I’ll be a *cough, cough* twentysomething at the end of this July. What should friends, family, and other loved ones get someone like me?
You may be hesitant about giving money. You may think it seems cheap, impersonal, or in bad taste.
Get over all of that. Because nothing is better than getting exactly what you want, and the best way to ensure that is if you give me the power to purchase what I want, when I want it. Almost all of my paycheck goes to rent, bills, and food. I’m always wishing I had a little extra cash. So gift cards are perfect!
There are plenty of ways to get personal and creative about this:
- Gift cards to specific businesses. This is the best way to personalize a gift because you can tailor it to their interests.
- A film junkie will love a gift card to their local theater
- Lovers of shiny new pedicures will appreciate spa gift certificates
- Epicures will drool at a gift card for a fancy new restaurant they haven’t tried yet
- Pre-paid visa cards. You put a set amount of money on them and they work just like a debit card, so they can be spent anywhere on anything.
- The time-tested cash-in-an-envelope or check from Grandma is nothing to be ashamed of.
Another way of getting someone exactly what they want is asking for their wish list. Amazon.com and plenty of other websites allow you to make lists of what you’d like or allow you to share items via email, Facebook, and Twitter.
With all these options, there’s no reason to give someone a gag gift or obligatory last-minute-something like a candle or bargain bin DVD.
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