It’s the most wonderful time of the year…..except when it comes to finding presents for the hard to shop for people on my list. And let’s be honest…that’s pretty much everyone! With a teenager who has very different ideas on what’s cool than his mama, a brother who has never kept one item I’ve given him and a mother-in-law who simply says “Anything will be great!”, finding the perfect gifts for the holiday season can bring more stress than joy in my book.
For years now, I’ve done the whole searching endless hours trying to come up with something that is just right. But time after time I’ve seen the forced smiles as recipients looked at a gift that wasn’t exactly what they would have chosen. So this year I decided the I’m going to simplify my life while at the same time providing every person on my list their perfect gift! And doing it isn’t even going to take tons of time. Mind. Blown. Am I right? Well, pull up a chair and get comfy as I share with you my tips for finding the perfect holiday gift for everyone on your list!
Generally I start my shopping super early. I spend endless hours searching for perfect items online. After purchasing them, I bring them home, wrap them to perfection and put them aside, waiting for the time when I will see the recipient. I’ll say that it’s honestly a little stressful. I have so many presents to keep up with and I have to make sure that the right items to go the right house for the right celebration. Sigh….
So this year, I decided it was time to look for an easier way to do things. A way that would ensure the perfect gift arrived at the perfect time. And on my quest for holiday perfection, I discovered that giving the gift everyone wants is simple the The Gift Card Shop!
Now, I know what you’re thinking. Gift card are SO impersonal. And 9 times out of 10 in the past I totally would have agreed. But this year I’ve found that making gift cards not only personal but also memorable is as easy as choose, edit and record! Confused yet? Don’t worry…..all will become clear if you just keep reading.
You see, this year I decided that I was going to take the stress off of myself and give perfect gifts in a super creative way. To do this I wanted to combine the usual holiday card I send out (you know the ones everyone sends with uber cute pictures of their kids on them) with the perfect gift for those hard to shop for peeps in my family. After exploring many different ways to do this, I discovered that I had been making a simple task hard and instead of spending hours creating cards that would be discarded and gifts that would miss the target, I could send a digital card that was the cutest thing my family ever did see and better yet, complete it with exactly what they wanted for the holidays….gift cards to their favorite stores.
At first I wondered if this new way of gifting would really feel personal. But the more time I spent online creating amazing cards and adding gift cards virtually, the more I realized that The Gift Card Shop was helping me to become a gifting genius!
To start creating what I knew would be the most popular gifts I could give, I simply searched The Gift Card Shop’s amazing selection of digital gift cards that are designed by designers and hand lettering artists, making them truly stunning and sure to catch the attention of anyone who receives them.
After settling on a fun design that fit perfectly with the personality of some of my favorite pictures of the kids, all I had to do was choose my card and upload my favorite personal pictures to take it from fun to absolutely perfect.
I loved how I was able to put my “stamp” on the card so to speak and with the pictures I chose, there was little doubt the the recipients would know exactly who the card came from as soon as they opened it. After placing my pictures to perfection and giving the outside of my card the exact feel I wanted, I was time to personalize the inside as well.
With the ability to add personal messages, record sounds, choose from Holiday songs and even upload videos, I quickly discovered that the personalization of the front of my card was just the start of making this gift memorable! I quickly added sound to make my card really stand out (yeah, OK, it might have been the kids screaming We Wish You A Merry Christmas at the top of their lungs – what can I say?).
Next, I wrote a cute little note with a slightly tongue in cheek message about gifts of Christmases past and added a gift card right there on the site!
With no lines to stand in, no sizes to worry about and no grumpy shoppers to deal with I was able to add a gift cards to store like Amazon, eBay and Best Buy®, restaurants like Applebee’s and Olive Garden and even destinations like Cabela’s and Bass Pro Shops. It literally insured that adding the perfect gift was as easy as clicking on the gift card I wanted and choosing the amount!
Knowing that many of my family members shop online at Amazon, it was the perfect way to give them exactly what they want and ensure that this year’s gift is one that will be remembered.
With my gift card added and my card complete, I was able to quickly and easily choose an envelope, change up the lining to make it look just right and make sure there were no mistakes in my digital gift.
Then it was off to checkout to schedule the time for my card’s delivery and pay for my order. The great part for me was that the only cost was the gift card. The ability to send the gift digitally was totally free (yes, that’s right – no paying for stamps for this mama)! As I tried to decide when I wanted my gifts to arrive I almost with with the instant option because I was so excited. But after a little thought, I decided what better time to have my gift arrive than on Christmas Day? With a few clicks of the mouse, I was able to set my card up for delivery at a later date, check yet another person off my Christmas list and feel great about sending the perfect gift this holiday season.
I knew that when my delivery date arrived and my perfect gift zoomed into their inbox, it would be a present everyone would be talking about for years to come.
After paying for my gift card and closing out my computer, I sat back feeling pretty good about myself. Never in the past had it been so easy to knock out my Christmas shopping. And never before had I been so sure that everyone would love their gifts. Knowing that I had found a way to make Christmas gift giving simple, more memorable and absolutely amazing filled me with cheer and for the first time in as long as I can remember, I knew that none of my gifts would be going back to the store this holiday season! In fact, I’m hoping I’ll start a trend and receive my own The Gift Card Store present very soon!
If you’re ready to discover a better way to send gifts to family and friends, you’re ready to discover The Gift Card Store. With digital eCards, Photobooks and Video Greeting options that can be sent now or scheduled for later with no need for a stamp and an envelope or even paper options that will be mailed for you (I know, not everyone is comfortable with the digital world), they are changing the way this mama looks at holiday gift giving! Plus since I can add pictures, videos, voice recording and more, they are the perfect way to send a gift that really shows you care.
And to help make your holidays even brighter, I excited to share a special deal with you that’s perfect for gifting (or keeping for yourself). From now until November 22nd (better hurry!) when you purchase a $100 eBay Gift Card on www.thegiftcardshop.com, you’ll receive a $5 eBay Gift Card for yourself (or as a stocking stuffer for someone else) *While supplies last, limit one offer per customer.* So don’t wait! Click your way to the perfect holiday gift today with help from The Gift Card Shop!
Now that I’ve shared how I’m making it easy to give the perfect gift this holiday season, I’d love to know who you would love to send a digital gift card to through The Gift Card Shop!