Gift Cards For Christmas: Do you think they are good, or a lazy way out?

@Metallion (2228)
United States
December 19, 2006 7:25pm CST
What do you think when you get a gift card for Christmas? Do you think it's a good gift, or a lazy way out because the person that bought it didn't want to do too much shopping?
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18 responses
• China
25 Dec 06
I think there are more good thinks than gift cards. I do prefect sending special email-card to my friends. According to report, there are so many trees to be cut for gift cards, so make some simply and funny emailcards for your friends by yourselves.
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@Metallion (2228)
• United States
25 Dec 06
I think you misunderstood, I don't mean Christmas cards, we are talking about the plastic gift cards you get from stores that are like gift certificates.
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• India
25 Dec 06
lol...........i think its good coz getting gift itself will give more happy .what do you think
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@Metallion (2228)
• United States
25 Dec 06
Yes, I think it can be a good thing for that reason. I got a few things this year that are nice, but a gift card would have been nice to have also
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@beverly1 (1129)
• United States
24 Dec 06
i dont mine getting gift cards i like to pick out thing i like. sometime i will get them for people alot of time i go out and buy thing i know what they need i have fun shopping
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@Metallion (2228)
• United States
24 Dec 06
yeah I think a lot of times it depends on who you are buying for.
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• United States
24 Dec 06
I think gift cards are great! It lets the receiver of the gift get what they want. Whats worse than receiving something you will never use or just flat out don't like? It could to some people seem lazy but what if you just can't find the perfect gift?
@Metallion (2228)
• United States
24 Dec 06
Yes, one thing I don't like though is some are now charging "activation fees" and "maintenance fees" when you buy a $25 card it costs $28.95 for some especially visa and american express ones. Then if they don't use it in a month some charge a monthly fee they take out of the amount on the card.
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• United States
23 Dec 06
I love getting gift cards if they're to somewhere I actually shop. However, I also love getting regular gifts..it's always nice to get something different that you'd never get for yourself. I do purchase gift cards each Holiday season to give out. I don't think it's because I'm lazy. I'm just not very creative. I just do it because I may not know the person I'm buying for well enough to know their likes and dislikes. This mostly comes into play with the teens in the family as they change so much. I don't keep in close contact with them throughout the year to know what they have and don't have or what they're "into" at this point in time.
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• Canada
23 Dec 06
You bring up a good point - not knowing someone well enough to be able to select a really personalized gift. I think that gift cards make great teacher gifts - for a book store, a restaurant, what have you. I would imagine that teachers must get tired of getting chocolates and bath salts!
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@Metallion (2228)
• United States
23 Dec 06
true, and as long as they are for a specific store, that gives you a little credit for not being generic and buying one that is used anywhere.
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@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
23 Dec 06
Gift Cards are good if you dont know the person well like a co worker who s name you drew out of hat. also good for a person that has every thing and you cant think of what to get they get what they want
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@Metallion (2228)
• United States
23 Dec 06
true also good for those that refuse to give you a list of ideas.
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• United States
23 Dec 06
I hate getting gift cards. People always get me pet store ones. I have lots of pets, and I can use them but still. Spending my money on animals is what I always do - then I'm stuck spending my Christmas/Birthday money on them too! LOL. I don't mind that much, but I'd prefer if they tried to get me a gift..Even if it was for my pets!
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@Metallion (2228)
• United States
23 Dec 06
yeah that's the downside of it. Of course you could sell them on ebay and they usually go for about 95% of what they are worth if you really don't want to use them , but then again the money you save can be used on yourself.
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• Canada
23 Dec 06
I didn't used to like giving gift cards for Christmas. I felt like it was the same as throwing twenty bucks in an envelope and you're done. It didn't feel "personal" or, like you said, I felt like the person would think that I just didn't want to shop for them. Now, I'm coming around to the benefits of gift cards. For example, my ex lives across the country and never sees or rarely speaks to my daughters. So, come the holidays, he has no idea what they are about anymore or what they like and don't like. This year, he emailed me and just asked what to get them. I told him to send them each a gift card to a big department store close to where we live. They always find lots of things there that they like so at least they aren't going to get more presents that are either too young for them or just totally inappropriate. He sent them each a $50 gift card so they're holding on to them for the January sales LOL Another real benefit to gift cards is when you have to send gifts to family and friends who are far away. I like the security (most companies will replace lost or stolen gift cards if you have kept a record of the number on them before you ship them) and it's a lot cheaper than shipping large packages. Sometimes the shipping ends up costing as much as the gift inside the box!
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@Metallion (2228)
• United States
23 Dec 06
yes that is true, forgot about them replacing stolen ones, that is a nice help
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@scarymary (124)
• United States
20 Dec 06
I really don't mind getting gift cards at all and I don't see why so many people think it's a thoughtless gift? I would rather get a giftcard so I can treat myself to something I know I would like than to get a seemingly "thoughtful" gift that I really have no need for and it ends up going unused.
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@Metallion (2228)
• United States
20 Dec 06
I think it's sort of because they like to get actual items from their list on Christmas and view a gift card as giving them work to do because they have to go out and get the gift themselves. I don't feel that way but have heard it from others.
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@pagli84 (1850)
• Netherlands
20 Dec 06
i guess its lazy, but gift cards are also really good ideas. why get someone something that they dont want? its easier to give them a gift card and let them choose what they want or need.
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@Metallion (2228)
• United States
20 Dec 06
true, but I also do like some surprises and gift cards aren't very exciting surprises, so I like a mix of presents some gift cards and some actual items.
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@brendalee (6083)
• United States
20 Dec 06
I don't mind getting gift cards, then I can go buy what I want. Sometimes people are just hard to buy for and if you really don't know what to get them,then a gift card is okay. I'm giving my mother a gift card this year because I honestly don't know what to get her.
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@Metallion (2228)
• United States
20 Dec 06
I usually don't like to buy them for relatives, but some are so hard to shop for you have to.
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@misskatonic (3726)
• United States
20 Dec 06
I love gift cards. People never get me things I like, so it's better for me to be able to pick things out myself. Some people are hard to shop for - I'm one of them. I'd rather have a gift card than a gift I don't like or can't use.
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@Metallion (2228)
• United States
20 Dec 06
I agree, if you can't give them a list of specific things, or they are the type of people that think they know better and won't buy what you put on your list, the gift card is usually best.
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@wmg2006 (5383)
• United States
28 Feb 07
I think it is a great idea! Especially if you have no idea what the person may like. I would rather give a gift card than have my gift re-gifted because they really did not want it.
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@rusty2rusty (6760)
• Defiance, Ohio
10 Feb 07
I think gift cards are excellent. Espically for the person who has one of everything. Or the person who is never happy with what they get and always returning gifts to the store to get somethinmg. You know everyone has at least one of those in the family. I also think gift cards are excellent to send family members or friends through that mail that live a long distance away. Some people never get to see their families but every few years. People change so much and live in different areas of the world. That gift cards are an excellent source to send.
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• United States
6 Feb 07
I like receiving gift cards - then I don't have to worry about what to do about receiving a gift I don't like and not hurting the other person's feelings. When it comes to buying a gift - I usually like to pick something out myself unless the person specifically asks for a giftcard.
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@suspenseful (40314)
• Canada
26 Jun 07
Next Christmas I would rather get a gift card or the 14 cup Cuisinart, not necessarily in that order. Or they can send me money. I would rather that I chose my own gift and am tired of getting things I do not need or do not actually appeal to me. Besides I can go into my favorite store and get what I want. Who knows maybe I'll get a gift card from both my sons and my husband and I will be able to get that Cuisinart!
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• United States
29 Jul 07
I'm actually planning to ask my family if they would mind buying me gift cards this year for Christmas. We will be flying back home for Christmas, and won't have a lot of room in our luggage to bring presents back with us, so gift cards will make our trip a whole lot easier. I'm sure that they will mostly disagree with my idea, but I don't mind getting gift cards at all. I know I can be difficult to shop for, so I would rather get a gift card than have to return something I don't like very much.
• Canada
28 Jul 07
I think gift cards are a fantastic idea. My fiance loves books, for example, but there are ones he may want that I don't know about. A good gift would be to give him a gift card from a bookstore, and let him choose something. I write on a website called Gather, and they award points which I redeem for gift cards. They are paying for my Christmas presents this year!!! I invite all of you to join Gather, write, share images and earn Christmas presents for your friends and family http://www.gather.com/inviteLanding.jsp?parentMemberId=56566&tc=11