You know you're gift-challenged when you're partnered with the guy or gal "who has everything," you've started to find the ability to buy anything and everything online boring, and you still don't have that special gift for that special someone.
No worries, there's a way to fill up your gift bag with stuff so new, it may not have even been invented yet.
Shop on crowdfunding sites. You can see what's new, what's coming to market, or what's still on the drawing board. And, since the products are not ready to ship, you still have time to shop, buy, grab a screen shot and wrap up the promise of being among the first to own the next BIG THING.
Just start scanning the projects – you'll know the right project when you see it. Read through the list of donation levels, find the one that offers a product for a donation, check that it's in your budget and click to donate. Voilà! You've got a one-of-a-kind gift.
This Christmas, I'm going with the StickNFind- Bluetooth Powered ultra small Location Stickers for my guy-who-has-everything. I think he'll not only appreciate the concept and low cost of supporting a new startup venture, I think he's also going to like being the first to try out this new technology. How cool is that?
Here's a Wikipedia list of crowdfunding sites – try out the "Money for Goods" category. Happy shopping – your gift will stand out from the crowd!
Z. Kelly Queijo is founder of SmartCollegeVisit.com, a college-visit traveling planning and college search portal for college-bound teens and their families. She is also a freelance journalist and frequent contributor to Handshake 2.0. She focuses on higher education, technology, travel and campus visits. Follow her on Twitter @zkellyq and @collegevisit.
From Handshake 2.0:
Speaking of crowdfunding, we've announced we're launching a campaign on Health Tech Hatch on 1/15/13. Here's how and why and here's Health Tech Hatch's suggestions for crowdfunding success. You can read our unfolding crowdfudning story in the category Cognichoice on Handshake 2.0.