Looking for that special Christmas present, but left it a bit late? We’ve got you!
The holiday season is here! The trees are up, the lights are on, and Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas” is playing everywhere. And while this is a magical time of the year, some of us find ourselves short of ideas and running out of time.
This year, the supply chain crisis means that shipping deadlines for the holidays are earlier than ever; UPS, USPS and FedEx recommend sending packages no later than December 15th.
If you’ve left it a bit late, e-gift cards can be a godsend, as they are issued immediately. Having the gift card arrive in their Inbox by Christmas opens a world of exciting possibilities that they can choose to explore at their leisure.
Worried that a gift card would come off as too impersonal? Here are 3 ways to make a e-gift card feel like a rare treat:
1. BUY SOMETHING FROM A SPECIALTY, BOUTIQUE STORE/ BRAND
A gift card from a big retailer where there are hundreds of product categories can feel a bit impersonal. How about getting a gift card from a specialty or boutique retailer that specializes in a narrow range of products or a specific category, such as scented candles, fishing equipment or pantry spices?
This way, you can signal your knowledge of the recipient’s interests and tastes, but still give them the final choice.
Bonus points if the store or brand is sustainable or supports a small business!
2. THE WORLD OF PERSONALIZED PRODUCTS
If you want to go the extra mile, go for a gift that can be personalized. There is a world of personalized and customized products out there, from initial-engraved handbags to personalized perfumes.
At KADA:KUDU, we make custom-fit shoes based on photos of a customer’s feet. Now, that’s personal!
3. WRITE A PERSONALIZED MESSAGE
When you purchase an e-gift card, it gets delivered to the email address you provide during checkout. When emailing a gift card to the recipient’s address, why not write a message that explains why you wanted to give them this gift?
Did something about this store bring to mind a memory with the recipient?
Will it help them do what they enjoy (cooking, fishing, walking) better?
Will this line of products be something that expands the recipient’s collection?
If you would prefer to have something physical to give them, you can always print the gift card and still include a heartfelt message in the way of a letter or Christmas card.
While Christmas shopping can be stressful, don’t let it detract from your enjoyment of the holiday. Your loved ones know what they mean to you, and the gift is just the icing on the cake!
Have advice on how to choose the perfect Christmas present? We’d love to hear from you. Write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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