Do You Give Giftcards As Presents?

by Mike on May 15, 2012

Gift Cards

So many gifts to give, and so little time to go and shop for them! Doesn’t that seem like the mantra these days?

I know that I sometimes feel overwhelmed when having to shop for gifts for friends and family, and I (while not sounding like a jerk) wished there was another way to go about doing it.

Giftcards Do Make Great Gifts

That is why I love giftcards. Many old fashioned individuals view them as a bit of a cop out, but I actually think that giftcards do make great gifts.

The biggest reason: the individual can go and buy what they would like. Like I mentioned – the traditional cop out is that “you should shop for a gift to make it personal”. However, my giftcard gift is personal. I know that my best friend loves shopping at Nordstrom. So, I get them a giftcard there. Yes, I could have bought them a shirt and they could return it, but now the gift receiver has an additional hassle of having to return the item to get what they want. With a giftcard, they can just buy what they want on the first go-round.

Second, I know that I personally like receiving giftcards, and many other people do too. So, that old rules don’t necessarily apply any more – giftcards do make great gifts.

Alternatives for Those Receiving Giftcards

However, just because giftcards make great gifts doesn’t mean that the actual card you receive is a great gift. Maybe you got a giftcard to a place you never shop, or maybe your aunt from another part of the country sent you a giftcard for a store that doesn’t have shops in your area.

If this happens to you, you can do what I do, and just use a service to sell giftcards. There are many places online where you can sell back your giftcards and get cash for them. That way, you still get the value of the gift, but you can actually use it for something worthwhile to you.

Depending on the site, the process is pretty simply: enter your card number, confirm you method of payment, and you’re done. A quick and painless alternative for a giftcard you wouldn’t use!

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TB at BlueCollarWorkman May 17, 2012 at 10:34 am

I think giftcards are perfectly fine if they’re personal (like you said, you get someone a gift card to a store that you know they like). If you don’t know at all what they want, then something like a Visa giftcard is good, but man, don’t just wing it and hope. My wife got a giftcard to this store that is filled with little purses and bags that look like they’ve all been quilted or something… she hates that store, she hates that stuff, but she felt obligated to get something there because she had the giftcard. Don’t do that to people! If you really really don’t know, just send them a nice card and tell them how much you appreciate them!


Jai Catalano May 21, 2012 at 12:56 pm

When my wife and I were pregnant I told everybody to give us gift cards. It made no sense being that we didn’t know what the hell we were doing. So, in the end we got mostly cards that went to really good use once we got on the road. Giftcards are great but shouldn’t be used to be lazy.


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