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My Thoughts on Gift Cards

Thursday, January 23, 2020

I am late writing my blog this week for my A&I BSG challenge team. I had a couple options and thought I'd write a little about my thoughts on gift cards. January 18th was National Use Your Gift Card Day. National Use Your Gift Card Day reminds Americans to use the $1 billion in gift cards left unused each year. What do you think about gift cards? Did you give or receive any this year? If you received them, what will you buy with them?

I used to think that giving gift cards was a bit impersonal and an easy way out of taking the time to buy someone a gift. But I have changed my mind over the years for a couple reasons. First of all, I have learned to enjoy receiving gift cards myself. It started to become popular maybe the last five years of my teaching career, and I found it was so fun to get a gift card to a book store or restaurant or spa from my students, along with a wonderful thank you card, that was even more meaningful. After all there were only so many teacher mugs and lotions you can use over the years! LOL

Now I also like getting gift cards from time to time. Our friends and our son gave Dave and me a gift card to a nice restaurant for Christmas this year. Last year for my 60th birthday, a bunch of friends all got me a gift card to a nice spa in our area. This was a very nice gesture, since I don't do something like that for myself. It's also fun to pick something out at a favorite store.

I like to buy a personal gift for someone if I know what they like. But after so many years, it's difficult to come up with an idea for different gifts (especially for a man, IMO!)
Gift cards are also perfect when you live far away from someone, and can send one in a card. I have done this for my nephews quite a bit, now that they are older, and I don't see them that much to know what they like. Amazon is my favorite choice, as well as one for a movie theater.

We got a Kohls card for our son as one of his Christmas gifts, so he can pick out his own clothes that he likes. He also likes to get Wawa cards, since he goes there frequently to buy his gas and sandwiches. I also got a Michaels gift card for my good friend to use to buy her choice of watercolor painting supplies. She loved it, and we went together to find the things she liked.

The only problem I see with gift cards is the reason for this day - people forget about them or misplace them. That has happened to me a number of times. Last year I found a restaurant gift card in a Christmas gift card tin, when I was getting out the holiday gift wrap supplies! Now Dave keeps his gift cards in the top drawer of his bureau, and I keep mine in my wallet. I think I still have some money left on a Barnes and Noble card from my last year of teaching six years ago!
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  • BEFIT021
    I love recieving gift cards( Barnes & Noble? Yes, please!) And giving them is sometimes a great option -- people who like to eat out, especially.
    476 days ago
    I love gift cards and I use mine up soon so I don't forget. I would prefer a gift card over some weird gift I will never use. I am not good at choosing gifts. So a gift card from me is about the best anyone is going to get.
    478 days ago
    Nice blog. I thought the same as you a while back that gift cards were a cop out. Now I really like getting gift cards because I can get what I want and a gift doesn't need to be returned because I either didn't like it, it didn't fit or whatever. I'll take a gift card any day!
    478 days ago
    Oh my gosh a gift card to a spa or book store! Best gifts ever!
    478 days ago
    I use to feel the same way about gift cards.. I have to realize it is the best way to go.. I love getting them to
    478 days ago
    I used to think of gift cards as impersonal, too. BUT I have grown to appreciate them. The person can get something they really want! My kids love gift cards!
    478 days ago
    I have one left for a foot massage cuz the location closest closed & I haven't gotten to the other yet. I also have Staryucks cuz I hate that place, card came from a coworker who gave those to each of us & used up all my Subway ones instead.
    478 days ago
  • BARBIE176
    emoticon blog. emoticon I am like you in that I have changed my opinion of gift cards over the years. I love getting gift cards for craft stores especially. emoticon emoticon
    478 days ago
    I have no issues with gift cards but my DH hates them. So, we give cash gifts. Impersonal you say? No one had ever returned the gift or complained about the gift. It allows the recipient freedom to do what they want to do or need to do. Works for us. But, I still enjoy a gift card!!😉
    478 days ago
    My sister is a widow and on a rather limited income. She basically has everything she needs in clothes, etc. For her birthday and Christmas, I get an assortment of cards in the $10 to $15 range. She does not drive at night so she and her friends go out for lunch. With a pocket full of gift cards for the restaurants they go to she is able to go without putting a strain on her limited spending budget.
    478 days ago
    I only give gift cards now even to target and other places. I personally hate clutter so if someone wants to just buy food then that is great too!
    478 days ago
    I love gift cards! They allow me to treat myself to things that I would not normally buy for myself.
    478 days ago
    I'm like you. I used to think gift cards were impersonal, but I've learned to appreciate them. I got a gift card for a manicure for Christmas. I need to use it.
    478 days ago
  • CANDOK1260
    I like your blog. Gift cards can be the best gift for some people.
    478 days ago
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