I absolutely agree with you - i love gift cards.Great questions.
Gifts- I prefer to give & receive gifts that I know are wanted or needed. I also prefer to give or receive GC's to businesses they/I shop at. Or money if I don't know what business are shopped at hope that makes sense.
My DD doesn't like giving GC's she said that makes her feel lazy. But I tell her to me a GC to a place the person likes ensures they'll receive a gift they like. To me a gift is more about the person receiving it. I can't stand to get a gift that feels like the person got it just so they can feel like they did something.
I don't care about to size or price of a gift as long as thought went into it. DD says no thought goes into a GC. I say it does because I need to think about the places the person likes.
I absolutely agree. You demonstrated my point with your book & designer bag story.I absolutely agree with you - i love gift cards.
One year someone from my past asked what I wanted for Christmas, and I told them the name of a book that I wanted. They replied with a "Im not buying you that" (well okay, but why ask lol?) So I suggested a gift card for a bookstore. They agreed to that. I was expecting a £10-20 gift card. I love books! Anyway, what i got was a very pricey designer bag that I would never in a million years want/use/ask for.
No idea what was going through that person's head - they must have spent hundreds rather than buy an £11 book.
It sounds really ungrateful, i know, but it's just such a waste of money. And then hurt feelings when said item is never used. Gift cards are a safe bet and you still have to put the effort into going out to get them!