The dilemma with gift cards during the holidays


It’s something we all deal with every year. And most people have strong opinions on this subject.

Are you buying someone a physical gift or are you going with a gift card.? And of course that can depend on who you think of.

If it’s in the immediate family, then does a gift card show some sort of thought? Let us first eliminate the obvious.

If you have young children, gift cards probably wouldn’t make sense. So, for the sake of this argument, let’s focus on anyone 18 years of age or older.

One of the advantages of a gift card is that it allows those who received it to get what they want. Whether it’s a generic gift card (such as a Visa) or a card in a specific location, everything the recipient does with it is entirely up to them.

Now the reverse. Does a gift card show that you haven’t thought about the person? I mean, any of us can take a gift card for any amount and call it a day. Should this be considered a gift?

This, of course, can also depend on who you are planning to buy for. Close family or not?

Let’s start with the immediate family. Now that doesn’t mean it has to be someone you live with. It’s just anyone you’re close to.

It can count as a blood relative or a close friend. Having said that, is it considered rash if you don’t give them a physical gift?

The opposite can be said for a colleague or just an occasional acquaintance. In this situation, the gift card card is probably more important.

So with all of that in mind, let’s see what we all think. And to make the vote fair, we’re going to divide it into two categories. One question for close friends and family, and one for everyone.

First for those who are close.

Now for everyone.

And just so we don’t leave it out, where do you stand on that personally. Do you prefer to receive a gift card rather than a physical gift?

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