Card me


I'm picky. Not about everything, just when it concerns clothes and home decor. And since these two categories also qualify as hobbies for me, I'm notorious for answering "Gift card to (fill in store name here), please" when friends and family ask me for a gift wish list. I always catch a disappointed glint in their eyes. Like, well hell, a gift card is so impersonal. Like I took all the fun out of their gift giving. Like they know I don't trust them to shop for me, so it's best if they let me do it myself. OK, the last point is true.

But I enjoy receiving gift cards and giving them. It's like getting 2 gifts in one: you get to unwrap the actual card (because you never quite know exactly which store it's for) and then you get to shop with it.

There really is no point to this post, but I just endured a lecture of how boring gift cards are from some coworkers. Um, I'll gladly take your boring 'free money' off your hands, people.

I'm curious to know.......so what are your thoughts on gift cards (receiving or giving)?

17 comments:

  1. It depends on who it's from, I guess. Like if it's someone who normally gives great intuitive gifts and they suddenly give a gift card, that's a disappointment for sure.

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  2. I'm the exact.same.way. I am so picky that I'd much rather someone buy me a gift card (to a store of my choosing, of course) than waste their money on something I'll never use or display.

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  3. I love giving them and getting them also! To bad others don't look at it like they are taking you on a little shopping spree!

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  4. love to give gift cards and love to receive them!

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  5. Personally, I LOVE them! On my 25th bday, my then bf gave me a new handbag with a $25 gift card to each one of my favorite stores tucked inside. It was special because he knew all my favorite stores...but my favorite part was picking something out each one (while carrying my new bag)!

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  6. I LOVE gift cards, everyone says I'm boring & have no imagination...but I don't care and love them! Why give someone something they may not like...just give them & let them choose what they want!

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  7. Heck yeah, I like receiving them. :) Giving? If I don't have "the perfect" gift for that person, I have no problem giving a gift card to their favorite store.

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  8. I like giving them if that is what the person asked for...anything to make the receiver happy!

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  9. I love them, but my husband hates them. he thinks giving cash is more personal than gift cards - then they aren't forced to spend money at the store you choose. I, however, disagree.

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  10. I love them too! And I hoard my xmas ones until I get some for my birthday in February, and then go nuts on spring shopping. Well, not nuts, but it's always nice to have something you love and just have to have...because it's free to you!

    Merry Christmas, and I hope your stocking is stuffed full of gcs.

    jbhat

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  11. I'd say it all depends on the store. Some cards just won't ever go used in our house unless I make a specific goal to search the store until I find something.

    Otherwise I agree--go gift cards!
    Katie

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  12. I love gift cards. I'm a quilter and always asked for a gift card to my favorite local quilt shop for every occasion--Christmas, mother's day, birthday, etc. He used to complain that he was always getting me the "same thing" so I had to reeducate him that he was always getting me something different and it was ALWAYS exactly what I wanted.

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  13. I think it's harder for me to give them than get them... sometimes I feel like they're impersonal, but most of the time they do seem like the perfect gift, if the recipient likes that particular store. I never mind receiving gift cards if they're to stores we shop frequently - in fact, that's how we're able to get some things for ourselves that we probably wouldn't be able to otherwise. I was able to purchase a sewing machine this week with the help of a couple cards we received, and we also have enough to Target that will help us upgrade to a new digital camera (if we can ever decide what to go with!).

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  14. Hear, hear! I love them too!

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  15. I'm a huge fan of gift cards too. Much better than someone trying to guess at what they think I might like.

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