Gift cards and vouchers are an excellent solution to avoid making any mistakes and offering an unwanted gift. Most of the larger online retailers offer this service. Other specialised sites offer vouchers and prepaid cards that you can redeem in store and online. The procedure is simple:
Enter the website or the online store of your choice, this may be a specific clothing brand, a large store like Amazon , or even an online streaming service like Netflix. On their respective websites, look for the Gift Card section. You will be able to choose the amount of money that you want to put on the gift card.
After paying using your personal bank details, you will receive an email with the details of the purchase and the gift voucher. Alternatively, you can then forward the gift card yourself to the person, or you can have the website send it directly to them. Some online stores, such as Amazon, even allow you to send a physical card by post (however this can take several days if you want your gift to arrive immediately). Regardless of whether or not you send a physical or virtual card, don’t forget that you can always add a personalised message that arrives with your gift.
It may also be a good idea to speak to any local stores, hairdressers, restaurants or even bars, that are currently closed during the Coronavirus quarantine, and see if it is possible to buy a voucher to use with them once they reopen. This can give local businesses a much needed financial boost during these difficult times. The only consideration with this is that unfortunately some businesses may be so heavily impacted by the lockdown that they can no longer afford to reopen.
Another possible option is offering a subscription to a newspaper or magazine. Such as Vogue, The Economist or Time Magazine. These subscriptions can be to a digital only version of the publication, or in a traditional paper format sent to your home. Have a think about what the person likes to read, there are many options to choose from and you should be able to find something suitable. here are some of the best magazine and newspaper subscriptions.
Buying new video games, music and films frequently can quickly become an expensive hobby. Fortunately, there are a number of online services that offer monthly or annual subscriptions and allow users to have unlimited access to this content. Here are a few options.
Or what about TV series and films, have a look [here article on best streaming services] at the best streaming sites. Alternatively, if they love independent cinema, then you could surprise them with access to the MUBI Film Initiative.
If your loved one enjoys reading, then you can give them a book. Previously, the most obvious option would have been to buy it online and receive a paper copy, however it is now possible to send an ebook. If you know that the person already has an ebook reader then buying a book in the appropriate formate (.mobi or .epub) is quite simple. If they don not already have an ebook reader, such as a Kindle, then you can send them an ebook that they can read from their PC or mobile device.
If you want to send more than one book, you can. It is possible to send your loved one an entire virtual library. All you have to do is buy them a monthly or annual subscription to a digital reading platform, for example Amazon Prime Reading, Nubico or 24Symbols. Purchasing one of these subscriptions would allow the person to access the entire virtual library from their PC, ebook, or mobile device. The number of books available depends on the service that you sign them up for.
Not only can you send ebooks, but you can also send audiobooks. There are many people who prefer listening to a narrated story, or a podcast whilst they are doing another activity, like playing sports, cooking or even just relaxing. One of the best audiobook platforms is Audible - you can offer individual audiobooks, or an unlimited subscription.
Homemade gifts are some of the most valued gifts because of the personal touch that they require. Whilst it may be difficult to physically make something creative for someone with limited access to arts supplies, you can produce something ‘handmade’ online. Here are a few ideas:
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