Archive for the ‘Holidays’ category

American History 101

July 1st, 2014

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

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Fresh Ideas for Father’s Day Gifts

June 2nd, 2014

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!

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

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

April 29th, 2014

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!

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 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

mother's day

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!