Ah, the gift card conundrum. Such an easy gifting solution and SUCH a welcome gift to receive—the freedom to purchase exactly what you want!
And yet, there’s something a little lazy about it, amiright? You mean so much to me that I grabbed this from the checkout counter when I was buying a carton of milk. There’s also a certain ick factor… Your friendship is worth $20 to me—but NOT $25. (You know you’ve thought it.) That’s what I like about gift card pairings—combining your “money in the cloud” with a second small, inexpensive token that’s a more tactile reminder of you.
The fun part is keeping it complementary. Just like a great food and wine pairing, the card + gift should play nicely together while bringing out the best in each other. I always start with choosing a gift card and work from there.
Consider these dynamic duos, with bonus gifts all around $10 or less.
Like a boss
Par for the course
La dolce vita
On a roll
By the book
Barnes & Noble Gift Card + an actual book you know they’d enjoy (use the card as a bookmark surprise)
Got your own creative gift card pairing ideas? Share them in the comments below.