Sometimes it’s difficult to buy a Christmas gift for a friend, especially in today’s consumer world where people have everything. That’s when it can be a good idea to buy a gift card. Gift cards make fabulous Christmas gifts as the person can buy exactly what they want. Even as a child, I loved gift cards, and most of my friends love gift cards too. There are many places both in stores and online where you can buy gift cards, but here are the top five places my friends have loved the most.
Starbucks Gift Cards – Most of my friends are like me, they drink tons of coffee. Starbucks, even overseas, is one of the most popular coffee shops in the world and a lot of people love drinking coffee there. My best friend is a Starbucks fanatic so, when I bought her a Starbucks gift card for Christmas, it was like I had given her a million dollars. Starbucks gift cards are fabulous because your friend can buy lattes, iced coffee drinks, pounds of coffee, coffee mugs, even Starbucks bears with them. They come in denominations from $5 all the way up to $250, so fit any Christmas budget and any type of friend. They can also be purchased at any Starbucks store or online at Starbucks.com, and can be used in any Starbucks in the US. (If you purchase Starbucks gift cards overseas, they can only be used in the country they were purchased in).
Target Gift Cards – Target is my favorite store in America. They sell everything and at great prices so, you can’t go wrong with buying a Target gift card for a friend. You can buy them at any Target store as well as online at Target.com. If you buy them online, they do add a $1.95 shipping charge. Available from $10 to $1,000, they can be redeemed at any Target store or used online to purchase just about anything. They also never expire so, if your friend is saving up for something at Target, she can add this gift card to her savings account.
Barnes and Noble Cards – I’m an obsessive book reader and so are many of my friends. If I give my friends a gift card from Barnes and Noble, they love me forever. So, every Christmas, I usually make sure that some of my friends get these in their stockings. Barnes and Noble gift cards can be used at any Barnes and Noble store or online at Barnes and Noble.com. They can be purchased in any amount between $10 and $250. Don’t forget too, Barnes and Noble doesn’t only sell books. They also have calendars, writing paper, blank notebooks, tote bags, DVDs, CDs and some toys and games.
Olive Garden Gift Cards – Olive Garden restaurants are all over the US. They serve delicious, inexpensive Italian food and have a good choice of entrees. Buying a friend an Olive Garden gift card would go down a treat as they can be used for lunch or dinner. Olive garden also sells nice wines and yummy desserts. Gift cards can be bought in denominations from $10 to $250, or in custom amounts. You can use them at any Olive Garden restaurant in the US too.
Best Buy Cards – Best Buy gift cards are fabulous for friends who like music, DVDs, computer games or electronic stuff. Best Buy stores are in just about an city in the country, so you can send them to a friend anywhere and he or she is likely to be able to use it. Best Buy has an amazing selection of CDs, DVDs (especially TV series!), computer and video games and electronics. If your friend is a techno-geek, they’ll love a Best Buy gift card. You can buy them for as low as $5 and as high as $500 and they can be redeemed at any Best Buy store or online at Best Buy.com.
Gift cards are a great Christmas gift for a friend. Check out these five places to buy them or look at any of the other online or local store options. It’s like giving your friend ‘free money’ and everybody loves that.