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Gift Cards Are The Perfect Gift

Updated on April 27, 2014

Gift Cards & Prepaid Credit Cards Make Holidays Easy

Gift cards can be the perfect gift for people who are tough to shop for. Say you need to buy a gift for your mother who has everything, are you stuck? What if the special someone in your life doesn't need anything and you are out of ideas? Now you can go into almost any store, restaurant, spa, theater and purchase a gift card. You can even walk into Safeway, Shoppers Drug Mart, or Walmart and find racks of gift cards to dozens of stores and restaurants.

Gift cards are the only way to go, more and more people are enjoying the stress free life of not having to run around trying to find that one perfect gift for that special person in their life. You can match a gift card to the recipient's interests or buy multiple cards on a theme. Children as young as eight like receiving gift cards, which allow them to learn the value of money and choose what they would enjoy. After all, their idea of the perfect gift may have changed since they wrote their Christmas list!

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Holiday Gift Card Pouch

You don't have to settle for a generic gift card wrapper that you get with the card. There are many unique and beautiful card holders that you can purchase. This one would be appropriate for almost any event, from Christmas to a wedding. These are a simple way to wrap and present a gift card.

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Amazon Gift Cards

One of the simplest and most popular gift card options is Amazon.com. The site isn't just about books and movies anymore. You can buy nearly anything through Amazon. Your loved ones will never be disappointed with an Amazon gift card, because they are bound to find something they love to purchase.

American's spend an estimated $87 billion on gift cards during the year. In fact, the wallet-sized, prepaid piece of plastic has been the well-liked widespread gift within the U.S. for the past five years. The gift card has revolutionized the method shoppers and retailers navigate things like Easter, Mother's Day and even Father's Day. However, it absolutely didn't get popular until the mid - 1990's, when gift card technology began to replace old paper gift certificates.

Gift cards are great gifts for not only Mother's Day, Father's Day, and Christmas, but can be an appropriate gift for a birthday or a wedding you have to attend. Sometimes, a bridal registry isn't complete or most of the items have been purchased by the time you get around to shopping. Don't know what gift to get the bride and groom? Try a gift card.

Creative Gift Card Idea

Instead of spending your budget on just one card, buy two or three cards on a theme. For instance, give your friend a night out with gift certificates to a movie theater and nearby restaurant. You could even buy someone special tickets to an event they want to attend, and add a gift card to a store where they could buy something new to wear. A fun evening will be entirely taken care of!

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Cabelas Gift Card

Many men are difficult to shop for, but stores like Cabelas make it a little easier. If you have an outdoorsy guy in your life, consider getting them a gift card (Father's Day is going to be here before you realize it!)

Cabelas Gift Card
Cabelas Gift Card

Cabelas offers over 200,000 top-quailty products to enhance any outing whether it's hunting, fishing or just outdoor gear; your father is going to love the idea!

 

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Sometimes you can get a great deal by looking around. Keep an eye on Ebay for gift cards at discounted prices. Someone may list a card they aren't interested, giving you the chance to buy it for a few dollars below face value. These cards make great gifts or can be used to save yourself a few dollars on a purchase you were already planning.

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In my family, gift cards are part of the annual holiday celebrations. While some relatives are great at picking out gift cards I will like (or, they just ask!) others seem to just buy the same card for every member of the family. However, there are many resources available to sell or swap gift cards you aren't interested in. Get some cash for those unwanted gift cards!

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      maceemiller123 4 years ago

      Free gift cards are my tipple.....I then have the choice to get what I want.....gift cards all the way :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Gift cards are so handy to give or get.

      They are always in style!

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      Beverly Rodriguez 5 years ago from Albany New York

      I've received quite a few of these cards lately, and I like them. I like the idea of giving the cards in a theme.

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      patriciapeppy 6 years ago

      I do like gift cards thanks