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Ideal Occasions to Give a Gift Card

We've all been in a situation where we needed to buy a coworker, relative or friend a gift but had no clue what to get them. It's inarguable that some consider a gift card to be impersonal and while we don't condone it for all occasions (e.g. anniversaries) there are circumstances when a gift card is a smart choice. Let's take a look at some of these examples.

When You Are Short on Time

Gift cards are the perfect solution when you're in a crunch for time. Whether you forgot about an upcoming occasion or only found out last minute, a gift card can be purchased right in the nick of time. You may be wondering how that's possible if you need to first drive to the store, and then stand in line before proceeding to the checkout counter?

While that's one way to buy it; however, it's not the only way. Online gift card stores not only increase the convenience factor but also offer a host of options that may not even be available in your immediate area. Consider, for example. On the site, you can find discount gift cards from hundreds of retailers within seconds. With discounts up to 35 percent, how could you turn it down? Plus, they'll not only ship it for free but also back its authenticity with a satisfaction guarantee.

Ideal Occasions to Give a Gift Card

Are you a Practical Gift Giver?

There are some people who stand behind their practicality-and that's perfectly okay. We all need socks but the disappointment of unwrapping this so-called gift often overshadows its utility. Your practicality doesn't need to go to waste however! Instead, consider a Visa or MasterCard gift card. Since these work anywhere Visa and MasterCards are accepted, your recipient is free to purchase groceries, socks, or whatever else they need. The freedom to choose is also a gift within itself!

Bonus: You can customize these cards with a photo, logo or any other image to give it that one-of-a-kind look.

Pre-Made Gift Bundles

If you're like many of the men or women who pre-make gift baskets (for those last-minute holiday parties or birthdays), a gift card is a great addition since it's not exclusive to one person's interests. We recommend a Visa or MasterCard gift card because it's accepted at more locations, but a gift card to a restaurant or department store will work as well. Just remember to purchase a card from a retailer that caters to a range of audiences and interests.

Gift cards can make a wonderful gift, and if you play your cards right you can purchase them at highly discounted prices. If you do purchase pre-owned cards, be sure to check their expiration details and kindly inform the recipient of the time frame.

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I've always thought that gift cards make the greatest gifts! I mean, if you have no idea what to get someone, buying them a card to their favorite store is the easiest solution. I love your idea of adding gift cards to a gift basket. I'm going to give that a try next time one of my friends has a birthday!

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