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10 Easy Ways to GO GREEN for Earth Day!

April 11th, 2014

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!

About Katie Erbach

Katie is GiftZip's newest team member. She currently lives in Chicago with her fiance, Jim. Katie's passions include blogging, hiking, reading (but nothing sad), listening to music, and baking anything with chocolate in it!

St. Patrick’s Day Myths Debunked

March 12th, 2014

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

About Katie Erbach

Katie is GiftZip's newest team member. She currently lives in Chicago with her fiance, Jim. Katie's passions include blogging, hiking, reading (but nothing sad), listening to music, and baking anything with chocolate in it!

How To Win Free Amazon Gift Cards and iTunes Gift Cards Using Google Alerts

January 24th, 2013

Who doesn’t like free stuff? Whether it’s free stuff your Aunt Tess decides to unload on you from her attic or if it’s actually something you want, getting free stuff has a certain charm to it.

Winning a gift card from Amazon pretty much gives you access to buy anything you want in the world (there are people who get toilet paper off of Amazon, no joke). If you have ears you’ll probably also agree that an iTunes gift card can be a pretty fantastic thing. So now that we’ve agreed that getting this free stuff is good, how does one go about getting it?

Disclaimer: It won’t cost you money, but it will cost you a little time.

Every day bloggers and websites giveaway tens of hundreds of free things. Many of them require little to no effort to enter their contests. So what if you took a few minutes each day or each week and entered a bunch of giveaways for these highly desirable items? Chances are that you’d win some pretty nice prizes if you put some time in.
» Read more: How To Win Free Amazon Gift Cards and iTunes Gift Cards Using Google Alerts

About GiftZip.com

GiftZip.com is a portal to the web's eGift cards promoting greener gift giving and reducing the use of wasteful plastic.

Why GiftZip?

September 26th, 2012

It’s quite obvious we love gift cards. They’re convenient, easy to use, and one of the best presents to give and receive. We looked to our friends at the following gift card sites that offer great services such as trading gift cards, buying them for discounted prices and selling them back for cash. We like their style, we really do. But with GiftZip, we deliver your eGift Card instantaneously via email. So when you realize your competitive coworker bought your boss a fruit basket for his birthday, you can one-up them in a matter of minutes by emailing him or her a gift card for nearly any amount to one of over 290 retailers. Check out what these other sites have to offer:

Gift Card Granny: This site is a great source for finding gift cards for your favorite retailers and restaurants at a discount price. Need a gift, but not sure what to get? Did your mom buy you a gift card to a clothing store you no longer like, but are too afraid to tell her? Gift Card Granny allows you to sell your unwanted gift cards for cash or purchase a gift card at discounted prices. Sounds perfect! Though great for the aforementioned circumstances, because Gift Card Granny is simply a hub for gift cards for sale, you might have to head over to eBay and auction with other deal hunters. If you’re in a hurry, it’s definitely not a time saver. In addition, unlike eGift Cards sold at GiftZip, a majority of the cards for sale are plastic. That means having to wait a few days for the card to come in the mail. Definitely not ideal for that last minute gift.

iCARD: Extremely similar to GiftZip, iCARD allows the gift giver to send an electronic certificate to the recipient to one of their many retailers OR to the website in general. That certificate has a code which can be entered on the website and the amount gifted can be spent at any of the retailers iCARD is affiliated with. That way, the gift recipient has a designated amount and can pick out which retailer she’d like to spend it at themselves. Though a great idea for last minute gifts, we found this process to be similar to giving cash. If you think that your friend, family remember, or coworker is better off picking something out themselves, but you haven’t a clue what store they’d be interested in, wouldn’t an envelope of cash be just as useful?

Gift Card Rescue: Similar to iCARD, Gift Card Rescue allows you to sell your unwanted or unused gift cards. They will provide you offers indicating how much they will pay for the card. Simply choose the exchange offer and complete the transaction. You must then mail them the gift card, wait for them to receive it, verify the amount, and then you’ll get your cash. The problem? They only accept plastic gift cards. And plus, it doesn’t help you out when you’re in need of a gift within a matter of minutes or hours!

Cardpool: Another Buy/Sell gift card site. Cardpool connects all the gift card holders around the world to create a trading post, if you will, where you can buy, sell, or trade gift cards. You’ll get what you want, whether it’s a discounted gift card (up to 35%), an exchange for a different card than you currently own, or a cash exchange (up to 92% of face value). The selection of retailers is extensive, however often out of stock. When you have to wait for a gift card that you want to become available, it defeats the purpose of a last minute gift.

About GiftZip.com

GiftZip.com is a portal to the web's eGift cards promoting greener gift giving and reducing the use of wasteful plastic.

5 Fun Projects to Do With Old Gift Cards

August 21st, 2012

There’s nothing worse than finding an old plastic gift card under your bed, in your closet, or tucked away in your wallet only to find out it already expired. Or, perhaps you used the remaining balance on your gift card, and now all you have left is a useless piece of plastic. Rather than chucking an innocent piece of plastic in the trash bin, repurpose your old gift cards, credit cards, and any other plastic cards into something useful and long-lasting.

Here are 5 great projects you can do:

Make a Picture Frame Mosaic

Picture Frame

A lot of times, plastic cards come in fun colors. Making a mosaic with them is as easy as cutting them up, gluing them to a frame, and waiting for it to dry.

Make a Painting

card painting

This project is especially great for kids. Old gift cards can be used to scrape paint across a surface and create cool patterns. If you’re in need of a cheap canvas, use old cardboard.

Make Jewelry

Take Credit Bracelet in Silver

Old gift cards certainly can make some flashy jewelry. If you need new earrings, a bracelet, or a necklace, why pay store prices when you can make your own unique accessories right at home?

Make Guitar Picks

guitar picks

If you play guitar or know people that do, repurpose that old plastic gift card into a guitar pick or two.

Make Magnets

Does your fridge needs a little flair? Cut up gift cards, shape them how you want, and glue magnets on the back.

Have any other ideas? Tweet us your suggestions at @GiftZip or leave a comment on our Facebook.

About GiftZip.com

GiftZip.com is a portal to the web's eGift cards promoting greener gift giving and reducing the use of wasteful plastic.

Top 5 Reasons To Give eGift Cards Over Traditional Plastic Gift Cards

October 5th, 2010

Gift cards are on the top of everyone’s wish lists. Despite their desirable status, traditional plastic gift cards can be limiting, wasteful, and easily lost. So, the next time you plunge into your wallet to purchase a gift card for a friend or a loved one, remember these 5 reasons why it might be best stay at home in your bunny slippers and give a virtual eGift card instead.

  1. Go Green. eGift cards provide shoppers and recipients with a paperless option for gift giving, promoting greener practices and reducing the use of PVC. Each year, 75 million lbs of PVC ends up in landfills due to plastic gift card waste. For more information on the harmful effects of traditional gift cards, be sure to read our Our Vision.
  2. Never Lose a Gift Again. eGift cards ensure that gift cards cannot be lost, allowing recipients or senders to reprint or resend a gift card whenever necessary.
  3. Shop From Home or On The Go. eGift Cards allow individuals to shop from the convenience of home or on the go, making it the ideal gift for the bustling holiday season or any time.
  4. Save Time & Money. A $25 eGift card will cost you $25 dollars, ensuring you will not have to pay convenience fees. Additionally, eGift cards can be delivered by e-mail, saving you the time and money that packaging and shipping requires.
  5. Select from Hundreds of Retailers. The GiftZip.com eGift card portal has over a hundred retailers to choose from, assuring that you will find several desirable retailers tailored to your needs and that you are not limited by the constraints of one store, mall, or area code.

About GiftZip.com

GiftZip.com is a portal to the web's eGift cards promoting greener gift giving and reducing the use of wasteful plastic.