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Do you give Gift Cards as presents?

Family often ask me what I would like for Christmas...or my birthday.

I am at the age of not needing anymore nick knacks.

My wife will tell them a gift card is best.

And, I will agree.  But then I get one from some great new diner that I have never heard of an hour away.

I go look for it and can't find it or it has CLOSED!

I feel gift cards are great, but when giving one, make it from a place where the recipient will use it.


Comment balloon 18 commentsWilliam Feela • December 06 2015 04:47PM


Just depends on who the recipient is William Feela . If it's someone I'm real close to then I'd prefer to get them something that they will remember that it came from me.

Posted by Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor (Ward County Notary Services) over 4 years ago

While I like giftcards, I also think that it is an easy way out of getting something or putting effort into it.  I write this to convince myself, time to start thinking about my wife, if not she is getting a gift card ..............that won't go over well.

Posted by David Alan Baker Laveen & South Phoenix Realtor, Your local Expert (Keller Williams Realty Phoenix) over 4 years ago

I think gift card is the best way to go for our clients and customers. However, on a more personal level, I believe gift card is not a good idea...too impersonal.

Posted by Les & Sarah Oswald, Broker, Realtor and Investor (Realty One Group) over 4 years ago

Grand daughters are at the age where you just can't buy for them...so gift cards are in order.

Posted by Ronald DiLalla, No. Orange Cty Real Estate (Century 21 Discovery DRE 01813824) over 4 years ago


I buy gift cards for people that I don't know what to buy them.

Good luck and success.

Lou Lduwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) over 4 years ago

If I know exactly what the person will appreciate I will buy that gift William, if not sure a card works.

Posted by Noah Seidenberg, Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917 (Coldwell Banker) over 4 years ago

About ten years ago, as a thank you for a referral, a real estate agent gave me a $100 gift certificate to an upscale restaurant about an hour and a half away from home. 

We never did use it. They're not open for lunch, and we're just not interested in going that far away for dinner. 

Posted by Marte Cliff, Your real estate writer (Marte Cliff Copywriting) over 4 years ago

Yes, I have recieved a few where the business didn't last long enough to use it

Posted by Vern Eaton, Realtor 651-674-7449 over 4 years ago

I have a gift card in my wallet that I've had for two years to a pizza place that is about forty-five minutes from my home.  Mind you, I'm not a pizza lover either.

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) over 4 years ago

William - I am okay with getting and giving gift cards. When I give them, they are usually for places I know those people frequent, so I know they will be used.

I would probably be a little miffed if I received a gift card for a place that went out of business.

Posted by Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807, Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor (Good Company Real Estate www.ChandlerRealEstate.weebly.com) over 4 years ago

In some cases I do give gift cards.  I've used them in the past as closing gifts, especially with homes that have been fixers.  I will give a gift card to Home Depot or Lowes.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) over 4 years ago

I agree . We should give gift cards that we know will be used. 

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) over 4 years ago


Gift cards are fast . . . . but not have a real meaning to the person who recives the card.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) over 4 years ago

I agree with you, Bill. I love getting gift cards, but make sure it's for a store where I an use it. 

Posted by Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO (Cedaredge Land Company) over 4 years ago

William how true, when you give make sure the person likes and would use... like in my case if you gave me a gift card on Amazon, Barnes & Noble it would work but if you gave me a gift to a hardware store.... well guess what... no use for me:))Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) over 4 years ago

Agreed...when we ive restaurant certificates which is seldom....we get them from the Wisconsin Restaurant Association which gives the recipient lots of choices of locaation and cuisine.

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) over 4 years ago

I am not a fan of excess stuff either, and not a fan of any kind of gift card, they are just an obligation to collect on something that I probably would not buy anyway.

I would prefer a visit and the knowledge that they saved their money for something more important than adding to my collection of stuff.

Posted by Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671 (Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities) over 4 years ago

this is a great post to consider with Christmas and the gift giving season upon us!

I think I am going with Heifer International this year.

Posted by Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC (Keller Williams Capital Properties) over 3 years ago