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    Default This or That: Gift card or Actual Present?

    What do you prefer giving for the holidays to your family and friends? A gift card or an actual present you hunted down yourself?

    For me, I love looking for just the right present for people rather than giving a gift card. Of course, I LUV receiving either one!
    For my last b-day my bro's family gave me a gift card for Petsmart...that was Heavenly!

    What do you prefer to give?
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    Default Re: This or That: Gift card or Actual Present?

    I like gift cards to receive as gifts cuz who doesnt love shopping BUT I feel like a big cheat if I buy them. I prefer to buy a good gift for whoever I am buying for. BUT if I cant come up with a great idea I do go with a gift card.

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    Default Re: This or That: Gift card or Actual Present?

    I usually give cash to my kids and teenage grandkids. Too often they have something they are saving for and not available in the gift card store so their parents would buy the gift card from them....

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    Default Re: This or That: Gift card or Actual Present?

    Something I made myself.

    Things I've made before for the adults:
    1.) Apron painted with sayings like "If I burn your burger, Fire me." using Fabric paint.
    2.) Breakfast tray painted with flowers I learned to paint using Donna Dewberry's video (I am completely un-artistic - but, I am very good at following step-by-step instructions).
    3.) Decorative couch pillows with family pictures ironed-on to the fabric.

    Some stuff I made for the kids:
    1.) Wooden door hangers
    2.) Crochet blankets/caps
    3.) Breakfast cereal bowls I painted at the ceramics place (it used to be really popular before to paint these ceramic items at these craft places and they burn it at the kiln and you pick it up a week later).

    Anyway, I ask the parents what the kids like - most of them don't really care for crafty things - they either say they want a particular toy or a gift card... and I try to give them what they want within the budget.

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    I kinda do both! I love..love to get THE perfect gift. But one times I have absolutely zero ideas so I get a gift card to their favorite store. Usually I give a gift to go with the gift card..like a nice coffee travel mug with a Starbucks card..movie passes..with their favorite cndy..etc. @anatess ..last Christmas I took my grand kids and had a big platter made at a local ceramic Paint n Play! We put their handprints on it and painted in their colors! They it! And my granddaughter kept her lips shut!

    I STILL sneak gift cards to Target for both my girls in their stockings. We do love to go to their after Christmas sale!

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    Default Re: This or That: Gift card or Actual Present?

    It's really fun reading everyone's responses AND i'm getting some great ideas from you all as well!!




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    Default Re: This or That: Gift card or Actual Present?

    I prefer giving gifts. But this year we have decided to give gift cards to my son and grandkids because being long distance grandparents we really don't know what they have or don't have toy wise, or even what sizes to buy in clothes.

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    Default Re: This or That: Gift card or Actual Present?

    I give gifts, I feel so much more personal.

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    Always a gift unless someone actually asks for a giftcard

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    I always try for a gift ... Some of my family members really prefer a gift card so I will give in. For example, my brother's fiancée LOVES Starbucks so I often get her gift cards for there. She is always ecstatic!


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    Default Re: This or That: Gift card or Actual Present?

    I always buy gifts. I love giving people things they may not buy for themselves - little treats!

    Also, if people are like me, I always end up using gift cards to buy other people stuff instead of myself.

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    Default Re: This or That: Gift card or Actual Present?

    I don't really like buying gift cards ... I just think a present is much more personal, and I get the fun of wrapping it up too!!!

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