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 lizzie View Post
    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.
    Now you're talking!!! Well done. That way the gift is not only personal to the person who received it, but it also speaks to them personally about you and the thought you gave to the gift. It showed that you actually pay attention to them in everyday life and pick up on things they mention or like or are intrigued by. And they will remember you whenever they see or think of the gift for as long as they have it. That, to me, is the spirit that is being lost these days.
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    Re: Guft cards?

    Quote Originally Posted by CanadaJohn View Post
    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.

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    Re: Guft cards?

    Well we always buy our older, out of town kids gift cards to restaurants that they might not normally be able to afford. It's a treat for them to go to Olive Garden, because they can't normally drop $100 on dinner. I think often, Christmas is about spoiling people - getting them things that they won't normally buy on their own. I got my mom a bunch of Shari's Berries for Christmas, because she absolutely adores them, and is far too frugal to spend that kind of money on strawberries. So I do it for her, and she just gets to enjoy them without the guilt of spending so much on them.
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    Re: Guft cards?

    Quote Originally Posted by CanadaJohn View Post
    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................................
    I just got back from taking Christmas gifts to my neighbor. Why so late, you ask? Well, it was her choice, since she has been out of town visiting her sister, who is very ill. So I got to have Christmas all over again! And she loaded me down with a 7-layer torte and various other pastry goodies, and a combination of various kinds of fudge, plus a huge vanilla-scented jar candle. Bless her! I gave her Omaha Steaks, and some gift cards - *there they are again* from Amazon, since they run a business from their home - so we're both happy!

    Her kids used squares of toilet paper to TP each tip of her Christmas tree branches, and it was hilarious! Apparently that's the "in" thing with kids today - that was another first for me! She'll take a picture and I'll post it on here. You won't believe it!

    It feels like Spring outdoors, CJ. I didn't even have to don a coat! What a change from last year at this time. When are you going to send me just a little bit of snow - not too much, just a little, okay? Too bad we didn't even get a dusting for Christmas....

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    Re: Guft cards?

    Quote Originally Posted by polgara View Post
    I just got back from taking Christmas gifts to my neighbor. Why so late, you ask? Well, it was her choice, since she has been out of town visiting her sister, who is very ill. So I got to have Christmas all over again! And she loaded me down with a 7-layer torte and various other pastry goodies, and a combination of various kinds of fudge, plus a huge vanilla-scented jar candle. Bless her! I gave her Omaha Steaks, and some gift cards - *there they are again* from Amazon, since they run a business from their home - so we're both happy!

    Her kids used squares of toilet paper to TP each tip of her Christmas tree branches, and it was hilarious! Apparently that's the "in" thing with kids today - that was another first for me! She'll take a picture and I'll post it on here. You won't believe it!

    It feels like Spring outdoors, CJ. I didn't even have to don a coat! What a change from last year at this time. When are you going to send me just a little bit of snow - not too much, just a little, okay? Too bad we didn't even get a dusting for Christmas....
    Glad you were able to prolong Christmas, since you like it so much.

    As for snow, we still have some remnants of the last big snow a couple of weeks ago, just where it was plowed into hills - but it's basically spring here as well. Hasn't been freezing overnight for several days and a sweater is good enough for outside. It's supposed to get colder later next week into the first week of 2015, but not much snow to speak of. I'm not all that disappointed, considering my Christmas to New Year's last year, freezing in the dark for a week. But I wonder what happened to the really cold winter that was predicted?
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    Re: Guft cards?

    Quote Originally Posted by CanadaJohn View Post
    Glad you were able to prolong Christmas, since you like it so much.

    As for snow, we still have some remnants of the last big snow a couple of weeks ago, just where it was plowed into hills - but it's basically spring here as well. Hasn't been freezing overnight for several days and a sweater is good enough for outside. It's supposed to get colder later next week into the first week of 2015, but not much snow to speak of. I'm not all that disappointed, considering my Christmas to New Year's last year, freezing in the dark for a week. But I wonder what happened to the really cold winter that was predicted?


    There are times when we snot-nosed, superior minded, left wing, latte slugging lazy ****s in Vancouver actually envy Toronto's weather. Now is one of them. Leading into Christmas we had four days of clear skies and sunny days.

    Now we are getting a tsunami of thick, cold rain....

    I will build a fire for this horrendous state of affairs, which always angers my landlord...he is unreasonable as he thinks I should have a fireplace.
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    Re: Guft cards?

    Quote Originally Posted by Fearandloathing View Post
    There are times when we snot-nosed, superior minded, left wing, latte slugging lazy ****s in Vancouver actually envy Toronto's weather. Now is one of them. Leading into Christmas we had four days of clear skies and sunny days.

    Now we are getting a tsunami of thick, cold rain....

    I will build a fire for this horrendous state of affairs, which always angers my landlord...he is unreasonable as he thinks I should have a fireplace.
    Vancouver is a beautiful city and location, but if I had to live in that weather year round I'd be suicidal.
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    Re: Guft cards?

    Quote Originally Posted by CanadaJohn View Post
    Vancouver is a beautiful city and location, but if I had to live in that weather year round I'd be suicidal.
    Not even close to year round.

    It is drought here from early July to September, spring flowers begin in mid February with Cherry blossoms lining the residential streets mid March. The worst of the rain comes in November and December, January is cold and sunny, and March temps get into the 20's.
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    Re: Guft cards?

    Quote Originally Posted by Fearandloathing View Post
    There are times when we snot-nosed, superior minded, left wing, latte slugging lazy ****s in Vancouver actually envy Toronto's weather. Now is one of them. Leading into Christmas we had four days of clear skies and sunny days.

    Now we are getting a tsunami of thick, cold rain....

    I will build a fire for this horrendous state of affairs, which always angers my landlord...he is unreasonable as he thinks I should have a fireplace.
    Greetings, F&L.

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    Re: Guft cards?

    Quote Originally Posted by Fearandloathing View Post
    Not even close to year round.

    It is drought here from early July to September, spring flowers begin in mid February with Cherry blossoms lining the residential streets mid March. The worst of the rain comes in November and December, January is cold and sunny, and March temps get into the 20's.
    I'm not buying it. It rained during most of the Winter Olympics two winters ago - I'd rather have snow in winter. Rain is supposed to be refreshing not chilling and making you miserable.
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