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Gift Cards: One Size Fits All!

I love buying gifts for people I know well.  If I spend any time with a person at all I can usually get them the exact right gift.  I listen to what people say.  I take note of what pleases them.  Buying gifts for my friends and loved ones is no problem at all.

However — there’s always a “however” when it comes to gift giving — those “obligatory” gifts always trip me up.  What do I get for the professional people in my life that I have to acknowledge but don’t really know outside of a business context?  Gift cards!

Gift Cards are easy gifts.  I don’t have to know exactly what sports Joe likes, I just have to know Joe likes sports.  He gets a gift card for the Sports Fan Warehouse.   And Julia is a QVC fanatic so a QVC gift card is great.

Also, a couple of my friends have teenagers. These are kids I only know to nod at because they never take their earphones out of their ears and actually speak. Even so, I know exactly what to get them — iTunes gift cards.  That’ll keep their heads bobbing so I can visit with their mom.

Seriously, buying gift cards is one stop shopping and there are not packages to wrap and hide. Just get those cute little gift card envelopes and keep everything in your wallet until it’s time to pass them out. Gift cards are easy to send through the mail, too.   No trudging to the post office and standing in line or paying horrid shipping and handling prices. Just tuck the gift card in the envelope with your Christmas card, slap a stamp on it and toss it in the mailbox.

You know there’s only 37 more shopping days until Christmas, right?  Check out Shop.Com for gift cards and other Christmas gift giving ideas.


  1. This year, 3 out of my 4 kids either can’t tell us what they want for Christmas OR they want something that costs more than what a regular Joe can afford. Yes, those particular kids are teenagers. Cash & gift cards are wonderful! (There are probably gift cards for skiing outings, but for now, I’m just suggesting cash for the kid who likes to ski but can’t afford it.)

    1. I have bought ski packages for kids who like to ski before! The older they get the more CASH seems to be what they want though. I don’t LIKE to give cash! There’s no … creativity in cash. But with my kids I do give some – on top of the gifts they get.

    2. Karen — I’m about to climb up on my soapbox and start ranting, but instead I will say this is why Amoeba and I have a very moderate cap on Christmas. It’s not supposed to be about extravagant presents.

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