The perfect pandemic and post-pandemic gift ideas
During this pandemic celebrating special occasions with friends and family has been almost impossible. Thus, buying a gift might be the only option to make such days feel a bit more celebratory. Since non-essential stores have been closed for the majority of the year, e-gift cards worked best during this time. They worked so well for me that I plan to keep this new tradition going forward. These are 10 perfect e-gift card ideas for pandemic and post-pandemic times.
Why e-gift cards?
1.Timing: You can buy it ahead of time and schedule the day you want to send it or send it on the spot.
2. No shipping cost: Very convenient since e-gift cards are sent via email.
3. Options: You just have to choose the store, the recipient then can pick up any gift they wish to get.
4. Flexibility: E-gift cards are usually valid for a long period of time and can be used any time during this period.
5. Staying on budget: No need to compromise or go above, you literally get what you pay.
6. Location: Great option when you want to treat someone living in a different location or abroad.
Favourite UK gift cards
1. Zara e-gift card
Great for: Fashion, Style & Home Decoration (£20-£300)
Valid for: Three (3) years from the date it is sent to the recipient
Use it at: Zara, Massimo Dutti, Bershka, Pull&Bear, Stradivarius or Zara Home store or via their respective UK websites, or via the UK websites for Oysho and Uterqüe.
2. H&M e-gift card
Great for: Fashion & Accessories (£15-£250)
Valid for: 2 years from the date of the last activation or purchase.
Use it at: All H&M stores on hm.com in the country it was purchased.
Great for: Food, Home goods,Fashion, Accessories. (£10-£500)
Valid for:24 months from purchase.
Use it at: Online or any M&S store.
Great for: Home goods, Beauty, Style, Food, Fashion, Technology, Experiences (£10-£500)
Valid for: 24 months from purchase or last transaction.
Use it at: In store or online at John Lewis & Partners and Waitrose & Partners (exclusions apply)
Great for: Fashion, Style, Accessories (£10-£250)
Valid for: 24 months from date of purchase.
Use it at: Ted Baker standalone, outlet stores and online (at www.tedbaker.com) in the UK only.
Great for: Luxury, Home goods, Beauty, Designer Fashion & Accessories, Technology, Experiences (£50-£2,500)
Valid for: 24 months from purchase.
Use it at: In-store, online and at any of our restaurants or health and beauty services.
*Harrods Gift Cards can be purchased in any denomination you choose and arrive presented in an exclusively designed card, with the distinctive Harrods gold signature and room to write your own message
Great for: Furniture, Style, Decor, Home Goods (£10-£250)
Valid for: No expiration date
Use it at: Online and In-store (Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, Spain*, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK.)
*With the exception of the stores in Lanzarote, Tenerife, Mallorca and Gran Canarias.
Great for: Luxury, Beauty Products
Valid for: 2 years from the date of purchase.
Use it at: Online & In -store.
Great for: Stationery, Books, Children Gifts (£20-£100)
Valid for: 2 years from the date or purchase.
Use it at: Any Waterstones bookshops or on Waterstones.com.
Great for: Products available on Amazon (£0,10-£1000)
Valid for: 10 years after the date they are issued.
Use it at: www.amazon.co.uk on eligible products only.
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