Unique Last-Minute Gifts for Her

For those familiar with the hit comedy series ‘Friends’, you will recall Rachel Green as the-girl-next-door-who-has everything. You would also have to agree that Jennifer Aniston played the character with perfection.

Rachel was often picky about the gifts her friends and family gave her because well, she had everything. We can all relate because we all have a Rachel Green in our lives. A special lady who is dear to our hearts but when it comes to finding them the perfect present, it can be a tricky affair.

While you’re nodding your head in agreement, here’s how we think a gift card can be the perfect and unique last minute gift for her. Whether it’s for your partner, sister, friend or colleague, a gift card will meet the needs of every type of girl. She will not only find it thoughtful but will love and treasure it too. We promise.

For the Fashionista

Fashion is forever changing. What’s trendy today may not be so much tomorrow. For that special Fashionista in your life, trying to find out which handbag or dress she really truly wants can be like trying to pin a cloud.

Trying to get the size right may also create extra stress. Here’s some fashion gift ideas that you can buy at a whim:

  • Classic sunglasses like wayfarers or aviators
  • On trend accessories like fedora hats, pom pom beanies and infinity scarves
  • Simple yet striking jewelry like diamond stud earrings or a smart dress watch
  • A beautiful coffee table book about the history of fashion or fashion photography
  • High quality leather goods like a belt, gloves, tote bag or a wallet
  • Feminine hair accessories like headbands or oversized hair clips

Still stuck for ideas? Give your stylish belle the freedom to shop whatever she wants with a Prepaid Mastercard or VISA Gift Card.  With 37 million online sites and shops that accept Mastercard or Visa, she will have countless brands and designs to buy from simply at her doorstep.

You don’t have to worry about getting the wrong colour or size. A gift card lets you get it right the first time, every time.

For the Sentimental Sweetheart

Does your special someone remember every single anniversary date – first time you kissed, first date you had, first time you exchanged “I love you”? Have you been caught out forgetting your wedding anniversary?

Forgetting special milestone moments can be easily forgiven with a personalised gift card.

Grab a favourite photo of the two of you or take a quick selfie and use it to design a gift card to create a lasting memory. Your romantic loved one will love the personal touch. It makes the perfect last minute thoughtful present.

For the Sporty Gal

Gym sessions, early morning boot camps, triathlons! Is your head spinning yet? If you’re looking for a last-minute present for the get up and go gal in your life, take a deep breath and put your feet up! Here are some ideas for your fitness enthusiast:

  • Sports/fitness watch
  • Yoga class passes
  • Gym duffel backpack
  • Subscription to online fitness classes
  • Boxing gloves and pads
  • Foam roller
  • Yoga mat with matching carry bag
  • Matching gym towel and water bottle

If you’ve run out of time and still scrambling to find a last-minute present, simply order an E-Gift Card with a personal message. Fast email delivery guaranteed.

For the Outdoors Lover

Believe it or not, there are women out there who would prefer camping and bushwalking over a shopping mall spree or spa treatment.

If you’re trying to shop a present for an adventurous outdoor babe, remember she still may want creature comforts while she’s in the wild. These ideas will let her enjoy the outdoor air and star gaze in style:

  • Deluxe reclining camping chair – complete with drink holder!
  • Portable bluetooth speaker
  • Stainless steel durable wine glasses
  • Packable hammock
  • Travel coffee maker and mug
  • Travel games like Mini Scrabble or Jenga
  • Beach towel hoodie
  • Cosy picnic blanket

Who said you had to rough it in nature?

For the Woman of the Arts

Buying a gift for someone with a creative flair can be risky. Like in all arts, books and music, good taste is subjective. Don’t get caught out in getting a gaudy gift. See if any of these suggestions will get your budding artist inspired.

  • Art and wine classes
  • One-hour online Masterclass with famous photographer, Annie Leibovitz
  • A leather-bound art journal
  • Tripod for her smart phone
  • Paint by colour canvas kits
  • Drawing and Painting App with Digital Brush
  • Adult colouring in book with coloured pencil set
  • How to do origami book with 100 sheets of origami paper

Get her creative juices flowing!

 For the Travel Lady Bug

She’s been everywhere, man. Yet, she’ll soon be on the road again! For the female who constantly has the travel itch, there’s some great gift ideas that will inspire her to get more stamps in her passport:

  • Bluetooth noise cancellation headphones
  • International travel adapter
  • Airplane travel kit complete with neck pillow, eye mask and ear plugs
  • Foldable sun hat
  • Comfortable bed socks and slippers
  • World map with pins to place on places and countries she’s already been
  • Travel guidebook for the next country she plans to visit

If your woman of the world plans to be making multiple stops, a gift card will be a safe and secure option for her travel funds. She will be able to use it to shop online anywhere in the world that accepts Mastercard or VISA.

For the Woman Who Well and Truly Has Everything!

So, you’ve exhausted all shopping avenues. With little time to spare you, still haven’t found anything for the woman who seriously has everything. Not to panic. E-Gift Cards are instant and yet the most thoughtful last-minute present you can give her.

Giving her a gift card will not only let you off the hook, the other benefits are:

  • You will be avoiding unwanted gifts
  • She can buy whenever and from 37 million shops and online sites that accept Mastercard
  • There’s a gift card for all occasions
  • Express delivery option available Australia wide
  • Same day delivery
  • E-gift cards allow fast email delivery

Click HERE to order your gift card and choose from a wide range of designs for all occasions.

To add a personal touch and design your own card, click HERE.

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.

5 Things to Consider Before Purchasing a Gift Card

Raising 3 sons, my mother-in-law had very little opportunity to buy presents for a girl. Then I came along and well, what can I say? From clothes to books to cute knick-knacks, my sweet mother-in-law uses every special occasion such as birthdays and Christmas to shower me with presents (there could be worse things in life, right?) Along with all these wonderful gifts, she also knows I like to have my own shopping splurge. Occasionally, she will send me a gift card. Always accompanied with a beautifully hand-written card. Bless.

Gift cards may be a popular option for last minute presents or for someone who’s picky or seems to already have everything. However, the gift cards I receive from my mother-in-law are chosen with careful thought and consideration. It appears she’s not too dissimilar from many other Australians. Statistics show Australians spend approximately 2.5 billion dollars every year on gift cards.

I definitely appreciate every gift card my mother-in-law gives me. I also love telling her about what I used it for. Whether it contributed to a new pair of shoes or paid for the sports watch I’d been eyeing out for months, it makes her happy that she’s been part of something special to me.

As with anything you buy, doing your homework before purchasing a gift card will help avoid any confusion or disappointments. You want to make sure that the recipient will be able to use and enjoy it the way you had intended.

To make sure you cover all the bases, here’s our list of 5 things you should consider before purchasing a gift card:

Date of Issue and Expiry Date

In the past, gift cards usually had 12 months expiry. Consumer groups such as CHOICE (The Australian Consumers’ Association) argued that 12 months was not long enough.

On the 1st of November 2019, the Australian Consumer Law was amended to include new gift card laws. From the 1st of November 2019, gift cards were to have the following requirements:

  • A minimum three-year expiry period
  • Expiry dates and date of issue must be clearly stated. Gift cards are to also clearly state if there is no expiry date
  • Ban on post purchase fees for the gift card

If you can’t see or find the date of issue or the expiry date on the gift card, contact the retailer or the place of purchase. Ask them to write on the expiry date on the card. It’s also a good idea to keep a copy of the purchase receipt.

Know Your Consumer Rights

Along with the gift card expiry date, also check the requirements for activation. Some gift cards are activated automatically upon purchase. Others must be activated by the recipient before they can be used.

Be wary of struggling retailers. Before purchasing a gift card, consider what will happen if the retailer goes bankrupt or finds itself in financial difficulty.

With Prepaid Visa and Mastercard gift cards, Gift Card Store guarantee financial stability and safety for its users and consumers. The gift card will never be rejected and will always be accepted wherever Visa and Mastercard is accepted.

Where the Gift Card Can Be Used

The more options you have with your gift card, the bigger your gift of choice. Some retail cards can be used for multiple brands but others are limited to the one retailer.

Before your gift card purchase, make sure it’s for a store or brand your recipient will like. Still unsure? A Gift Card Store gift card gives your recipient a choice of 37 million stores and online sites, wherever Mastercard or VISA is accepted.

Unlike retail gift cards, Gift Card Store will give your recipient something they will definitely prefer – freedom of choice!

Purchase Gift Cards from Reliable Sources

The best places to buy gift cards are from the actual retailer or their online site. Again, to be 100% certain that you haven’t purchased an empty card, be sure to ask for a receipt. At all costs and no matter how attractive their gift card offer or promotion, avoid unknown websites, spam emails and unsolicited sales people at your front door.

Having been in the business of selling gift cards to Australians for over 13 years, Gift Card Store is Australia’s largest and most reliable gift card supplier. 100% Australian owned, Gift Card Store has a wealth of experience in providing:

  • Express delivery services throughout Australia
  • Secure and easy to shop online
  • Worldwide and online acceptance with Visa and Mastercard

The Gift Card Store offers a wide variety of Prepaid Mastercard and Visa Gift Cards, as well as Virtual Gift Cards that can be instantly email delivered to the recipient. For a personal touch, you can even design your own card!

Personalise Your Gift Card

Unlike retail gift cards, Gift Store Card give you the option to design your gift card with a selfie or a special photo. If you’re buying a Mother’s Day gift card, use your favourite family photo. Got a friend who’s a dog lover? Find a photo of them with their pooch.

Your recipient will have a lasting memory of your present in their wallet! You can also include a personal gift message to add a sentimental touch.

Why Choose Gift Card Store?

Purchasing from Gift Card Store not only guarantees a present that your loved one will truly appreciate. Once you order your gift card, Gift Card Store can deliver the gift card direct to your lucky recipient, leaving your recipient to enjoy the benefits.

Gift Card Store provides the ideal gift card because:

  • Spending is limited to the value of funds loaded onto the Prepaid Mastercard or VISA Gift Card.
  • Recipients can buy whatever, whenever they want, wherever Mastercard or VISA is accepted. No unwanted gifts.
  • Recipients have endless shopping choices with over 37 million stores instore and online that accept Mastercard or VISA.
  • Gift cards are more powerful and memorable than cash.
  • Unlike cash gifts that disappear into household funds or paying bills, gift cards are spent on special and much desired items.
  • Gift cards save you time. We can directly send the gift card to the recipient for you.
  • Prepaid Mastercard and Visa Gift Cards are more secure than cash.
  • Unlike retail gift cards, lost or stolen gift cards can be replaced.

How to Activate Gift Card Store Gift Cards

Gift Card Store gift cards are easy to activate and highly secure to use.

If you’re the lucky recipient of a Gift Card Store gift card, all you have to do is:

  • Visit universalgiftcard.com.au to activate your card. (Please remember that your card needs to be activated within 3 months of receiving it).
  • In the top-right corner, enter the card number and four-digit authentication code as shown in the letter accompanying the card.

If you’re trying to activate your card after 3 months of receiving it, not to worry! Contact us at info@universalgiftcards.com.au. We will reactivate your account by promptly sending you a new card.

Don’t forget: All cards, including Virtual Cards have 3 years expiry.

Gift Card Store: Giving you peace of mind

Ordering the perfect Gift Card Store gift card is simple and instant. Most of all, we will arrange the direct delivery to the recipient, giving you peace of mind that your present will arrive on time and received with deep appreciation.

Click HERE to order your gift card today. Still have questions? Just send us a message and we’ll get back to you.

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.

 

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.

How to Say Thank You with a Gift

Thank you. Two words that should say so much yet often can fall short when trying to express true appreciation. Whether someone’s act of kindness to us is big or small, how we say thank you in return needs to also be thoughtful. A thank you gift can be more than just good manners or being polite. It’s sends a deeper message of positivity and helps strengthen relationships.

 

How to Get It Right

Showing deep gratitude to someone can be subjective and extremely personal. There is great difficulty determining what measures up to someone’s thoughtfulness. Finding the right gift or present is essential in letting someone know their generosity of time and effort will never be forgotten.

 

Finding an Appropriate Gift

When invited to a wedding or an engagement party, a gift registry can ease the pressure to search for the perfect present as it can guide guests to choose what the happy couple need or desire.

Whether it’s thanking a friend for their emotional support during a time of personal hardship or your neighbour who watered your plants while you were away, it can be tricky finding an appropriate gift that doesn’t fall short in conveying the perfect message.

 Lack of time may also make sourcing the right gift even more challenging.

 

 Time is of the Essence

Finding the right gift to say thank you can prove to be all consuming. Unlike birthdays or anniversaries which are regular occasions that we can conveniently plan ahead for, the need to send a thank you present can be spontaneous and urgent. This can leave little time to organise a gift that is appropriate or relevant. Yet, time is of the essence when expressing gratitude. The sincerity of a thank you present can be lost if the delivery is delayed.

 

A Virtual Gift Card

When words or gestures of thanks are not enough or difficult to express, sending a Virtual Gift Card with fast email delivery, can let the recipient know how much you value and respect them.

A Virtual Gift Card allows you:

  • To include a personal message of thanks and gratitude
  • To easily order online and securely send to the recipient via email.
  • Save time from endless searches by sending the right present in a timely manner with guaranteed same day delivery*

 

Personalising the Gift Card

Just as you remember why you’re saying thank you, the recipient will never forget how you returned the kindness. Adding your own special touch to the thank you message will make it memorable.

By choosing the option to design your own card you will:

  • Add a personal touch with a nostalgic photo
  • Remind the recipient of special memories that they can always keep in their wallet
  • Make the recipient feel valued letting them know the card is especially for them
  • Show how much you respect their kind deeds and generosity
  • Help you strengthen your relationship

 

Wide Range of Gift Card Designs to Choose From

With a wide range of designs to choose from, you can send a gift that holds sentimental value. Being able to choose from a variety of different cards:

  • Makes it easy to order and sending the perfect card
  • A guaranteed quick delivery, making sure the recipient knows how appreciated they are
  • Allows you to include a personal message, making the gift card even more special

 

Why They Will Love a Gift Card

Sending thanks with a gift card is not only avoiding unwanted gifts, but it also removes the inconvenience of returning or exchanging goods or items. A gift card provides something other presents can’t – autonomy and choice.

When sending a Prepaid Gift Card, your recipient will:

  • Enjoy the freedom to buy whatever they want at over 37 million online stores that accept Mastercard or Visa
  • Avoid disappointment that come with unwanted gifts
  • Enjoy the convenience and security of online shopping
  • Always remember fondly what they bought with the card
  • Feel special and use the card to buy something luxurious or indulgent rather than using the funds for household items or bills

 

“Isn’t a gift card impersonal?”

Designing your own gift card gives you the freedom to be as creative and personal as you want. When saying thanks doesn’t seem to be adequate, say it with a powerful and sentimental image.

Some photo ideas can include:

  • Your favourite photo of the recipient
  • Flashback selfie of the two of you celebrating a happy occasion like a birthday
  • A nostalgic family photo
  • Cute picture of the favourite pet
  • A wedding photo
  • A celebrated sports victory
  • A speech they presented at an important event like a wedding or anniversary
  • A picture of them with their special loved one

 

 “Do I really want them to know how much I’ve spent on them?”

By giving someone a gift card, you are giving them a present that is practical and will be used with gratitude. You can’t put a price on a present that makes good sense but is also thoughtful.

9 out of 10 people prefer receiving gift cards because there are no unwanted gifts to return. They will think of you fondly because you made the effort to say thank you with something they can truly use and not let go to waste.

 

“How can you put a monetary value when saying thanks?”

You can’t. No one can put a dollar sign when it comes to saying thank you.

A gift card is priceless because it lets the recipient know you care about them so much, you want them to use the card on something they want for themselves.

 

More Than Just Thank You

How you say thanks to someone goes beyond the gift. A gift card keeps you connected with those whose help and support have been appreciated beyond measure. It isn’t simply a token of politeness. It helps strengthen families and friendships. Sending a gift card of thanks will reciprocate the emotional positivity that people have given you.

Click HERE to order your Thank You Gift Card and let someone know how much they’re appreciated and their compassion is cherished.

 

e-Gift cards make gift giving from home easy

Order the perfect gift and send it 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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