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Old 11-15-2007, 11:55 AM   #11
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I have mixed feelings about gift certificates. I much prefer giving a personal gift to those I'm close to. There are certain people/circumstances where a certificate might be a better way to go. (i.e. an attorney that gave me some 'free' advice, or someone that helped me & asked for nothing in return.) I thought about a Macy*s certificate, but you never know where people like to shop. Had a certificate for the Gap, & never found what I wanted - especially around Holiday time. So it was a waste of time for me to run around & look for something I wanted. And, as Andy mentioned the giftee may have to add money to redeem it. I tend to lean toward practical (generic) gifts, or a certificate for groceries - something people will actually use. Hope that helps.
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Old 11-15-2007, 12:11 PM   #12
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lol... My mother keeps buying me HOT pink shirts...! I never wear pink of any kind but, that doesn't stop her. lol
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Old 11-15-2007, 01:38 PM   #13
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I think that it's kind of personal when you match a person's shopping preferences with a certain store. It's more personal than other generic gifts.
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Old 11-15-2007, 03:15 PM   #14
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Bring them on, the more the better. At least then I can get what I want, instead of some junk i wouldn't have any use for it. I think nice people do just that when they do not know what I need or want.
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Old 11-15-2007, 03:20 PM   #15
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I almost always give gift cards (never knew that was not the right etiquette for gift giving). I buy them for everyone - friends, family, kids b'day parties etc. I got into giving out gift cards after bad experiences. I mean people giving us tacky gifts (recycling them). I used to get super mad but then would directly put things in the donation pile. I did not let that change how I am as a person. I still give people gift cards or flowers and a nice chocolate box and think atleast you can add money and perhaps buy something that you like or consume it or enjoy the flowers for a few days.
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Old 11-15-2007, 04:36 PM   #16
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We are in general not real fans of them (gift certificates or cards) but sometimes there does not seem a whole lot of choice.

A while back we used to get occasional gift certificates for $50 to a pricey restaurant we did not appreciate very much (was for extra time at work, that sort of thing). Seems the person in charge really liked the restaurant. We hated not to use them, but at the same time did not want to add another $50 from our wallets for a meal we knew we would not like very much. (We could not give them away, names were on it and was just not polically doable).

Prefer to send a gift of food or flowers if we really cannot find a more personal gift.

That does not include kids however. Kids you don't see very much and are getting older seem really to appreciate cash.

But sometimes the gift certificate/card becomes the best alternative, so we do send them.

This whole issue confuses me a lot. All we do is try to do is our best as I am sure all you do.

Wish there was a better way but heck if I know what it is.
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Old 11-15-2007, 04:54 PM   #17
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For myself, the kids always get cards to Williams Sonoma, Napa Style or a wonderful place here at home Keller's I have always shopped for all 4 of my kids, picking up things I've heard them say they want or need and the little guys I love getting them all kinds of toys and games..But with the events of the past several months, and all the yummies they want for Christmas, it will be gift cards for the kids and food stuffs and I'll shop as usual for the little ones..After all Christmas is for the babies...I just don't have the energy nor much time to go hunting for just the "right"thing this year..My kids though won't care at all..We just enjoy time together.
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Old 11-15-2007, 07:14 PM   #18
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I'm a fan of gift cards and certificates. I like having the freedom to buy what I want with them. My dad usually gets me gifts that are not my taste because he thinks that gift cards are impersonal. But then I have a gift that doesn't get used.

Last year for Christmas we got a gift certificate to a nice restaurant. We can't afford to go out, so that was an exeptional gift for us. Ahhh, an evening without the kids. I'm crossing my fingers for that again this year.
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Old 11-15-2007, 08:19 PM   #19
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I dont mind a gift card at all.At the same time I pay attention to what people have for instance one of my friends has a KA mixer but not the attachments the grater,slicer and so on so I got her that.Other times its a gift card or actual money.For baby showers I like to give money so the mom can get something she really needs instead of another baby blanket etc .For funerals I like to give gift cards instead of flowers especially to restaurants some of those have multiple places like Chilis you can go there or a couple of other places if you live in a city.Im guessing pizza gift cards could be good also.If you know your friends you know what they like its easier it gives them a little choice.So far they have been greatly appreciated.Especially for folks that dont have a whole lot of money.I just despise gift baskets a whole lot of money for a whole lot of nothing.
I know,I know but I will always be a practical person and in reality they remember the card better than another bunch of expensive flowers just to be left to rot at the grave site.Or another baby item they dont need or,or or.
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Old 11-15-2007, 08:33 PM   #20
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For baby showers I like to give money so the mom can get something she really needs instead of another baby blanket etc .For funerals I like to give gift cards instead of flowers especially to restaurants some of those have multiple places like Chilis you can go there or a couple of other places if you live in a city....I just despise gift baskets a whole lot of money for a whole lot of nothing.
For funerals, I have on occasion made a donation to the person's preferred charity or one that may have helped them to have lived longer or healthier, etc.
Baby showers, yeah I give them something for the baby, in the days before digital cameras, a disposable camera and something for the mother, like her favourite alcoholic tipple. Normally gets a smile!
If I give a gift basket, I have made it up myself, not commercially done.
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