There is an endless list as to what can one gift to others. A gift can be anything as long as you gift it considering the age and temperament of the person your are gifting. Gift ideas can be from very simple to the most lavish ones. Celebrities gift jet planes and the jazziest of cars or jewelry made from the most exquisite of gems. Who are you buying for? What is your budget? Are they a family member or a friend? The endless list of gift ideas is just that endless. Think about who you are purchasing for or maybe it will be a homemade gift. Ask others what they are thinking of getting if you know who else is buying something. Is there a theme perhaps that you could base your gift from?
And now what about your buying options? Is it off to the mall to look around and get ideas? How about online, today’s first option for a lot of people. You should have a plan regardless of how you are going to purchase your gift. Because of the endless gift ideas you really should try to pin down what you are thinking, maybe start with your budget. Always a good starting point in so many decisions. Establishing your budget will narrow down your gift search, no planes for Aunt Edna. Maybe combine online shopping with your trip to the mall. Online shopping opens a whole big world of gift ideas, idea over-load even. Shop how you are comfortable, do you want to be in the busy department stores looking and looking or the comfort of your own home surfing the web. So many of the department stores combine both these options. You can see what is available through their stores and even find out if they have in-stock for immediate pick-up.
Always ask whether shopping in-person or online what their refund and return policies are.
Another very popular gift idea is gift cards, perfect for every occasion, letting the receiver purchase their own choice of gift. You have only two decisions with this option, how much and for where. Some people do feel that gift cards are impersonal but who doesn’t like receiving money.
Gift cards are often the perfect present. Easy to carry, easy to wrap, easy to use. But gift cards, especially those good for buying things online, are becoming the target of thieves.
Scam artists don’t steal gift cards from the store or out of your pocket. Instead, they go to gift card racks and write down the card numbers. After a few days they call the toll-free customer service number to check the remaining balance on the card. Once they find the card has been activated, the thieves go online and start shopping with your card.
If you buy gift cards from a display rack in the store, you may become a victim.
How to Protect Yourself:
•Buy gift cards from the person behind the counter if you can. It’s safer than buying it off the rack.
•Opt for gift cards that have a protective backing or a scratch-off PIN number so that only the purchaser can use it.
•Check the packaging or the back of the card for tampering before you purchase the card.
•Always keep your receipts, which will usually show the card number and how much you have paid.
Regardless of what you buy for that perfect someone or how you purchase that special gift, you know you always have options, lots of options. Don’t stress about what to get and where, they will love and appreciate that you thought to buy them what you thought was the perfect gift.
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