Dec 112011
 

Gift cards are functional gestures that accommodate any special occasion or holiday. They help shoppers give a gift that allows the recipient to choose what they like best. This method comes in handy for people that have no idea what to get someone, and also saves the day with a last-minute gift idea. However, some people turn their noses up at gift cards because they feel they are impersonal or too small in size. They are sometimes left with a feeling that they “didn’t do enough.” Luckily, dressing up a gift card is a good way to add personal touches and show someone how much you care.

Say ‘goodbye’ to the little envelope and consider the following suggestions:

Helium Balloon

The colorful display and endless number of decorative shapes, sayings and themes make helium balloons a delightful accompaniment to a gift card. Opt for a bouquet of ‘Happy Birthday’ balloons or choose the shape of your nephew’s favorite superhero. When presenting your gift, you can attach to the end of the string or tape the gift on a part of the balloon that conceals the card. Just make sure the balloon doesn’t float away with your gift card before you have a chance to give it to your loved one.

Box of Candy

For the loved one with a sweet tooth that is hard to shop for, consider slipping a gift card inside the lid of a decadent box of chocolates. Amazon.com gift cards go well with chocolate. If you can stand the suspense, place the gift card underneath the chocolates so as they start to nibble – your sweet gesture is revealed.

Stuffed Animal

Who can resist an adorable teddy bear holding a gift card to Victoria Secrets as a Valentine’s Day gift? A friendly stuffed animal face can also make the transition into a new home more pleasant – especially when holding a gift card to the Home Depot, Pier 1, or Bed, Bath & Beyond.

Hide It in another Gift

You can always purchase a smaller gesture to hide your gift card. For example, coffee lovers will squeal at the added bonus of a Starbucks, Panera Bread, or Dunkin Donuts gift card hiding in a bag of gourmet beans. For the small business owner, slip an Office Max or Staples gift card inside a personalized business card case. Hide a gift card to Michaels or Jo-Ann Fabrics in a basket full of yarn.

Gag Gift

There are plenty of ways to distract and add a laugh to the gift-giving process of your small-sized present. All you have to do is think outside the box and settle on an unusual gesture that opens the door for a welcomed sigh of relief. A few suggestions include:

  • Gift an ugly Christmas sweater with a gift card to their favorite department store taped to the label.
  • Offer one used shoe from a thrift shop with a gift card to a footwear store, such as Nine West or Zappos slipped inside or taped to the bottom of the heel.
  • Wrap a slice of cheesecake with a Cheesecake Factory gift card tucked inside
  • Box a Big Mac with a gift card to their favorite restaurant taped to the hamburger’s wrapper
Jan 212009
 

Valentine’s Day is approaching and what better time than February 14 to spread some romance? Your loved one will feel the love when you present them with a romantic gift. Here are some simple steps that will help you give a romantic gift.

Make it Personal

Chocolate and teddy bears are great, but try adding some extra romance by giving your loved one something more personal. A gift that references an inside joke or a shared experience is always a good way to make it romantic.

Be Extravagant

Women especially love to be pampered. It goes back to the fairy tales we grew up reading. Give your loved one something they would never normally buy for themselves. Sweep her off her feet with an extravagant gift like a spa treatment or pricey handbag and you’ll definitely spark some romance.

Give Something Sexy

A gift that’s only shared between you and your partner can be extremely romantic. Make it something slightly naughty and very personal in order to inject the maximum amount of romance. Keep it private because that’s what makes it even more special.

Show Your Love

Rather than just buying something– try doing something. Some of the most romantic gifts can’t be bought with money. Think massages, poems, and homemade meals.

Announce Your Love

Doing something publicly to show how much your honey means to you can definitely be romantic. Set up a surprise at a fancy restaurant or wear a t-shirt announcing your love.

Add Some Candles

Whatever gift you decide on, set your gift exchange to candlelight. Candles set the mood for romance!

Sep 112008
 

It’s your sister-in-law’s birthday. Today. Even though she’s two time zones away, you can still give her a gift before the day is over. With the help of the Internet, she won’t even know it slipped your mind. So don’t panic– take a deep breath– and start clicking to find that perfect long distance last minute gift.

Flowers

Flowers are a safe gift that fit varying levels of relationships and interests. Just about everyone likes flowers. Another great thing about giving roses or tulips is that you can do it last minute. Check out 1800flowers.com where you can easily browse through bouquets and pick a price and style you like. The best part is, if you place your order by 2pm they can deliver it that day.

You can read some of our suggestions on the best online florists on our Resources page.

Gift Card

It may be too late to throw a gift card in the mailbox, but you can still get it delivered to their inbox. Try Amazon.com. Buy gift cards from one of dozens of merchants, or give them an Amazon Gift Card that they can use to buy a gift of their choice.

Game

Give the gift of online games almost instantly with Microsoft Xbox Live 3 Month Gold Card. Simply select a gift subscription length and buy it. Then your recipient will be able to retrieve their code from their inbox.

Dinner

Even though you can’t be there to take your friend or family member out to dinner for this special occasion, you can still give them a meal out on the town. Hook them up with an e-gift certificate from Restaurant.com.Better yet, sign them up for the Dinner of the Month club. A three month subscription is just $30 and you’ll receive a $10 gift certificate just for being so thoughtful.

Ebooks
Ereaders (like Nook or Kindle) are increasingly popular these days. If your family member owns one, an ebook would make a great choice for a gift. There are hundreds to choose from!