Is giving a gift card really from the heart?


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Jean: Are there any occasions where you feel like “no way” on a gift card?

Girl 1: The wedding’s a little iffy. The wedding being the big deal that it is might require something a little more personal.

Jean: You got married an hour ago?

Couple: Yes.

Woman: Maybe a wedding. Maybe not appropriate for a gift card.

Jean: Would you say it’s OK to give a gift card for a wedding?

Bride: Mm, I think no, it’s not the best way.

Photographer: Especially when it’s a wedding. Have something that people will remember me by.

Groom: A gift card is not from the heart. I love more from the heart.

Girl 2: Gift cards can be a little impersonal, too, because it kind of means that you don’t know exactly what the person wants.

Jean: If you decide to give a gift card, make sure that you include a personalized, hand-written note, or even better, a small token gift alongside the gift card with a personal note for good measure. And send it by mail. Sending it by mail means the person on the other end will actually have something to open along with that personal note that you’ve inscribed.

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