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!