The perfect last-minute Christmas gift for just 5 dollars

Summary:What would you do for $5? With Fiverr, you can get people to do some pretty amazing/insane things for you, so why not a unique Christmas gift? Check out what I had some people do for me!

My friends, I'd like to direct you to one of my absolute favorite sites on the Internet: Fiverr

Long story short, Fiverr is a site where you pay people just $5 to do some pretty outstanding/hilarious/outrageous/*insert emphatic word here* things for you, no catch. And right now, they have Christmas specials going on that you can take advantage of. It's seriously one of my favorite sites on the whole of the Internet, and you will see why shortly.

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A few months ago, I allocated $50 to spend across 10 different people (that's $5 a person) who had Fiverr gigs I was interested in. For all of them, I went with a common theme of my name and/or my search ninja series here on ZDNet (see part 1 and part 2, if you're interested). From all of them, what follows are my top-5 favorites with brief explanations for each. Let them serve as small examples of what you can get people on Fiverr to do for you! The turnaround time for each of these was no more than 48 hours:

1 - Over-the-top testimonial: This is arguably my favorite of the bunch. For $5, this guy would create an over-the-top testimonial for you. I told him I wanted him to use my name along with "search ninja," but to go to town doing whatever he wanted for the skit. This is what he came up with:

2 - Name on cappuccino froth: For $5, this kind lady would write your name or a very short message atop the froth of a cappuccino. Photoshop, you say? Not so! She takes multiple-angle images for you and will even add more of your message in a newspaper crossword puzzle beneath your cappuccino if you so desire! If you have a cappuccino or coffee lover, they might just love something like this to frame or use for their Twitter avatar!

3 - Banana suit testimonial: For $5, this girl would say whatever you wanted her to say in a banana suit! Totally ridiculous, but when you think about it, you're getting someone to record themselves saying whatever you want them to say. In a banana suit. How awesome is that!? And for only $5? Sold!

4 - Search ninja caricature: For this $5 Fiverr gig, the girl would create a caricature based on specifications/images you provide. All I wanted was something that looked like me in a Ninjutsu gi with Google's 'G' in my hand and my name along with "search ninja" written above/below. This is what she came up with:

5 - Radio voice testimonial: For my final Fiverr gig, this guy with over 20 years of radio experience offered to read and record a script you provide. As such, I quickly came up with a radio-like testimonial for him to read. This is the final result:

To close, I have to say that my absolute FAVORITE Fiverr gig is one that's chock-full of NSFW language. Think George Carlin. This wonderfully kind lady, who does a wide array of skits, agreed to perform a skit where she acts like someone who gets miffed at me because I contacted her about sensitive documents on her site that were indexed in Google, and then creates a YouTube-like complaint video cussing me out as though I maliciously hacked her Web site. It's not appropriate to post here and I don't want to put it on YouTube without first creating an intro message explaining that it's not real, but I mention it simply because it's just one more example of the random things you can get people to do for you on Fiverr.

So, what are you waiting for? I mean, you'd be extremely hard-pressed to beat the sheer satisfaction derived from a $5 Fiverr Gig, so head on over now and start checking out some of the things people are willing to do for YOU! And by all means, feel free to chime in via the comment section below to share your Fiverr experiences, favorite gigs, etc.

To note, I planned on doing a more comprehensive article about Fiverr in January (including how the people who do these gigs make next to nothing), but the love of my life called me up tonight (at the time of this writing, it's approximately 8:45 PM on 12/19/2011) and said, "Hey, have you written that Fiverr article yet? If not, you should do one about it being a perfect last-minute gift idea for the person who already has everything they want!" Yes, dear. :)

-Stephen Chapman

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Stephen is a freelance writer and blogger based in Charlotte, NC. His contributions to ZDNet cover topics related to security, gaming, Microsoft, Apple, and other topics of interest with a tech/SMB skew.

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