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29 Top Gift Cards for Acquaintances to Besties

Let’s talk gift cards — specifically the top gift cards to give this year.

You’ve heard the news: Thanks to global shipping delays, we can all expect shelves to be empty by the time our favorite winter holiday rolls around. Looks like it will be harder than ever to get your hands on the perfect gift. Said another way, it’s shaping up to be a gift card kind of year.

Read on for 29 clever and popular gift card ideas for everyone on your list — from the coworker you don’t really know to your longtime best friend.

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Top gift cards for acquaintances

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Buying gifts for people you don’t really know is a challenge. You need to get something generic, but too generic can feel, well, impersonal. Gifting a Visa gift card to a coworker, for example, might send the wrong message. Like, you bought the gift as a task you had to complete while running errands. You might as well write a check and stick it into a blank envelope.

You might leave a better impression with a gift card that’s a tiny bit experiential. Here are five options I like.

Gift CardWhere to BuyWhat’s Great About It  
StarbucksStarbucksIf your giftee hates coffee, he or she can easily sell this card for cash on the usual gift card websites.  
Treat Yourself Gift CardGiftcardsThe Treat Yourself Gift card has a shopping element to it. Your giftee uses the card to buy egifts for these brands: Cheesecake Factory, Grubhub, Macy’s, Outback Steakhouse, Athleta, Buffalo Wild Wings, and Bed Bath & Beyond.  
Cheers to You Gift CardGiftcardsThe Cheers to You card works like the Treat Yourself card. Giftees exchange the credit on the card for their choice of egifts at these stores: Home Depot, Macy’s, Outback Steakhouse, Domino’s, Old Navy, GameStop or Fanatics.  
Giving Good Make a Wish CardGiftcardsThe Make a Wish card has a feel-good element, plus a nice range of options for your giftee. The card can be used at Macy’s, GameStop, Maggiano’s, Claire’s, Petco, Topgolf, Build-A-Bear Workshop and Under Armour. Your giftee can also exchange the card balance for egift cards with any of those brands.  
DoorDash  DoorDashWho doesn’t love having dinner delivered? DoorDash is a fun gift that offers choice — as long as your giftee doesn’t live in a rural area with no restaurants.   
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Top gift cards for best friends

You know what your besties love, but you might want to gift something that’s unexpected. The table below includes five clever gift card ideas for someone special.

Gift CardWhere to BuyWhat’s Great About It
GoldbellyGoldbellyGoldbelly delivers gourmet food from 900+ restaurants in 50 states. Your bestie can order food from Commander’s Palace in New Orleans, PieCaken Bake Shop in New York, or Hattie B’s Hot Chicken in Nashville.  
ZeelZeelZeel offers in-home massages. Giftees use the card to book private massages on their schedule.  
The SillThesillThe Sill provides in-home plant delivery. Your giftee can shop live plants, dried plants, pet-friendly plants, and more.  
Virgin Experience  VirginexperiencegiftsVirgin Experiences range from adventure activities (like race-car driving or flying school) to memorable tours (like a microbrew tour in Denver). You can gift an experience your bestie will never forget.  
GoldeGolde.coGolde sells superfood-based skincare and supplements. A popular choice is the Turmeric Latte Blend for glowing skin, immunity support, and debloating.    

The most popular gift cards

If you still need more inspiration, here’s a look at the 20 most popular gift cards according to WalletHub.

  1. Amazon
  2. Visa
  3. Walmart
  4. Target
  5. Starbucks
  6. eBay
  7. American Express
  8. iTunes
  9. Google Play
  10. Disney
  11. Sephora
  12. Netflix
  13. Home Depot
  14. Chick-Fil-A
  15. Best Buy
  16. McDonald’s
  17. Gamestop
  18. Dunkin Donuts
  19. Mastercard
  20. Fandango

Which of these top gift cards do you want to find in your stocking this year?

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