Almost everyone has at least one person on their shopping list that seems impossible to buy for. That person may be incredibly picky; may go out and buy everything they want when they want it; or may be someone you do not know all that well.

For example, some couples who get married do not register for gifts because they already have their households established and do not feel they need any additional items. In that case, a gift card or gift certificate to one of their favorite restaurants, the theater, or for travel from an airline or travel agency would likely be appreciated. Or maybe the person you are buying the gift for is someone who lives far away and the gift you want to purchase is very bulky which would make shipping expensive. In that case a gift card or gift certificate for that item would work well.

A gift card can also be a great gift for someone you know extremely well. For example, if your sister-in-law loves to get massages. She may have four children and a tight family budget so massages are a luxury she cannot usually afford. So for her birthday and for Christmas you could give her gift certificates for massages or to a day spa.

Even children enjoy gift cards. Maybe your college age son wants a recliner for Christmas. You want to get it for him but he lives 600 Kilometers away and one wouldn’t fit in his vehicle for his drive back home after the holidays. Buying one and shipping it isn’t cost effective. Rather put that shipping money into a nicer recliner so you could give him a gift card to buy a chair where he lives. If you aren’t sure what furniture store he would want to buy the recliner from, give him a Visa gift card which can be used anyplace a Visa charge card can be used.

The major credit card companies, including Mastercard, Discover, American Express, and Visa all sell gift cards. The gift cards are redeemable wherever their credits are accepted.

Gas gift cards are another gift card that is great to give. Anyone who drive love them, because its much nicer than always scrounging for gas money. And since gas gift cards can be used for gas and also for purchasing snacks inside the gas station, they are a gift that is very appreciated.

Teenage girls usually love gift cards or gift certificates to the local mall. Teenage girls are usually difficult to shop for, most teenage girls love clothes but can be very picky about what they like. Also, choosing the right size can be difficult since sizes are not uniform among stores. Giving a gift card in order to avoid the recipient having to go through taking the unwanted or wrong size item back to the store to exchange is ideal.

If you need to find a gift for someone who loves to go to restaurants and you want to buy them a restaurant gift certificate, consider a card good for more than one establishment. Then the recipients will be able to go to any one of the member restaurants as oppose to being limited to just one choice.

If you are looking for a gift for that person who seems to have everything, consider giving them something similar to a gift card – give a gift in their name to a charitable organization.

Some people say giving a gift card is the lazy way to give a gift. I don’t agree. I think a thoughtfully chosen gift card is a wonderful gift. It shows the recipient that you want them to have something special they can truly use.

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