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    are giftcards for Christmas thoughtful gifts??

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    so here's a fun thread that requires you to give me your philosophy on giftcards. now it's funny...because i personally like giftcards, granted that it is to a store that i frequent. especially clothing stores. but i always hear about how giftcards are a bit too impersonal. and honestly, i always try to find an actual gift-gift to give to others before resorting to giftcards. like this year, i actually was able to find actual gifts for all my family and friends and not any giftcards! and really fun gifts that i think they will like, so it has made me extra excited for Christmas this year because of the success it's like a proud moment for me when i can buy all gifts without any giftcards amongst them... it's funny.

    however, i am not against giftcards perse, because they are actually a nice option when you absolutely cannot think of a good gift for someone... which is most of the time (parents are hardest to buy for) thus giving them a giftcard to a store they like that they can buy something for themselves. i think people in reality do like that. like last year, i gave both my parents and siblings giftcards for Christmas. i've noticed that if i give giftcards as a gift one year, i try to not do it the next year... like an every other year thing.

    k, i keep rambling. and saying giftcards a million times. do you feel likewise about giving giftcards for presents at Christmas? or have a different philosophy? share
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    Thoughtful? No. But I still like 'em

    be cool.
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    I have no issue with them
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    I wouldn't necessarily call gift cards themselves thoughtful but more of the action that you thought enough of someone to get them one in the first place. I'll always take a gift card... as long as it's to somewhere I like. There's really nothing worse than a gift card that's useless

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    let me rephrase that for some of you... is a giftcard always a secondary option for a Christmas gift and you try to find a tangible gift to give first, or is a giftcard just as acceptable no matter what for you to buy for others? more so for you giving, rather than receiving. for example; if i gave giftcards every year then i would be done Christmas shopping as soon as even began to think about it... so and so's favorite store? boom. done. but trying to find a tangible gift first takes a bit more time to find something and thus the "easier" option is a giftcard. what is your usual route?
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    Not thoughtful but they are practical.
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    I'm not a fan, but have a few obligatory gifts every year that they request gift cards and bitch if you don't get them exactly the gift card they want. Since they're obligatory gifts anyway, I don't sweat it.


    The only time I don't mind is when I know someone is specifically saving up to make a large purchase. I also like them for elementary aged kids, because I think shopping for what they want can be a fun event and it also teaches them exactly how much those "wants" cost.
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    I think they are okay no matter what In some ways I think it is more thoughtful to give someone a gift card they will use and truly enjoy than a gift that YOU might pick out and think they will love but they actually don't. I don't use gift cards as a cop out - if/when I purchase a gift card for someone it is because I think that is truly the most thoughtful gift I can offer them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alice04 View Post
    let me rephrase that for some of you... is a giftcard always a secondary option for a Christmas gift and you try to find a tangible gift to give first, or is a giftcard just as acceptable no matter what for you to buy for others? more so for you giving, rather than receiving. for example; if i gave giftcards every year then i would be done Christmas shopping as soon as even began to think about it... so and so's favorite store? boom. done. but trying to find a tangible gift first takes a bit more time to find something and thus the "easier" option is a giftcard. what is your usual route?
    I think it depends on the person. If you have no idea what they might like, then a gift card is a way to go... My sister's ex always gets me a Visa gift card & an Itunes gift card for DH (we kinda look forward to them ). But if you know what they're into but can't find anything good enough, then a gift card would be the secondary option.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rissa*Rawr View Post
    I wouldn't necessarily call gift cards themselves thoughtful but more of the action that you thought enough of someone to get them one in the first place. I'll always take a gift card... as long as it's to somewhere I like. There's really nothing worse than a gift card that's useless
    once a $50 giftcard to a movie theatre was given to my DH and i for Christmas, which normally be an AWESOME gift. but... it was to a movie theatre chain that had the closest location 2 hours away thoughtful, but she didn't do her research clearly
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