Whether you are trying to sort out gifts for a wedding, you are looking at a few potential Christmas presents, or you have a friend or relative with a birthday coming up and you are absolutely stumped on what to get them, buying gifts can be a long and grueling process. Even thinking about what to get them, particularly if you don’t know the person very well, can be stressful enough.
If you hate giving gifts in the first place, or you always feel as if you can never buy a ‘thoughtful’ or ‘meaningful’ gift, why not go for the safe option and try a gift card or a gift voucher? We’ve listed four ways in which gift vouchers can help to take all the stress out of gift giving, as well as doubling up as the true perfect gift for any occasion.
Encourages Them to try Something new
You might have given them a new experience, such as a lesson to a sport they might never have tried, or a relaxation experience they would have never considered before. While it is customary to provide useful gift vouchers that the recipient can use on things they enjoy, giving them a new experience to try can sometimes work out for the best.
One of the better ways to do this is to ask close friends and relatives of the person you are giving the gift to, to see whether or not they have any hobbies or experiences they would like to try, but never got around to it. Most people have a list of things they want to experience before they die, so why not give them a little push? Tick that off the bucket list!
Flexibility to use it on What They Enjoy Most
You manage to give the recipient a gift that they can appreciate as well as allowing them the freedom of spending the money or gift voucher on whatever they might fancy at the time. Buying a generic gift voucher for a spa day could be ultimately more useful than simply purchasing some scented soaps. They might not be fond of scented soaps or even spas for that matter, but at a spa they can spend the gift voucher on whatever they want.
Still Evokes a Sense of Thoughtfulness for the Recipient
If you know where your friend or relative shops, but not what they like to buy in those shops, this can be a great way of showing that you care without missing your target completely. A gift card from M&S or a Gift Voucher for a pampering treatment of their choice is far more useful than a specific item or service you have chosen for them, as they might not be too fond of what you have picked.
Can be Used for Multiple Trips/Treats
Some gift vouchers can be used on multiple occasions if there are enough funds present on the card or voucher. This makes an ideal gift for the thrifty friend or the friend who likes to get a bargain out of everything. Your friend may want to use the voucher on a special occasion, or as a means of celebration and by buying the card or voucher instead of simply giving them the money, it gives them the opportunity to make their plans ahead of time, instead of ‘winging it’.
Of course in some ways buying a gift voucher can seem like a sort of ‘cop out’ gift but at the end of the day it is often highly preferable to simply guessing at what the other person may like, and getting it dreadfully wrong. It is better to receive a £15 voucher for HMV than to get given your thirtieth pair of grey socks. While one is certainly more functional than the other, it can get a little boring after a while. A gift voucher is a safe and sane option and also helps to take some of the pressure off of you as a gift giver.
So why not try it out? Whether it is a gift voucher for a particular retail store, a restaurant chain, or even a voucher for an experience or service such as an evening out hiking or a spa day with three friends, it is sure to give your recipient plenty of things to think about.
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