8 Times When a Gift Card is the Best Gift

GFGC - Times When a Gift Card is the Best Gift

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Have you ever been stuck with an unwanted gift at Christmas?

Don't make your next Christmas gift the one that has your loved ones throwing it into the back of a cupboard, attempting to return it without the docket, or worst of all… regifting it.

Gift cards are one of the easiest presents to pick up and there are a tonne of benefits to giving them (or receiving them, if you're lucky).

Here are 8 times a gift card is the best choice of present.

1. When you're giving to someone on a tight budget

Gift cards can help pay for necessities like petrol, groceries and drugstore goods, but they also offer the opportunity to splurge and forget about being strapped for cash.

If your friends are renovating, looking after a new baby, or cash-strapped for some other reason, they probably haven't had a chance to go out to the cinema or for a nice meal in a while. A gift card could offer them this rare opportunity. Give them the gift of enjoying a relaxing dinner and movie date without having to check the menu prices or skimping on the popcorn.

2. When you don't know your recipient well

Ever been that person who buys someone a thank you gift of a bottle of whisky, only to find out they don't drink?

When you don't know your recipient well – whether it's your children's grade two teacher, a business associate, or your new step sister-in-law – let them choose their own gift. Take the guesswork out of it and you'll save everyone from the embarrassment of an unsuitable gift – not to mention save yourself the stress of trying to think of something. Everyone eats food. Everyone goes to the movies. Everyone goes for coffee at their local cafe. Get them a gift card, and they'll appreciate being given something they can actually use to treat themself.

3. When your recipient is a foodie

Every foodie knows that there's just never enough time or money to get to all the restaurants on their bucket list.

If you know someone who loves food, there's no better present than a Good Food Gift Card. It's the gift that will appeal to every appetite. Your favourite foodie will love having the choice of spending their card at their favourite local restaurant or putting it towards the hatted restaurant they've always wanted to try.

4. When you know someone in need of a treat

The beauty of a gift card is that the gift keeps on giving. Firstly there's the opening of the gift. Then there's the organising the gift. Then there's the experiencing the gift. Then there's telling others of the gift. Then there's remembering the gift.

One simple gift card turns into multiple moments of excitement. For someone who's been doing it tough, a thoughtful gift like dinner out at their chosen restaurant could be exactly what they need.

5. When you need to send a gift to someone far away

One of the worst things about buying a gift for someone who lives far away is having to spend so much money on postage. A gift that costs you $20 could end up costing you just as much in postage, meaning you've got less to spend on the actual present. Because a gift card neatly fits into a card or envelope, it's the perfect gift for sending long distance. You can even send a gift card via email – costing you nothing in postage!

6. When it's a last minute gift

We've all done it. Forgotten someone you really should have remembered. What do you do? You give a gift card of course! Gift cards can be sent digitally meaning they can be in a person's inbox in a matter of minutes. If it's Christmas Eve and you suddenly realise you've got everyone a present except for your brother, grab him a Good Food Gift Card.

You can make it more personal by making a list of suggested restaurants based on his favourite dish. If he's a lover of ribs, suggest he checks out Meat District Co or Grazeland Bar & Grill. Does he prefer seafood? Kick off your list with 1802 Oyster Bar & Bistro or Coco's Restaurant in Cairns.

7. When you're buying for someone picky

We all know that person who heads to the shops come Boxing Day to exchange all their gifts. Save them the trouble by letting them choose their own. A gift card puts the recipient in the driving seat so if you know someone is fussy, a gift card really is the perfect choice. It will save you stressing about what to get them too.

8. When you're buying for a group

If you're buying for multiple people, finding gifts of equal value can be tricky. You don't want to run the risk of someone thinking you put more thought into a gift for someone else, so play it safe with equal value gift cards. Gift cards are perfect when buying for people at the office, for a group of friends, or for several siblings. Take favouritism out of the equation with a gift card.

Christmas shopping sorted

As you can see, there's never a reason to panic about Christmas shopping. Gift giving is easy with gift cards as they are ideal for almost every type of recipient. Order your Good Food Gift Cards today and take the stress out of present buying.

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Mireille Kilgour

Mireille Kilgour

Mireille Kilgour has been an entrepreneur for 35 years in the hospitality sector. French born, she has been an accomplished business owner and operator for a number of Sydney venues. Leading the industry with high profile institutions such as Lamrock Café Bondi, she has endless passion for the industry, and now has the pleasure of supporting restaurants to fill their tables with the new Good Food Gift Card program.