Use Tech to Keep Family Connected During the Holidays

Use Tech to Keep Family Connected During the Holidays | thegoodstuff

There’s no place like home for the holidays – but it’s not always possible to see everyone in your clan with the hustle and bustle the Christmas season brings. Luckily, we’ve got more options than ever to stay connected with loved ones, thanks to smart innovations that allow us to be in multiple places at once, create gifts and greetings on the fly, and so much more. If you want to send Seasons Greetings to as many people as possible this winter, here are 7 creative ways to use technology to your advantage!

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Video Chat Your Faraway Friends!

It’s the age old struggle at Christmas: No matter where you go, someone won’t be seeing you in person right at peak holiday season. That is, unless you’ve got a handy laptop that makes it a snap to video chat. The HP Spectre x360 is slim enough to fit in any carry-on bag, and can be used as a tablet or regular laptop. Flip the keyboard all the way around to create a handy stand, perfect for video chats that keep your wrists from cramping up and your attention focused on your loved one.

Create Custom Christmas Cards

Everyone loves receiving festive cards in their mailbox – but it’s even more heartwarming when you’re sending one that comes from the heart. Check out some greeting card inspo here, then set to work on crafting that perfect holiday moment. Worried about using up a lot of ink to print your greeting cards? Check out the HP DeskJet 3755 All-in-One Printer; it’s one of the most compact printers on the market and you can save up to 50% on ink if you sign up for HP Instant Ink to get fresh ink delivered right to your doorstep before you run out. Here’s to no more last minute dashes to the office supply store!

Set Up a (Virtual) Battle Royale

Is your kid missing their best friends and gaming buddies back home? They can still stay connected with a sleek gaming laptop, like HP’s OMEN laptop. This cool laptop comes equipped with a quad-core Intel® Core™ processor and NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1070 graphics, resulting in crystal clear images, next to no lag, and most importantly – desktop-quality performance in a travel-ready package. The red backlit keyboard isn’t just for show; it’s great for low lighting for when your gamer is serving up some friendly heckling to the competition.

Design a 3D Printed Gift

Now you can send a sentimental token of the holidays inspired by your real life celebrations. While it may not be possible to send one of your mom’s cookies through the mail without it getting crushed, you can take a 3D scan of it with HP’s Sprout Pro computer. Then set it up to print with either your own 3D printer or via one of HP’s print service partners. Recreate a favorite ornament for your long distance sibling to hang on their tree, capture the kids’ baking experiments like fossils, or simply craft a festive sculpture. The possibilities are only limited by your imagination.

Capture Holiday Magic – In Video!

If someone can’t make the festivities but doesn’t want to be left out, bring the party to them by capturing video of your holiday celebrations. The HP Elite x2 1012 G1 Tablet with Travel Keyboard gives you the power of a desktop computer in a surprisingly easy-to-use and portable format. Shoot the action with the integrated 1080p front-facing and rear-facing cameras, and use the mouse, included HP Active Pen or touchscreen for easy editing.

Work Hard, Play Harder

For some people, the holidays are still a peak time to stay connected to work – particularly in the retail sector. While you’ll have plenty of festive fun, get your work out of the way with the most efficient system possible: the HP Elite x3 allows you to seamlessly switch between your desktop to a laptop setup to a mobile device. Answer emails on your cross-country flight so you can maximize family time at Christmas, and stay connected when you need to with all the functions of a typical mobile phone.

Stream Together, Watch Together


Some holiday traditions can still be upheld, no matter where the season may take you. If you have a favorite family film you watch every Christmas, there’s no reason why you can’t both simultaneously stream. Gather round your HP Pavilion All-in-One Desktop and use the touch screen or mouse to stream a classic holiday film – and message each other while watching!