I look forward to two gifts every Christmas. One is a gift card for Barnes & Noble or Amazon because I LOVE to read and since I'm constantly buying my own books, my mom never knows which ones to buy. The second is a gift card to JC Penny's. Not because I need a new wardrobe or anything (though I usually do need new jeans by that point). No, actually both of those gift cards are only an excuse. We basically then pick a day where she can take off work and then go spend the day together. We drive over to the bigger city that has a mall and walk around, do a little shopping, grab some food, and just hang out. She actually started this a few years ago when I was trying to pick out an adult wardrobe. You know, something besides jeans and t-shirts. I had asked for her help because I rather suck at clothes shopping and I know she has good taste. I wasn't expecting anything other than the trip, but she handed me the gift card on Christmas day and said "Ok, let's pick a day where we can go over there and I'll help you pick out some shirts." We did, we had a blast, and we've done that ever since.

I know some people look down on gift cards as 'impersonal' and lazy, but I never have. I would rather give someone an open gift to a store I know they'll enjoy going to and picking something out they want or need instead of a single gift that they may or may not like or use. And while I have a few gifts picked out, most of them are going to be getting gift cards, especially if I know they'll need some things from a specific store (like Babys'R'Us for my sister who just had her second child, or a nice dinner for two so they can get out of the house for a special night). To me, a gift card is just as much a gift of time than money or items (provided you can get one that doesn't expire). If someone doesn't like shopping, they can just go online, pick what they want, and get it shipped. But I know a lot of people like to spend time looking over items and walking around shopping places with friends or family, and this gives them a excuse to have a fun afternoon. So if you want to give out gift cards, do so guilt-free. Most of us will be very happy with it.
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