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SPA-tacular Mom Sweepstakes: Win $100 Spa Week Gift Card from GiftZip.com!

May 1st, 2012

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and there’s no better way to show your love and appreciation for that special lady in your life than by giving her a little rest and relaxation. We’d love to hear what makes your leading lady so spectacular, or rather, SPA-tacular, whether it’s your mom, grandma, aunt, wife, or nanny! One lucky winner will receive a $100 Spa Week Gift Card to be used at one of 5,000 spas across North America. We’re sure you could write entire novels on what makes mom so great, but we’re challenging you to do it in 140 characters or less. A tweet or blog comment automatically gets you entered so everyone is on equal ground, but we’ll be featuring the submissions we “Like” the best to share on our social media platforms. Details on how to enter are outlined below.

Example: My mom listens to me always, most often says she loves me & still supports me when I’m an idiot. Better yet, she makes a mean grilled cheese

How To Enter

  • Like GiftZip.com on Facebook: Facebook.com/GiftZip and follow us on Twitter: Twitter.com/GiftZip
  • Follow the steps outlined on how to submit your ode to mom on Twitter or the GiftZip blog.
  • Tell us why your mom or other leading lady is so SPA-tacular in 140 characters or less via Twitter or the GiftZip Blog
    • To tweet to enter, mention @GiftZip within your ode to mom.
    • To use the GiftZip blog to enter, comment on the this blog post in 140 characters or less.
  • Individuals may submit one (1) entry per day. Your message can be different each entry, so be creative!

Prize

  • The winner that will be picked at random will receive a $100 Spa Week Gift Card redeemable at one of the participating 5,000+ spas and wellness facilities across North America.
  • Prize is not transferable or redeemable for cash.

Eligibility

Entrants must:

  • Be 13 years of age or older
  • Be a Legal U.S. citizen
  • Enter before May 10th, 2012 at 11:00pm Eastern Standard Time.
  • Adhere to all rules regarding entry process

Entries must:

  • Be 140 characters or less.
  • Be appropriate for all ages and free of profanity (We maintain the right to disqualify entries we deem inappropriate).

Winner Selection

  • The winner will be selected at random and announced on Friday, May 11th, 2012 just in time for Mother’s Day Weekend!

Fine Print

  • We retain the right to disqualify entrants for any behavior we deem to be misleading, fraudulent, offensive, or in violation of contest rules.
  • This is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook or Twitter.
  • By entering, participants are providing information to GiftZip.com and not to Facebook.
  • By submitting an entry, participants are releasing the rights to their entries to be used for advertising purposes, on GiftZip.com social media outlets, and the GiftZip.com website.
  • For questions regarding this promotion, please submit queries on our Facebook page and they will be responded to in a timely manner.
  • Photo credit: via Flickr

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.

Movie Review Sweepstakes: Win a $50 Fandango gift card from GiftZip.com!

April 9th, 2012

Sure, we all believe in movie magic, but sometimes scraping up the funds for a trip to the theater is just as difficult as agreeing with friends on which flick to see. Whether it’s a romantic comedy or a jaw dropping thriller, there’s nothing better than digging your hands into a bucket of popcorn, drinking a trough of soda and finishing it all before the actual film even starts. To celebrate the love of cinema, we want to hear your movie reviews: new or old. Seems simple, but can you do it in 140 characters or less? A movie review automatically gets you entered so everyone is on equal ground, but we’ll be featuring the submissions we “Like” the best to share the movie magic. Details on how to enter are outlined below.

Example: Titanic 3D — Exactly like Titanic in 2D. Ship sinks. Rose lets go, despite saying she never will. Celine Dion’s voice made my ears bleed.

How To Enter

  • Like GiftZip.com on Facebook: Facebook.com/GiftZip or follow us on Twitter: Twitter.com/GiftZip for Contest updates
  • Follow the steps outlined in the “Movie Review Sweepstakes” Facebook post on the GiftZip Timeline on how to submit your movie review on Twitter or the GiftZip blog.
  • Create a review of your favorite or most recently watched movie in 140 characters or less. To tweet to enter, mention @giftzip in your tweet OR you can comment on the GiftZip blog with a review in 140 characters or less.
  • Individuals may submit one (1) entry per day. The review can be of the same or different movie.

Prize

  • The winner that will be picked at random will receive a $50 Fandango gift card redeemable online at Fandango.com.
  • Prize is not transferable or redeemable for cash.

Eligibility

Entrants must:

  • Be 13 years of age or older
  • Be a Legal U.S. citizen
  • Enter before April 27th, 2012 at 12:00pm Eastern Standard Time.
  • Adhere to all rules regarding entry process

Entries must:

  • Be 140 characters or less.
  • Be appropriate for all ages and free of profanity (We maintain the right to disqualify entries we deem inappropriate.).

Winner Selection

  • The winner will be selected at random and announced on April 30th, 2012.

Fine Print

  • We retain the right to disqualify entrants for any behavior we deem to be misleading, fraudulent, offensive, or in violation of contest rules.
  • This is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook or Twitter.
  • By entering, participants are providing information to GiftZip.com and not to Facebook.
  • By submitting an entry, participants are releasing the rights to their entries to be used for advertising purposes, on GiftZip.com social media outlets, and the GiftZip.com website.
  • For questions regarding this promotion, please submit queries on our Facebook page and they will be responded to in a timely manner.
  • Photo credit: Movie Theater

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The Gift of Giving: Help Us Select a Charity To Donate $100 To

March 6th, 2012

We recently heard about a little girl named Ella who loved her puppy more than anything in the world. Ella was turning 5 years old and decided that in lieu of gifts, she would ask her party-goers to donate to the Humane Society in her name to help all the puppies who weren’t as lucky as hers. With the help of Charity Choice gift cards, this month, we are striving to be a bit more like Ella. We are offering our fans and followers the chance to make a difference in their community or to support a cause they find near and dear to their heart. Where would you donate? Tell us.

Ella, Age 5

What meaning does gift giving hold? Most often, we give our loved ones gifts to tangibly express that we care, appreciate, and are thinking about them. With the bombardment of birthdays, holidays, and other occasions where gift giving is “required”, it can be easy to lose sight of the meaning behind this gesture.

During the month of March, with the help of CharityChoice, we want to help remind individuals of the meaning behind gift giving by offering you all the gift of giving.  CharityChoice Gift Cards allows individuals to donate their hard earned dollars to a cause that a family, friend, or loved one finds to be near and dear to their heart.

A little bit more about CharityChoice Gift Cards…

CharityChoice Gift Cards was born in 2004 when Mark Finkel, a board member of our nonprofit organization, wanted to make a charity donation in memory of the recently-deceased father of a business associate. Not knowing what cause was important to the family, he wished to give a charitable gift that allowed the recipient to designate the charity of his/her choice.

Certainly, he thought, such a service for a meaningful gift – allowing the recipient to choose the charity – would be readily available. However, an Internet search wasn’t fruitful in solving Mark’s dilemma. Our next board meeting became the springboard for the website you are visiting today, only two months after it was envisioned!

Our CharityChoice Gift Cards indeed provide a way for all of us to elevate how we do our gift-giving. We hope that we will now make it possible for everyone to add a charitable dimension to their special occasion; by giving a charity gift, whenever …meaningful matters.

Ways To Give

Share Your Story

Gifts need not have a monetary value to be special. In fact, the most important gifts we will receive in life are the people and experiences that shape who we are and touch our lives in a significant way. Share your stories with us on Facebook and inspire others to do good and be thankful.

Share:

  • Your stories of people who are making a difference and giving back in their community
  • Your experiences volunteering or helping others
  • The greatest gift you’ll ever receive
  • A personal story about a special and invaluable gift you received
  • An inspiring story about giving
  • A time when you or someone you know made a selfless sacrifice

We will be featuring our favorites on our blog for others to read and enjoy.

Help Us Select Which Charity To Donate $100 To

We will be donating $100 to a charity of your choosing in the name of one of our followers or fans. You can participate in the process by:

  • Twitter: Tweet at us telling us where you would donate it.
  • Facebook: Write on our Facebook wall sharing where and why you think the donation should go.

For a full list of charity options, visit CharityChoice here.

Spread The Word

Remind your friends and family the meaning behind gift giving and inspire others to give back. Tweet it, share it on Facebook, or shout-it from the front porch. The choice is yours. Use the share buttons at the bottom to help us get more people involved in our Gift of Giving campaign.

About GiftZip.com

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3 Valentine’s Day Gift Cards That Won’t Get You Dumped

February 8th, 2012

Valentine’s Day is marked by the increase in hues of pink and red, soppy heart-shaped treats, and believe it or not, break-ups. According to a Facebook study conducted by David McCandless and a report by Tres Sugar, each year the number of break-ups spikes from January all the way to Spring. To help you avoid getting kicked to the curb on cupid’s big day, we’ve taken the liberty of compiling a list of eGift cards to print that should ensure lovers’ bliss.

3 Gift Cards That Won’t Get You Dumped

1. Spa Gift Certificate

Every girl needs a little R&R once in a while. (Okay, maybe once than ONCE in a while!), so Health & Wellness Gift Cards by SpaWeek should be received well. Services include manicures, pedicures, massages, facials, massages, and more.

Do your sweetie a favor and check to see if there are locations near her. If you really want to go the extra mile (You can do it.), print out the list and highlight the locations on her route to the gym, work, or home. She’ll appreciate that you took the time to make the process convenient for her.

We’re getting a little sales pitchy here, but since they are running a special we should we’d mention it. Gift Cards are 10% until February 14th so save yourself a little dough too.

Coupon: “Happy Valentine’s Day! Get 10% off! Discount applied in shopping cart.”

Insider Info: If you can’t drop the big bucks or would rather grab a gift card for yourself, we are giving away a $100 Health & Wellness SpaWeek Gift Card in time for Valentine’s Day in our LOVE LETTER SWEEPSTAKES on Facebook! Shameless plug. Details here.

2. Romantic Getaway

A romantic getaway should prevent you from singing the single blues come February 15th. A Gift Certificate to BedandBreakfast.com will allow for you to select a destination together from one of B&B’s 4,000+ locations in U.S. & Canada. No expiration or fees and no blackout dates.

Now until February 14th, B&B.com is offer 10% gift cards a free box of Godiva chocolates to sweeten the deal. Order early so you have your additional treats in time.

Save 10% + Get Free Godiva Chocolates!

3. Event Tickets

There’s nothing a gal loves more than getting dolled up or down to hit up a concert, Broadway play, or sporting event. A night out on the town or day at the stadium is the ideal gift for someone who enjoys spending time with you (We’re assuming they think you’re okay since you’ve nabbed them as your Valentine.). Choose from plays, sporting events, comedians, concerts, and more. Although giving a gift certificate to TicketsNow runs the risk of seeming impersonal, you can make it more unique by printing out the events you had considered and circling the ones you thought looked the most interesting. Tell your gal you wanted to decide together which event would be the most enoyable for you both.

3 Gift Certificates That You Should Avoid at All Costs

Tired of being tied down? Want to live the single life on the soppiest Hallmark holiday of the year? Well, then we’ve got the cure for your cabin fever that will leave you doing cupid’s shuffle all the way to the dog house. Check out our 3 Gift Certificates that will pretty much guarantee a strained relationship.

1. A Diet System or Weight Loss Plan Gift Certificate

I don’t think we need to explain this one.

2. A Gym Membership

Nothing says “You Are Special” like letting your honey know you feel as though it would be in their best interest to hit the gym. You may just think you are urging your lady to live a healthy lifestyle, but Valentine’s Day is not the optimal time to go all Livestrong on her butt.

3. A Gift Certificate to that Shady Looking Chinese Restaurant Down The Street

Mur. This illustrates a lack of effort. She doesn’t even like Chinese that much and even if she did, she doesn’t want to eat at that one star joint. Steer clear of giving gifts that make it appear as though you forgot her or didn’t put much thought into picking something out. If her idea of “camping” is staying at a Holiday Inn or if she’d rather hunt for a killer pair of Mary-janes than hike up a mountain, Valentine’s Day is not the time to try to lobby for your hobbies.

Photo creditSister72 (Valentine’s Day Crushed Candy Heart), MountainBread (Valentine).

About GiftZip.com

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Love Letter Sweepstakes: Win $100 Spa Week Gift Card from GiftZip.com!

February 1st, 2012

Whether you’re riding solo or clinging tightly to the one you call your own this 14th, Valentine’s Day is all about sharing the love. In celebration of February the 14th, we want your sappiest of love letters addressed to anything or anyone from your cell phone to your soul mate. The catch? Do it in 140 characters or less. A love letter automatically gets you entered so everyone is on equal ground, but we’ll be featuring the submissions we “Like” the best to spread the love around. Details on how to enter are outlined below.

Example: Dear cell phone, thank you for always being there to connect me to the ppl & things I love. Especially Angry Birds. Always, Your Valentine

How To Enter

  • Like GiftZip.com on Facebook: Facebook.com/GiftZip
  • Follow the steps outlined in the “Love Letter Sweepstakes” tab in the left hand side bar on how to submit your love letter.
  • Individuals may submit one (1) entry per day.
  • One (1) additional entry will be given per day for tweeting us a love letter: twitter.com/giftzip You cannot submit the same love letter using this method more than once. To tweet to enter, mention @giftzip in your tweet.
  • One (1) additional entry will be given for each friend that enters as a result of you sharing the sweepstakes with Facebook friends as outlined in the Facebook Tab.

Prize

  • The winner that will be picked at random will receive a $100 Spa & Wellness Gift Card by Spa Week redeemable at a Spa or wellness center near you. For directions on how to use your gift card, click here.
  • Prize is not transferable or redeemable for cash.

Eligibility

Entrants must:

  • Be 13 years of age or older
  • Be a Legal U.S. citizen
  • Enter before February 14, 2012 at 12:00pm Eastern Standard Time.
  • Adhere to all rules regarding entry process

Entries must:

  • Be 140 characters or less.
  • Be appropriate for all ages and free of profanity (We maintain the right to disqualify entries we deem inappropriate.).

Winner Selection

  • The winner will be selected at random and announced on February 14th, 2012.

Fine Print

  • We retain the right to disqualify entrants for any behavior we deem to be misleading, fraudulent, offensive, or in violation of contest rules.
  • This is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.
  • By entering, participants are providing information to GiftZip.com and not to Facebook.
  • By submitting an entry, participants are releasing the rights to their entries to be used for advertising purposes, on GiftZip.com social media outlets, and the GiftZip.com website.
  • For questions regarding this promotion, please submit queries on our Facebook page and they will be responded to in a timely manner.
  • Photo credit: Candy Hearts

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Stereotypical Valentine’s Day Posts: What does your Facebook Update Say About you?

January 30th, 2012

It’s Valentine’s Day. A day to eat upwards of five pounds of chocolate shamelessly, to express your affection with an economical arrangement of flowers from Walgreens and to pretend that what you wanted most from your significant other was in fact that stuffed giraffe holding a heart. Today more than 150 million Valentine’s Day cards will be en route to special someones across the globe, at least 15 percent of women will send themselves roses, and three percent of pet owners will ask Fido to be their valentine. But most obviously, today will welcome an incessant stream of Valentine’s chatter on all social media platforms—from both lovers and loathers of romance.

Social networks have become the ultimate arena for the initiation, bliss and very public cyber demise of so many relationships. The influence of networks like Facebook and Twitter on relationships is so profound, that even marriages are affected. In the UK, law firms have actually reported that Facebook flirtations were cited in 33 percent of unreasonable behavior petitions in divorce cases. Yikes. So imagine the attention given to Facebook and other social networks on this most romantic of days. We can only assume the Web will be exploding with hearts and smileys, nauseating statuses, bitter tweets and jealous holiday stalking efforts. For that reason, we’ve come up with a list of stereotypical Valentine’s Day posts and what they can tell you about a person. So, if nothing else, Valentine’s Day will offer you a satirical psychological understanding of your social network.

The Lover

“Happy Valentine’s Day to my boo boo bear! <3 XOXO”

The lover has a simple goal—To wish his or her boo boo bear a magical Valentine’s Day. Unfortunately, subsequent effects include widespread nausea, eye rolling and defriendation.

The Hater

“Who honestly gets a bouquet of roses delivered to work anyway? #hopehecallsmetonight”

This person hates Valentine’s Day for no other reason than the fact that “he” hates Valentine’s Day. Behind the roses-are-dumb façade, she really wants a dozen, a hot date and probably a diamond bracelet too. #hopeyoumadeotherplans

The Spoiled Rotten

“I have the best boyfrand EVER.”

Her boyfriend surprised her with a life-sized teddy bear holding a diamond-encrusted box of chocolates shaped like roses with a poem transcribed on each petal. All delivered by a diapered man with a bow and arrow.

The Unoriginal

“She said YES!”

He thought he was the most romantic human being alive to propose on Valentine’s Day.

The Disappointed

“I can’t believe I said yes.”

She thought he was the most banal human being alive to propose on Valentine’s Day.

The Victim

“It’s Valentine’s Day. I guess I’ll rearrange the spice rack and fold my socks again.”

The victim typically announces on this day how absolutely dreadful their life is. Don’t show up to their pity party. Instead, say something like “Way to go, Karen! You are such a productive person.”

The Possessive

“I (insert full name) love you, (insert full name)! I’m so glad you’re mine and only mine, mine, mine.”

The possessive will not only post this status, they will write it again on their significant other’s wall. Then they will refresh their Facebook page until the post is reciprocated and craft voodoo dolls of every person tagged in a picture with their beloved.

The Oblivious

“Should I have enchiladas for dinner? Or grilled cheese?”

This person is entirely unaware of Valentine’s Day and is intermittently watching The Office, clipping his toenails and Facebooking.

The Rebel

“Today I’m going to pinch everyone wearing pink, burn all of my valentines and yell at puppies.”

The rebel is notorious for making a big deal out of those that make a big deal of Valentine’s Day. This person probably once liked the holiday until a childhood classmate refused his valentine gift of playground ants.

The Suck-up

“I didn’t even realize it was Valentine’s Day, because every day with you is like Valentine’s Day.”

The suck-up is only effective if the receiver of their message does not burst into a fit of unbelieving laughter…which is laughable itself. This never works, and the suck-up ends up enjoying grilled cheese with captain oblivious.

So whether or not you’re rebellious, uncreative, unaware or even possessive, you post that Valentine’s Day status. Just cross your fingers to have friends afterward.

Photo credit: Girl with Cell Phone.

Becky Cunningham is a writer and social media enthusiast. Find her on LinkedIn here.

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Buy a Gift Card Using GiftZip.com This Holiday & 50 Cents Will be Donated to US Troops

December 8th, 2011

This Holiday season, GiftZip.com has teamed up with Give2TheTroops to give back to all the women and men of the armed forces that give it all. For each gift card purchased through the GiftZip.com platform through the end of December, we will donate 50 cents to Give2TheTroops to help support their efforts to send care packages and letters to US military men and women!

Give2TheTroops (G2TT) is a 501 (c) 3 tax exempt nonprofit non-political organization that sends care packages and letters to our deployed and wounded military troops in combat zones, and at home. For more information on all the good this organization does each day, visit Give2TheTroops.org.

Image courtesy Give 2 The Troops

Were you planning on giving gift cards this Holiday season? GiftZip.com in partnership with Give2TheTroops is giving you the opportunity to use your buying power for good. Shipping care packages is by no means inexpensive (to the tune of $10,000 a month!), yet Give2TheTroops makes it happen everyday.

Since December 2002, Give2TheTroops has supported approximately ONE MILLION deployed U.S. troops with loving care packages and letters from all over the nation. This was made only with the help of tens of thousands of generous and patriotic friends in the U.S. and abroad- and you can become one of them simply by making your holiday gift cards purchases using GiftZip.com.

GiftZip.com offers gift cards from over 300 retailers, so it is literally one stop shopping and the best part is that you can do it from the comfort of home, avoiding trips to the packed malls. You can easily print the certificate or e-mail it from any computer or mobile device.

If you have a family or friend in the military, please help spread the word! We can use all the help we can get! Head over to our Facebook Page to show your support with a “Like” of our status or to our Twitter to let us know you’re on board. Want to start shopping for your holiday gift cards? Head over to our home page and get started.

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.

8 Holidays In April You Probably Didn’t Know About

April 8th, 2011

April showers bring May flowers. April Come She Did. April Fool’s Day. Or as Frank put it, “April in Paris, this is a feeling / That no one can ever reprise.” If you can’t make it to Paris this month, fret not, there are plenty of reasons to celebrate the fact that spring has sprung (or is on its way to springing if you live in the Midwest like us).

What goes down in the month of April? Fools run amok. There’s pastel colored treats and baskets of bunnies and dyed eggs galore. There’s certainly more days to whip out your galoshes and sassy storm gear. We know this much about the month of April, but a quick survey of the office demonstrates how little we know about the other awesome holidays taking place this month. We’ve already missed a few, but in the event you wanted to a purchase your loved ones gifts for these rare occasions, we’ve compiled a list of the top 10 most awesome holidays taking place in the Month of April. Get ready for the craziness because we’re pretty sure you haven’t heard of these gems:

April 8th: Draw a Picture of a Bird Day – We’re baffled by how or why this became a holiday, but apparently today is Draw a Picture of a Bird Day. If you wanted to invest in an eGift card for a special someone today, we recommend Dick Blick’s Art Supplies. You know, for crayons and paper and such to allow your loved one to construct the most artful bird possible. We don’t kid about eGift cards.

April 11th: Eight Track Tape Day – Huh? What’s that? Just kidding. We remember those. Kind of. This day celebrates the invention of the eight track tape which many of us relied on to listen to sweet melodies before cassettes, CDs, and then digital downloads. Because we’re fans of all things eco-friendly here at GiftZip.com, we are going to recommend you head over to iTunes and purchase iTunes gift cards for your pals so they can listen to their fave music. The eight track tape will understand.

April 13th: Scrabble Day – This one we can understand because Scrabble is a classic family pass time and definitely on our list of favorites board games. This day in April celebrates the popular board game, Scrabble. FYI, Scrabble was created in 1938 by Alfred Mosher Butts. Celebrate this wordy holiday with a game of Scrabble, get it on Amazon.

April 14th: Look Up At The Sky Day – Make sure it is still there. Make sure nothing is going to fall on your head. Just kidding! April 14th marks the day each year we are directed to gaze up at the wide open sky. If you’re going to make the most of this rare occasion, we recommend getting your loved ones a Bass Pro Shop gift certificate to pick from the array of high quality binoculars they offer so that they can accurately see what’s going on up there. You’re welcome.

April 15th: Rubber Eraser Day - This monumental occasion celebrates the invention of the rubber eraser. According to Holiday Insights, there’s two reasons why we don’t just dub this holiday “Eraser Day”: 1. Erasers were made of rubber. Today, they are made of rubber or vinyl. 2. In England, they were formally called “rubbers”. We’re going to try to be mature and not poke fun at that. If you want to live it up in office supplies style on this day, get a Organize.com eGift card to let them stock up on rubber erasers.

April 17th: Blah, Blah, Blah Day – The 17th of April marks Blah, Blah, Blah Day. No, not the Ke$ha song. Blah, Blah, Blah day is the one day a year dedicated to doing all of the things that people have been repeatedly asking you to do or that you’ve been putting off.  According to Holiday Insights, Blah, Blah, Blah Day is a copyrighted holiday. It was created and is provided by the people over at  Wellcat.com. We recommend a Home Depot eGift card for those home projects you’ve been meaning to get done.

April 22nd: National High Five Day - WOO! HIGH FIVE! Make sure your hands are clean before you go around swapping hand sweat with strangers. Take some preventative measures and buy your pals drugstore.com gift certificates to stock up on antibacterial, vitamins, and band-aids for the high fives gone awry.

April 25th: World Penguin Day – Celebrate our flightless friends by wattling on over to Barnes & Noble and grabbing a book on these wonderful little creatures.

April 26th: Hug An Australian Day - Well, go ahead. Hug one. If by chance you are unable to locate an Aussie, why not just hug your Uggs? Ugg boots, that is. Get your pals an eGift certificate to Ugg Australia and let them cling to their fuzzy, warm boots. FYI, Hug an Australian Day is a copyrighted holiday ceated and is provided by Wellcat.com.

There you have it. Our complete gift guide for the month of April. Don’t fancy our gift ideas? Comment and share yours!

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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.

GiftZip Video Contest – Worst Gift Ever! Win $250

February 24th, 2011

Ever get a terrible present?  Ever give one? Ever sit in absolute awe, not sure of what it is or what to say next? Well, if so, we want to hear about it.

GiftZip.com will be giving away $250 to one lucky winner who creates a short video (2 minutes or less) about the worst gift ever.  The video can fall into any of the following categories:

  • Actual footage of the awful gift
  • A video telling the story of the worst gift ever (or even a re-enactment!)
  • A fictional scene about the worst gift ever

Here’s what you need to do to enter:

  • Post your video to YouTube
  • Add this line to your video’s title – “GiftZip’s worst birthday gift video contest”
  • Send us an email at mwoodrow@giftzip.com with a link to your video

We will be accepting entries until March 25th.  On March 28th we will select ten finalists and post them on the GiftZip blog.  At that point we’ll open up voting until Midnight on April 1st (EST).

We will announce the winner and inform them via email on April 4th, 2011.

Got it?  Good.  We can’t wait to see what you creative types come up with.

Now for the obligatory contest details…

1. Eligibility
This competition is offered by GiftZip and is open to anyone who is at least 18 years of age at time of entry. Employees and family members of GiftZip and/or its affiliated companies are not eligible to win. 

2. Entry
Send us an email by March 25, 2010 to mwoodrow@giftzip.com which contains a direct link to your video on Youtube for our judges to review.
YOU MUST EXPRESSLY AGREE AND CONSENT TO BE BOUND BY THE TERMS OF SERVICE AND PRIVACY POLICY OF THE YOUTUBE WEBSITE. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE TO THESE TERMS, PLEASE DO NOT USE YOUTUBE OR ENTER THE CONTEST.

3. Contest Submission

  • Please don’t include any music unless you created and own the copyright of the music yourself.
  • Please get permission from everyone in your video to include them in your submission.
  • Please follow YouTube’s Community Guidelines for respectful and appropriate content.
  • You are responsible for your submission and anything in it.
  • Submission must comply with the YouTube Terms of Service.
  • Submission should comply with the YouTube video requirements.
  • Submission must not exceed 2 minutes in length; there is no minimum length requirement.
  • All videos should contain “GiftZip’s worst gift video contest” in both the title and tags of the submission.


4. Additional Rules

  1. Submitting video contributions: The term “Video Contribution” means and refers to any and all video content you submit to the contest via the YouTube Channel, including, without limitation, spoken statements, music, audio, video, video recordings, audio- visual works and recordings, slides, portraits, animated and/or motion pictures, caricatures, likenesses, vocal or other sounds, sound recordings and voices.
  2. However submitted, your Video Contribution will be stored by YouTube and made available via YouTube and the site. Editing tools will not be provided and video editing is not allowed in Contest submissions. Once you have completed your Video Contribution, you must upload it to YouTube Channel. Members of the public will have the opportunity to view your video contribution via YouTube and rate the video using the rating system.
  3. Participants may enter the contest multiple times but are only eligible to win one prize per person. Each entry must, however, have at least one email account in order to qualify. Participants agree to be bound by the decisions of GiftZip and these Rules and to comply with all local, national and international laws and regulations. GiftZip and those working for GiftZip or on behalf of GiftZip, will not be responsible for lost, late, misdirected or damaged due to uploading, or for internet, computer hardware and software, phone and/or any other technical errors, malfunctions and delays. Entries which are mutilated, incomplete, illegible, inaccurate forged, irregular in any way or otherwise not in compliance with these rules are also void. In the event of a dispute concerning who submitted an email entry, the entry will be deemed to have been submitted by the authorized holder of the email account from which the entry is assigned by an internet access provider, online service provider or other organization (e.g. business, educational institution, etc.) responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the submitted email address.
  4. Video Contributions must be original and created entirely by the participant and must not incorporate or include anything that is owned by any third party or would require the consent of any third party and Participant’s Video Contribution must not violate any law or the copyright, trademark, publicity right, privacy right or any other right of any third party.
  5. In addition, the Video Contribution may not contain content which is obscene, crude, vulgar or which contains offensive depictions, images or language; gang signs or symbols; nudity; trespass or the violation of personal rights or property; illegal or inappropriate activity, behavior or conduct; or any other content, material and/or images that could be considered inappropriate, unsuitable or offensive, as determined by GiftZip, in its sole discretion.


5. Our Right to Use Your Work and Information about You

  1. By submitting your video you grant to GiftZip.com the right to use images of your video contributions on the YouTube website for the purpose of advertising or promoting the contest and/or GiftZip.com in any media. Participants may be asked to submit their original video files. Failure to submit original files may result in disqualification.
  2. By providing the video contribution in connection with this contest, you may grant to GiftZip.com, except where prohibited by law, to use your name, likeness, picture, address, email address, voice and biographical information. Contribution, entry from information and written and oral statements for advertising and promotional purposes in promotion or publicizing the contribution, GiftZip.com, worst birthday gift video contest, without compensation, and no claim (including, without limitation, claims based on invasion of privacy, defamation, or right of publicity) arising out of any use, blurring, alteration or use in composite form of your name, picture, likeness, address, email address, biographical information or entry. The rights granted under this paragraph shall extend to the GiftZip.com with respect to all participants in the contest, including the participants who are selected as the winners and those participants who are not selected as winners.


6. Verification
GiftZip.com may, in its sole discretion, contact any or all of the finalists via the email addresses associated with the YouTube accounts in order to confirm the eligibility of those potential Winners and compliance with the Official Rules. In the event GiftZip.com contacts a potential Winner and that potential Winner does not respond within two days, then such Winner may be disqualified and an alternate Winner will be selected from among all eligible entries received based on the judging criteria described herein. Except where prohibited by law, each finalist may be required to sign and return a Declaration of Eligibility and provide any additional information that may be required by GiftZip.com. If required, finalists must return all such required documents within two days following attempted notification or such finalist will be deemed to have forfeited the prize and another potential Winner will be selected based on the judging criteria described herein. All notification requirements, as well as other requirements within these Rules, will be strictly enforced.

7. Prizes
Grand Prize: The top video will win $250.

8. Notification
GiftZip.com will contact the winners through their YouTube accounts with which they submitted their URL within 30 days of the end of the contest. (Also see 5)

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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.

How Much Does Plastic Gift Card Waste Weigh? Just Around 34 Million Kittens.

January 18th, 2011

The merriments were celebrated, the gifts were unwrapped, and the new year was rang. With the Holiday season in our rear view mirror, GiftZip.com fixed its sights on the amount of waste that accumulates during the gift-giving season. According to the environmental experts at Plenty Magazine, each year 75 million lbs of PVC is dumped into landfills due to plastic gift card waste, a good portion of which is originally purchased during the Holidays. We’ve compiled a list of comparisons to give you a better idea of exactly how much waste that is– we think you’ll be shocked. The amount of plastic gift card waste that ends up in landfills each year is roughly the same as:

1. Hurling 8,720 2008 Hummer H2’s into the nearest landfill or driving nearly a third of all Hummers sold in the year 2008 straight from the dealership parking lot to the scrap yard.

2. 34,090,909 8 week old kittens

3. The weight of roughly 125 Boeing 7/47 Jets.

4. 4,870 adult African elephants

5. 166 Statue of Liberty’s

6. 300 million medium Burger King French Fries or 108 billion calories

7. 227,963 10 minute showers

8. 24,300,000,000 paper clips

9. 50 million iPads (Wi-Fi Model)

10. 53,571,429 Snuggies

11. 92,307,692 Partridges without pear trees

Lesson learned. Those pesky little plastic gift cards can add up to a whole ton (or multiple tons) of weight. No kittens were harmed in the making of this article. The Snuggies broke their fall. No partridges were forced from their pear trees.

Photo Attribution: Thomas Doerfer (Hummer H2), Jan Arkesteijn (Elephants), Fasil Getachew (Boeing Jet), Eldar Kamalov (Statue of Liberty), Matt McGee (French Fries), Loretin (paper clips), ColKorn1982 (Kitten), Todd Dailey (Ipads), Stannate (snuggies), Brandon Daniel (Partridge), Hollywood Row (calculate)

Numbers used: 1 Gallon = 8.23 lbs, 5 minutes of showering = 20 gallons, average adult elephant weight = 15,400 lbs, Medium Burger King French Fries = 4 oz, Hummer H2 = 8,600 lbs, statue of liberty = 450,000 lbs, Paper clip = 1.4 g, 1 pound = 453.6 grams, 8 week old kitten= 2.2 lbs, Ipad (wi-fi model) = 1.5 lbs, snuggie= 1.4 lbs, partridge = 13 oz,  Burger King french fries = 360.0 calories




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.