Why be personal this Christmas season when you can give a gift card!
By: Emma Clark
Christmas is the season for giving and most people feel the need to give very personal gifts that hold meaning. They spend so much time searching for the item that will really become that special gift. However, my opinion is that you can not go wrong with a gift card. Personal gifts often get lost, forgotten about and sometimes even returned. But gift cards can be spent however the receiver wants. The receiver could buy that sweater they have had their eye on for months or that perfect russian doll to complete their set. In the past I have been given clothes from my grandparents that they are so excited to give me but sadly the clothes usually end up just sitting in a drawer never worn. With a gift card I could have picked out something more my style rather than a bright purple button up sweater. The best part about gift cards is that they have a purpose. They aren’t just cash in a wallet that is most likely spent on gas. They can be used for something exciting that one really wants. It is so much riskier to have cash in your wallet rather than an easy gift card that has a purpose. I find it fun knowing that I have a gift card to use and it makes shopping more enjoyable because I know I am not spending my own money. The best feeling in the world is when I find a gift card in the summer that I got for Christmas. It’s like the excitement of Christmas is happening all over again and now I can go shopping guilt free. Or the feeling when I find the right time to finally spend a gift card that I have been saving. Whenever I spend that gift card I usually think about that person that gave it to me. That is what makes a gift card personal even though the buyer probably did not put much thought into the gift. A gift card is also the perfect gift for someone who can be difficult to buy gifts for. I have friends who can be so picky or they already have so many things that it makes it very difficult to find the perfect gift for them. The easiest and best route is to just pick out a gift card for them. Now they are able to pick out whatever they want without having to spend their own money and they can think of me when picking out that perfect gift. This Christmas, rather than wasting so much time trying to find the perfect sentimental gift for that special person in mind, maybe consider going the easier route and just choosing a gift card.