how to make a gift card a meanginful gift

Friday, November 06, 2015

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Happy Friday, everyone! I know it's hard to believe, but it is time to start thinking about the holidays and with the holidays comes gift giving. I honestly enjoy shopping (big surprise there haha!) for other people. I think it is so fun to pick out the perfect present for someone. Whatever the reason, sometimes the perfect present is a gift card. However, sometimes I struggle with it because I don't want it to seem like I didn't put effort into my gift! Enter The Gift Card Shop which makes turning a gift card into a personal present extremely easy!

the gift card shop review

On The Gift Card Shop's website, you can select from gift cards to hundreds of different places. They offer gift cards to the most popular stores. I decided that I wanted to send a gift card to Tyler to thank him for taking me to the World Series last week. I thought it would be nice to send him a gift card to let him know how much fun I had and how much I appreciate him! After browsing through the different selection, I decided on a gift card to The Home Depot. Tyler is always looking for new projects around the house, and wants to build up his tool collection, so I thought it would be a perfect gift for him to pick something fun out!

how to personalize a gift card

Once I picked my gift card amount, I got to move on to the fun part -- personalizing the gift! I loved doing this through The Gift Card Shop because it gave me so many options and room to be creative. I decided to go with a digital greeting card, but there are so many different options! You can even decide to have your gift card mailed to a home address instead of an email address. Since this was a thank you gift, I naturally selected a thank you card. However, there are cards for every occasion, specifically for the upcoming holidays!

creative ways to give a gift card

how to make sending a gift card more personal

Once I narrowed it down to the card I wanted to use, I got to add my own pictures and text. I included a picture of Tyler and I from Game 1 of the World Series on the front of the card. On the inside, I wrote a note thanking him for the memories and letting him know how much fun I had! If you wanted, you could add sound, personalize a voice message, or create a video of yourself delivering the message. Can you imagine how awesome that would be at the holidays for someone who lives far away?

different ways to make sending a gift card more meaningful

making giftcards personal for the holidays

Next was the hard part... waiting for Tyler to receive it! I wanted him to be completely surprised, so I didn't tell him to check his email or anything. Eventually, he mentioned it and was so appreciative. He thought it was incredibly thoughtful and really loved the gift. I loved it because I got to choose a gift quickly, but still put thought into it. I'm sure Tyler would have been appreciative if I just sent him an electronic gift card from a stores website, but the personalized card made it so much more fun and made a statement.

shopping at the gift card shop

If you are looking for something like this for your holiday shopping, make sure you check out The Gift Card Shop. They make the whole experience easy and fun! I can definitely say both Tyler and I loved the experience. The first 100 people to order off their site can use the code MERRY5 to save $5 off their order. Hurry before they run out! (While supplies last. Limit one per customer.)  I'd love to hear the recipients reaction if you make a purchase. I know whoever you are sending a gift to will also love it!

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52 thoughts

  1. This is actually such an awesome idea! Because you're completely right when you say that sometimes, for some people, gift cards are actually the best, but so many people stay away from them just because they seem impersonal - these options are so cute and meaningful though! :)

    Raashi
    http://raashiagarwal.blogspot.com.au

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  2. Very cool concept - I definitely think gift cards can be a thoughtful gift especially with the cards like they do! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  3. This is awesome! I'm pretty sure everyone is getting gift cards from us this year for Christmas since we live so far away from our family and travel during the holidays. I'll have to remember this...TGIF!
    charity
    lifeafterbaseball.net

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  4. SO NEAT! I wasn't going to send Christmas cards out because we didn't get professional pictures made but I may just go ahead with one because that one is so cute. Also loving the gift card option, I'm getting everyone gift cards this year just to make sure people get what they want and to make it easier on me ha!
    Linds @ Not A Mom

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  5. This is such a great idea! Gift cards can seem boring, but I think it's a great gift for someone you don't know all that well as a way to say thank you, and this idea is perfect to make them more special. Have a great weekend!
    xo, Whitney and Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

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  6. This is a really great idea because I typically try to avoid getting gift cards! Love how personalized it is!

    www.rosyoutlookblog.com

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  7. What a fun idea.... and so much more meaningful and thoughtful.

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  8. What a fab idea!! I love this. Thanks so much for posting about this. I have been looking for a way to make a gift card more meaningful. This is prefect!

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  9. This is such a fun concept! It definitely makes a gift card more personal!

    Jill
    Doused In Pink

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  10. I feel the same about gift cards seeming like you didn't put any effort in so this is such a great idea to have it personalized!
    Marta
    www.sweatersstripesandsweets.com

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  11. OK - I really like that idea ... I love giving gift cards but always want to do more with it - this is perfect

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  12. seems like a nice service! Love the idea♥♥

    summerdaisy.net

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  13. Such a neat idea! Gift cards are sometimes the best gifts, but I always wished I could make it a little more personal.

    Happy Friday gurlie <3

    Green Fashionista

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  14. LOVE this! Thanks for sharing and thanks for stopping by to say hello this morning! Have a great weekend! :)

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  15. I hate just giving a plain old gift card. This is a FABULOUS idea! Love Making things personal!! Thanks Darcy!! Happy happy weekend!!

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  16. This is a really neat idea & definitely makes it more meaningful - thanks for sharing! xx, adaatude.com

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  17. Love these ideas!! Also... CONGRATS on the Royals winning the World Series!!! Super big victory for you guys and well deserved!!
    theritzyglitzy.com

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  18. This is so cute!! And such a fun way to make gift cards feel like a more personal gift (even though I've never had a problem with them feeling personal or not. Give me all the gift cards ;))

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  19. SO CUTE!

    xoxo, Preeti
    www.ninesto5.com

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  20. This is such a great idea! I love gift cards because they're so practical but adding a personal touch is even better!

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  21. That's a really great idea! Everyone loves gift cars and it is so nice to make it more special :)

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  22. What a great idea! I am a huge gift card giver (because I love to receive them) but sometimes I think they can be a bit impersonal. This solves that problem. Awesome!

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  23. What a great idea and way to make it more personal that just a gift card.

    Lisa
    Daily Style Finds

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  24. This is such a great idea! Will definitely keep it in the back of my mind for when I give a gift card next! Thanks!

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  25. Love this! Sometimes I hate making a list so I'd just prefer a gift card. Especially if I really want something that's for the house or something kinda boring that people might think I was weird asking for haha!

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  26. LOVE this... it makes giving gift cards that much more fabulous!
    xx, Karen
    GlamKaren.com

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  27. This is such a neat sight! What a great way to send gift cards!

    Sarah
    http://mybowsandclothes.blogspot.com/

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  28. I hate that people call gift cards impersonal. I feel like if you know someone's favorite store and that they love to shop....it is a perfect gift!

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  29. This post read my mind. This Christmas my family wants to do a gift card exchange but was trying to find a way to make it personal and thoughtful. What a great idea!

    http://mymonochromaticlife.com

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  30. That's a cute way to personalise a gift card! :)

    In my family we like to wrap gift cards up in various elaborate ways to keep the recipient guessing what it is, haha!

    Away From The Blue Blog

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  31. This is such a cool way to send someone a gift card!! I love that you get to personalize it!
    Charlene xo
    The Frugal Fashionista

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  32. This is such a great idea and something I had not heard of. I'm certainly going to be using this.

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  33. This is such a great idea and something I had not heard of. I'm certainly going to be using this.

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  34. I usually shy away from giving gift cards but this is a great idea to make it more personable. Thanks for sharing!

    xo, c.
    The Block is Haute

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  35. That's a great idea! Happy Weekend to you!

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  36. Love post, more people should this way :)

    http://dreamland1234.blogspot.si/

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  37. I love this!!! Who wouldn't love an unexpected gift like this in their e-mail! #client

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  38. Now that is a really nice touch! I love the idea of picking a card and adding a picture. Makes it much more personable than handing him a gift card. Nice!
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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  39. How fun is this? I was never a big gift card giver, but my husband's family loves to give them. This is such a great way to do it!

    Molly | Hey There Sunshine

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  40. love this idea! my mom always hated giving gift cards,because it seemed less thoughtful, but this changes that up! a lot of times it's not about ease, but more about the person getting to pick out exactly what they want!
    elle
    Southern Elle Style

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  41. This is so cool about the Gift Card Shop. Personalizing gift is the best!

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  42. This is such a great post! I struggle with buying gifts and a gift card ends up being my go-to. Such a great way to make it feel more personal and not just an exchange!

    Sportsanista

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  43. Thank you! I used the code today and it gave me $10 off! Score :)

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  44. This is so cute! What a great way to make a gift card meaningful! .

    Xx,
    Amanda || www.fortheloveofglitter.com

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  45. This is a great idea and I just love how it can be personalized. I personally love receiving gift cards and when it comes with a special note, etc it makes it even better!

    xo,
    Brooke | <a href="http://kbstyled.com" rel="nofollow”>KBStyled</a>

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  46. Wonderful post :) you have such a great blog!

    www.silvertreedentistry.com

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  47. Love that it makes giving a gift card much more personal!

    Natalie
    www.thefashionhour.com

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  48. This is a great idea. I feel guilty for not putting more thought into a gift when I give a gift card. This will help with that.

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