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Friday, July 25, 2008

Gift Cards: The Gift of Champions

This lovely post over at The Guardian is exactly why I tell my friends and family to give me gift cards (or cash) instead of actual gifts. In fact, I am adamant about requesting gift cards (or cash) from family because they, of all people, have no idea what I read or what types of things I enjoy, stemming from the fact that they don't hang out with me on a regular basis and even close family members (short of married couples) tend to forget things.
I have had many problems with receiving gifts that I didn't need, just like the article above mentions. Don't get me wrong, I appreciate said gifts. It's nice to know that someone thought about me when they bought me something, even if it was something I didn't need or didn't want. Regardless, I make it a point to tell family and friends to just get me cash or a gift card, particularly to a book store (because, to be honest, I enjoy buying books more than any other commodity, which is why one wall of my room is covered in books from the floor almost to the ceiling).
So, perhaps a good word of advice for people who "think" they know what to buy a friend would be to just get a gift card to a store you know they shop at. If your friend goes to Borders a lot, then get a gift card there, and the same goes for Target, Walmart, and all the other stores you can think of (heck, even nifty local places sometimes have gift cards). Even better is to give cash to a friend whom you know could use it. Granted, gifts shouldn't be given to pay off debts and what not, but giving someone cash allows that person to make their own decisions on how to use it (and I would caution you to telling them, "Oh, this is so you can pay off your credit card bill", because that would probably tick them off).
Some people think that gift cards are lazy, thoughtless gifts. There is some truth to that; after all, some people get gift cards at the last minute and hand them off like they're the best gifts ever. For me, gift cards are the best gift because it allows me to find the things I want rather than having to deal with all the stuff I would get otherwise that would end up never getting used.
So, get your friends and family gift cards. Seriously. It's okay.

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  1. I've heard that before & agree partially :) Tis good to know it's your #1 gift and that is all that matters ...

    Could it be a guy thing too? I enjoy gift cards, but it's also exciting to get those gems of gifts when you least expect it & it is something you've wanted for a long time because you have never boughten for your self. Maybe that's a girl thing? *SMILES*

  2. I might be a guy thing. For me, the only person who can accurately buy me things is my girlfriend, because she's the only one that knows what I like best when it comes to gifts.

  3. I've only given you one gift ... And that was easy. The next one will probably suck. :p But I'm afraid I'm not getting you gift tokens, I just can't do it.