When my daughter received an invitation to a friend’s birthday party, I told her to start thinking about what she wanted to give as a gift.
Fast forward a week, we woke up the day of the party with no present purchased. I suggested that we simply get her friend a gift card, which was met with a teenager perfected eye roll and comment regarding how impersonal a gift card is for a present.
Giving a gift card as a present can certainly be the easy way out. But when utilized correctly, they can be used to create a thoughtful, fun, and inexpensive gift that will not be forgotten.
Here are four great examples of gift card based gifts that I’ve personally created, each costing less than $30.
Give a Summer Treat
Summer is right around the corner, and that, of course, means ice cream. A $5 gift card could be purchased from several different ice cream vendors allowing the recipient to enjoy a yummy treat, and remember your creativity several times throughout the summer.
Choose a gift card from the recipient’s favorite destinations for ice cream or milkshakes, for them to use on warm summer nights.
Have Happy Hour Catch-Up Time
Many adults enjoy happy hour for a beverage after work to release some stress from the day.
A small gift card could be secured for a favorite watering hole, with a note suggesting a date the recipient meet you to catch up. Not only are you giving them a free drink but you’re also setting aside time to hang out and unwind.
Entertain the Gamer
I have some acquaintances that burn the midnight oil playing online games. Instead of giving them a gift card to a popular gaming store, think outside-the-box.
A gift basket filled with Mountain Dew Code Red, bags of chips, and a gift card to Steam (a popular online gaming site) is sure to get any gamer ready for the next weekend.
Caffeinate the Coffee Lover
Others like to spend Saturday mornings snuggled up with a blanket, a good book, and a great cup of coffee.
If you know someone like this, they’re sure to appreciate a package of ground coffee, a new coffee cup, and a local bookstore gift card to get that novel they’ve been eyeing for a few weeks.
Create a Memorable Gift for Less
The only limit to how you can use gift cards to create a unique gift is your imagination. There are four easy steps to creating your own gift card based presents:
- Choose a Theme: Choose a theme related to a subject matter or activity that means something to the gift recipient.
- Buy the Gift Card: Determine at least one gift card that could be purchased that goes with the theme.
- Fill in the Gift: Think of supporting objects that can be combined with the gift card to enhance the gift.
- Package It: Find a basket or box in which to not only place the gift, but to display it.
Whether you’re looking for a gift for a child, coworker, friend or family member, a gift card can be used as the foundation of a great present.
You can choose how much you want to spend, and the recipient gets as much value out of it as you spent. Using the outlined steps, you can use gift cards to create a gift that will be remembered, without having to spend a lot of money.
Have you ever created a gift card-based present? How was it received?
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