Welcome back to my Buzz Gift Guide series for all the entertainment lovers in your life. Yesterday I had fun thinking up some quirky gifts for a white elephant party, so today's ideas are a little more practical.
Yes, gift cards can seem impersonal, but they can also be thoughtful symbols of appreciation for people in my life who reside slightly on the periphery, like the nice folks at my gym or the lovely sandwich shop lady who's been feeding my BLT addiction all year.
And gift cards are looking cooler these days. For example, with this Best Buy gift card you're not only giving someone a little cash toward purchasing music, DVDs and gadgets, but the card itself functions as a speaker for MP3 players. How cute is that?
Borders lets you create a more personalized gift card by allowing you to add your own photo and select from different backgrounds to make it unique. I doubt my sandwich lady really wants a gift card with my face on it, but you get the gist.
Over at BookSwim.com (a Netflix-like program for books), when you purchase a gift card to get someone else in on the fun, you also earn credit for yourself. That's like a double whammy gift! Barnes and Noble and Apple also have good gift card options.
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