Everyone gets one at least once in his or her lifetime - a gift card. And as I
see it, there are two main reasons why someone might only give someone a gift
card. Either the person giving the gift card feels as though he or she genuinely
wants to give the gift receiver a gift but does not know him or her well or well
enough to know what to get. Or the gift card giver feels somewhat obligated to
present a gift but does not genuinely want to present either a personal gift or
any gift at all to the person in question.
Some gift card receivers argue that
getting the gift card really is no gift at all. Why? One, because the gifted
feels as though they were not thought of enough on a personal level to be worthy
of a more individually tailored gift. If your gift receiver feels this way, it
is likely that he or she might cast aside the gift card and hence, not remember
to use it for a period of time. If this occurs in your case, you, as the gift
giver, run into your second and more pressing problem which is that the more
time that elapses before your gifted uses the gift card, the more chance you run
as the gift giver that the gift card will expire.
That being said, giving money in a card as a gift has become a very popular
method of giving a gift for weddings, birthdays, anniversary celebrations or
other special occasions in a person's life. While it is an excellent idea when
you don't have any idea of what would make a suitable gift, it can also be very
boring and give the suggestion that you could not take the time to buy a gift
and wrap it for the occasion. An alternative to giving cash or a check in the
card is to purchase a gift card from a store of choice where the recipients can
buy something of value that will have special meaning for them.
There is no doubt that everyone likes to receive money as a gift. The problem
is that quite often the money gets spent for necessities, which is fine, but
then there is nothing left to remind the recipient of you and your generosity.
For wedding gifts, it is best to ask questions about what the couple's needs are
in the type of gifts they receive and even if you do present them with money as
a gift, you can use a unique display that they will remember. For example, if
the couple would like to use the money they receive as a down payment for their
house, you can purchase a small toy house and fill it with bills of your choice.
Children like receiving money as well. For young children, you can start a
bank account to which you add money as gifts for all the special occasions in
their life. This is a gift that parents will appreciate because it gives the
child a head start on college when they want to start such a fund. You can also
buy a money box and fill it with coins so that both parents and the child can
spend the money in whatever way they wish and will still have the money box
after the coins have been spent.
Coupons and gift cards make suitable monetary gifts from all stores. The man
who loves tools will enjoy a gift card from a home improvement or hardware
store. Teenagers always love gift cards from video stores, music stores and
clothing stores. For the lady who is into crafts will really enjoy receiving a
gift card from her favorite craft store. The same thing applies to those who
love to read.
Sending money to those who live far away is a viable option to purchasing
gifts, packing them to send in the mail and taking the risk on them getting lost
or broken in transit. Even if you do pay extra for insurance, it is still
disappointing for both parties when a gift does not arrive on time or is
unusable when it does. The main thing to remember when sending money by mail is
that you should always use a check or money order rather than sending cash.
Gift cards also make great gifts because you want to be careful not to offend
someone who may have different beliefs than yours when you are selecting a gift.
When you have presented a gift card as a gift, you have left the option open for
the receiver to select the appropriate gift, whether it is an article of
clothing, a piece of jewelry or even dinnerware. This will alleviate the concern
of selecting the right texture, size or even color.
Gift cards make great gifts because they offer flexibility and convenience
for the spender, and they are loaded with endless shopping possibilities.
Furthermore, gift cards alleviate frustration and worry about selecting the
perfect gift or selecting an appropriate item. You can't go wrong when you
present gift cards as a gift. There is no doubt that your monetary gift will be
appreciated, especially if you take the time to make sure it is well presented.
All in all I have to say that giving gift cards in lieu of gifts is aptly