Archive for the ‘Holidays’ category

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!

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

December 6th, 2013

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

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!

10 Overwhelming Holiday Shopping Statistics

November 7th, 2013

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

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!

GiftZip Predicts: Top Pop Culture Costumes for Halloween 2013

October 8th, 2013

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

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!

The History of Father’s Day

June 5th, 2013

vintage dadWould you believe that the idea of Father’s Day was introduced by a woman? It’s true! Spurred on by the success of Mother’s Day, many people felt it was only fair to create similar holidays for other family members of influence, and Father’s Day seemed most likely to catch on. While other people in the U.S. promoted the idea of Father’s Day before it was well-established, a female named Sonora Dodd is credited for the holiday as we know it today due to her enthusiasm and persistence in making it a nationwide celebration.

Sonora Smart Dodd celebrated the first Father’s Day at the YMCA in Spokane, Washington on June 19, 1910 in honor of her father and Civil War veteran, William Smart. Smart was a quiet man who was left a widower when his wife died in labor giving birth to their sixth child. Smart went on to raise his six children alone on their small farm in Washington. Grateful for all the hard work and care he showed to her and her siblings, Sonora wanted to pay tribute to her father and others like him with a special day. After hearing about Mother’s Day a year earlier, she recommended a similar holiday celebrating fathers to her pastor. She initially suggested June 5th, her dad’s birthday, but the church did not have adequate time to plan their sermons. Consequently, the celebration was deferred to the third Sunday of June.

» Read more: The History of Father’s 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!

Finding the Perfect Mother’s Day Gift Card

May 9th, 2013

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Attention indecisive people, procrastinators, and busy bees: You’re running out of time to get the mothers in your life the perfect gift card! Finding a personalized gift doesn’t have to be hard, it just takes a little extra time and critical thinking. Rather than picking up a last-minute bouquet of flowers, or taking her to the same restaurant as last year, let her know how much you care by choosing a gift card that shows you took her unique interests and preferences into consideration. The key to giving the best gift is really tailoring it to the recipient as an individual. Below are three important questions that will help you narrow down your search.

» Read more: Finding the Perfect Mother’s Day Gift Card

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!

Valentine’s Day 2013: 5 Gift Ideas You Can’t Go Wrong With

February 11th, 2013

Valentine’s Day is this Thursday, and maybe you’ve got “pick up flowers and a card” on this week’s to-do list, but you don’t want to wait until the last minute to pick our something special for your date. In addition, although everyone likes gifts, it’s much more rewarding and appreciated when you take the time to put together something meaningful instead of just purchasing a stereotypical gift because you feel you had to.

Although some think gift cards are too impersonal, there are ways to make them special – it just takes a little effort and framing. In fact, one of the best gifts is the gift of choice, especially if you’re the one who tends to make plans. Instead of plopping a gift certificate in a card and just writing your name on the inside, take the time to write your Valentine a special message. This could be emphasizing how your gift was based on the desire to do something together, and you’re giving them the opportunity to choose the outing. The best part about e-gift cards is there’s little to no wait time for delivery, as they are usually emailed within a few hours.

Since your sweethearts probably have varying tastes, we’ve got various gift ideas to choose from. If you really want to make a good impression and purchase something that will help build your relationship, here are our suggestions:

» Read more: Valentine’s Day 2013: 5 Gift Ideas You Can’t Go Wrong With

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.

Pick Your Favorite GiftZip Commercial

November 14th, 2012

Recently GiftZip had a contest where we asked our fans to whip up a commercial explaining the benefits of GiftZip e gift cards and we received a whole bunch of amazing work. Picking a winner was so tough, our judges mulled over the winner for hours. But picking one winner didn’t seem entirely fair considering how good the submissions were, so we thought we’d offer another chance to win. This time, we’re opening the voting to the public. The winner of this round of the competition will receive a $250 gift card to the GiftZip retailer of their choice. So watch all of the entries below and vote on your favorite!

Votes will be counted until 12pm EST on Dec. 12th

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Vote here

Our first voting mechanism had some difficulties, so we will be using this one. You are able to vote once per video.

Rules and such

  • It’s simple really – don’t cheat. We retain the right to disqualify entrants for any behavior we deem to be misleading, fraudulent, offensive, or in violation of contest rules.
  • We will select one winner, announced on Dec. 21st, once you’ve been notified, just tell us which GiftZip retailer you’d like a $250 gift card for and we’ll get it to you ASAP.

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.

GiftZip.com Movies For A Year Holiday Giveaway

December 1st, 2010

GiftZip.com Movies For A Year Holiday Giveaway

The holidays are upon us. In true holiday spirit, GiftZip.com will be ringing in the new year by giving away movie passes for a full year to one of our lucky fans, customers, or followers.

How to Enter

All of the following actions are mandatory in order to enter the giveaway:

  • Fill out the following submission form:
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  • Comment on this Blog Post. Be sure to include your name.
  • “Like” us on the GiftZip Facebook. (Already a fan? No worries, this is waved for you.)
  • Comment on the Movies For a Year post on Facebook letting us know you’re entering.

Additional entries will be awarded for the following (Not mandatory, but increase your chances):

1 Entry:

  • Share. Suggesting our Facebook page to friends. Screenshots of this can be sent to promotions@giftzip.com.
  • Follow. Follow us on Twitter @giftzip (a follow and unfollow with not count toward an entry)
  • Retweet. Retweeting the giveaway on Twitter. (Each RT will count for one entry for up to 5 entries.)
  • Subscribe. Subscribe to the GiftZip.com Youtube Channel.

10 Entries:

  • Blog. Blog about GiftZip.com. Links to blog posts can be sent to promotions@giftzip.com.

50 Entries:

  • Buy a GiftZip.com eGift card, take a screenshot of your purchase order, & send to promotions@giftzip.com.

Eligibility

  • Entrants must be legal U.S. residents.
  • Entrants must follow submission process.
  • A maximum of 69 entries will be accepted per person.

Timeline & Prize

Submission Deadline: All entries must be submitted by midnight EST on January 1st, 2011.

  • The winner will receive $520 in Fandango Bucks to be paid every 4 months for 12 months in chunks of $130 Fandango Bucks. This adds up to $10 a week for 52 weeks or the price of a movie ticket each week for a year.
  • Prize will be delivered electronically (via e-mail) on the 3rd of each month. Winners are responsible for printing their own Fandango Bucks.
  • Fandango is in no way affiliated with this giveaway.

Winner Selection Process

  • The winner will be selected at random.
  • The more entries you submit, the greater chance of being selected as the winner.

Fine Print

We retain the right to delete or disqualify any entries we deem inappropriate or as an abuse of GiftZip.com’s terms and conditions.

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.