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Back to School Savings Tips

August 4th, 2014

school supplies on yellow backgroundChildren groan when they begin to see back to school commercials pop up on their cartoon shows in early August, but like it or not back to school season is coming fast. When the time comes to shop for the kids, whether it’s now or the day before school starts, it can be tempting to make one trip and get everything imaginable on your list. But don’t be fooled by stores’ flashy displays and promised savings, back to school shopping can be dangerously expensive. So in order to save you cash and sanity during the shopping season, here’s 5 tips to save you money during back to school shopping. » Read more: Back to School Savings Tips

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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.

10 Tips for Smart Gift Card Shopping

January 13th, 2014

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

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!

Get the Top Songs of Summer 2013 with an iTunes Gift Card!

September 12th, 2013

robin-thicke-blurred-lines_11Summer may be over, but there’s still plenty of ways to keep the sunshine in your heart and mind. Billboard has just released their list of the Songs of the Summer- the catchy tunes we have been hearing from Memorial Day to Labor Day. If you’re still just listening to these jams when they get stuck in your head, it’s time to get them on your iPod or phone with an iTunes gift card from GiftZip.com!

1. Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell

Surprising no one, Robin Thicke stole the top spot of the summer with his insanely popular hit. Tying and breaking records all summer, it continues to be a chart-topper, though it did finally cede the number one spot to Katy Perry’s Roar this week.

2. Radioactive by Imagine Dragons

Imagine Dragons’ debut album was released last September and is still enjoying huge success over a year later. Radioactive is the second single off that album, and was a radio DJ favorite on both alternative and top 40 stations all summer long.

» Read more: Get the Top Songs of Summer 2013 with an iTunes 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!

Back to School 2013: Cool Supplies for Any Student

August 7th, 2013

August is upon us and it’s time to hit the racks for back to school shopping! Once you’ve filled the cart with number 2 pencils and other essentials, there are plenty of unique school supplies that fit your child’s personality and will get them excited for September. Check out these fun finds for the many different types of students that walk the halls.

» Read more: Back to School 2013: Cool Supplies for Any Student

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!

5 Ways to Give the Gift of Summer

June 27th, 2013

summer funSummer is more than just a season; summer is about experiences- enjoying outdoor concerts, road trips, vacations to new and exciting places, and the great outdoors. When it comes to summer gift giving occasions like birthdays, anniversaries, and weddings, you have the opportunity to give these experiences to your friends and loved ones. Here are 5 great choices to give the gift of an unforgettable summer experience.

1.       Outdoor Fun

Many of summer’s priceless moments come from enjoying the great outdoors. The warm weather creates endless opportunities for camping, fishing, sports, and more. If you are looking for a gift for someone who loves days at the lake or weekends in the wilderness, there’s no better choice than an outdoor themed present. Check out our selection of outdoor sporting gift cards and find the perfect outdoor retailer for your gift giving occasion.

» Read more: 5 Ways to Give the Gift of Summer

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.

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.