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Why A Gift Card May Not Be A Good Idea After All

February 22, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 118

Some people think that Gift Cards are a gift to this world. Whoever invented them must have been a mastermind.

Not Everyone Likes Gift Cards:

Some people however, do not like giving gift cards at all. That's because then you know exactly how much they have spent. And they don't want you knowing that.

Perhaps they are in the pinch and cannot spend as much as their conscience dictates, yet would like to get something anyhow. They do want to gift you, but they do not want you thinking them cheapskates.

Beware The Double Bind:

But its more complicated than just that. My cousin gets insulted by gift cards no matter what. If it was ten bucks, then the person who gave the present was being cheap; "What - am I not worth more?!" If it happens to be seventy five dollars then its even worse, because then she feels that you now expect her to spend that much on yourself. So she resents you for putting her under obligation. No matter what the amount is, you cannot win with her. Either its too little or it commands too great a return. Of course, the same is when someone gives her a check or cash gift.

So therefore, some people never give gift cards, because people can always find fault with that. However, other gifts have value in that it represents something that can make their life happier, and not just in their monetary worth. Therefore, the dollar amount is not as important.

Is my cousin completely normal? No, normal people are just happy that someone thought of them, gift card, cash or earrings. But there enough non-normal people around, these fine times. It may be prudent to spend the extra five minutes and buy a real gift.

When You Absolutely Should Give Gift Cards:

When are gift cards DELICIOUS? Gift cards are the royal choice when someone you love has a hobby that you know nothing about. You know they are half-mad about their hobby, and you want to show them that anything important to them is meaningful to you. This is your way of showing love. You do not share their hobby and that's why you have no clue about what to buy them, but you respect their wants and participate by giving them a card specifically linked to that hobby.

Let's just say that your special friend is a HAM radio operator. You want to express how you appreciate that, and buy a gift card to Radio Shack. That sends an incredible message! It expresses how much you, the technologically challenged friend, appreciate and take part in the HAM wackiness. Not because you love radios, but because you love your friend. Ahhh!

And if it happens to be redundant - the HAM system your friend has is THE world-beater or that HAMs are going out of style or that your friend simply loses all interest in radio operation? What about the drawback in that the money is now locked in, they cannot buy a set of roller blades with it? Well there are now two options; sell the card and recoup a good amount of the investment, or donate the card. Frankly, I think a card that is so highly specialized as one that we are discussing will be a wee bit difficult to redeem for over fifty percent of its value. I do regret saying so, and such are the facts. But if you donate it, you can get a full face value tax deduction, which can very often fetch - in hard currency - more than selling it. I'd look into that option real well.

Mac says: I work with a gift card donation program, that offers people a way to do good using their unneeded gift cards. Go ahead and check me out at, and see if we can partner to make this world a better planet! Check out my blog too at Interesting stuff there!

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