Gift cards have gotten a bad rap over the years because it feels like the lazy way to offer gifts. But that doesn’t have to be the case if you are using creative ways to give gift cards.
Despite the negative connotation, gift cards are still great to offer as gifts because:
- The gift-giver can often offer gift cards in the value they choose. This is particularly the case with gift cards from places like Starbucks, Amazon, etc.
- The receiver can choose to buy whatever they want. With gift cards, you are not dealing with unwanted gifts.
Gift cards are particularly popular (and appreciated) as gifts for teachers or as baby shower prizes. It’s a smart and easy option, and prize winners are likely to love AND use it.
But how do you present your gift cards? Below are a few cute and clever gift card giving ideas:
Creative Ways To Give Gift Cards
Offer Gift Cards As A Bouquet
This idea is particularly popular as gifts for teachers. It’s really pretty too.
Present Gift Cards In Altoid Boxes
You can decorate altoid boxes, (or anything similar) however you like.
If you are offering them as baby shower prizes, you could decorate them with the same color as your baby shower theme.
Hide Gift Cards In A Jar Of Candy
You can fill mason jars with any candy, and hide the gift cards inside. The gift receiver will expect a jar of candy, and be surprised by the gift card.
Make your jars extra pretty by decorating it with ribbon.
Add It Into a To-Go Cup
This is very sweet and easy to do. You can use a to-go cup from a local coffee shop, and add simple decor to it.
Place It In A Decorated Mug
Tie It To A Pillow
This could go with any gift card that is related to luxury, travel or relaxation.
If your gift is a hotel stay or vacation, you could tie an Airbnb gift card, a Hotels.com gift card or something similar to a cute pillow. You could even be creative with the pillow itself. For example, if the gift card is related to a golf getaway, you could tie your golf gift card to a golf pillow.
Attach It To A Candy Bouquet
This is a versatile and simple gift. You can do this for any occasion – Birthdays, teachers gifts, fathers day, mother day gifts, Friday, etc.
If the gift recipient has a sweet tooth, it would feel even more special.
It’s so easy to make, and this is a cheap gift too! If you are on a budget but you want it to look and feel expensive, this is a great option. Here’s how you create your own candy bouquet:
- Get a simple vase from the Dollar Store or use one you already have on hand;
- Get cellophane gift wrap in the color of your choice, and place it inside your vase;
- Fill your vase ¾ with small candies;
- Using sticky tape, tape your selected gift card to a skewer stick or any long sticks you have on hand. Stick it into the vase with your small candies;
- Fill your vase all the way up to overflowing with bigger candies;
- Tie a pretty bow to it and Voila! You’re done.
- You could add an additional skewer stick with a message on it, but that’s optional.
Present Gift Cards In A Gift Card Wallet
Display It In A Take-Out Box
These gift card ideas are very cute and great as teacher appreciation gifts.
To do this Asian food theme, you’d have to get Chinese takeout food containers. Fill them with fortune cookies and add a gift card to a local Chinese restaurant. You can also add a cute message like: “We have been so very fortunate to have you as a teacher.”
Put It Into A Balloon
If you are adding only a gift card, you can get away with using regular balloons. You will need to blow up and inflate the balloon once or twice to stretch it before stuffing the gift card into the balloon. Then blow it up as normal.
Add It To A Related Gift
What you attach your gift card to, will depend entirely on what the gift card is. In this example, the gift card to a nail boutique was tied to a bottle of nail polish. Both were then placed tastefully on a bed of cotton balls, inside a gift box. Very chic (yet inexpensive)!
Add Gift Cards & Goodies To A Giant Balloon
Combine Gift Cards With Other Complimentary Gifts
The trick is to find gifts that complement the gift card. For example, if you are offering a Massage & Wellness gift card, you could add in spa slippers, fancy hand lotion and other goodies. If you are doing a Sephora or Ulta gift card, you could put in nail polish, lip balm or other complimentary goodies.
Tie it all together in a pretty ribbon and you’re good to go.
Gift Card Stuffed Into Popcorn
Stuffing a gift card into popcorn goes perfectly with the movie theme, or a “dinner and a movie” theme.
If you are offering these as baby shower prizes, you can add them into popcorn boxes that match your baby shower theme, like princess, twinkle twinkle little star, woodland theme, it’s a boy, it’s a girl, Aztec, nautical, etc.
Add Gift Cards To A Snow Globe
Here’s a tutorial on how to make your own snow globe and gift card.
Attach It To Things That Come In A Bunch
Bananas, grapes, and flowers come in bunches. Whatever you choose to offer, it would tie nicely with your message of saying “thanks a bunch.”
This is great as a teacher’s gift! You can find the free printable here.
A Simple Gift Box
This is ever so simple yet appreciated because you took the time to put your gift card into a gift box. You can get gift card sized gift boxes almost everywhere. If it doesn’t come with a bow, get some ribbon and tie it to your gift box. The ribbon ads that little extra touch that says “I appreciate you,” or “Thank you.”
Is a gift card a bad gift?
Many consider gift cards to be impersonal. They create the impression that the gift giver is lazy. However, this is not the case if the gift card was thoughtfully chosen. If the gift card is offered in beautiful packaging, with a heartfelt note, it will be appreciated.
How can I make my gift card more personal?
1. Pick a gift card to a store that you know they will love.
2. Offer it to them with creative packaging. It could be inside a gift basket, a gift wallet, a balloon, flowers, etc;
3. Write a heartfelt message.