Mother’s Day Gift Ideas, Perfect for Social Distancing

It’s that special day to let your Mum, Grandmother and all maternal figures in your life know how much they’re loved and appreciated.

With strict rules around social distancing, this year’s Mother’s Day will no doubt stand out from any other. Here are some suggestions on how you can make Mother’s Day even more personal than ever.

Chat:

Through the years, how often have you been reminded on Mother’s Day to “Call your mum!”

Thanks to video apps like FaceTime, WhatsApp and Zoom we can get close-up and personal.

Make her laugh and sing a song or remind her of a funny childhood memory. She will appreciate the extra thought.

Some video applications allow group chats for free. A great way to round up the clan and cheer her up.

Breakfast in bed with unique personal touches.

I don’t know of a single Mum who doesn’t love breakfast in bed. For families who are stuck at home together, make this a time to put your cooking skills to the test!

She won’t care if you serve her burnt toast. (Although, she won’t forget about it). Deliver the breakfast with extra love through a handwritten poem or letter. As a mum of 10-year-old twins, I’ve kept all the little love cards my boys have made for me on Mother’s Day.

For the movie buff mum:

If your mum is missing her nights at the movies, a streaming gift card for Netflix, Amazon Prime or Stan will be appreciated.

Netflix Party also allows you to link up with your mum and host a movie night on Mother’s Day. You can both curl up with some popcorn in your respective lounge rooms but still stay connected and enjoy each other’s company.

For the book nerd mum:

Whether your mum loves suspense crime novels or romantic chick lit, an audiobook or e-book subscription is the perfect gift. With all this extra time at home in isolation, she will definitely appreciate the escapism.

Personalised Mother’s Day Gift Cards:

With most bricks and mortar stores closed temporarily, why not treat your mum to an online shopping spree instead?

A Gift Card will give her the freedom to buy what she wants from any online site in the world that accepts Mastercard. How’s that for endless choice?

Click HERE to choose which design you’d like to send her and simply select an amount. Simple and thoughtful.

You can also design your own card with a special photo of the two of you. (After all, you are her favourite, right?).

Drive-By Surprise Party

For our senior parents and grandparents in self-isolation, there’s no doubt they’re missing physical contact and family connection.

If they live close by, why not surprise them with a drive by party? Decorate the car with balloons and streamers and have her favourite song blaring from the car stereo. Keep tooting the horn until she comes out to the front door and take a photo of the surprise on her face!

Don’t worry if neighbours complain about the noise. Think of it as a loving pay back for all the times your mum embarrassed you in front of your high school friends.

While COVID-19 has turned our traditional Mother’s Day celebrations upside down, don’t let it dampen your Mum’s spirits. Show her that during all this physical distancing, you can still stay very much connected.

About the Author

Grace is a freelance writer with over 25 years’ experience in business, having held senior roles in marketing, finance through to sales.

Graduating from the Australian National University, Grace spent 10 years working with multi-nationals in Asia. She is multi-lingual, fluent in Japanese and Bahasa Indonesia.

On returning to Australia, she then carved out a successful career in financial services, IT and telecommunications.

In addition, Grace has run her own small business focused on issues such as parenting, financial literacy and digital security.

e-Gift cards make gift giving from home easy

Imagine being able to order the perfect gift and send instantly from the comfort of your own home! A gift that is always available, quickly sent, and is perfect for every occasion. There’s a quick and easy solution that will delight the recipient and make you the one to receive the praise – ‘that’s just what I wanted!”

A Virtual Mastercard is the perfect gift that can be ordered from anywhere and sent to the gift recipient anywhere. Customise your gift with a personal message and have it delivered the same day! Put a smile on someone’s face with a gift that is zero contact but has 100% connection. Don’t let the lockdown get you down, we have the perfect gift for you for every occasion.

Online ordering makes last minute no problem

It’s easy to glance at the calendar and realise you’ve forgotten to buy a gift for someone special.

Don’t freak out and look for the right way to apologise. You can choose the right gift for your loved one as late as the day before, or even on the day if you order before 1pm!

Everyone loves a gift card

Gift cards are the gift of choice and now virtual gift cards make gifting even easier. Gift Card Store, Australia’s trusted online gift card supplier, has virtual gift cards available that means you can select the card, order and send with a just few clicks. With the branding of trusted global financial services corporation Mastercard, the virtual gift card is designed for today’s tech-enabled world.

Make gifting easy with a Virtual Prepaid Mastercard

Last minute is no longer a problem with Virtual Prepaid Mastercard. You order online, and the card can be sent to the recipient within hours. You’ll never miss an important occasion again.

Place your virtual gift card order before 1pm on any weekday (Monday to Friday) and it will be emailed on the same day. Orders received after 1pm will be emailed the next business day, with Friday afternoon and weekend orders emailed on the following Monday.

Activate and use online immediately

Once received by email, the Virtual Prepaid Mastercard can be quickly activated on a mobile or desktop. Designed to be used at your favourite online store, in your favourite app or over the phone, a Virtual Prepaid Mastercard can be used at any merchant around the world that accepts Mastercard for ‘card not present’ transactions.

Ideal for online shopping or for phone orders, the virtual cards cannot be used for face-to-face transactions at merchants, financial institutions or ATMs. All Virtual Gift Cards have 3 years expiry.

At Gift Card Store, you can choose from four designs for your virtual gift card, with the prepaid amount starting at $25, and a small fee for processing and credit card service, plus GST.

Wherever you are in the world, you can visit GiftCardStore.com.au and order a Virtual Prepaid Mastercard. Never miss an important occasion again!

You can find out more information about Virtual Prepaid Mastercard here.

The Isolation Gift Guide

With the COVID-19 pandemic turning everyone’s life upside down and forcing everyone to bunker down at home, we are faced with challenging ways to stay connected with friends and family.

While isolation has temporarily stopped us from physically celebrating birthdays and anniversaries with loved ones, we can still send our well wishes virtually.

Online gifting while social distancing is the perfect way to keep close together while staying apart.

Here’s a Isolation Gift Guide with ideas to keep celebrating special occasions and to instantly send the perfect gift to loved ones.

Milestone Birthdays

COVID-19 has caused an abrupt halt on all types of celebrations, particularly birthdays. If you have a close friend or relative who is due to celebrate a milestone birthday this year, they may be particularly disheartened.

By sending them a virtual gift, you can help cheer them up. Let them know how disappointed you are that you can’t be there to celebrate their special day with them.

It won’t be quite the same as the big bash they were planning to have, but it is guaranteed to make them smile.

Mother’s Day

With Mother’s Day around the corner in May, your mum or grandmother would love a beautifully designed gift card. Especially one that gives them the gift of choice. They can use the card in over 37 million stores online, or if they choose to, in store.

For the bookworm Mum, she can use her prepaid Mastercard for an audiobook or e-Book subscription. If Grandma likes to stay busy with new hobbies, she can use her virtual gift card to sign up for an online art or knitting class.

Presents for Grandchildren

Are you a grandparent missing those big hugs and sloppy kisses from your grandchildren?

Phone and video calls help ease the pain from being apart but it’s just not quite the same.

Let your grandkids know how much you miss them by sending a gift card. Personalise it with a family photo with all of you together. It will be a message full of love, conveying how much you’re looking forward to being reunited.

Parents who are stuck at home with bored children will be grateful for the gift! It gives the kids the opportunity to shop online for new toys, board games and puzzles.

Weddings

What would usually be a festive celebration for most happy couples, weddings have become a low-key affair with only 5 guests allowed at a ceremony.

Couples who had to abruptly change their wedding plans and have no guests, will appreciate congratulatory wishes from family and friends. Send them a special virtual wedding gift card to commemorate their special day.

You will also give them the precious gift of choice. They can start their new lives together using their prepaid card at any online shop in the world that accepts Mastercard.

 Sending love during lockdown

During these challenging times of self-isolation and lockdown, we all need some human interaction and social contact.

Being stuck at home doesn’t have to restrict you from showing someone you care. Sending gifts during isolation is simple and quick with Gift Card Store.

It’s a heartfelt, thoughtful gesture loved ones will truly appreciate during these uncertain times.

Click here to send a gift card to your loved ones today.

About the Author

Grace is a freelance writer with over 25 years’ experience in business, having held senior roles in marketing, finance through to sales.

Graduating from the Australian National University, Grace spent 10 years working with multi-nationals in Asia. She is multi-lingual, fluent in Japanese and Bahasa Indonesia.

On returning to Australia, she then carved out a successful career in financial services, IT and telecommunications.

In addition, Grace has run her own small business focused on issues such as parenting, financial literacy and digital security.

Hi-tech gift ideas for the smartphone generation

Teenagers and smartphones go together like magnets, and they love gadgets and accessories that look good with their handheld! Hard to buy a gift for, the selfie-generation likes to choose their own, so a gift card is the ultimate answer to your gift selection.

Gifts of smartphone tech and gadgets

Ask any young adult with a smartphone within arm’s reach, ‘what would you like for your birthday?’  Chances are, they’ll ask for technology or any gadget that relates to a smartphone.

Research into young people’s use of technology shows that 95% of teens have access to a smartphone, and 45% say they are online ‘almost constantly’. ^

With their phone in hand they’ll be engaged in the platform of their choice – most likely YouTube, Instagram and Snapchat.

Gift cards make the perfect teen gift

The perfect gift for a tech-savvy teen is a prepaid gift card with a photo of themselves! GiftCardStore has the ideal solution – Design Your Own Card. https://giftcardstore.com.au/product/design-your-own-card/

Take a photo of the teen or ask them to send you a selfie that they like, and have it printed on the card you send for their birthday. What could be more personal and appreciated? It combines their selfie-obsession with a card they can use to buy whatever they want!

Here’s some popular gift ideas for the smartphone generation to buy with the prepaid gift card..

  • PopSockets are top-selling accessories designed to stick to the back of any smartphone. An expandable knob that can be used as a stand or a grip for the phone, it can even be used to wrap the headphone cord. Add one or two to the back of any mobile phone for fun and convenience!
  • Rainbow Unicorn Powerbank is a quirky portable battery charger that will keep their device batteries topped up no matter where they are. With a 2000mAh batteryit comes with a handy micro USB cable. Perfect for lovers of unicorns and smartphones!
  • Portable Animal Bluetooth Speakers are cute versions of unicorn, cat or owl that can be connected to a smartphone and used to talk and make calls. They come with a lanyard to hang off your arm or phone and they make taking selfies easy with a shutter remote via Bluetooth.
  • Armband for smartphone is great to wear for any fitness activity or just to keep track of everyday movement. Made of durable materials, it keeps their phone safe during exercise. Choose one that is compatible with the size of the phone.
  • Portable printer. Print, copy and scan with an LCD printer that they can set up, connect and print right from their smartphone. Produce high-quality colour prints.
  • PowerUp Dart Aerobatic Smartphone-Controlled paper plane. Fold a paper plane, attach the Dart and watch it fly around and do tricks. With Bluetooth technology and powered by a smartphone app, it’s crash-resistant and ready for fun.

Go to GiftCardStore to find out more about Design Your Own Card  https://giftcardstore.com.au/product/design-your-own-card/ or phone 1300 816 461. Choose your photo and start designing now.

Reference:

^Pew Research Centre Internet and Technology. 2018 Survey of online and telephone interviews with 1,058 parents with a teen aged 13 to 17, as well as interviews with 743 teens. Available from https://www.pewinternet.org/2018/05/31/teens-social-media-technology-2018/

Appreciate the team coach with an end of season gift

Mentor, role model, cheerleader, advisor – all the qualities your team coach has to train the side to perform their best, stay positive and to win games!

The coach who spends their weeknights and weekends training your child’s team makes their own sacrifices to guide the team throughout the season, whether it ends in success or progress.

When end of season arrives, it’s time to show the coach just how much they are appreciated with a gift that will make their day.

 

Thanks for a season of sports coaching

Finding the right gift for the coach of your child’s team can be a challenge – what to give and how to make it personal and relevant.

Take inspiration from these tips, talk to other parents and see if they would like to join you in contributing to a special gift card for the coach.

  1. Thank you note from your child. Whether your budding athlete is six or 16, writing a thank you note is a great way to show your child’s appreciation. Suggest they include some of the highlights of the season, such as an exciting win or when the team showed they’d learned to lose graciously.
  2. Photo. When it’s time for team photos, order and pay for a photo specially for the coach. Or better still, use your smartphone to take one yourself of the team in action during the final. Get it framed or use it to design your own personalised gift card. Check it out here https://giftcardstore.com.au/product/design-your-own-card/.
  3. Thank you gift card. The easiest way to say thanks, always appreciated and easy to use. Check out the range of thank you gift cards on GiftCardStore. https://giftcardstore.com.au/occasions/thank-you/.
  4. Design your own gift card. Use a photo of the coach or the whole team. It’s easy to design and makes a personalised special gift. https://giftcardstore.com.au/product/design-your-own-card/
  5. Sports gift cards to celebrate the sport. Whether the sport is netball, tennis, AFL, swimming, golf or cycling, there’s a card that’s right for your sport.  https://giftcardstore.com.au/occasions/sports
  6. Personalised souvenir of the team. There are numerous items that can be personalised, such as a pen, a refillable water bottle, labelled cooler pack, duffel bag, umbrella, towel, hat – even a T-shirt.
  7. Donate to charity – A combined donation for all the team parents to the club and let the coach know it’s an appreciation for his work with the team.

Help another child to participate in sport. Talk to your coach about making a donation to assist another child to participate in sport next season. Some families find it a challenge to pay the fees for their child to participate in sport, and a donation to make it possible can help them be part of next year’s team. Choose a gift card from GiftCardStore to make the donation.

Left your gift till the last minute? Virtual gift cards make gift giving easy

Forgotten a birthday? Anniversary slipped your mind? Don’t panic! It’s easy to forget a birthday or special anniversary when you’re busy. We all know the feeling of alarm when you realise you’ve left it too late to buy a present and that big day is coming up – tomorrow!

Now, there’s a quick and easy solution that will delight the recipient and make you the one to receive the praise – ‘that’s just what I wanted!”

When you’ve left your gift giving to the last minute, a Virtual Prepaid Mastercard is the answer!

Online ordering makes last minute no problem

It’s easy to glance at the calendar and realise you’ve forgotten to buy a gift for someone special.

Don’t despair and look for the right way to apologise. You can choose the right gift for your loved one as late as the day before, or even on the day if you order before 1pm!

Everyone loves a gift card

Gift cards are the gift of choice and now virtual gift cards make gifting even easier. GiftCardStore, Australia’s trusted online gift card supplier, now has virtual gift cards available that means you can select the card, order and send with a just few clicks. With the branding of trusted global financial services corporation Mastercard, the virtual gift card is designed for today’s tech-enabled world.

Make gifting easy with a Virtual Prepaid Mastercard

Last minute is no longer a problem with Virtual Prepaid Mastercard. You order online, and the card can be sent to the recipient within hours. You’ll never miss an important occasion again.

Place your virtual gift card order before 1pm on any weekday (Monday to Friday) and it will be emailed on the same day. Orders received after 1pm will be emailed the next business day, with Friday afternoon and weekend orders emailed on the following Monday.

Activate and use online immediately

Once received by email, the Virtual Prepaid Mastercard can be quickly activated on a mobile or desktop. Designed to be used online or over the phone, a Virtual Prepaid Mastercard can be used at any merchant around the world that accepts Mastercard for ‘card not present’ transactions.

Ideal for online shopping or for phone orders, the virtual cards cannot be used for face-to-face transactions at merchants, financial institutions or ATMs.  All Virtual Gift Cards have 3 years expiry.

At GiftCardStore, you can choose from four designs for your virtual gift card, with the prepaid amount starting at $25, and a small fee for processing and credit card service, plus GST.

Wherever you are in the world, you can visit GiftCardStore.com.au and order a Virtual Prepaid Mastercard. Never miss an important occasion again!

For more information about Virtual Prepaid Mastercard, visit https://giftcardstore.com.au/product-category/virtual-mastercards/

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