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Etiquette on Giving Gift Cards and Vouchers

Etiquette on Giving Gift Cards and Vouchers

Gift cards and vouchers are a great way to give someone a present that allows them to choose something they really want. They’re convenient, versatile, and can be used in a range of different stores or online. But, like any gift, there are some etiquette guidelines that you should follow to ensure you’re giving the right message and that your gift is appreciated.

Here are some tips for playing the cards right when it comes to gift cards and vouchers.

Choose the right gift cards

The first rule of gift card etiquette is to make sure you’re choosing the right one. Consider the recipient’s interests, hobbies, and favourite stores, and make sure the gift card is relevant to them. You wouldn’t want to give a vegetarian a gift card for a steakhouse, for example.  

Consider the value

When it comes to gift card etiquette, the value of the gift card is important. You don’t want to give a gift card with a value that’s too low, as it can seem like you didn’t put much thought into the gift. Conversely, a gift card with a value that’s too high can be uncomfortable for the recipient, as they may feel like they need to reciprocate with an equally expensive gift.

Check the expiration date

Before you give a gift card, make sure you check the expiration date. Some gift cards have a limited time frame for use, and if the recipient doesn’t use it before the expiry date, they could lose the value of the card. Make sure you let the recipient know the expiry date so they don’t miss out on using their gift. 

Personalising the gift cards or vouchers

Even though gift cards are a convenient option, it doesn’t mean you can’t personalise them. You can add a thoughtful message or choose a card with a design that reflects the recipient’s personality. If you’re feeling creative, you can even make your own gift card holder or presentation box to add an extra touch of personalisation. Writing for Yahoo! Finance back in 2020, Gabrielle Olya 

Many gift card providers in Australia allow you to customise the gift card with a personalised message or a photo. This shows that you have put thought into the gift and makes it more meaningful for the recipient.

Include the receipt

If you’re giving a gift card, it’s a good idea to include the receipt so the recipient knows the value of the card and can keep track of any purchases they make. It also means they can return the gift card if they don’t want it, or exchange it for a different one if they prefer. However, this option may not be a good idea if you actually won it from a raffle.

Don’t regift

Just like any other gift, it’s important not to regift a gift card. If you receive a gift card that’s not relevant to you, it’s better to pass it on to someone else who might appreciate it, or donate it to a charity. This could be true if you won the card in a special raffle but the issuing merchant is not up your alley for any reason. 


How you present the gift card or voucher is also important. Avoid simply handing over the gift card or voucher in an envelope or without any packaging. Instead, consider presenting it in a thoughtful and creative way. You can place it in a small gift box, attach it to a bouquet of flowers, or include it in a gift basket with other items related to the recipient’s interests. The presentation adds an element of surprise and excitement to the gift, making it more memorable.

Be grateful about your gift cards and vouchers

Lastly, and most importantly, always be grateful for the gift card you receive. Whether it’s something you’ve been eyeing up for a while, or a chance to try something new, a gift card is a thoughtful gift that shows someone cares about you. Make sure you say thank you, and let them know how much you appreciate their gesture. The team at Advanced Etiquette stated that if you are the recipient, you can reciprocate with a quick email or a specially handwritten thank-you note.  

A finance app such as UBOMI dovetails into these tips for gift cards. The app’s UWIN feature is already your gateway for winning gift cards, with your chosen membership tier having a specific number of tickets for you to participate in the daily and weekly raffle draws. At stake are, respectively, $250 and $1,000 cards. Imagine the value each card would give to you or to whoever your recipient is to be!

Gift cards and vouchers are a convenient and versatile option for gift giving. By following these etiquette guidelines, you can ensure that your gift is well-received, and that you’re sending the right message. Remember, a gift card is not just a last-minute gift or a less personal option. It can actually be a great thing, especially when given with thought and consideration.

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