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Mix tapes can be a range of different things:
1. A compilation of songs that you have memories with. From road trips to late night dance parties with friends, these are the best when both you and the recipient have a strong connection or memory to.
2. A mix of songs that you think they have never heard, but would enjoy. These are the most difficult to make because it's hard to know if they will like the song and if they have heard it before.
3. You can tell a story. Place all of the songs in a specific order so that they tell a story. These are fun if they tell the story of how you met or your friendship/relationship. It's typically easiest to craft a "story" out of the chorus or song titles. Sometimes it's helpful to include a card with some hints about the idea and what you are trying to say.
No matter what you decide to do, mix tapes can be a fun way to give a gift. Just don't forget to dress it up a bit. You can make a CD case out of cardboard or some cardstock. You can also decorate the CD itself with markers or a printed out cover.
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