Christmas Gift Certificate Ideas

Anne Vassal suggests a number of Christmas gift certificate ideas, a perfect last-minute present for the holiday season.
By Anne Vassal
December 2001/January 2002
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Choose one of these Christmas gift certificate ideas for a thoughtful present for the holidays.
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Christmas Gift Certificate Ideas

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.

Supplies:

Zip, nada, zero

Approximate Cost

$10 to $??

Strategy

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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