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Gift Cards: The Perfect Christmas Gift

The holidays are a time for giving, but it can be a stressful time when searching for the perfect gifts for all of your loved ones. The solution? Gift cards. They’ve gotten a bad rap over the years, mostly because they’re seen as last-minute gifts that don’t require much thought or time. But in reality, gift cards are so much more than that. Here are three reasons gift cards are the only gift you need to be giving this year.

  1. Gift Cards are practical.
    I can’t tell you how many hundreds of dollars my mother wasted over the years buying clothes for me and my sister that we never ended up wearing. Christmas is a time to give, but it’s much more practical to give loved ones something that they actually want – so why not let them pick it out themselves? 
  2. Gift Cards are inexpensive.
    It’s important to plan out a budget and figure out how much money you want to spend on each person. Whether the amount is $15 or $75, there’s a gift card for you. It’s easy to go over-budget when picking out unique gifts for each individual person, especially if your plan is to buy a bunch of individual items to make a fun gift bag. But with a gift card, you’re guaranteed to stay on-budget.
  3. Gift Cards are the perfect last-minute solution.
    So it’s the week before Christmas and you still haven’t figured out what to get your in-laws? Are they into sports or hunting? Get them a Dick’s Sporting Goods gift card. Do they like to eat (because who doesn’t)? Get them gift cards to their favorite restaurants. Don’t know what they like? Get them a Visa or MasterCard gift card, so they can spend it on whatever and wherever they want. As long as you toss it in a cute card, it's thoughtful, right?

When buying a gift card, it's all about using common sense. Your grandma who knits everyone a scarf every year? She probably won't want a gift card. Your 17-year-old neice who has a new favorite band every week? She'll love it! With a dash of thought and consideration, you can match a gift card to just about anyone's needs.

Last Updated: November 16, 2015