View Poll Results: What is your opinion of gift cards?

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  • I love getting them. Now I can buy what I want!

    11 11.22%
  • I love giving them.

    6 6.12%
  • I love getting and giving them.

    8 8.16%
  • They're ok, and serve a purpose at times, but I try to not rely on them.

    14 14.29%
  • Meh. Whatever.

    70 71.43%
  • Fine for adults, not for kids.

    3 3.06%
  • I hate getting them.

    3 3.06%
  • I hate giving them.

    4 4.08%
  • I hate getting and giving them.

    2 2.04%
  • They are the spawn of Satan and should be banned. If that's all you can do, don't do anything.

    3 3.06%
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    Re: Guft cards?

    Quote Originally Posted by CanadaJohn View Post
    Since gift giving is an act reflective of the thought put into it, giving gift cards is the brainchild of the selfish and thoughtless.

    Gift cards are excellent for those who already have what they need, and aren't emotionally close enough to you for choosing a personalized gift. I wouldn't buy one for a spouse or a parent, but there's plenty of friends who love them.
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    Re: Guft cards?

    Quote Originally Posted by lizzie View Post
    Gift cards are excellent for those who already have what they need, and aren't emotionally close enough to you for choosing a personalized gift. I wouldn't buy one for a spouse or a parent, but there's plenty of friends who love them.
    Even then... my father-in-law is a very "I don't want/need anything" type of person, and will not give suggestions on things he may want. But, buy him a Cabella's gift card and he's a happy camper. His eyes literally light up.
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    Re: Guft cards?

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    Even then... my father-in-law is a very "I don't want/need anything" type of person, and will not give suggestions on things he may want. But, buy him a Cabella's gift card and he's a happy camper. His eyes literally light up.
    I begged for an Amazon.com gift card this year. Nobody got it for me.
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    Re: Guft cards?

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    Even then... my father-in-law is a very "I don't want/need anything" type of person, and will not give suggestions on things he may want. But, buy him a Cabella's gift card and he's a happy camper. His eyes literally light up.
    DH was exactly the same way, when it came to gifts from anyone besides me. He had just about everything he wanted, and he was hard to buy for, but he loved Cabelas, Bass Pro Shops, and similar gift cards.

    I love getting a gift card for Starbucks myself.
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    Re: Guft cards?

    Quote Originally Posted by CanadaJohn View Post
    Since gift giving is an act reflective of the thought put into it, giving gift cards is the brainchild of the selfish and thoughtless.
    Good morning, CJ.

    This year, most of the adults in my family opted for gift cards on their "wish lists," which made my shopping and shipping easier. Their thinking was that they could use the cards to buy exactly what they wanted, and probably even get more since the after-Christmas sales usually have lots of bargains. I did buy toys for the children, and that was fun, and I also bought a small gift for the adults, too, just to have something to unwrap. My family has been expanding the past few years with marriages and births, and I'm now buying for 15 people, and that doesn't include neighbors and friends. It would probably be less expensive to just take my family to Disney next year as a Christmas gift! I'm probably going to have to quit retirement and start a small business or something in self defense! My brothers and sister and their families just get Christmas cards from me, and vice versa, but we all get together to have a few drinks during the holidays, and discuss plans for the coming year, absent my sister who lives in California. She uses Skype, though, so it's the next best thing to being here.

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    Re: Guft cards?

    i like gift cards just fine. sometimes a friend or colleague might not know exactly what to get but still wants to get me something. also, i know my boss is absolutely ga ga for KFC, so i get him a card for that every year. when he tells me every time he uses the card, i know that the gift is appreciated.

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    Re: Guft cards?

    Quote Originally Posted by Helix View Post
    i like gift cards just fine. sometimes a friend or colleague might not know exactly what to get but still wants to get me something. also, i know my boss is absolutely ga ga for KFC, so i get him a card for that every year. when he tells me every time he uses the card, i know that the gift is appreciated.
    If he uses it more than once, you must be very generous. KFC is expensive.

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    Re: Guft cards?

    Quote Originally Posted by countryboy View Post
    If he uses it more than once, you must be very generous. KFC is expensive.
    i do what i can.

    in the next couple days, we're taking the GF's grandpa to KFC, so i guess i'll find out.

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    Re: Guft cards?

    Quote Originally Posted by Helix View Post
    i do what i can.

    in the next couple days, we're taking the GF's grandpa to KFC, so i guess i'll find out.
    Lol, hoo boy. It is good stuff though. Original recipe all the way baby!

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    Re: Guft cards?

    Quote Originally Posted by lizzie View Post
    Gift cards are excellent for those who already have what they need, and aren't emotionally close enough to you for choosing a personalized gift. I wouldn't buy one for a spouse or a parent, but there's plenty of friends who love them.
    I guess I'm just old fashioned. I think gift cards, not greeting cards, are one of the things that is wrong with Christmas currently.

    For me, all gifts are personal - otherwise, no need to give or receive a gift. If it's just a matter of tallying up those who you are expected to give gifts to, even if you don't feel any particular impulse to do so, then chop your list down and make it known to those you've chopped that you don't expect to exchange gifts going forward.

    I give lots of little gifts to lots of people, never expecting or actually accepting gifts in return - but I do it all year round and I let it be known I don't want anything in return. The over commercialization of Christmas - and gift cards are the epitome - is why I don't spend much thought or time "celebrating" Christmas in the 2014 way.
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