American History 101

July 1st, 2014 by GiftZip.com No comments »

People all over the country are gearing up to celebrate that most patriotic of holidays, the Fourth of July. This glorious red-white-and-blue event usually means bonfires, barbecues, and trips to the nearest body of water. But, as is the case with many of our other patriotic holidays, we party-loving Americans tend to forget the real “reason for the season.” Why does Independence Day really exist? Let’s have a brief lesson on American history!  » Read more: American History 101

Fresh Ideas for Father’s Day Gifts

June 2nd, 2014 by GiftZip.com No comments »

Father’s Day is quickly approaching, so it’s time to start thinking about what you’re going to buy for the best guy in your life. Until now, Father’s Day has been the day where kids everywhere say, “I love you enough to get you a gift, but I didn’t have time to think of a more original present.” Just like Mother’s Day, this warm-weather holiday is in need of a gift-giving makeover. Instead of turning to the tried-and-true gift solutions like barbecues and neckties, let’s try to think outside the box this year! Check out these fresh present ideas, so you can show Dad how much you care by getting him something great.

Get Outdoors

Does Dad love to spend time outside? Is he interested in trying something new, or maybe needs some updated gear for a favorite activity? Whether it’s camping, fishing, hiking, backpacking, or birdwatching, GiftZip has you covered. Get him a gift he can really put to good use in the Great Outdoors, like a new fishing pole, tent, backpack, camping stove, or hiking boots. GiftZip.com carries e-gift cards from retailers like Bass Pro Shops, Cabela’s, Eastern Mountain Sports, REI, Orvis, and The North Face, for all of your outdoor adventure needs. Who knows — maybe your present will inspire Dad to take you along on his next trip!

Pure Relaxation

Men are notorious for not taking care of their hair and skin the way they should — you probably know a guy who washes his hair with bar soap and doesn’t know that you’re supposed to wear sunscreen every day.  Fortunately, most major retailers carry men’s skincare and hair care products that are sure to change the way Dad thinks about his grooming routine! Bloomingdale’s, L’Occitane, and LUSH are great places for any father to start his fresh and clean new lifestyle. LUSH uses organic ingredients and makes all of their products by hand — try the “Dirty” line of products for a minty-fresh scent that will really get you going! L’Occitane is a great resource for luxurious shaving products, but they also carry products to keep Dad fresh from head to toe.  And even dads need to be pampered sometimes: give Dad the gift of relaxation by purchasing a SpaWeek or SpaFinder gift card.

Go Go Gadget

Keep your father on the cutting edge of technology by giving him a gadget gift this Father’s Day. Tech gifts are great for anyone because they can be used for work or for fun! Whether it’s a new camera, high-quality headphones or portable speakers, an e-reader, a tablet, or a trendy large monitor for his desktop, Dad will surely appreciate your awesome gift of technology. E-gift cards from retailers like Amazon.com, Hewlett-Packard, RitzCamera.com, and The Sharper Image are all available on GiftZip.com!

Regardless of the gift you give this year, make sure to let your dad know how much you appreciate him. The perfect accompaniment to a gift card from GiftZip.com is a heartfelt message of love and gratitude. From the GiftZip family to yours: Happy Father’s Day!

Show Mom You Care: Do Something Different for Mothers’ Day!

April 29th, 2014 by Katie Erbach No comments »

mothers-dayMothers’ Day is fast approaching, and you’re running out of time to find the perfect gift to show your Mom how much you care. When you think about all that she’s done for you over the years, the constant love and support that she shows you, you start to realize that a bouquet of flowers just isn’t going to cut it. This year, try something new for Mothers’ Day and make a memory that lasts a lifetime. The best gifts, after all, aren’t things but experiences. 

Pamper Her

Any woman who has raised children has certainly experienced plenty of stress. Give your mother a spa gift card and let her put her feet up and relax (while getting a pedicure!) Take a day to enjoy pampered relaxation together, or just send Mom off for a  weekend of rest and rejuvenation. It’s the least she deserves for getting through your teen years! » Read more: Show Mom You Care: Do Something Different for Mothers’ Day!

10 Easy Ways to GO GREEN for Earth Day!

April 11th, 2014 by Katie Erbach No comments »

For 44 years, Americans have banded together on April 22nd to do something kind for the planet we call home. Earth Day is an important reminder that each one of us has the power and the responsibility to help save our environment, and to leave behind a safe place for future generations. This April, what will you do to help the environment? Whether it’s something large or something small, every step counts toward making our planet better.

1. Clean Green

Combine Earth Day and spring cleaning by finding recipes for eco-friendly cleaning products you can make yourself out of common household ingredients. Ridding your home of harmful chemicals is good for the planet and your wallet!

2. Plant a Tree

You don’t have to wait until Arbor Day (April 27th) to plant a tree. Trees help fight global warming by taking in CO2, as well as creating a habitat for birds and other creatures. Choose a fruit bearing tree for a yummy reminder each year of your contribution to the planet. » Read more: 10 Easy Ways to GO GREEN for Earth Day!

St. Patrick’s Day Myths Debunked

March 12th, 2014 by Katie Erbach No comments »

Here at GiftZip, if there are two things we love they are holidays and being green with eco-friendly e-gift cards. Luckily, there’s a holiday all about green- St. Patrick’s Day! Contrary to popular belief though, this day isn’t all about leprechauns and green beer. We scoured the Internet to debunk some of the most pervasive myths about one of our favorite days of the year.

Myth 1: St. Patrick was Irish.

Well, not quite. Patrick was actually born in England, Scotland, or Wales (opinions vary) and was actually kidnapped by Irish raiders and held captive in Ireland according to traditional narrative. Once he escaped to England and pursued a religious path, however, he served as a missionary in Ireland. Now, he is a patron saint of Ireland, allowing the Irish a special claim to this special day. » Read more: St. Patrick’s Day Myths Debunked

Valentine’s Day 2014: 10 Ways to Surprise and Delight

February 3rd, 2014 by Katie Erbach No comments »

Whether it’s your first Valentine’s Day together or your 50th, there’s always a lot of pressure come February 14th to make the day special. With a bit of planning and the element of surprise on your side, 2014 can be your best Valentine’s yet, and GiftZip is here to help!

  1. Turn your gift into a scavenger hunt by creating a series of clues that lead to all of your favorite places around town. No matter what the prize at the end of the adventure, the experience will be a fun and memorable one for you both.
  2. Investigate special events in your town for Valentines. Whether its art galleries, wine tastings, candlelit dinners, concerts, or anything else, your city probably has plenty to offer to make February 14th a special day.  » Read more: Valentine’s Day 2014: 10 Ways to Surprise and Delight

10 Tips for Smart Gift Card Shopping

January 13th, 2014 by Katie Erbach No comments »

You may not have noticed in the post-holiday blur, but this year’s gift card industry experienced some major scams and setbacks. From unactivated gift cards at Target and elsewhere, to hidden fees and other scams, many shoppers may be swearing off the popular gift altogether. With a few smart shopping tips though, gift card buying can be risk-free, and you can continue to give your friends and family the freedom to choose a gift they love with gift cards to their favorite spots.

1. Watch out for hidden fees! These often pop up when buying general purpose gift cards, like those from American Express and Visa. This chart from BankRate can help to find out what fees might be lurking on gift cards, and will help you decide if you might be better off with a cash gift.

2. Save the receipt from your gift card purchase in case there was an error in its activation. Slip the receipt in with your gift, and your recipient will avoid the awkward encounter of a malfunctioning gift card at the store! This also lets them know the amount on the card without having to ask you or check online. » Read more: 10 Tips for Smart Gift Card Shopping

Tis the Season! Online Gift Cards for Everyone On Your List

December 6th, 2013 by Katie Erbach No comments »

Bells are jingling, carolers are singing, and you and Santa are both making your list and checking it twice. The holiday shopping season is well under way, and if you didn’t scoop up all your gifts on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, you may be feeling the pressure to choose gifts for your friends and loved ones.

Online gift cards are an easy and fun way to show your gift recipients that you know what they like. A gift card isn’t just a one time present; it offers your loved ones the chance to have an experience that they wouldn’t have had without your thoughtfulness. No matter who is on your list this year, surprise them with an online gift card!

Gifts that Relax

The holidays can be a stressful time, and whether it’s your boss, your mom, or anyone else, the gift of relaxation is a meaningful one. Give a gift card to Spa Week or SpaFinder to that person on your list who never treats themselves, but deserves a day or two of pampering. » Read more: Tis the Season! Online Gift Cards for Everyone On Your List

10 Overwhelming Holiday Shopping Statistics

November 7th, 2013 by Katie Erbach No comments »

If you’re asking yourself “is it just me, or has everyone started holiday shopping earlier this year?” then you’re not alone. In fact, you’re probably one of the 37% of shoppers who would be amazed to hear that the other 63% has already started holiday shopping, according to Catalog Spree. This isn’t the only shocking figure that researchers have published lately about this year’s holiday season. It’s sure to be one for the record books.

1. Adobe has forecast $1.6 billion in online sales on Black Friday sales alone this year.

2. Black Friday may seem crazy, but it’s nothing compared to the $2.27 billion that we’re expected to spend on Cyber Monday.

3. The same Catalog Spree that estimated 63% of people have already begun holiday shopping also noted that 30% began before Halloween. » Read more: 10 Overwhelming Holiday Shopping Statistics

GiftZip Predicts: Top Pop Culture Costumes for Halloween 2013

October 8th, 2013 by Katie Erbach No comments »

The leaves are changing colors, the air is turning brisk, and Halloween is just around the corner- Fall is here! If you love the spooky holiday as much as we do, you’re probably already thinking about what costume to wear on October 31st. Whether you’re trick-or-treating, celebrating at parties with friends and family, or staying at home to spook the neighborhood kids and pass out candy, Halloween is a great time to indulge your fantasies and have a little fun!

So what will be the top Halloween costumes this year? We’re predicting plenty of pop culture references mixed with classic Halloween costumes that are popular every year! Here are our top eight costumes for 2013. Want to try one of these creative pop culture costumes out for yourself, or encourage someone else to do the same? Find everything you need from the Halloween shops at AmazonWalmart, K-MartMeijer, and more of the great retailers partnered with GiftZip.com!

» Read more: GiftZip Predicts: Top Pop Culture Costumes for Halloween 2013