gift giving simplified

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I cannot believe it's already November! I think it's safe to say the holiday season is officially here and I am woefully behind with my Christmas shopping... must be something about having four kids age five and under. Normally by now I would be nearly done, but I evaluated my gift-giving list last week and  I figure I'm maybe a third of the way done.
Whomp whomp.
I normally love gift-giving - the process of picking something out that is useful, thoughtful, creative - but the idea of loading all four of my little ones into the car, driving to the store, and then dealing with them running amok once we make our way inside... well, I'm exhausted just thinking about it.
Add into the mix that I have family all over and it just adds to the hassle, taking some of the joy out of gift-giving for me. My baby sister is on a religious mission nearly 3,000 miles away, another sister and her family recently got relocated to a military base in Mississippi, and between Mike and I we have family members scattered across the southwest. I'm sure you all know that adding shipping to your Christmas budget really adds up fast.
So when I was given the opportunity to try out The Gift Card Shop it was like the clouds parted and the angels sang; this stressed-out momma's prayers were answered!

I logged onto The Gift Card Shop to make some more progress on my holiday shopping. As I scrolled through the various gift cards that they have on their site I was pleased to see all the options from some of my favorite places! With so many great options it was hard to narrow it down; an AMC gift card would be fun for some of our nieces and nephews, so they could have a fun family movie night together. My sister in Utah would love a Sephora gift card, a JC Penney gift card would be great for my sister in Florida so she could buy some new clothes, and a Home Depot gift card is the perfect thing for my sister and brother-in-law in Mississippi who just bought their first house. 

The great thing about ordering through The Gift Card Shop is that once you choose your gift card and the amount, then you can decide if you want to send your card digitally or though the mail, and you can opt to add some personal touches. I wanted to send my gift card digitally, so I was able to choose between sending along a digital greeting card, video, or photo book! I wanted to send a digital card and was pleased at all the nice options they had, even ones to which you can add your own photo.

The personal touches don't end there as you also get to add a message inside, decide if you want to add sound or a video, and even add liners to the inside of your "envelope". Seriously, I was blown away by everything that The Gift Card Shop has thought of when it comes to simplifying the gift-giving experience while still keeping a personal touch. When I had completed my personalized greeting card, I was able to preview how the recipient would see it and I was so pleased with the results! If you're the type of person who worries that gift cards might not say that you care enough, you will forget all about that when you see the gift you've personally picked out and designed!
Once it was added to my cart I was able to chose if I wanted to send it now or schedule a delivery... how perfect is that?! There's also a spot to add a coupon code at checkout if you've got one (I'll have two at the end of the post for you!) and you can decide if you'd like to checkout as a guest, or register. I chose to register for an even faster checkout next time, as I definitely plan to continue using The Gift Card Shop!

How is your holiday gift-giving coming along? No worries, I've got a couple of discount codes that can help you out!

$5 coupon code for the first 100 people using the code MERRY5 at checkout! 
(Limit one per customer, while supplies last.)

Purchase a $100 eBay gift card 11/9- 11/15 and receive a free personalized greeting card. 
(Limit one per customer, while supplies last.)

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