Gift cards save money, time and gas
A growing number of people are using discount gift cards, or gift certificates, just like coupons to get a discount on shopping and dining.
Gift certificates can be either mailed through the post office or emailed directly to the recipient with a number to use to retireve the online gift certificate. Other sites let your print or personalize your own gift certificate. If you want to buy a gift card, browse our links to well known brands here.
Two ways to save on gift cards is finding free gift cards or gift cards that offer discounts.
Free Gift Cards
Companies that offer free gift cards usually require filling out a form, completing a survey or some form of participation. The rewards can be lucrative.
Some offers range in the hundreds of dollars towards free purchases at selected businesses or places of your own choice, depending on the rules. Find free gift cards from our affiliates.
Buy Gift Cards Online
Almost all businesses have a gift card or gift certificate program. It is a convenient way to give a gift without giving the wrong gift. Buying gift cards online saves time and gas. Select from many name brands that provide gift cards. Find Gift Certificates from online companies.
Restaurant discount gift certificates
Restaurant.com has thousands of restaurants in its database that accep their discounted dining coupons. Save 60% or more when they have special sales. Find Restaurant.com gift cards from Restaurant.com
Using Gift Cards
When using gift cards, be sure to read the restrictions and date expirations. Some gift cards may start being charged after a period of time or non use.
Gift cards are usually in the form of a plastic credit card. Online gift cards are received by email to the gift giver or receiver and printed from a computer. Some companies will mail out gift cards, often with free shipping.
Gift cards and gift certificates are interchangeable. Both provide a way to give credit for a future purchase. The term gift certificates was more popular in the days before plastic gift cards.
Gift Card Tips
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Surge in Holiday Gift Card Popularity Meant Many Americans Chose Their Own Gifts
With the growing popularity of gift cards as holiday gifts -- overall sales will total $24.8 billion, up $6 billion from last year (1) -- many Americans were selecting their own gifts now that the holiday excitement is over.
As more than half of Americans have said they would like to receive a gift card this holiday season (1), Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT) , the world's largest retailer, predicts that last year's gift card redemption trends will continue.
"With more than 127 million weekly shoppers, consumers have told us how they are likely to spend their gift cards this season and Wal-Mart has stocked its stores to meet their needs," said Steve Bratspies, Wal-Mart's vice president of marketing.
"Many shoppers will use their gift cards to purchase the big-ticket electronic items they wanted to find under the tree, such as video game consoles and HDTVs. Another group of gift card recipients will use their cards on practical items that they need, such as food and the latest CDs to make their New Year's celebrations complete."
Gift cards purchased during the holiday season are most heavily redeemed in the first weeks after Christmas, which means Americans will enjoy shopping for their own gifts into the new year. With no expiration date and the flexibility to redeem gift cards online at walmart.com, gift cards are truly a gift that keeps giving. VIsit our ionline links to Walmart.
Gift Cards have versatile uses
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