With Christmas just around the corner, finding just the right gift for your spouse can be fraught. A gift voucher is an easy solution, but they’re impersonal and a lazy way of gift giving, right?
Everyone knows the best presents are thoughtful ones. And guess what? There’s no reason why vouchers can’t be thoughtful! In fact, I would argue that they’re often even more thoughtful than, say, a new sweater in a questionable color or the latest iPad.
The people that hate on gift vouchers have a bunch of arguments. Have you ever heard these?
“It’s like money, but less useful.”
“You’re basically saying you’ve given up on finding an actual present.”
“What kind of present requires work on behalf of the recipient?”
As far as I can tell, the biggest barrier to couples bestowing gift vouchers on each other is that it’s widely considered an impersonal present to give your spouse or lover come Christmas, Valentine’s Day or Birthdays.
I mean sure, I agree that simply slapping $50 onto a department store card without really thinking it through is positively slothful.
But – done right – gift vouchers can make for some of the most touching and beautiful presents you’ll ever give, or receive.
That comes with a few caveats though. Just hear me out.[Continue Reading…]