Gift Card Guide: Personalizing to Make a Present

Gift cards are the ultimate in flexible presents (after all, they can become almost anything your recipients want them to be). But that wide-open potential can sometimes make givers worry that they’re not quite personal enough to give to people you know well.

There’s a fix for that, though—simply put those gift-card presents in a custom wrapping that spotlights the recipient’s interests and passions. It’s an easy way to show the thought behind the gift. Need some inspiration? Here are some great ideas for one-of-a-kind gift card presentations that highlight the personality of the person you’re giving the gift to.

Chocolate: Discovering, Exploring, Enjoying by Sara Jayne Stanes At-home chefs: People who love to cook love gifts that help them cook better or more often. Wrap your gift card in a cool take-out container, or serve it tucked inside a gorgeous cookbook, so they’ll know you’re encouraging them to make something great.

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Bakers: If you’re hoping your gift card will encourage the baker in your life to whip up even more wonderful desserts, give a gift card in a baking-centric package like a measuring cup, mixing bowl or muffin tin. If you’re lucky, they’ll be grateful enough to share what they bake up with your gift.

Gardeners: Friends who are passionate about growing great things can use the card to buy gear, or outdoor décor to highlight the landscapes they create. A package with a great outdoors theme—a gift card tied to a trowel or tucked inside a terra cotta pot—gives garden-buffs a way to dig into their favorite hobby.

Grillmasters: If your friend spends the summer working on the perfect char-marks and trying to create the absolutely right BBQ sauce, you can help them gear up with a gift card in a package that serves a perfect grilling purpose—like a BBQ mitt.

Spa Lovers: You know your friend can’t make it to the spa every time she needs a moment of pampering. So a gift card can help her create her own spa at home every day—tucked into spa socks or in a votive candle holder—can help her say “ahh” anytime.

World Travelers: A person who racks up frequent-flier miles by the thousands will always appreciate a gift that lets them showcase their travels. So slip a gift card into a photo frame—it can get them started on showing the great shots they’ve taken on their trips.

And if you’re ready to take personalizing a gift card to the next level, you can also opt to DIY-it. This guide  to creating your own gift card holder from the Stamping 411 blog shows some great techniques for crafting the perfect card container.

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Jennifer Dennis

is the Content Development Lead for Bed Bath & Beyond. She loves thinking, and writing, about all things home and travel. She considers herself the ultimate test case for whether a recipe is really idiot-proof, because if she can make it, anyone can.

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