Olivia Bahou
Dec 07, 2017 @ 3:30 pm

Gift cards are great presents in more ways than one. They’re easy to acquire (and decide on) for the gifter and well-appreciated by the receiver as they allow them to hand-pick their own item.

There is a downside, though: They can feel impersonal or unoriginal for those very same reasons. Keep scrolling for six ways that you can make a gift card more unique.

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1. Pick a card for a specific store you know they love.

Are they into baking? Give them money toward Sur La Table. Do they need a new coat? Pick up a gift card for Nordstrom. The amount you give doesn’t need to be enough for a Le Creuset pot or a Canada Goose jacket, but you can help by putting money toward it.

2. Present it within a gift, like a small wallet.

There’s nothing better than opening a gift just to find that there’s another gift inside of it.

 

3. Pick a unique way to wrap it.

Pinterest has plenty of ideas for how to present a gift card, from putting it inside a jar of candy to making it into a tree or wreath.

4. Include a page of suggestions that you think they’ll love.

Help them decide what to use the money toward by printing out a list of things you think they’d enjoy, and maybe even include a blurb about why. While you’re not making the decision for them (so they don’t have to worry about returns or exchanges) it will help them get excited about what they can put the money toward.

 

5. Put together a gift basket.

Assemble the gift card along with a few gifts that go alongside it. If you bought them a gift card to the movies, include some popcorn and candy. If you opted for a spa gift certificate, package it with a facemask and some cozy slippers.

6. Write a heartfelt note.

Even if you don’t have the time or budget to get anything other than a card, make sure it comes with a sweet message. The thought really is what counts.

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