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10 Best Gift Cards for 2020

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One of my family members who shall remain nameless (OK, it’s my husband) always buys himself everything he needs, even right around the holidays. My brother, on the other hand, also lives by the “treat yourself” motto and if he wants a new video game, a new pair of kicks or a hot new book, he just buys them himself. And I’m sure I’m not alone in always needing a couple of gifts for people I just don’t know well enough to choose something personal; whether it’s the office White Elephant exchange, secret Santa gift or a get-together at a friend-of-a-friend’s house that calls for a hostess offering. When confronted with these sticky gift-giving situations, sometimes a gift card is the best option.

Don’t clutch your pearls just yet – the best gift cards are anything but a cop-out. We love these choices because they let the recipient pick out their own present (perfect for that shopaholic in your life) and may even help your friends and loved ones discover a new favorite retailer. Grab a pretty card, write a thoughtful message inside (one of these Christmas quotes, perhaps?) and add one of these great gift cards. Holiday exchange: solved.

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Happy You Gift Card

Happy Gift Card
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Give your recipient options with a Happy Gift Card. Each one has a selection of retailers to use them, including favorites like Macy’s and Bed Bath and Beyond, Ulta Beauty and GameStop, restaurants like PF Chang’s, The Cheesecake Factory, ColdStone and more. You can also customize the look online, for an even more personal present. 

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Stockpile Gift Card

Stockpile Gifts
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For teens or college students who are just getting into investing, or seasoned financial pros who take their portfolios seriously, Stockpile Gift Cards are a unique gift. Choose from a selection of popular and high-performing stocks, or let your recipient pick their own investment with a choose-your-own-adventure card. Your gift could really pay off, someday.  

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Spa Finder Gift Card

Spa Finder
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Give your loved one the gift of relaxation with access to thousands of spas, fitness centers, wellness centers, salons and more. If they want to spend the day getting a massage, facial, mani-pedi, the whole nine, they can use this card that way. If a yoga or pilates class is more their speed, it works for those too. They’ll feel more relaxed just opening the envelope. 

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Cloud 9 Living Gift Card

Cloud 9 Living
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Many of us haven’t gotten out much for the past six months, so give the gift of experience this holiday (but always check before booking to ensure your chosen adventure is pandemic-safe!)  Cloud 9 lets you choose between over 600 outings, from skydiving to hot air ballooning, to cooking classes and so much more. There’s something for everyone, regardless of their interests. 

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Gift of College Gift Card

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For rising high school seniors or even younger kids, you can’t beat adding to their college fund. You can choose your denomination to build their savings for higher education or even help pay off student loans. It may not be flashy and fun, but they’ll really thank you for it down the line. 

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MaidPro Gift Card

MaidPro
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Of all the gifts you can bestow upon a frazzled parent or busy person, a clean house might be the most appreciated. MaidPro gift cards enable you to give your loved one some time back in their schedule, not to mention a carpet with those satisfying vacuum lines and a crumb-free countertop. 

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Groovebook Gift Card

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Nowadays, we take the vast majority of our photos digitally, and that’s the way they remain.  But with a Groovebook subscription, you can gift a monthly photobook, so they always have the latest snaps. This is a great gift for grandparents or faraway relatives, so they can still watch the little ones grow. 

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Uncommon Goods Gift Card

Uncommon Goods
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As the name suggests, a gift from Uncommon Goods works great for those people who seem to have everything – including great taste. Think of it like a department store with curated goods for people who like the kinds of things that make others say, “Hey, where’d you get that?” 

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Bifties Gift Card

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Many of us have dedicated ourselves to shopping at more Black-owned businesses this year, but that can be hard to do if you don’t know what to buy. Let Bifties help. By buying a Bifties gift card, you open the door to a whole online shop full of goodies your recipient will love that also supports a small business. 

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Charity Choice Gift Cards

Charity Choice
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Give the gift that keeps on giving with Charity Choice, while enables the cardholder to direct the balance to their choice of more than 100 charitable organizations. This year more than ever, so many people are hurting, so the person who has everything may appreciate the chance to pay their good fortune forward. 

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