One of the most popular gifts to give and receive is a Gift Card. In fact it is ranked the most wanted gift by women and the second most given-gift by consumers in the United States. It is, in fact, a $100,000,000,000 industry – and why? Because it does something no other gift can do (without a receipt for return), it provides you with Choice.
There’s always been some argument that Gift Cards are somewhat impersonal, but I’ve never believed that. On my 30th birthday when I was down in the dumps for having to leave my 20s, feeling awfully old and sad, my husband had given me a Gift Card to Forever 21. Tucked away with it was a Gift Card for a restaurant that said, “Would you go out with me?” Complete with Yes, Maybe and No checked boxes. (I checked Maybe.) It was perfect, sentimental, lovely in the way he found the perfect gift to say, “You will always be beautiful.” And because we’re parents of a 3 year old and rarely get out, it worked best to have a gift card to a restaurant so we could choose the time in which we went; on a day we knew we could go. Could you imagine getting tickets to a movie at a specific time instead of someone handing you a Fandango Card? Gift Cards carry with them a sense of Freedom, that same Freedom that is felt when someone says, “Pick out anything you want in the whole store! It’s your day!”
Gift Cards Rock isn’t a place to purchase Gift Cards, it is a place to come together in the love of one of the most entertaining gifts one can possibly give and that comes with it stories of all shapes and sizes. It’s a Community to share great deals on Gift Cards (and there are many now!), Gift Card Giveaways and new and exciting things you can get at stores with Gift Cards. You can also get together for Gift Giving tips, many of us save up Gift Cards or Gift Codes in order to get through birthdays and the Holidays, so joining in the Gift Cards Rock community is a great way to share your thoughts on their usability.
Here was a GREAT idea from Gift Cards Rock that I found on their Facebook Page!
Use a magnetic dry/erase calendar and attach a wooden picture frame. Cut your own wooden pieces or use popsicle sticks (You can buy pieces at a hobby store too). Paint pieces with vibrant colors – you can paint the frame with magnetic paint (to store pieces on frame you can also use a drawstring bag and connect to the frame). Add an Applebee’s gift card and plan a night out with the girls, guys or family!
You can create the calendar and use it as a count down for good behavior, for completing a difficult task, to look forward to the next Family or Date Night! They have a few other really great ideas about how you can really dress up your Gift Cards and I’m sure they would love to hear what imaginative things you might come up with!
Gift Cards Rock is a great idea. There’s something fun about giving and receiving Gift Cards, about collecting them in your Wallet and trying to make them last as long as possible. They give off a glow of being special, of being thought of and of being capable of picking out exactly what you wanted and Gift Cards Rock is for sharing the fun and the experience of it… or maybe finding a giveaway to try and snag another.
Valentine’s is coming up and there is one gift that I think tops most all gifts out there and that is a Couples Spa Day. Have you ever seen those images of a man and woman laying out by the sunset on the beach getting massages with little umbrella drinks sunken in the sand? That’s what I imagine! Although, it is probably more like being together in a spa with the sound of music and the deep smells of patchouli, I’ll take it either way.
Gift Cards Rock what’s to give this beautiful image some piece of reality by offering one of you the chance to have a Couples Spa Day (or for just you!) with a $50 SpaFinder Gift Card.
SpaFinder, the trusted global spa and wellness resource, is dedicated to helping people find establishments, experiences and information that promote the well-being of body, mind and spirit and to inspire them to lead a healthy lifestyle.
A SpaFinder Gift Card also can be used towards Salons, Accommodation at Spa Retreats/Hotels, Yoga, Wellness & Fitness and even Medical Spas! So if you are single and want to spoil yourself on Valentine’s Day, there is no end to the experiences you can find! And when you have you can go back to Gift Cards Rock and let them know all about it! Share it with the other community members so they know it’s a great gift and/or an idea for their own use!
Personally, I decided a Couples Spa Day could be also considered for Sisters and I’m planning out a time when we can go have a Girls Day Out. And thankfully, because it is a Gift Card, it won’t expire because we’re all kind of on different schedules and have to find a way to come together. That’s what is so special about giving and receiving Gift Cards though, they are timeless and some of them create memories and give experiences no other gift could.