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4 Sweet Surprises Your Siblings Will Always Appreciate

When it comes to your siblings, distance truly makes the heart grow fonder, especially when you’ve always been so close to them growing up. It wouldn’t hurt to surprise your siblings with something to express how much they mean to you and how much you miss them. Here are some ideas:

A New Book

It would be nice to give your siblings a new read that they would appreciate. Maybe there’s a biography that they’ve been eyeing for a long time, or perhaps you can get them the latest release from their favorite author. Maybe there’s a coffee table book or a graphic novel that just has their name on it. It’s a great way to let your siblings know that you’re thinking of them.

Flowers or Plants

Truly, the best time to give flowers is when it’s least expected. After all, who wouldn’t be delighted with a surprise bouquet? Surprise your siblings with a colorful arrangement to show them that you’re thinking of them. Another option is to send them plants that they can add to their homes.


The best way to anyone’s heart is through food, and this rule applies to your siblings as well. Have one of their favorite dishes delivered to them, just because. If you live nearby, you can make it yourself and give it to them personally (but make sure you follow all the necessary safety protocols!). Plus points if it’s a dish from your childhood–they’ll love the dose of nostalgia!

A Nixplay Frame

When everyone’s working and studying from home and physical distancing is encouraged, we have limited means to stay connected with your loved ones. A Nixplay Frame will help you stay connected to your siblings easily and safely. All you have to do is plug it in, upload your photos and 15-second videos, and share your favorite content with your siblings. It’s the most fun, easy way to stay close. Get your favorite Nixplay Frames at up to 25% off during our Labor Day Sale, only until September 6!

Photo by Jeremy Cai on Unsplash

Marianne is Nixplay’s Web Content Editor. Her hobbies include exploring new places, playing table tennis, and cuddling puppies. Send her a message at marianne.salazar@nixplay.com.

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Staying Close To Your Siblings Despite The Distance

Growing up, you probably couldn’t imagine spending your everyday life without your siblings. They might have teased you mercilessly, but you can count on them to be on your team through thick and thin. And you’d do the same for them because your siblings are simply the best.

But as time passed, you and your siblings expanded your respective worlds, met new people, started careers, and set different priorities. And though life might have caused you and your siblings to be separated by distance, the good news is that it’s never been easier to stay close, no matter how far apart you may be. Get started with these five thoughtful ideas:

Keep In Touch Via Social Media

Thanks to social media, you can stay updated on your siblings’ musings, achievements, and adventures in a jiffy. Set up regular video calls, send them messages on Facebook, and post your favorite photos with them on Instagram. Even tagging them in posts you think they’ll like will warm their hearts–it’s a sweet reminder that somewhere, someone who loves them is thinking of them.

Send Them Snail Mail

While technology has made communication more efficient than ever, nothing beats the nostalgia and anticipation that comes with good old-fashioned snail mail. Send your siblings postcards from your trips, write them letters once a month, and mail them greeting cards on their holidays. It may not be the fastest method of communication, and there’s nothing you can send via post than couldn’t be typed out in a test or an email, but t’s more thoughtful, more personal, and therefore, more special.

Make Your Get-Togethers Meaningful

If you and your siblings live in faraway cities or in different countries, chances are you probably don’t see each other too often. So next time you do, make it count by making your reunion as fun as possible. You can go down memory lane and indulge in activities you enjoyed when you were younger, or do something that reflects your current interests. It doesn’t have to be a grand affair: Even if it’s just hiking in the woods near your childhood home or baking your mom’s signature cookie recipe, the most important thing is making them truly feel how much you love spending time with them.

Surprise Them With Presents

An unexpected package containing something they’ll love is always a welcome surprise. Be it a bouquet of cheerful flowers for your sister or something for your brother’s next golf tournament, they’re bound to appreciate and treasure your gift. Make sure to include a card with a sweet message that lets them know you’re thinking of them!

Make A Family Photo Album

Thanks to technology, it’s easier than ever to gather photos and videos of your family. It’s even easier when you all have Nixplay Frames: Just create a shared playlist that you and your siblings can collaborate on so you can share and display family photos on your frame in real-time. You can create shared playlists by year, or by occasion. Either way, it’s a private social network for your family and a brilliant way to keep your favorite moments alive.

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Marianne is Nixplay’s Web Content Editor. Her hobbies include exploring new places, playing table tennis, and cuddling puppies. Send her a message at marianne.salazar@nixplay.com.

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Privacy in an open world: How much do Americans care about online privacy?

Never in the history of mankind has information ever been so easily accessible. Whether you’re looking for the latest celebrity gossip or a new scientific study, everything you need to know can be accessed online.

Unfortunately, companies looking to increase their sales know this as well. And they’re not afraid to use the latest technology to learn as much as they could about you.

To find out how privacy issues affect American online behavior, Nixplay surveyed 2,003 Americans in partnership with market research company InnovateMR. Below are some surprising findings:

“I HAVE AGREED TO THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS”: When downloading a mobile or tablet application, 1 in 2 (50%) do not regularly review the list of data points the application is able to access, putting them at potential risk for third parties to access phone features such as their microphone and camera.
COINCIDENCE? MAYBE NOT: 43% of consumers indicate they have often seen advertising that appears to be related to a recent verbal conversation.
A PRIVATE AFFAIR: 14.8 percent of Americans have also stopped using Facebook due to concerns over privacy.
CAMERA-SHY: 1 in 3 parents of children under 18 years old (33%) estimate having posted no more than 5 photos on social media within the entire last year.

“Memories of our friends and family are meant to be shared but privacy and safety concerns – especially regarding our children – are not something to be taken lightly,” said Nixplay’s Founder and CEO, Mark Palfreeman. “Although social media seems to be the prime medium for sharing life’s experiences, we created Nixplay as a safe place to share those intimate memories and most precious moments with family and close friends. With end-to-end encryption, Nixplay has taken every precaution possible to anonymize your content and keep it for your eyes only.”

More information about the study is available upon request via Nixplay@MaxBorgesAgency.com.

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What Would the World be Like Without Moms?

It’s impossible to fathom a world without mothers—there would be far fewer people in the world, for one thing. But let’s take a moment to imagine such a scenario. What would the world be like without mothers? Read on for some possibilities.

We’d miss mom’s cooking terribly.

A meal at your city’s top restaurant is great, sure, but nothing compares to mom’s cooking. Few things are as comforting as a slice of home-baked apple pie after school, or a bowl of stew on a blustery evening. And while moms are usually generous enough to pass on their signature recipes to us, they just don’t taste the same.

We’d be sick more often.

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Moms have a magical healing touch that can ward off fevers, sore throats, scrapes, and all sorts of body pain. They just know what to do to make you feel better (and they also know when to take you to the hospital should your ailment be beyond their healing powers’ limits).

There’d be way less love to go around.

Moms are amazing at soothing teenagers’ heartaches, chasing away kids’ bad dreams, and dealing with toddlers’ tantrums. Without mothers, you can expect to see more moody, angsty people in dire need of hugs and love.

We’d have really unhealthy eating habits.

Moms are notorious for squirreling away junk food to promote healthy eating habits. When there are no mothers to hide the chips and chocolate in the pantry, we’ll succumb to temptation faster than you can spell ‘candy’.

We’d lose a lot of things.

If you’ve ever lost something at home, chances are your mom knows exactly where it is. They just seem to always know where everything is. With no moms to guide us in the right direction, our lost things will most likely be gone for good.

A world without mothers is a lonely world, indeed. That’s why you should treasure every moment with your mom, and take each opportunity to let her know just how amazing she is. Do just that with a Nixplay Frame stocked with her favorite family photos—every picture should let her know just how much she means to you and your family.

Don’t miss the chance to get up to 25% off selected Nixplay Frames for Mother’s Day, only until May 13!

Marianne is Nixplay’s Web Content Editor. Her hobbies include exploring new places, playing table tennis, and cuddling puppies. Send her a message at marianne.salazar@nixplay.com.

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What’s Your Favorite Memory With Your Siblings?

Having siblings isn’t always smooth sailing. There are times when they get on your nerves and test your patience, No matter how old you get. But despite this, you have to admit that they make life way more colorful, and that you can’t imagine growing up without them by your side.

To celebrate National Siblings Day, we asked a few readers about their favorite memories with their siblings. Here’s what they said!

“They’re all about tough love.”

“I’m an only girl with three older brothers, so you can imagine how crazy it can get at home sometimes. But the great thing about growing up in a brood of boys is that though they’re all about tough love, they really dote on you. They taught me how to play basketball, and when I told them that I wanted to try out for the varsity team, they would take turns practicing with me after school. And when I played my first championship game, they made a huge banner for me and would loudly cheer every time I made a shot. It was a bit embarrassing, but looking back, it was a very sweet gesture that really showed they care.” – Chrissy, 33

“I was his best man.”

“I’ll never forget the time I stood as the best man at my younger brother’s wedding. I saw him grow up right before my very eyes, and sometimes I still think of him as a gangly, nerdy teenager. Seeing him at the altar, promising he’ll love his wife forever, really brought tears to my eyes. He turned out to be a really great guy, and I’ll always be so proud of him.” – Brian, 37

“We closed our gap at a family vacation.”

“My favorite moment with my sister was when we planned a surprise Caribean vacation for our mom, who raised us by herself. My sister and I have never been really close since there’s an eight-year age gap between us, but we collaborated for months to plan the trip–comparing destinations and plane tickets, looking for resorts, planning the itinerary, and shopping for outfits. The experience brought us closer, and now we’re planning to go to Europe, just the two of us!” – Elizabeth, 28

“We watched shooting stars together.”

“We’re 6 siblings, a mix of girls and boys. One evening when I was in grade school, my eldest brother snuck me and my siblings out to the backyard when our parents were already asleep so we can watch a meteor shower. We arranged our sleeping bags in a circle and fell asleep while counting shooting stars. I think that’s my favorite moment with my siblings.” – Jan, 25

Complete your favorite moments with your siblings with a Nixplay Frame! It’s the perfect addition to your home. Take advantage of our National Siblings Day sale and get up to 25% off selected frames, only until April 10!

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