My Love/Hate Relationship with Gift Cards.
Years ago I wrote about my love/hate relationship with gift cards. Well, times do change and the older I get, the more I embrace them. I still miss (a little bit) the idea of going out and picking out and buying a gift for someone.
What I love is watching everyone picking out gifts for their family, friends, boyfriends, or girlfriends. It’s fun to see dad with kids in tow looking for that perfect gift for mom.
As I stood in line at Godiva one time, there were some young college-aged men picking out gift boxes for girlfriends (I overheard them.) I had so much fun just listening to what they were going to buy.
Everyone was filled with laughter and joy! That’s beautiful music in my book.
Now, most of my gift giving for relatives involves buying a gift card. It seems the young ones prefer them. Oh yes, they make it a lot easier for the giver. The only decision you have to make is which card and how much.
My friend's teen-aged daughter was getting ready to go shopping after Christmas once and showed me her new wallet. In it were all of these gift cards! No money, just the gift cards!
And let’s face it, you don’t have to worry about trying to wrap it and ship it either! You can even send e-cards that will arrive in someone’s email.
While I miss “the good old days” when you had to go out and buy a real gift and wrap it, I have to admit that gift cards are now on everybody’s wish list and very practical.
And, I also must admit that on the receiving end of Gift Cards you’re not left with presents that you don’t need/want/or like.
So you see, I have a love/hate relationship with these cards. They’re practical, easy, useful, quick and take up very little room under the tree.
And yet….. there’s still something fun about trying to find the perfect gift for someone, wrapping it and seeing them smile when they open it.
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