Maximize the different uses of flash drives to relive family traditions and pass them down to younger generations by archiving them digitally.
8 Festive Uses of Flash Drives For the Holiday Season
1. Family History
While sentimental, photo books are old and outdated. Just store all your family photos in a single flash drive. For this year’s holiday season, you can volunteer to make a short family heritage slideshow presentation for your family. How cool would it be to trace your ancestral lineage? Plus, you can even include some funny photos from past gatherings and passed-down traditions that make your family unique.
Not sure what to give your parents, aunts and uncles, or grandparents? Compile pictures, video, and other memorable things from earlier years. They’ll certainly enjoy stepping back in time to relive those great memories.
2. Family Recipes
Gone are the days where you pass down family recipes by writing them on a piece of paper. Today, you can easily make a text file and place it in your flash drive for safekeeping and for easier sharing with your loved ones.
It’s a great way to ensure the safety of your family’s recipes. How many times did we have to read a recipe off an ink-smudged, crumpled piece of paper? On the other hand, if your family uses flash drives, you can easily share the recipe with anyone via the Internet.
This is also another great gift idea for the cooking enthusiasts and foodies in your family. They will certainly enjoy browsing through their very own virtual family recipe book.
3. Family Calendar
Making individual phone calls or sending out invitations via snail mail is time-consuming, tedious, and frankly, troublesome. However, you can easily create a soft copy of your family’s annual celebrations. This includes birthdays, holidays, and anniversaries, among others. Save the copy in your flash drive so you can easily send it to anyone who requests a copy. Since one of the benefits of a flash drive is its ability to store any file type, you can even bundle it with a video presentation that’ll surely level up your invite.
4. Family Greeting Card
Are regular holiday cards not cutting it for you? Opt to make your own customized family greeting card instead! Instead of sending your family card this year via post, why not distribute it in a more techie way? If you’re having multiple families gather for the holidays, you can even collect everyone’s holiday card and make a slideshow to be shown during the party.
5. Wish Lists
The gift-giving season is drawing near. To make things easier for everyone, make a digital wish list everyone has access to. They can include links and photos of the items they want to receive. After everyone has edited the list, save a copy in your flash drive then distribute it to your family members.
Tip: Apart from being more efficient, it’s also a way to preserve memories. One of the coolest features of a flash drive is the ability to securely store data for decades. Imagine how fun it would be to look at your family’s wish list from 10 years ago.
6. Family’s Favorite Spots
Look back at some of the amazing family trips you took over the years and give new members (and future generations) information on how they can recreate those trips using a USB drive. Compile location maps, special road markers, and activities they can do in these special places in a thumb drive. You can even add old pictures that other family members can recreate when it’s their time to visit the area.
7. Family Stories
Preserve family memories and stories by taking videos of members telling them. In this way, you can look back at them over the years and even pass them down to the next generation.
This can include their personal experiences, poems, jokes, or songs, among others. What makes this wonderful is that everyone can let their creative juices flow freely. You can show the compilation as a presentation then distribute it to your relatives later on. That way, they can repeat the stories as much as they want.
8. Family Scrapbook
While scrapbooking in the traditional sense seems like a thing of the past, there’s still something lovely about the idea. If you’re into crafts, you can still do this for yourself (or as a gift for a loved one) through a digital scrapbook. Grab all your favorite family pictures from the past year, compile them, and then send them to your relatives. It’s space-saving, less time-consuming, and it’s eco-friendly. Encourage your other relatives to do the same as well.
Tip: It doesn’t matter if your family uses flash drives or not. You can get affordable ones, then store the scrapbook file in it. It’s a great, practical gift with sentimental value.
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These are just some of the fun flash drive tricks to consider for this holiday season. Feel free to come up with your own silly, creative, and wacky ways to express your family’s love for each other. What’s important is to find an effective outlet that allows you and your family to bask in the holiday spirit. We hope you’ve found some great ideas on our list, or that you’re able to use these as a springboard for your own creative ways to use USB drives to celebrate the holidays.
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