Gift Cards as Presents

Ringgold, Virginia
June 18, 2017 2:50pm CST
This is a hot topic debate among shoppers when a special occasion arrives. Is it okay to give gift cards as presents? I do give gift cards, mainly to my dad and my brothers. I don't mind shopping, however they can be difficult to shop for and I figured gift cards would be of more use to them. I like to give them cards to their favorite stores or restaurants that way they can buy what they want or go out for a nice meal. I know people don't like gift cards as presents, yet I don't see anything wrong with it. Afterall, it's the thought that counts. What do you think about giving gift cards as presents?
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@Courtlynn (41869)
• United States
18 Jun
My mom, brother, boyfriend, grandmother, and i all prefer giftcards. Cuz sometimes people give us clothes that wont fit or items we wont use. So thats wjat we give for birthdays and christmas.
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• Ringgold, Virginia
18 Jun
@Courtlynn I'd prefer gift cards over receiving something I may not use.
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@Courtlynn (41869)
• United States
18 Jun
@dramagirl26 yeah.. visas are best in my opinion.
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• Ringgold, Virginia
18 Jun
@Courtlynn My mom got a Visa card for Mother's Day and she loved it.
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@sharon6345 (100757)
• United States
18 Jun
My family loves gift cards. I get them and give them all the time. My daughter is waiting on another to go with the one she got for her birthday.
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• Ringgold, Virginia
18 Jun
@sharon6345 It's great that your family loves gift cards. What type of gift cards do you usually give?
@sharon6345 (100757)
• United States
18 Jun
@dramagirl26 kay got sephora for her birthday. I got dollar tree for christmas. kay gets texas road house for her birthday or just because of gift. her anniversary she got texas road house. Her favorites.
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• Ringgold, Virginia
18 Jun
@sharon6345 I bet they loved their gift cards.
@mandala100 (24083)
• Hong Kong
18 Jun
I see nothing wrong with gift cards as present. Present is always based upon the generosity of the giver.
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• Ringgold, Virginia
18 Jun
@mandala100 Exactly! It's the thought that counts.
@mandala100 (24083)
• Hong Kong
18 Jun
@dramagirl26 Yes you are right that it's always the thoughts behind the gifts that really matter.
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@mandala100 (24083)
• Hong Kong
19 Jun
@Lupita234 That's so true.
@LadyDuck (112647)
• Switzerland
19 Jun
I know that I would be happy to receive a gift card, better if a card that I can spend in different stores.
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• Ringgold, Virginia
22 Jun
@LadyDuck That's the best type of gift card. One that you can spend at different stores.
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@LadyDuck (112647)
• Switzerland
23 Jun
@dramagirl26 This is what I prefer, because those for one store only are not always appreciated.
@just4him (85012)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
19 Jun
Gift cards are money after all and who doesn't like money. I've given them and always got hugs and thank you's along with huge smiles when I did.
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• Ringgold, Virginia
22 Jun
@just4him These days I think people prefer to receive gift cards instead of other presents.
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@just4him (85012)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
23 Jun
@dramagirl26 It's a lot easier because you don't always get what a person likes and gift cards will always fill the bill.
@Nawsheen (22849)
• Mauritius
19 Jun
I have not really given anyone gift cards but i received it and preferred it too. Many often if someone buys something for me i may not like it. But if i have the gift card then i can choose what i really want
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• Ringgold, Virginia
22 Jun
@Nawsheen I prefer to receive gift cards too, especially if it's from a store I like.
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@Nawsheen (22849)
• Mauritius
23 Jun
@dramagirl26 Yes I agree to it
@Corbin5 (73731)
• United States
18 Jun
I give our son and his wife gift cards or cash for presents. I never know what they need or want, so they can choose what they need or want if a gift card is a present. For other family members, I buy gifts.
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@Corbin5 (73731)
• United States
19 Jun
• Ringgold, Virginia
22 Jun
@Corbin5 That's great to give gift cards. I don't mind buying presents, but with gift cards the person can pick out something they like.
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@zarlamain (23638)
• United States
18 Jun
I do like giving gift cards as presents. I also give money sometimes if they don't want gift cards.
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• Ringgold, Virginia
18 Jun
@zarlamain Money or gift cards are two of the best gifts.
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@zarlamain (23638)
• United States
18 Jun
@dramagirl26 Yes, they are both practical gifts.
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@marlina (58263)
• Canada
18 Jun
I do give more and more gift cards now that I find it difficult to shop.
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• Ringgold, Virginia
18 Jun
@marlina Gifts cards are great to use if you don't feel like going through the hassle of shopping.
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@marlina (58263)
• Canada
19 Jun
@dramagirl26 That's right! It sure helps saving our energy.
@paigea (19999)
• Canada
20 Jun
If I can't think of a good gift, or if they live far and I have to mail it, then I think gift cards are a great solution
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• Ringgold, Virginia
22 Jun
@paigea Sometimes it's easier and better to give gift cards.
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@Freelanzer (6366)
• Canada
19 Jun
I get a lot of gift cards from my kids. The reason I don't like them is because I forget t use them
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• Ringgold, Virginia
22 Jun
@Freelanzer Unless you use them right away, it's easy to forget them.
@DianneN (54499)
• United States
19 Jun
I think it's just fine. I give cash or checks to my immediate family. I love spa or restaurant gift cards the best for me.
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• Ringgold, Virginia
22 Jun
@DianneN I bet the spa gift cards are nice.
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• United States
18 Jun
We give gift cards because it is easier that way for people you don't know well or are hard to shop for. I mean with the gift card they can buy what they want instead of keeping a gift they don't like or a gift they will regift or sell, or return. Cards are just easier and I prefer gift cards over something that I don't want from someone that doesn't know me that well or doesn't know my taste for clothes or other things.
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• Ringgold, Virginia
22 Jun
@CaseyRoss9966 That's one of the reasons why it's best to give gift cards.
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@TRBRocks420 (58698)
• Banks, Oregon
18 Jun
A gift card is fine with me.
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• Ringgold, Virginia
22 Jun
@TRBRocks420 I love gift cards too. My brother gives me one from Amazon every Christmas.
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@jaboUK (48782)
• United Kingdom
18 Jun
I think it's the practical thing to do, that way they can get just what they want. I give vouchers often.
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• Ringgold, Virginia
18 Jun
@jaboUK It is the best thing to do. I don't see anything wrong with it.
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@1creekgirl (7365)
• United States
18 Jun
I love getting and giving gift cards! My kids and grandkids all like to pick out their own things, so cards work out well. At Christmas we give three gifts to each person. (If three gifts were good enough for Baby Jesus, they're good enough for us!). It's usually a gift card, some cash in a greeting card, and something personal to unwrap.
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• Ringgold, Virginia
18 Jun
@1creekgirl That's a great idea for what your family does at Christmas.
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@Essjayd (1168)
18 Jun
Personally I'd rather give a gift card or cash so they can choose something they want. It seems better than wasting money on a gift that goes unused or they already have one! I always loved getting gift cards or cash as gifts especially when I was in my teens.
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• Ringgold, Virginia
18 Jun
@Essjayd I love giving and receiving gift cards.
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@RasmaSandra (11191)
• Riga, Latvia
18 Jun
I think it is the best idea especially if you don't know what to buy and if you get something they might not enjoy.
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• Ringgold, Virginia
18 Jun
@RasmaSandra Exactly! I think it's easier to give gift cards so they can buy what they want.