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Once considered the go–gift for the lazy, last–minute shopper, the gift card is expected to grow to a $14 billion industry by 2017, double what it is now. According to a recent survey, U.S. adults prefer receiving a gift card over other forms of gifts.
Now, before you stuff that card in a big ‘ol envelope, consider buying a digital gift card with a personalized message. For anyone who thinks a gift card is too impersonal, The Gift Card Shop allows you to deliver gift cards in a personalized way by adding them to an eCard, Photobook, or a Video Greeting. There’s also the option to add sound, personalize with your own voice, or a video of yourself delivering the message.
I think that getting someone a gift card isn’t just taking the easy way out. The fact is, for many people that we buy gifts for, we don’t necessarily know what they already have. We also might not know what they like.
I recently sent my first personalized digital gift card to my daughter who is in law school and buys most her books on Amazon or eBay. The Gift Card Shop makes it so easy to select a gift card, personalize and send it to the recipient’s inbox.
Choose a gift card. The Gift Card Shop offers the most popular gift cards such as eBay, Amazon, Best Buy®, Home Depot, AMC Theaters,Nike, and much more.
Speaking of eBay, from 11/9 through 11/15 you can purchase a $100 eBay gift card and receive a FREE personalized greeting card. All you have to do is enter FREECARD at checkout. (While supplies last. Limit one offer per customer.)
Next, you have the option to choose between Digital Greeting Cards, Digital Photobooks, and Digital Video Greetings. I chose the digital greeting card. The Gift Card Shop has cool and sweet greeting card designs to choose from for all occasions.
Here’s where you get the opportunity to personalize the card. I wanted to let my daughter know how proud I am of the hard work she does and how much I miss her. (Sniff)
Once you’re done with that, type in the recipient’s name and email. You also have the option to schedule your gifts to be delivered ahead of time. If you want to go about this the “old fashioned” way, you can have a greeting card and gift card mailed to their home address.
I know many people feel that gift cards are not a very personal gift. With The Gift Card Shop you now have the ability to deliver a gift card to an Inbox in a fun, new personalized way. The recipient will know you put a lot of thought and effort into their gift.
In my opinion, gift cards are always a safe bet, especially if you’re not completely sure about what to give. College students, for example, love gift cards. Trust me, I have two kids in college and I can be certain that they will be very happy to accept the type of gift they can go off and spend on their own.
If you’re still not sure about giving gift cards and need more holiday gift ideas for college students, below is my list of gifts college students would actually want.
In my opinion, there is no such thing as a thoughtless gift and any gift should be welcome and appreciated. The fact that you thought of that person and were generous enough to consider them at the holidays is a gift in itself.
P.S. Right now, The Gift Card Shop is offering a $5 coupon code for the first 100 people! Use the code MERRY5 at checkout before they run out! (While supplies last. Limit one per customer).
How do you feel about giving/getting gift cards? I’d love it if you could share with us.