One of the best activities for kids during that long vacation between Christmas and New Years is hitting the sales with a fistful of gift cards. After the excitement of reindeer slippers, underwear from Auntie Clueless and a tin of three way popcorn that was devoured by siblings, kids are ready to hit the mall and buy something they really can use.
To create excitement, you can make the gift even more fun to open by hiding it cleverly. Try a gaily wrapped box of jingle bells that will mystify the child who shakes packages under the tree for clues. A gift card tucked into a tin of lemon drops will fool the one who spies by sniffing each package. The suspense is always part of the thrill of receiving a gift.
Here are a few suggestions for the hottest gift cards this year.
A gift card from Hot Topic is going to earn you some points with your teens and pre teens. It’s a little intimidating to walk in to this sanctuary for kids but it will be worth the big surprised hug from the child who never knew you were so hip! They will look at you with new eyes and come home with the latest in scene shoes, accessories, jewelry and probably a band shirt from The Devil Wears Prada.
Chipotle is the latest fad in eatery. A card loaded up with cash is a plus when a teen needs a good meal after a hard practice. Chipotle is the new McDonalds. You can feel comfortable about food that is fast because Chipotle is hormone free and organic. Wrap this card in a packet of Mexican jumping beans!
Laser Tag is a game designed to burn up all that pent up indoor energy. Family activities are the best when you interact with each other. Running, hiding, shooting targets in the dark under ultra violet lights is clean fun. It’s easy to find one in your city using this web site: http://www.wheretoplaylasertag.com/index.htm. Laser Tag gift cards for all the kids in the family from Uncle Wiggly will make him the family hero.
Barnes & Noble is THE bookstore. A trip there is an event. You won’t just have books to choose from, but puzzles, toys, calendars, favorite magazines. There is even a café, where the family can have a latte or hot chocolate and discuss purchases.
eBay is here to stay folks. It’s a whole new world for kids and a gift card from eBay will be fun and different to give. It’s just the thing to teach them how to shop for a bargain. Shopping on eBay with a gift card of finite funds and mom or dad to set limits is a great learning tool on how to get what you want and a little more by buying bargains. You can buy eBay gift cards in everyday stores like Kmart. If you want a complete locator site use this link: http://giftcard.ebay.com/ns/locator.html
iTunes gift cards are a puzzle to many in the older generation. But to kids it’s the best gift ever. Almost every kid has an iPod or an MP3 player. When you teach them to purchase and not pirate music, that is a priceless gift. The ability to get songs as they come out all year long is magic. It’s not hard to find iTune gift cards. Every cash register in America has a rack of iTune gift cards nearby. Oh wait! That’s the card you will want to put in the jingle bell box!