Anne Vassal suggests a number of Christmas gift certificate ideas, a perfect last-minute present for the holiday season.
Choose one of these Christmas gift certificate ideas for a thoughtful present for the holidays.
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Choose one of these Christmas gift certificate ideas for an easy Christmas present everyone will appreciate.
Sometimes, no matter what our good intentions, we don't have the time, we don't have the energy or we don't have the creative oomph to make a darned thing. However, this does not mean we need to dash to the mall and grab the first likely looking gift-suspect. Instead, give gift certificates: It requires no skill whatsoever, you only need to know your relatives' interests.
When I took a completely unscientific survey among women friends, we all said that we wished that we'd get more gift certificates for stuff we really wanted, e.g. manicures/pedicures, facials, visits to our favorite bookstores or catalog companies we just love.
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Find out your relative, friend or coworker's favorite restaurant, pizza delivery, movie theater, music- or bookstore. Just about every business you can imagine offers gift certificates, such as the YMCA's indoor skate park or the neighborhood espresso bar. Get creative and really surprise them. Of course, a gift subscription to a really great magazine — say MOTHER EARTH NEWS, for example — is always a classy choice.
And yes, you should wrap it so it will look like a gift, not an afterthought.
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