Chirstmas is coming soon and the pressure to buy the right gift to show you care is rising. When it comes down to the wire, gift cards can save the holiday. The great things about giving gift cards to any fan for Christmas, Transformers or otherwise, are that you can to acknowledge his or her hobby, show that you support his or her hobby, and do both without actually having to research his or her hobby. This is better than wading through entire store shelves in a futile attempt to purchase a rare collector’s item. Chances are the collector will have already bought it before you think about buying it. So instead of trying to decide whether to buy the Transformers fan an Optimus Prime or a Convoy, give the fan a gift card and let him or her choose.
America will inagurate its first African American President in 2009. And 2009 marks the 25th anniversary of The Transformers toyline and cartoon series. Coincidence? Of course. While I have no idea what gift cards are appropriate to give to an elected President, I do know a few gift cards to give a loyal Transformers toy fan and collector for Christmas. With all of the new toys, reissued toys, and other merchandise planned for 2009 and some already released for the Christmas rush, any gift card will help.
#5 Target: The giant retail chain is a convenient one stop shopping center for home goods and the occasional toy, Christmas being no exception. Giving a Target Gift Card allows more flexibility in deciding whether to purchase wanted toys or needed goods for the home. The Transformers fan can choose whether to divide the gift card into food, home goods, and Transformers, or simply spend it all on the toys. Another thing Target features for Transformers fans is the exclusive item. Target occasionally sells Transformers toys only available at Target. Target exclusives are usually highly valued and coveted due to its limited supply. Purchasing and redeeming a Target gift card is as easy as visiting a Target and buying one from one of the cashiers or purchasing online at their site.
#4 Walmart: Wal-Mart is a larger one stop shopping center that also features Transformers toys. Due to the retail chain’s sheer size, toy prices are usually cheaper than Target, giving the Walmart gift card more spending power and a higher ranking. Walmart also has its own Transformers exclusives, but its huge supply makes them less valued. At least those exclusives are readily available. Walmart cards are purchased and redeemed at the store or online.
#3 Toys R Us: For someone who wants to shop for Transformers without the distractions of the garden section or the grocery aisles, Toys R Us is the place. The place is all toys and finding the Transformers section is easy. Toys R Us’ Transformers exclusives are usually fun and geared for both children and devoted collectors. Purchase and redeem a gift card at the store or online.
#2 Hasbro Toy Shop: Sometimes getting what you want from the source is the best course of action. Hasbro manufactures, markets, and distributes the Transformers toys. If the Transformers collector can’t find them in the store, visiting the site is usually the best alternative. Browsing the site also informs the collector of upcoming figures and allows preordering. Preordering the toys lets the collector bypass the retail shopping hunt entirely. Gift cards are purchased online and are redeemed through the mail catalog or online. Purchase now and give it early and the collector can take advantage of the Christmas deals.
#1 eBay: The die hard Transformers collector–or any die hard collector in general–collects not only the currently released items but the items from the past. With 25 years of toys to collect, Transformers collectors know that somewhere someone is selling something from Transformers on eBay. eBay offers the online joy of perusing the classic toy fairs combined with the excitement of outbidding a fellow collector on a rare toy at an auction. Gift cards for eBay will seriously make the collecting easier. eBay gift cards are purchased online or at the retail stores listed by region. A PayPal account is required to redeem the gift cards after winning the auction.