Don’t you hate it when grandma buys you a sweater for Christmas that you know for a fact you will never wear and will have to make a trip to the store to return?
Buying gifts is not easy because people are picky. In fact, we return 10% of all gifts after Christmas.
Cash is thoughtless. At least when you get a gift card, people think of you while shopping and the effort you put into choosing the right one.
While some cards are annoying, others make great practical gifts and keep your spending in check in the process. Check out these 10 places to get a great gift card without spilling your Eggnog:
10. Prepaid Visa Gift Card
The granddaddy of all gift cards – practical, affordable as you can load any amount of money on it, useful no matter where you go. Some see lack of imagination, I see choices.
9. Bed Bath & Beyond Gift Card
For women this store never disappoints. Some things aren’t cheap, but there are plenty of goodies I could spend hours looking at before buying. From practical and affordable kitchenware to candles and towels – fun doesn’t end at leaving the store.
8. Gas Card
This may sound like a lame idea but people hate paying for gas. Next time they fill up, they’ll be thinking of you! Beats the heck out of grandma’s sweater.
7. Etsy Gift Card
Some of the most amazing things can be found on this craft site. If typical is not your thing, check out Etsy, where even $20 can go a long way.
6. Victoria’s Secret Gift Card
Five panties for $25? Hello!! Fact: women like to feel sexy. If you are a clueless guy this year, you can’t go wrong with a gift card for Vicky’s. Just be sure it’s not for your mom (or grandma).
A nerd heaven, Newegg is my go-to place for electronics. Electronics are typically expensive, but even a small amount of money can buy something practical and fun on Newegg.
4. Walmart / Target Gift Card
If Walmart and Target are your recipient’s common destinations for shopping, why not give them something that will directly save money out of pocket while reminding of you at the same time? Stuff is fairly cheap in these stores so you don’t have to wreak havoc on your bank account.
3. Starbucks Gift Card
2. Amazon Gift Card
The range of products on Amazon is short of mind-blowing. Whether they’re into sushi sets, Lego sets or movie sets – all sorts of neat stuff can be found on Amazon … on a budget!
1. Their Favorite Restaurant Gift Card
Yummy yummy food! Who doesn’t love to eat? To make this an awesome gift, make sure to get a card that will pay for two people (you want them to have fun with company without worrying about costs). Also, check to see that their favorite restaurant is nearby and won’t make them spend the same amount of money on gas just to get there. Don’t get me wrong, I love thoughtful gifts, but nothing is more exciting than the thought of my favorite meal in my tummy. Oh… and I didn’t have to pay for it!