I was reading Ideas For A “Debt-Free Christmas”: Relatives over at NoCreditNeeded.com and I think they’ve really hit on something with the photo CDs for parents and grandparents. This is a great gift that they’ll really enjoy, and it’s fairly inexpensive.
This year, burn a CD for each set of parents and grandparents with all your digital pictures. Next year, just give them the update (a new CD with your photos from 2007). You can put in some time to really do something special with the presentation of the pictures, but even if you don’t have a lot of time, burn a copy of all your pictures.
My parents often ask for the high-resolution versions of our digital photos, but it’s a real pain to send one or two at a time via e-mail. I never get around to burning a few pictures to CD here, and a few more there. Let each Christmas or holiday season be your chance to give them what they’re looking for.
As an IT guy, backups of important information are always on my mind, if for no other reason than it would be really embarrassing to admit to someone else that a supposed IT professional didn’t take the proper steps to backup and safeguard his information! (My primary motivation, whether you believe me or not, is that I don’t want to lose any irreplaceable data.) If your grandparents live far away, you’ve just created two new off-site backups of your photos. Even if your computer hard drives fail, your external hard drive dies, and your CD and DVD backups melt when your house burns down, there’s a great chance you will be able to get your pictures back.
- Grandparents get all the photos they could ever want (and probably more)
- You get peace of mind knowing that you’ve got an off-site backup
Question of the day:
How do you backup your digital photos, and are they adequately protected against all kinds of loss?