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I am also rebelling against gift cards, and giving cash. The only gift cards I bought were because I can use the gift cards and thought the bonus cards would be of value. Having learned my lesson on the limitations of the bonus cards, I won't do that again.

I give gift cards when I think it's something a person really wants. I have two relatives who quilt. They're getting gift cards to the biggest quilt store around. Another knits, and is getting a gift card to a huge yarn store. (Both well over the internet). Someone who has had to cut back on small luxuries like manicures is getting a gift certificate to a day spa near her.

This is money for luxuries or extras that they might not otherwise get.

After my mother died there were dozens of things left that no one wanted. (This despite my sister's ruthless, "you gave it, you get it" rule). And I started thinking in terms of giving something that will bring a happy memory rather something that needs to be dusted.

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