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This is a good idea?

post #1 of 11
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To give out gift cards as presents? Getting Gift cards at safeway can save you from having to run around to as many stores as there are people on your list. Safeway carries over 300 gift cards?
post #2 of 11
Yesterday I got a few prepaid Visa cards to give to some of the folks on my list. It does seem a bit impersonal and overly commercial, devoid of that special, personal touch. Another mark in the win column for convenience.

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post #3 of 11
It works for me, both giving and receiving...sure takes the guess work out of "re-gifting" :bounce::bounce::bounce:
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post #4 of 11
I recieved a $50 Exxon card from my pc client.....there are very few Exxon stations around.
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post #5 of 11
Frankly, I prefer cash. I've been given giftcards, and while appreciated, sometimes it comes off as a little..paternalistic? Last year I got a gas station giftcard. I don't drive and don't own a car. I've also been given drugstore cards, with a note about how I should treat myself not spend money on bills. Treat myself to...cough drops, tooth paste?

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post #6 of 11
My wife and daughter attempted to by a mall gift visa yesterday but were unsuccessful.
They were told that they couldn't buy the card with cash, they had to use a check or credit card.
You have to use a credit card to buy a credit card?
And who doesn't accept cash?
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post #7 of 11
We do tend to think of our offspring as perpetual children. I've been guilty of being on the "other side" of the card vs. cash issue, especially with our son. This year HubbyDearest once again suggested a gift card for him instead of the cash we were giving his (younger) sister. Once a gift is given, it no longer belongs to us, to say how it should be used. While in the past DearSon has been less responsible, he seems to be doing fine now. It seemed to me, that treating him differently from his sister would be an insult. Besides which, there is nothing to say that he wouldn't turn around and sell the gift card for less than its face value in order to get cash, if that was what he wanted...right? I also think it's high time we recognize and encourage his adultship...he's 41 after all.
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post #8 of 11
depending on who its from, i think its great

Some people in my family forget that i aged past 12, and while im 21 now, i still get things a 12yr old would use. So from them, honestly Id love cash. Its not rude, I dont think..

Besides my best friend, Im giving my friends gas gift cards. They all drive, so who wouldnt want a free tank? I loved that even before it was $4 a gallon.
post #9 of 11
I would never give a gift card. What happens if the store goes under? You lose your money. It was taken to court in one case and gift card holders are the last to receive any return from sold-off assets owned by the company. This is what happened with Sharper Image, I believe.
post #10 of 11
I think that gift cards are not a great idea but a good idea, esp. when you have a MIL and 2 FIL that have no idea what to get you. I got 1 for 100 and 1 for 50 and they were not store specific but the use anywhere Visa ones....Got myself a Tojiro gyutou 240, a Tojiro petty 150 and an 18" cherry MAGBLOK, was very happy with them.

Just my .02
post #11 of 11
I try to stay away from gift cards as I think of them as an impersonal gift, that requires little thought from the giver. That said, sometimes they can save your butt. I will oftentimes give them to an employee that I don't know well, or a picky teenager that I would really hate to buy clothes for. I have also bought them from more "luxury" stores to give to my mom to force to buy something "nice" for herself everyonce in awhile. And we give one to our 6 year old neighbor boy. He puts it in his wallet and it makes him feel grown up.
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