Send a Call from Santa is one of Google’s suitably festive treats for this year’s Christmas novelty gift list. It’s very simple; just click onto the site, get started and within minutes you’ll have a sentimental/funny telephone message to send to your friends, family or significant others.
Readers beware though, you can only actually send Saint Nick’s answerphone message if you and the intended recipient have a US/Canada phone line.
Speaking of Christmas, if you’re still searching for those elusive Christmas gifts, you simply have to take a look through our All My Faves Easy Holiday Gift Guide. It’s packed full of great gift ideas, and links to the best places to buy them on the internet.
Don’t forget to tweet and facebook message us your Holiday wishes and feedback as well; we love hearing from you guys 🙂
The AllMyFaves Holiday Gift Guide 2011 – Happy holidays from All My Faves! We’re totally dedicated to making it easier for you to use the internet in every way, whether it’s your holiday shopping or finding you the best Black Friday deals on the web.
Every holiday season we found ourselves searching through endless websites and blogs, looking for the best deals or the best holiday gifts. It’s a black hole of information out there, and it really can consume hours and hours of your time finding that perfect Christmas present. So that’s why we’ve come up with the easiest to navigate, most simple, straightforward page, linking you to the most popular gifts of 2011. Click on the samples from our Holiday Gift Guide above or below, and find that perfect present in minutes!
Now, if you’re looking for something even more comprehensive, we’ve actually searched through the web to find the top 10 gifts in categories like ‘Top 10 Books’ and ‘Top 10 DVDs’; as well as the top 10 deals sites. You’ll find all that information in an easy-to-use visual directory created with you in mind, called The AllMyFaves Easy Holiday Gift Guide.
And if that isn’t enough, this week we’re featuring the amazing Amazon Black Friday Deals Week as a Weekly Fave (just click on the logo below). It really does have some great deals, helping you to save money this holiday season!
First Chapters – Do you enjoy reading and discovering new books? Maybe you’re the kind of person who loves going into bookstores; browsing the Top Book List; and reading the first chapters of titles that catch your eye. Well now you can do that on the internet, from the comfort of your own living room, with FirstChapters, for free!
FirstChapters is an innovative book discovery platform designed with you, the reader, in mind. Browse top-rated book lists, including ‘Pulitzer Prize Winners & Finalists’, ‘New York Times Bestsellers’, ‘USA Today Bestsellers’, ‘Amazon Bestsellers’, or ‘Oprah’s Must Reads’ to read free first chapters of books. Click on the picture below to start finding the best new books for free!
Plnnr – Plnnr automatically generates your free personalized ready-to-use itinerary in split seconds. Including scheduled daily routes, navigating directions, hotel price comparison, attractions info. Tell Plnnr about your preferences and likings and it will tailor a trip matching your every whim.
Plnnr automatically takes into account working days, opening hours, attraction distances and travel time to ensure a smooth travel experience.
Memolane – This most inspiring and exciting service offers an interactive, ongoing audio-visual timeline of your life, with the option of adding your friends as collaborators. Create your own Memolane made up of photos, music, video, tweets, status updates, blogs, and many other content tools and you will be pleasantly surprised at how rich your seemingly ordinary life really is.
Click the image below to see what a Memolane timeline looks like, this one -rather, only a fraction of it- by Jeff Hester.
To learn more about Memolane and how it works, see this video:
Every year it’s the same story; we promise ourselves this time we’ll get a grip and stop smoking, lose weight or better manage our expenses. For some reason, most New Year resolutions end up being nothing more than a good intention listed in our to-do tasks, but never really coming into fruition. Well, this year we have some excellent Web aids to help you stick to your resolutions and make them happen.
43 Things is a great site we’ve already recommended as a useful New Year resolution helper, and for a good reason. It’s a well known fact that kicking a deep-rooted habit is difficult, especially if you’re doing it on your own. 43 Things offers the community support -the ‘buddy system’- to make sure you make that change successfully. 43 Things is a terrific New Year resolution tool since it’s your security net, regardless of what change you vowed to make in your life.
The relevance of Match.com and other dating sites to New Year resolutions is, on one hand, redundant but on the other, extremely important. Don’t let bad date stories scare you when it comes to online dating. Match.com is one of the best you can find, and there are many happily married couples who have met each other right here on this site. Give it a try, you might find the love of your life!
One of the most effective personal finance tools you can find on the Web, Mint.com (an Intuit company) is a top-notch (and free) budget software to help you better manage your funds, expenses and future financial plans. We’re not the only ones who think Mint.com is a champ (we’ve listed it on our Business page under Personal finance)- this site received high-profile coverage from the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and it received prestigious awards from TIME, PC Magazine, and CNN’s Money Magazine. Let’s put it this way; if you’re looking for a simple and efficient tool for managing your money, Mint.com is your answer.
If you’re a smoker, there’s no need for me to list the life and money loss you’re risking by keeping this literally dirty habit. If you decide that 2011 will go down as the year you quit smoking, make use of the government site SmokeFree.gov to make this a clean-lunged reality. This portal is packed with practical tips, facts, starter kits and lots of support to help you in every step of the way (including well after you’ve stopped smoking). Here’s to a better and longer life.
Going green used to be an expensive ordeal, but that was years ago. These days minimizing your ecological footprint is so feasible it’s a crime not to do it. The Daily Green is your one-stop place for living better, healthier, and helping the planet. Although the site’s news section is fascinating and inspiring, the Daily Green’s Tips & Advice page offers all the info you need to change your life for the better, both now and in the future. It’s all very easy and not as expensive as you would think. Go Green and be happy!
Getting fit is perhaps the most challenging New Year resolution of all, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. That’s Fit, a comprehensive diet and exercise blog from AOL is a perfect starting point for losing weight and instilling a regular exercise routine in your life. Explore the variety of diets and workouts, see what tips celebrities share, and most importantly, check out That’s Fit’s success & motivation section to help you stick to your plan.
Learning something new or simply reading more, the Google eBookstore takes care of both New Year resolutions. Whether you’re interested in science, science fiction, history, art, business or anything in-between, the eBookstore by Google has a world of knowledge waiting to be explored (and read). It’s super accessible, and the reading interface Google has created makes the experience all the more wholesome. What a great example of some seriously good reads!
The 2010 PNC Christmas Price Index – For 27 years now, PNC Bank has been keeping this wonderful tradition of tracking price fluctuations of the gifts mentioned in “The Twelve Days of Christmas” song. This year they’ve created an enchanting interactive website to visualize the 2010 data in comparison to the gifts’ prices in 2009.
See the price change of a partridge in a pear tree, two turtle doves, three French hens, four calling birds and so on, right up to the 12 drummers in 2010. The PNC Christmas Price Index site is so engaging, stunning and fun, learning about the percentages of increase or decrease in the prices of the gifts of Xmas is merely a secondary attraction. Enjoy this one.
Delish – One of the most comprehensive cooking & recipe sites I’ve seen in a while, MSN’s Delish is truly a one-stop place for all your cooking, party hosting and food how-to needs.
Delish’s various features are too many to list here, but here are the main things I think you will enjoy exploring: the obvious, recipe collection, broken down to Popular -it’s where I found an amazing list of Under-30-Minutes Recipes– Special Features, and Hints & Help. More interesting sections include Parties & Holidays, Food in the news, and Coupons. Although Delish is an all-you-need resource for cooking, I recommend consulting our Cooking and Recipes pages for complementary websites.
Wishing you an especially Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Promising new and sweet surprises on allmyfaves.com in 2011…
eBay Deal Finder – A new beta feature from eBay, the Deal Finder puts hot deals in the spotlight, with new grab-it now sales in various popular categories (music, video games, books, movies and electronics). The last mentioned category is super sweet -see the screen shot below.
The ‘only 2 left’ notice is a genius marketing incentive, and eBay makes great use of all its e-commerce power to make this site as attractive as possible. I know I was tempted… All products listed here are ‘Buy it Now’ deals, so the entire bidding aspect eBay is known for is taken out of the equation to create a simple, direct and rewarding online purchase experience. See anything you like here? You may also want to stop by our Happy Holidays and Gift Guide pages for some extra great deals to grab before Xmas.
AMF Gift Guide – Are you only partly done with your Christmas gift list? Perhaps you haven’t even started, and find yourself postponing it to next week? Well, no worries, because All My Faves has got you covered. Meet our spankin’ new special Gift Guide, your ultimate Xmas shopping hub.
This time we’ve created a visual page, neatly listing product images for your convenience. We are stern believers in the ‘picture is worth a thousand words’ expression, and in offering a no-nonsense service. That means that what you see is what you get, only that the items showcased in the Gift Guide page are all best sellers at discount prices, so you have nothing to lose. There is much to choose from – you’ll find the top selling gifts in gadgets, for her, for him, cooking, best selling books, DVDs and toys. There is something here for each and every one in your family, so stop procrastinating and finish your gift lists now. It’s easy, affordable and you can finish it all right from home!
Happy Holidays everyone!
The All My Faves Team
AMF’s Happy Holidays – I’ve already talked about this super holidays page on several occasions these past weeks, mostly as the ultimate hot deal grabbing page, and a good source for gift ideas (again, I recommend checking out the For Her and For Him categories). But the All My Faves Holidays page is not only about gifts, it’s also about making this holiday season a great time for family moments.
Cooking for the holidays is a special occasion in and of itself, and that is why you’ll find on this Holidays page amazing recipes resources and great cookbooks – under Cooking. Other great favelines to check out for good holiday times are Hanukkah & Kwanzaa, and Holiday Spirit. Both are packed with holiday goodness for the different religious holidays, for the entire family. So if you haven’t already, stop by the AMF Holidays page and be inspired! You’ll find all your holiday must haves -weather gifts or experiences- right here.
Happy Holidays from the All My Faves Team!