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Are You Giving Any Gift Cards This Year?

A gift card isn't considered as thoughtful as something chosen especially for the recipient, but it's still a nice gesture and can make a great stocking stuffer. When companies go bankrupt they usually refuse to honor outstanding gift cards, and this uncertain economic climate has businesses using advertising to channel any bankruptcy concerns. For example, J.C. Penney is delivering the message that "you can feel good about giving a J. C. Penney gift card."

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blu-eyes blu-eyes 8 years
I dont have a is either that or waste my money and have whatever I buy not used or appreciated.
krae85 krae85 8 years
I never give gift cards, but I do like getting them. hmm
LoveSarah LoveSarah 8 years
If I do get any gift cards for people, I will be very careful in choosing where, because a lot of places are going out of business, and I don't want to waste my money.
Frenched Frenched 8 years
I LOVE receiving giftcards and don't really understand why somebody should ever feel upset that they received one! I also understand how special it is to give a personalized and meaningful gift so I only leave the giftcards for people who A) Either have everything B) I just don't know what to get them.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 8 years
I'm giving my nieces VISA gift cards. That way they can completely choose where and what they want to spend their money on.
valancyjane valancyjane 8 years
I usually give my parents a Blockbuster gift card. I know they'll use it, and consumable gifts like that are the best thing for them, since they have everything they need or want. Plus, they never do anything fun so this is my way of encouraging them to live a little. Even if "live a little" only means they get a DVD from the "new releases" rack instead of the cheaper "classics" rack. In general I don't like giving gift cards unless I can target something that the person wants. Sometimes it's the best solution (I have no idea what 17-year-olds want these days) but I don't do it if I can help it.
Liss1 Liss1 8 years
I give gift cards. I know some family members love them, like my SIL i'll get her one to Bath and Body Works and then she can pick out whatever she wants.
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 8 years
We're going to get a generous gas gift card for my parents to use on their anniversary trip. I think that's the only one on my shopping list.
geebers geebers 8 years
I think gift cards actually end up being more expensive than just getting a gift and providing a gift receipt if the person doesn't want it.
lawchick lawchick 8 years
I usually buy a giftcard for my brother (best buy, itunes, etc). everyone buys gift cards for me because I don't like to spend money on myself (clothes etc) - if someone gives me cash, I'll use it to buy a present for someone else or pay for something practical like home repairs! I have $300 in gift cards from my birthday two months ago that I haven't spent yet!
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
Stef, get her an American Express gc - she can use it anywhere.
stephley stephley 8 years
My 13-year old has asked for gift cards, she's at the age where she thinks a lot of the gifts she gets are lame. But I hadn't thought about what stores may go under after Christmas (not that she'll hold on to them for long) so I'll think carefully about which ones I'll get her.
divinelight divinelight 8 years
I love the plain Visa and American Express giftcards. I usually send them and receive them from family members I don't get to see often and as a result don't know as well. They're perfect. I ALWAYS buy personal gifts for my friends and close family though.
OhFish OhFish 8 years
I've spent way too much time stressing about what to get my new stepbrothers. Unless I find something better, they'll be getting visa gift cards.
dcfashionista dcfashionista 8 years
I buy them for my father and step mother because they stay at home a lot and I buy them restaurant gift cards which makes them have a date night.
bluebellknoll bluebellknoll 8 years
I have family members that prefer gift cards so that's what they usually end up getting.
psterling psterling 8 years
I usually don't because I don't think they're thoughtful but I personally appreciate them this year since money is so tight.
Happsmjc Happsmjc 8 years
I'm at least getting one. My cousin is obsessed with this green tea drink at starbucks but always says she feels bad buying them for herself. So, I think it shows I've been listening to her!
karisaamy karisaamy 8 years
My Sister in Law only wants gift cards, so I'm kinda stuck buying those for her, even though I would rather not.
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
I am buying a grocery store gift card for the family I am sponsoring. I am helping with Christmas gifts for the kids but I wanted to do something extra and I am going to get a gift card as extra. I have been shopping sales for the last month buying little items.
prettywarrior prettywarrior 8 years
I agree with jls6fq, gift cards don't have to be impersonal. As someone who loves to shop but can rarely afford the pleasure of buying things for myself, I always ask for gift cards from friends and family around my birthday and Christmas time. But nobody wants to give me any because they think it's too "impersonal," so I end up with a bunch of Bath and Body works crap that I'll never use.
Shopaholichunny Shopaholichunny 8 years
Not really sure. Probably for my friends and family who live far away. I can put it inside their Christmas card.
jls6fq jls6fq 8 years
I think some gift cards are more personal than others. The plain Visa or American Express cards are quite impersonal, but there are other options. For my friends who sew, I might get gift cards for a site where they can download super cool embroidery, or to the shop where they can buy accessories for their machines. For my eco friends, I might get gift certificates to our local eco store or for a CSA delivery. For my in-laws who have everything, but really could use a night away from it all, I have purchased a gift certificate from You really can make a gift card personal, if you put some thought into it.
brandi07 brandi07 8 years
I really only get giftcards if I am desperate and can't think of something to buy someone.
skigurl skigurl 8 years
i don't normally do this. but the other day i gave my boyfriend a starbucks gift card...he uses it daily though, and i just left it in his truck before work as a little surprise, so it's different.
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