What are some tips for choosing the perfect gift card?
Knowing the recipient's likes and dislikes, such as which stores he or she frequently visits and what products he or she enjoys, is key to choosing the perfect gift card. Decide whether the gift card should be practical, such as to a grocery store or gas station, or indulgent, such as to a spa or entertainment venue. Also consider the occasion. For example, newlyweds enjoy gift cards to home stores, and if they are new homeowners, a gift card to Home Depot or Lowe's is a great idea. If the recipient lives in a small town with limited retail options, then choose a gift card to an online store, such as eBay.
Which gift cards are best for adults?
Target, Visa, Starbucks, and eBay gift cards appeal to a wide range of adults. For women, Sephora, Spa Finder, and clothing store gift cards make great gifts. For men, gift cards to home improvement stores, restaurants, and sporting goods stores are among the most popular options. You can also purchase cards centered on a theme; for example, a "dinner and a movie" experience requires one card for a favorite restaurant and another to a nearby movie theater.
Toy, clothing, and bookstore cards make great gifts for children.
Older kids and teens enjoy gift cards to digital music and app stores, such as iTunes and Google Play. Restaurant, ice cream, movie theater, and sporting goods stores are also good options depending on the child's age and personal interests.