Not often. If I can't think of something to give somebody as a gift, I will often ask them what they would like. I agree they are a good idea to give because it saves you from purchasing something the recipient wouldn't like or use, but they can also seem impersonal, so you should seriously consider the person for whom you are purchasing.
I agree that they are a super idea,and I adore receiving these,BUT I hate giving them as they seem so impersonal ,and I like to spend the time choosing the gifts to suit the individuals.I also love being creative with my wrapping.Oh well....I suppose I can think of lots of very creative ways to wrap a voucher so it is unguessable!!!!
Yes, I do. I think they are a great idea if you are not sure what the other person might like. I prefer giving a voucher that can be used at multiple stores and not just one particular store. That way they don't really have to buy from a place they don't like.
I generally don't, but this year I am. My aunt is in her 70s and enjoys shopping but doesn't have very much money. She also likes a particular clothes shop that's a bit out of her price range so I have been saving $10 a week so I can give her a gift voucher with enough for a for a whole outfit, and I'm giving her a $20 voucher at a cafe nearby so she can get coffee and cake afterwards.
I give gift vouchers as then the person can buy what they want or like, instead of receiving something that will be left at the bottom of the cupboard, or "recycled"! The value is "more" when the sales are on too! I love getting them and my friends get me vouchers to my favourite shops. JB and DJ's for starters Yay!
I much prefer a more personal gift which I can choose to suit the person. However, having said that, a friend and I recently clubbed together to buy an H & M gift voucher for a girl who was turning 21 and who loves their shop. They are certainly very convenient but a bit impersonal.
I tend to agree Rice - I wouldn't give one to my son, preferring to buy presents I know he will appreciate (mainly books). However, in the case I mooted my friend and I didn't know the girl very well and, knowing her fondness for a particular shop, thought that would be the most expedient present. It gave her the choice then of what she wanted instead of us second-guessing and not knowing her particular tastes.
I agree. In that case you did the most sensible thing as you can rest easy that there will be no offence or quibbling. My daughter is a voracious reader too and books are always way up high on the agenda, be they real or on Kindle. Merry Christmas, norma :-)