Gifting your favorite social networking netizen this year doesn't have to cost you an arm and a leg. A lot of entrepreneurial and social networking online store sites are selling some very unique social media-oriented gifts this holiday season. And with just a few mouse clicks, you can purchase that special gift that demonstrates just how social you are.
When you're through browsing and shopping, please do take our "Top Ten Holiday Stores For Social Media Gifts" POLL at the end of the blog.
At CafePress' SocialNetizens store, you can find all kinds of holiday gifts for your favorite Social Media Scientist. The online store features hooded sweatshirts, mugs, beer steins, mousepads, baby's bibs, tote bags, journals, 2010 calendars, postcards and much more...
From men's "Fakebooc" ties (purposely spelled incorrectly since I'm sure Facebook would be initiating law suits) to "I Twittered Your Husband" T-Shirts, this Zazzle site has over 9400 items in its "Social Network Gifts" inventory (or so it says... I didn't count).
Mashable has opened its own Zazzle store to capitalize on its widely respected name in the social media circles. Exclusively selling t-shirts, you can even purchase a shirt that will brand your gift recipient as "Digg Bait."
Gift your favorite social networker with a "friends' Twitter Mug." For $14 all you have to do is submit your Twitter username and password to generate the avatars of all of your friends onto a mug. Great gift idea for yourself as well!
For those avid LiveJournal fans (and I'm sure there a good number still out there!), you can purchase their merchandise here.
At the Flickr Store you can purchase a Flickr Pro Account for all those Flickr addicts on your Christmas list this year. At $25.95 for a one-year subscription ($47.00 for a two-year account) you can give the gift of Flickr and all the additional features that come with a pro account.
For those professionals you've been networking with on LinkedIn, here's an opportunity to purchase a mug or some travel gear with the name of the network that has attracted over 45 million members to date.
Yes, there is even a TwitterWhore Store where you can customize your t-shirts to include your Twitter profile name. And according to the current information on the Web site, by using the special promo code of CUSTOMER1006, all you Twitter Whores can even receive free shipping.
Consider buying a Social Media book for your special social networker. Earlier this year, I posted a blog with my picks for the "Top Ten Social Media Books." Most of these books can be purchased at Amazon.
In addition to the TOP TEN list above, I also recommend one new social media book that was published subsequently. Chris Brogan and Julien Smith's "Trust Agents: Using the Web to Build Influence, Improve Reputation, and Earn Trust" is an excellent read on developing meaningful relationships throughout one's social network portfolio.
So there you have it - this year's "Top Ten Holiday Stores For Social Media Gifts." Hope I provided you with a few extra options to consider this holiday season. But don't wait too long to make up your mind- as the Holidays are fast approaching and according to our Social Media Scientist, the countdown has already begun!
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Please also take our POLL and let us know which online store was your favorite. And if we missed one that you favor even more, please do provide us with your feedback in the comment section below. Happy Holidays!