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 countryboy View Post
    Lol, hoo boy. It is good stuff though. Original recipe all the way baby!
    Popeye's is better, but I do like KFC original. Don't eat it too often, though, because it is expensive.
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    Re: Guft cards?

    Quote Originally Posted by countryboy View Post
    Lol, hoo boy. It is good stuff though. Original recipe all the way baby!
    yep, that's my favorite.

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    Re: Guft cards?

    Quote Originally Posted by polgara View Post
    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.
    Good morning Lady P - hope you're well and enjoyed your Christmas.

    As I responded to Lizzie, I guess I'm old fashioned. I don't think it's truly a gift if the recipient is the shopper. I give you a $100 gift card and you give me a $100 gift card and then we both have to go shopping after Christmas and relay to the other what they got/you gave them with the gift card. Seems far too contrived to me and benefits only the businesses flogging the gift cards.

    I think I see the ghost of Christmas Present (presents) lurking over my shoulder................................
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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.
    There used to be Kentucky Fried Chicken sit down dining room restaurants here in Canada years ago - do they still have them in the US or is it all just fast food take-out now?
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    Re: Guft cards?

    Quote Originally Posted by CanadaJohn View Post
    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.
    I don't like cards for gift for close friends or family, or even for co-workers, but for the person who has everything they want, and is not overly sentimental (dh for example), gift cards are great. I wouldn't give one to someone that I truly cared about (unless that was what they wanted), but for casual acquaintances, or for someone who really doesn't want for anything, they are great.
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    Re: Guft cards?

    Quote Originally Posted by CanadaJohn View Post
    There used to be Kentucky Fried Chicken sit down dining room restaurants here in Canada years ago - do they still have them in the US or is it all just fast food take-out now?
    Our local one closed, unfortunately, and we (the town nearest me) have grown enough to be overrun by big box stores, and all the associated yuppie restaurants, concentrated on the four corners of the junction of an interstate highway, and a state highway. Most of our smaller older places have failed.
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    Re: Guft cards?

    Quote Originally Posted by lizzie View Post
    I don't like cards for gift for close friends or family, or even for co-workers, but for the person who has everything they want, and is not overly sentimental (dh for example), gift cards are great. I wouldn't give one to someone that I truly cared about (unless that was what they wanted), but for casual acquaintances, or for someone who really doesn't want for anything, they are great.
    Honestly, ideally, I'd rather we stop giving gifts completely, except to those that we really care about.

    Having said that, where gift cards are perfect, IMO, are for people like kid's teachers.
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    Re: Guft cards?

    Quote Originally Posted by CanadaJohn View Post
    There used to be Kentucky Fried Chicken sit down dining room restaurants here in Canada years ago - do they still have them in the US or is it all just fast food take-out now?
    Pretty much all fast food here has sit down areas. Some KFCs here have all you can eat buffets. Not in my area, but I see them when I'm traveling.

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    Re: Guft cards?

    Quote Originally Posted by CanadaJohn View Post
    There used to be Kentucky Fried Chicken sit down dining room restaurants here in Canada years ago - do they still have them in the US or is it all just fast food take-out now?
    Most of the ones here still have inside seating.
    If you claim sexual harassment to be wrong, yet you defend anyone on your side for any reason,
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    Re: Guft cards?

    Quote Originally Posted by CanadaJohn View Post
    As I responded to Lizzie, I guess I'm old fashioned. I don't think it's truly a gift if the recipient is the shopper. I give you a $100 gift card and you give me a $100 gift card and then we both have to go shopping after Christmas and relay to the other what they got/you gave them with the gift card. Seems far too contrived to me and benefits only the businesses flogging the gift cards.
    I agree with you, and my own buyng habits are such that I am far more likely to buy you a gift from an antique shop, than a retail store. The only people I normally buy new stuff for are kids- that's because they want various toys, fashionable clothes, etc. My gifts for family and friends are much more likely to be found in an antique or resale shop, and are going to be highly personalized. I buy things that remind me of them, and of my relationship with them. I started a collection of a specific vintage glassware for my mom, years ago, and I pick up pieces of it here and there, to give her. Gift to the people that I love are always very personal.
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