Practical ways to give a gift card this holiday

Spending Smarter: Gift cards are presents that recipients can enjoy well after Christmas

(KSLA) — While some people hesitate to buy a gift card as a present during the holidays because they feel it’s not as personal, it can be one of the most practical gifts.

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Yes, they aren’t as exciting to open as a big gift under the tree; but they could last well past December.

Here are some ways to give practical gift cards as a gift:

  • Consider giving gift cards to grocery stores or specialty food shops. If you have a family member who likes to cook, these are a great alternative to yet another spatula or cooking pan.
  • If you have small kids, one of the most practical gifts right now is a gift card or subscription to Disney+. It’s relatively inexpensive. You can buy a year’s subscription for around $70; and kids can watch any Disney program all year long.
  • A hot gift right now is the latest, greatest smartphone. If you can’t afford to buy an $800 phone, why not get a gift card to go toward a new phone. Apple and Samsung offer gift cards you can buy to go toward their products and services.
  • Many young ladies and women love beauty products, but those can be very expensive. A great way to give them what they want and not overspend can be a gift card. Places like Ulta and Sephora would be great stores to grab a gift card for that beauty lover on your list.
  • If you have a movie lover in the family, pick up a gift card to Fandango. That way, they can watch newly released movies at the swipe of a card and it can last throughout the year. Many people prefer to stay in and binge watch TV, instead. That’s where a gift card to Netflix would make a great present. You can give them enough to subscribe to a few months’ worth of the service.
  • For that traveler on your list, consider an Uber gift card. That way, they can use it when they hop off a plane or are getting from place to place in a new city. Those would make a perfect stocking stuffer for Christmas.

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