10 ideas to design your own Christmas gift card at Gift Card Store

Christmas is the time of gift-giving, everyone knows this. And everyone knows someone that is particularly hard to buy for who ‘doesn’t want anything this year’. To make things harder, they’re also the person who is impossible to buy for.  

On the other hand, we’ve all received gifts that we didn’t need or like. Research shows that about one in seven people (15%) have received gifts they were disappointed with.^ 

What is the best gift of all? We can probably guess what our friends, family, employees or clients don’t want for Christmas, but here’s how to make sure they’ll love the gift you give. 

Design your own gift card 

The best gift is a gift that is meaningful, useful and flexible. It may be hard to think of a gift that ticks all those boxes, but Gift Card Store has the answer. Design your own card with your favourite photo on a Mastercard gift card. It’s personal because it involves a meaningful image to the recipient. It’s useful as the recipient can use it to buy what they want. It’s flexible as it can be used at over 37 million retailers worldwide, both in-store and online, anywhere that accepts Mastercard.  

It’s made even more special as your personalised gift card allows your lucky recipient to treat themselves to an experience they’ve wanted to do, or that special item they’ve had their eye on without feeling guilt that they’re wasting their own money. 

Make your gift the most personal of all with a design your own gift card from Gift Card Store. Design your gift card today by clicking here. 

Show how much you care with a happy snap of the recipient or a group shot of family and friends. Or for a surprise, choose a photo of their much-loved pet or favourite place. Remind them of you with a selfie – but put them in the picture too! 

Top 10 picture ideas for your DIY gift card 

Try these 10 fun ideas for a unique photo on a prepaid Mastercard you can design yourself: 

  1. Your favourite photo of the recipient 
  2. Combined selfie shot with you 
  3. Favourite pet with the recipient 
  4. A baby photo, or in school 
  5. On wheels, with first car or bike 
  6. A shot of friends and family at a special place 
  7. Family home decorated for Christmas 
  8. Playing sport or as a team supporter 
  9. Celebrating Christmas, a birthday or graduation 
  10. Special occasion to remember – wedding, engagement, baby. 

When you’re the designer, you get to choose the image for the gift card! Check the image guidelines for suitability, design size and format before you start. Choose by the rules and you’ll have a great result! 

Personalise with a special message 

Decide on the value you want to upload on the card and write a special message (50 characters) for the recipient. It’s that easy. Click to add to cart and complete your order. 

Imagine the excitement when the recipient opens the envelope on Christmas Day (or before) and finds a Mastercard gift card with an image specially for them! It’s the best way to personalise a gift. 

Make Christmas shopping easy 

Preparing for Christmas is time-consuming and can be stressful, battling the crowds and trying to find the perfect gift. Don’t suffer the stress of worrying if your gift will be liked by your recipient. Save yourself the worry and create personalised Christmas gifts online – perfect for friends, family and colleagues! 

Choose your photo 

Selfies are the most popular photos in the world, but here’s your chance to be different and make the recipient the star of their own gift. It will say more than words about your creativity and Christmas wishes. You’ll wow your recipient with the gift they really want. 

Before you start, check the image guidelines here 

A prepaid card offers more 

A prepaid Mastercard gift card not only expresses your Christmas wishes, but it also offers added value to the recipient. By using the card after Christmas, they can take advantage of the Boxing Day sales that continue for a couple of weeks after the big day. 

By spending when the prices are reduced, they can maximise the dollar value of the prepaid gift card. Just the thing to carry in their wallet for the holiday season! 

For more information on how to design your own card, click here. 



^ING International Survey special report – Christmas 2016. Available from: https://www.ing.com/Newsroom/All-news/The-truth-about-unwanted-Christmas-gifts.htm

Gift cards make the perfect gift when you still call Australia home from the US, England and New Zealand.

Gift Card Store™ can accept orders from customers residing in the US, England and New Zealand however the delivery address must be within Australia. 

Away from home for Christmas? When you’re living overseas and enjoying December’s sub-zero temperatures, stay in touch with your Australian family who are planning Christmas at the beach! Save time and money by using Gift Card Store for all your Christmas gifts to friends and family back home.

Gift giving by Australians abroad

If you are one of the growing Australia diasporas in the UK, EU, USA or NZ^ you can avoid the hassle of choosing a gift plus the cost of parcel freight. Just order direct from Gift Card Store at giftcardstore.com.au.

The best gift is always the one you choose yourself, so give your nearest and dearest the opportunity to buy what they want with an Australian gift card that can be used in Australia. Your friends and family will thank you for it.

Reversing the seasons from summer to winter

While you’re experiencing snow on the other side of the world, choosing a gift for those back home is a reminder that they will be battling the heat and humidity that so often come with an Australian Christmas.

Remember when Christmas was at the beach or the family enjoying a backyard barbecue? While you’re shivering with the next snowfall, your family is wondering how to shoo the flies away from the ham and turkey.

The festivities may be the same – but the temperature will be the opposite.

Christmas Gift Cards make gift giving simple

Choose your card from the range of 36 Christmas-themed designs at Gift Card Store. From humorous Santa to cosy winter firesides or beach scenes, you’ll find one to suit at giftcardstore.com.au/occasions/christmas/.  It’s easy to order and send:

  1. Choose the design
  2. Select the amount you want to load on the card
  3. Compose a personal message
  4. Enter your address
  5. Enter the Australian address of the recipient
  6. Choose your delivery method – Australia Post or courier
  7. Pay by credit card
  8. Tick off your Christmas gift list!

Choose a selfie for DIY

For even more fun, you can do it yourself and design your own card at Gift Card Store giftcardstore.com.au/product/design-your-own-card/. You can take a selfie with a winter wonderland background and upload it online for your card to be truly individual and remind your family of the Christmas you are planning on the other side of the world.

Virtual Prepaid Mastercard makes giving easy

And if you do leave it to the week before Christmas, you can send a virtual card giftcardstore.com.au/product-category/virtual-mastercards/.

A Virtual Prepaid Mastercard can be used for shopping online at any merchant around the world that accepts Mastercard for card-not-present transactions.  Your order must be placed before 1pm on a business day to be emailed same day. Orders placed after 1pm will be emailed the next business day, so ensure you leave enough time for the card to arrive before Christmas Day.

Check your time zones!

Make sure you have the time zones right as Australia is ahead of the northern hemisphere, so check the difference in times and days, or you may find your virtual Christmas gift card arrives on Boxing Day instead of Christmas Day.

Here’s a quick summary of the difference in time zones, so make a note in your diary to make sure your gift will arrive before Christmas Eve.

  • When it’s 8am on Christmas Day in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Hobart, it’s Christmas Eve in New York (4pm), Los Angeles (1pm), London (9pm).
  • Remember that New Zealand time is a couple of hours ahead of Australia and at 8am (Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Hobart) it’s 10am there.
  • Other state capital comparative times are Brisbane (7am), Adelaide (7.30am), Darwin (6.30am) and Perth (5am).^^

To find out the time in your destination and compare it with your home state, go to timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html

Get in early for Christmas

Ordering your gift card before December will ensure your favourite people will have the opportunity to spend their card before the big day. Or suggest they wait until the Boxing Day sales to maximise the value on the card!

Then when you facetime the family on Christmas Day, you’ll be the star of the family get together while you still have Christmas dinner to come!

Go to giftcardstore.com.au and order now for Christmas.


^Advance is a network of global Australians that reports NZ, the UK and the US remain the most popular countries of future residence for departing Aussies, followed by Hong Kong, Singapore, China, Japan and Thailand. Find out more: https://www.advance.org/diaspora

^^Time zones available from: https://www.timeanddate.com/


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