Tuesday, 17 March 2009

Where to Buy Gift Cards/Gift Certificates

When buying gifts for our friends and loved ones or even rewards for our employees, we sometimes find ourselves in a dilemma. Either we’re not sure what to get them, not sure of their ever-evolving tastes, where they shop often or we’re afraid of getting them something they won’t like or use. This is where the brilliant notion of gift cards or gift certificates come into play.

Gift cards or gift certificates are perfect for everyone, young and old alike. Everyone loves to receive ‘free money’ and gift cards made it easier for you and for the recipient. It’s not impersonal at all and I know quite a few people (including myself!) who would rather receive gift cards to their favourite shops and online stores. If your loved one is saving up to purchase something from a particular store a gift card to that store would definitely make their day.

Here are just a few places you can purchase gift cards and gift certificates for just about everyone in your life.

Gift Certificates.com is a wonderful resource for a variety of gift certificates. They have different gift certificates for just about anything and everyone on your list. Just choose from their long list of merchants or themed sections, select the amount and check out.

Gift Cards.com is a site that sells only gift cards to various stores and merchants. They also provide Visa gift cards which are accepted virtually anywhere. Visa gift cards are great for the person in your life that loves to shop at a variety of different stores. They also have themed gift cards for anniversaries, weddings, birthdays and seasonal holidays to make it even easier for you to choose the right one for the occasion.

American Express Gift Cards are also redeemable in most shops and stores. You can purchase them for business associates or family and friends. They even have an option to personalize the AMEX gift card to have their name on the front of the card, much like a regular credit card.

Another great location to purchase gift cards or gift certificates is your local grocery store. Stores like Albertsons, Ralphs and other locations usually have a kiosk, near the registers, with a number of prettily designed gift cards for any occasion. You simply choose the merchant such as iTunes, Kohls, Target (just to name a few), the amount of the card (usually from $10 -$50) and the design you want then have the cashier activate it when you check out. It’s very simple and you can do it all whilst grocery shopping!

Most of us don’t have a lot of time on our hands to head to the nearest mall to fight through crowds and look for the perfect gift so the next best thing are gift cards. If you go into any store you’re sure to find their store branded gift cards at the registers. Simply tell the sales associate how much you’d like to put on the card and you’re good to go.

Gift cards and gift certificates are also helpful for your friends and loved ones who live far away, you can have a gift card send to their email address and you don’t even have to worry about postage fees. Fabulous!


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