Nifty gifts are close at hand with these tech tips and tools

Gadgets and tips for creating DIY gifts
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Design a custom piece of art or holiday card on your Windows 8.1 device and have your creations printed on a CanvasPop canvas print just in time for the holidays. The Fresh Paint app is a free download.
Fresh Paint for Windows 8.1
December 05, 2013
Design a custom piece of art or holiday card on your Windows 8.1 device and have your creations printed on a CanvasPop canvas print just in time for the holidays. The Fresh Paint app is a free download.
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If you break out in hives at the thought of holiday shopping, consider making your gifts this year. Home-made gifts can be more meaningful, often cost less and are a lot more fun than fighting crowds at the mall. Thanks to new technology, even the creative-challenged can make gifts that will be adored. Fun new apps make it easy to create keepsakes in a flash – from cards and crafts to original artwork on canvas. And for serious gadget-heads, bring your digital creations to life using a 3D printer.

Use the tools and tips in the slideshow above to create fun, one-of-a-kind gifts. And see other ways technology helps make life a little easier, and more interesting, at Made Possible by Microsoft.

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Deborah Pisano
Microsoft News Center Staff