Valentine’s Day 2014: 10 Ways to Surprise and Delight

February 3rd, 2014 by Katie Erbach No comments »

Whether it’s your first Valentine’s Day together or your 50th, there’s always a lot of pressure come February 14th to make the day special. With a bit of planning and the element of surprise on your side, 2014 can be your best Valentine’s yet, and GiftZip is here to help!

  1. Turn your gift into a scavenger hunt by creating a series of clues that lead to all of your favorite places around town. No matter what the prize at the end of the adventure, the experience will be a fun and memorable one for you both.
  2. Investigate special events in your town for Valentines. Whether its art galleries, wine tastings, candlelit dinners, concerts, or anything else, your city probably has plenty to offer to make February 14th a special day.  » Read more: Valentine’s Day 2014: 10 Ways to Surprise and Delight

10 Tips for Smart Gift Card Shopping

January 13th, 2014 by Katie Erbach No comments »

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

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

December 6th, 2013 by Katie Erbach No comments »

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

10 Overwhelming Holiday Shopping Statistics

November 7th, 2013 by Katie Erbach No comments »

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

GiftZip Predicts: Top Pop Culture Costumes for Halloween 2013

October 8th, 2013 by Katie Erbach 2 comments »

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!

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

September 12th, 2013 by Katie Erbach No comments »

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!

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.

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Back to School 2013: Cool Supplies for Any Student

August 7th, 2013 by Katie Erbach No comments »

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.

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5 Ways to Give the Gift of Summer

June 27th, 2013 by Katie Erbach No comments »

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.

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The History of Father’s Day

June 5th, 2013 by Katie Erbach 1 comment »

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.

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Finding the Perfect Mother’s Day Gift Card

May 9th, 2013 by Katie Erbach No comments »

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.

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