I have always felt that gift cards are a lousy present.
There is something chilly and impersonal about giving someone a fake debit card with money on it, money that can only be used for one identifiable thing.
If you deliver someone cash for a present, they can spend that cash however they choose. If you deliver them a gift card for an online retailer, they have unquestionably little recourse. They have to spend that card at the one store, or else it has no value, however last year our sister gave myself and others a gift card to the local Heating in addition to A/C business, which I thought was a excruciating gift. This isn’t even the Heating in addition to A/C business that I choose to handle all of our work, it was some current company I never heard of before. I looked on the company website, and was thrilled to find that this company sold both current and refurbished Heating in addition to A/C equipment. They did operate a storefront, which had hundreds of unusual pieces of Heating in addition to A/C unit on display, and for sale. I took our gift card to the shop, with the intent of finding a nice dehumidifier. I really wanted an air cleaner and a dehumidifier, even though I didn’t think how it would cost to buy both at once. I found one model that combined both of those devices, which meant it purified the air and removing the excess moisture. It was a little more than I wanted to pay, however because of the gift card I got this air cleaner for a unquestionably adequate price.