apple products. Apple products are undeniably waaay cool and they’re not just tools or instruments, but art objects: the sleek designs, the smooth interface, the intelligent applications and programs all make for ideal functional art.
Count on it that Ipod users will be giving friends and family members who also own Ipods to give music as gifts. After all, quite easy, an exercise in laziness even, to buy itunes gift cards online. They can also purchase an itunes online gift card, and be certain that the recipients will neither think them cheap or uncreative. It’s also an effective way to spread techie coolness around by introducing the previously initiated in the wonders of the online world: let them surf the web to find out for themselves what the gifts they just receive means!
Surfing for music online takes intelligence and effort, after all – imagine having to scroll through hundreds of albums and listen to thousands more songs! It takes a brain to be patient and persevering enough to do research on music, even if only means finding out about music artists and the kind of songs they make and play. You also have to determine which songs suit your taste and your moods at any given time, and this takes hours. All this make for a great way not only to learn about new songs, artists and the different genres; but a way to discover yourself. After all, the music you like to listen to says much about what kind of person you are.
You are in a quandary. Your best friend from work is having a surprise birthday party tomorrow night for his wife and you have no idea what to get her. You know she likes music and owns a rather extensive collection, but you don’t know what she has, and you have no clue what kind of music she listens to. Then, in a moment of genius, you have an epiphany – iTunes gift cards! Whether she is into classical, rock, jazz, pop, folk, country, show tunes, or anything else, letting her pick and choose the music she wants is absolutely the perfect present. Everybody enjoys music, but no two people like exactly the same music in the same way. The difference in people’s tastes makes a gift card the ideal gift.
It doesn’t matter if the recipient prefers the rocking guitars and vocals of Aerosmith or the beautiful sacred church music of J.S. Bach, the cheerful beat of the Spinners or the colorful trumpet of Maynard Ferguson, the intricate harmonies of Kansas or the straight ahead improvisation of Charlie Parker, this is the ideal solution to your gift giving needs. You don’t have to know what music the recipient already has; you don’t even have to know what the recipient loves to listen to. It makes no difference if the recipient already has all of the music that has ever been released in the history of music. More music will always be released, and there will always be something coming out down the road that the person will want to add to his collection.
See, the iTunes gift cards can be used now or in the future. Perhaps the recipient will use the card to get a few songs now, and then in a month or two he will use the card to get the latest releases that have just come out. The card is ideal because the person who receives it will use it in exactly the way that he desires. This makes it a flexible and uniquely individual gift.
Giving the gift of music is so different than giving a new blanket, a fancy sweater, or a new toaster oven. Music inspires. Music motivates. Music can take someone who is down with the blues and put a smile on his face and a jig in his step. Don’t think of it as a mere gift, an obligation that is necessary to fulfill some social duty or to retain a friendship. Think of it as a service to mankind. Spreading music to others will inspire others to do something nice for someone else. People will realize that it is the ideal thoughtful, special gift, and perhaps those who have received these gift cards may soon start giving you gift cards for your special days as well! Brighten up the planet.