Even though this is Santa’s busiest time of year, he still has time to make a personalized video for your child. Whether your child has been naughty or nice, Santa has a personal message for your child that you can help him create.
Portable North Pole is a website where you can design a free personal video from Santa to your child. Here’s a YouTube video showing how PNP works:
PNP isn’t just for kids. You can have fun creating a personalized Santa video for adults, whether they’ve been naughty or nice!
Creating Your PNP Video
To get started, head to the Portable North Pole website and click “Start Here”. You will be asked a series of questions so you can personalize your Santa video, such as whether the video is for an adult or a child, and whether they’ve been naughty or nice.
You enter the person’s name and are offered choices of pronunciation so you can be sure Santa says the name correctly. You then answer a series of questions about the person to help Santa get to know them a bit better. You can upload photos of the person, a gift and yourself to make the video even more personal.
Santa compiles this data and makes a personal video for you which you can watch, send to someone via email, and share on Facebook and Google Plus via a link.
Here is my PNP video a dear friend created for me:
Oops. I’ll try harder to make the Nice List next year…
Although the Santa video is free, you can purchase a downloadable version of the video for you to keep, upload to YouTube, embed in your blog, etc. The video file is available from the PNP store online for $3.99.
You can get other personalized Santa goodies from the PNP store such as a phone call from Santa, a personalized letter to your child, books, placemats, stickers and more. A portion of the proceeds from sales at the PNP store goes to the PNP Children’s Hospital Program.
Wonder of Tech readers can get 20% off of your purchase at the PNP store with this coupon code, good for a single use until January 2, 2014: BLG20FGZ
This year Santa is especially tech-savvy, with mobile apps available for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch as well as Android. From the app you can watch the PNP videos you’ve created and create your own videos. The app also has an advent calendar, a countdown interactive snow globe calendar, and Santa’s Radar.
The best part of the app is that you can password protect a parent’s section so your kids can’t accidentally see the videos you helped Santa create.
The PNP app is available for:
- iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch at the iTunes App Store for $3.99 (iOS 7 or later)
- Android devices at Google Play for $3.77
The app gives you five credits which you can use to get downloadable videos or purchase phone calls from Santa (one credit per downloadable video or phone call).
Reviews on the Android app are mixed but I tested the iTunes app courtesy of PNP who provided me a promo code for review. The app worked well for me, I created my video above on my iPhone using the PNP app.
Have you ever made a Portable North Pole video? Have you been naughty or nice this year? Is Santa bringing you your favorite gift this year? Let us know in the Comments section below!
2013 Rewind from YouTube
The fun folks at YouTube have been busy mashing and spoofing popular videos from 2013 to create a new video titled 2013 Rewind from YouTube.
Check out this goofy video showcasing the best music and videos from 2013. See how many videos you can recognize:
Watch until the end to see which videos were included in the mashup.