Inexpensive, Yet Creative Christmas Presents

I never cease to be amazed at the myriad “generator” websites, where you can enter text or upload photographs that are subsequently transformed into something else. Given the fact that this is the holiday season, at least on this neck of the woods, I thought I’d suggest Wordle as an inexpensive free way to send a loved one a personalized holiday greeting card. Wordle’s own home page describes it as “a toy for generating ‘word clouds’ from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like. You can print them out, or save them to the Wordle gallery to share with your friends.”

In this case, I’ve looked up on the Internet ways to say “Merry Christmas” in different languages and used these phrases to build the image above. But there is no limit to what you can do with Wordle! Here are some tips:

  1. Send a loved one a birthday greeting with words that best describe the person.
  2. Send a favorite restaurant a creative “review” of a dining experience.
  3. Create an artistic statement using your favorite cuz words (I know you have some!).
  4. Use your favorite poem to create a picture of it.
  5. Keep a list of healthy foods on your refrigerator door.

Wordle has a useful Frequently Asked Questions section where you can learn how to save or print images, on a Mac or a PC. And what about other generator websites? The Generator Blog keeps a healthy catalog of such time-wasting, yet amusing places. And it’s literally impossible to be a Flickr user without spending some time at Big Huge Labs and creating fun stuff with your photos, or exploring Quick Online Tips’ Great Flickr Tools Collection.

Merry Christmas, by the way!

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