Gift cards were the most requested gift for the ninth year in a row in 2015, according to the NRF (National Retail Federation). Props! That can’t be an easy feat, especially with all the hot gift items out there. It does make sense, though. Gift cards are for everyone: young, old, male, female. However, they do have a stigma for being impersonal. So if you’re planning to give a gift card this year and want to make it special, here are 5 ways to kill it.
Make it personal
Step 1 is to personalize the gift card you’re giving. Giftcards.com lets you upload a photo and customize text for Visa and Mastercard gift cards. You can even grab images from Instagram and Facebook. Who ever said gift cards are impersonal does not know what year it is.
Tons of retailers have the e-gift card option. Some even let you buy online and will send you a hard copy. Plus, there are sites dedicated just to buying gift cards (at discounted prices!) online, like Cardpool.
Get them at discounted prices
Those sites we mentioned before? They sell gift cards up to 35% off. You’re not cheating the receiver out of their gift money, just saving some for yourself. It’s savvy shopping. Get discounted gift cards here.
Swap unwanted gift cards
Have a gift card lying around that you absolutely will never use? Swap it for one you can gift, and it’s like someone is paying for you. (We won’t tell.) Sites like Swapagift allow you to do this.
Check for purchase fees
Yes, some gift cards still charge purchase fees ranging from $3.95 to $6.95. You also should check for maintenance fees. Sometimes you get charged if a gift card isn’t used in a certain amount of time. To avoid this, buy a store gift card. US News & World Report says that only 7% of retailers charge purchase fees.