Posts Tagged ‘Shopping’

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!

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!

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.

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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!

Gift Cards For Many Mothers!

May 10th, 2012

These days it‘s hard to suggest gift cards to people on the internet without sounding like Twitter spam. However, Mother’s Day is approaching and let’s face it: many of you will be stuck wondering what to get her. Although some think gift cards are a copout or impersonal, by allowing mom to order online or go pick something out, you can ensure she gets something she really wants. In addition, a gift card that requires physical travel to redeem means you and her can make a day out of it! But, in that case more choices must be made: where should the gift card be from?

The answer is easy. Finding the right gift card just means picking out her passion:

The Interior Decorator


Does mom love wall hangings, trinkets, and pillows? Does she love shopping for new mirrors and figures to place on shelves? If so, a gift card to Pottery Barn, Art.com, or World Market would be perfect. From baskets to vases to wine racks, they have all sorts of products to suit home design needs.

The Shoe-a-Holic


By nature, most women love shoes, unless your mom paints the town red barefoot. And in that case, a gift card for some footware is pressing. Zappos and Shoebuy are great places to buy affordable, quality shoes. Are online shoe pictures not convincing enough? Zappos also offers videos of women modeling the shoes for sale.

The Crafter


If mom is a DIY kind of lady, there are gift cards to match every hobby from painting to sewing. With gift cards for Fabric.com, Scrapbook.com, ScrapbookingAlley.com, or Blick Art Materials, you can find something that suits her interests.

The Gardener


Mother’s Day falls during a month of nice weather. If flowers, plants, or crops are what you see in mom’s backyard, it follows to present her with a gift card from Garden.com, or Gardener’s Supply Company. Who knows, you may even find yourself out working with her.

The Beverage Gal


Most need a hot cup of coffee or tea, both when they wake up in the morning and get home from work at night. Coffee and tea can be bought online with gifts cards from The Tea Emporium or Coffee For Less. If mom loves a drink every so often, she is sure to love a Berkely Wine Company gift card as well.

The Busy Bee


Does mom work hard and not set enough time aside to relax? Treat her with a trip to the spa with a Spa Week or SpaFinder. Better yet, enter our own Spa-tacular Mom Sweepstakes for a chance to win a $100 Spa Week gift card! If you’re in need of a little R&R yourself, why not buy an additional eGift card so you can go together?

Whether the gift card is redeemable on or offline, let mom choose what she wants. Use the opportunity to help her pick something out or enjoy her hobby with her. Go in the garden, learn to sew, or try her favorite tea. She’ll love it.

Photo Credit: Gift CardsRoom Decor, ShoesButton Craft, Garden, Wine, Massage

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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.