Some people believe that gift cards are cold and impersonal, but they can also be the perfect gift for the hard-to-shop-for individual or the person who simply prefers to pick their own present. Here are a few gift cards that will be gratefully-used instead of being tossed into the kitchen junk drawer.
Gilt Groupe. From designer fashions to delectable gourmet foods and local deals through Gilt City DC, a gift card to Gilt will make any man or woman smile. Whether you’re shopping for a college student, a parent or a co-worker, everyone can find something they want on this perfectly-curated website.
iTunes. Shopping for college students or teenagers this holiday season? Give them movies, music, apps and games from the iTunes store. Whether they choose Angry Birds or Gangnam Style, this is one gift card that always gets used.
Drybar. For some women, perfectly styled hair is an obsession. Fashionista-favorite The Drybar recently opened two locations in the D.C. area, which specialize in giving women red carpet-worthy locks. For $45, you can give the coif-obsessed ladies in your life a blowout and scalp massage, or for $100, you can give them three blowouts sans scalp massage. (Drybar: 1825 Wisconsin Ave. NW and 4840 Bethesda Ave., Bethesda, MD)
Fandango. From college students to grandparents, movie gift cards are a great option. If you don’t know what theatre is closest to a person’s home, buy them a gift card from Fandango. They can use the card for date night, for an afternoon outing with friends or to take in a movie solo. If you know which theatre chain they use, pick up a Regal or AMC pass instead.
Sears. Does your man fancy himself a Mr. Fix It? Does he get really excited when it’s time to mow the lawn, repair the doorbell or fix the sink? If so, a gift card to Sears will help him buy that leaf blower, socket wrench set or belt sander that he’s had his eye on. (Because, trust me, unless he told you EXACTLY what he wanted, he wants to pick it out himself.) Gift cards to Sears also make a great gift for new homeowners who might need to buy new appliances or start a remodel.
Amazon. Is there anything you can’t buy on Amazon.com? From this season’s hottest high-heel shoes to camping supplies and gluten-free food, this online retailer has everything. A gift card to Amazon can be used to buy essentials or splurges so that no one gets stuck with a gift he or she doesn’t want.
Bliss. Does your mom, wife, assistant or friend need a spa day? Or do they just love makeup and skincare products? Either way, a gift card to Bliss makes an excellent present. Cards can be purchased in denominations of $25, and redeemed at spa locations for services or on the Bliss website for luxurious beauty products. This way, she can choose whether she wants a massage or a facial, a Deborah Lippman nail polish or a jar of La Mer face cream.
So if you must give a gift card, give one that they’ll actually want to use.