I love gift cards. They are my favorite gift — to give and to receive.
Gift cards make great presents for a number of reasons. If you still aren’t sure what to get for the special people in your life, gift cards make a good choice. Here are five reasons gift cards are the perfect gifts:
1. You Can Easily Stay on Budget
When you provide gift cards, it’s easier to stay on budget. You don’t have to worry about spending just a little bit more for something you see that would be “perfect” but outside your limit. With gift cards, you just decide on an amount and that’s it. It’s easier to keep to your budget because it’s sort of like having cash in your hand for a specific store.
2. You Can Save with Discounted Gift Cards and Deals
You can save money by giving discounted gift cards. I used to get gift cards at a $5 or $10 discount off their face value. This worked very well with restaurants. Many dining establishments know that someone coming in with a gift card is likely to spend more than what’s on there. The idea is to get them in the door. Look for discounted gift cards and deals from reputable sites.
Gift cards are flexible for the recipient, allowing him or her to choose what to buy. It takes away some of the anxiety associated with finding just the right gift. Who doesn’t like the freedom to get what they REALLY want? It’s a perfect way to provide a flexible gift that anyone can enjoy.
That flexibility also means that the recipient can choose an experience instead of a thing. That means a lot to someone who doesn’t want to buy things, and prefers experiences instead.
Cash is more flexible, of course, but it is sometimes considered a little crass. If you want to offer flexibility without giving actual cash, a gift card is a good choice.
David’s Note: I’m Asian and we don’t have a problem with cash gifts at all. It’s just what we become accustomed to because we get red pockets with cash inside during Chinese New Year. And by the way, you are welcome to send some my way if you’d like at any time (haha).
4. An Element of Thoughtfulness
Of course, many people decry gift cards because they are so general. While getting a prepaid debit card or general gift card is very flexible, some people think they are impersonal.
A gift card doesn’t have to be impersonal, though. Get a gift card to a favorite store or restaurant to show that you’ve put some thought into it. Gift cards are perfect because they combine the flexibility of cash with the personalization that comes with a specific store. You can be thoughtful and offer a flexible gift at the same time.
5. Easy to Present Attractively
I love how easy it is to give a gift card. Wrapping presents can lead to messiness, as the presentation isn’t always great. Not so with a gift card. You can slip it into a beautiful holiday card and write a sincere note. There are attractive gift card holders you can buy for the right presentation too.
No one is ever disappointed to receive a gift card. Add a personal touch with a handwritten note and be choosy about where you get the gift card, and it will feel like a very personal gift, without all that comes with trying to find the right present.