Gift giving is one of the greatest pleasures in life, but it has its difficult moments. What to give the man who has everything? What to give to a 15 year old girl? How to judge another person’s taste when selecting a housewarming present? It’s a pity to waste time and money on a gift that is not wanted. Personalized gift cards not only answer these questions but do so with flair.
Giving the perfect gift every time guarantees to make everyone happy. To make it even better, gift cards can be personalized with the name, initials or nickname of the receiver on the card. They are similar to gift certificates, but they are like a credit card with a magnetic strip on the back. The card can be for as little as $25 or for as much as three to five thousand dollars. There is no expiration date, so receivers can save the card for later to get exactly what they want.
A card from a credit card company can also be personalized and used in any business in the United States that accepts that company’s credit card. It can be used in restaurants, theaters, catalogs, online as well as at stores. The amount of the card does not need to be spent all at once. The card can be used several times and in several places, and the remaining balance will automatically be recorded on the magnetic strip of the card.
Gift cards usually cannot be exchanged for cash. If the purchaser wants to return something they bought with it, the amount of the purchase will be added to the balance on the card. If the balance is less than five dollars, many shops will give cash change to close the card. The rules vary for the different card issuers.
Personalized gift cards are also issued by many businesses. These cards can only be used in that business or, if it is a chain, it can be used in any outlet. Such a card from a large department store is a sure way to give a housewarming gift that will be appreciated. Someone who needs a break, who would never take the time or spend the money on himself or herself, may really love to get a gift card from a spa. It shows that the giver wants to pamper the person, but is letting them choose the time.
Some of the top retailers in the country join to offer discount cards. These can also be personalized and used in hundreds of places with as much as a 25 per cent discount off the price of the item. People can also join together to give a group gift card. This way, the receiver can get a large amount to do with as he or she pleases rather than many small, useless gifts.