I know that they’re often considered impersonal, but I love to get gift cards for holidays and birthdays. It’s the thought that counts and if you know I would much rather pick out something I will love/use/wear rather than feign appreciation for your attempt to pick out something I will love/use/wear, gimme a gift card and I will love you for it. Now, it just so happens that I only got one gift card for Christmas this year and it’s for a yarn store (PSYCHED), but that doesn’t mean I can’t advise you what to buy with your stack of $50 gift cards to stores like Sephora, GAP and Bed Bath & Beyond. Let’s go shopping!
Last week, we asked you to tell us the story of your most expensive impulse buy, in the hopes of winning a $100 gift card from HauteLook. Damn! I thought I was an impulse shopper, but never have I considered buying a house on impulse, like our winner did. So prgirl is the winner of the $100 HauteLook gift card. Check out her incredible story after the jump!
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You know HauteLook for offering daily discounts of 50 to 75 percent off the top brands. But did you know they just launched a new iPhone app, which makes your shopping sprees easier? Through the app, shoppers have streamlined access to the HauteLook’s 48-hour sale events; can search for products by size, price, and category; can share products with friends via Facebook and Twitter; and, most importantly, can make purchases easily while on the go. And remember, membership to HauteLook is free! [HauteLook]
WIN THIS! We’re giving away one gift card to HauteLook worth $100, but you have to work if you want it. In the comments, tell us the story of your most expensive impulse buy. Enter by 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010. We’ll pick our favorite response and announce the winner Friday, Nov. 12. You must live in the U.S. or Canada to win. (Read the official rules here.) Good luck!
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Last week, we asked you to reveal the worst gift you ever gave your dad for Father’s Day, in the hopes of winning a $100 Nautica gift card. I thought I’d given my dad some really horrible gifts, but you all had me LOLing at the ridiculousness of your gifts. But there can only be one winner … and the prize goes to mannequin for this comment:
“Oh geez … I went through an extended ‘phase’ of giving my dad candles for any gift-giving occasion. I knew darn well he didn’t want candles, but I liked to eat them, yep … I ate candles when I was little.
I couldn’t get away with giving them to my mom because she liked candles. Dad, however, would always make an excuse to graciously give me back the candle. At which point I would eat the candle.
Why did they let me eat candles?”
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You have a little more than a week until Father’s Day on June 20. And if you haven’t figured out what to get good ol’ dad, then Nautica is a good place to start. You can score a polo shirt in almost every color imaginable or update your father’s really worn khakis. But even if you’re wary of picking out clothes for him, Nautica has sporty yet stylish leather watches, wallets, and other accessories. If you still don’t know what to get your dad after browsing the site, then there’s always a nice Nautica tie. You can also try your dad’s luck by entering him into Nautica’s Faces of Father’s Day Contest.
WIN THIS! We’re giving away a $100 Nautica gift card, but you have to work if you want it. In the comments, tell us what was the worst gift you ever gave your dad for Father’s Day and his response by 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, June 17. We’ll pick our favorite response and announce the winner Friday, June 18. You must live in the U.S. or Canada to win. (Read the official rules.) Good luck!
The prize was provided by Nautica, but Nautica is not a sponsor, administrator, or involved in any other way with this giveaway. All opinions expressed in the post are my own and not those of Nautica. Keep reading »
Forget that gift cards generally make lousy presents, another reason why they’re an all-around bad idea: they’re becoming popular vehicles of crime. The New York Times reports that more and more, retail employees are committing theft by manipulating stores’ gift cards. When you think about it, these electronic devices are far more clever than filling one’s pockets up with cash or goods, as it’s essentially hidden money. Joshua Bamfield, author of the Global Retail Theft Barometer, tells the Times, “To employees, this is like currency. It’s almost as good as the U.S. dollar.”
So what should you be looking out for? One popular tactic is for a clerk to distract you while they hand you a zero-value card and take your money themselves. Ask them to verify the value in front of you, or come back and ask a different employee to check the balance. Thank you for reading this very important PSA. [New York Times] Keep reading »