Can you believe it is already November and the holidays are just around the corner? Each year seems to go faster than the year before; it is just crazy! And we all know the holidays can be busy with fun, food, family, friends and the joys and stress that come with the season.
And, as much as each of us wants to purchase gifts for those we love, the idea of doing so can be overwhelming. Am I getting something they will love and use? Do I have time to shop? What is my budget? These questions and thoughts can make the joy of gift-giving become stress-inducing.
But there is a simpler way to give loved ones, friends and coworkers gifts they will really appreciate: gift cards.
Gift cards are more popular than ever and may be the best gift for almost everyone on your gift-giving list. A recent article in Money magazine highlighted an online survey that showed while most gifts received only have a 25% approval rating by the receivers, gift cards have at least double the approval rating. Additionally, the AARP reports that more than 40 percent of people put gift cards at the top of their holiday wish lists this year. This means the odds are good that when giving gift cards, you will be giving a gift that is truly appreciated.
Here are a few more reasons to purchase gift cards:
Gift cards don’t weigh much. No need to strain your back and shoulders carrying around numerous bags of presents.
Gift cards are environmentally friendly. Save the environment from all of the wrapping paper, boxes, packaging and more by buying gift cards that can be reloaded or recycled and are packaged in easily degradable paper.
Gift cards save time, money, energy and your back. Less to wrap means less time and money spent purchasing gift wrapping and supplies. It also means less strain on your back as there is less need to bend over the table or sit on the floor for hours wrestling with paper, tape and bows.
Gift cards require a personalized note. Well, you can give a gift card or gift certificate without inserting them into a card, but why waste the opportunity to tell someone how much you love and appreciate them? Personalize the gift by hand writing a note in a card and including the gift card.
Gift cards can be individualized. Do you know someone who loves to get a massage? Give them a gift card that allows them to choose when and where and what kind of massage they want. Or someone who loves to go to the movies? Give them a gift to a card to their local theater. You get the point. Gift cards are a great way to give each person on your list a personalized gift. And, if you follow up with the same type of gift card on the individual’s birthday, you will become his or her new favorite gift-giver.
Gift cards can be used at multiple places. Unless you are giving a card from a one-place shop, most gift cards can be used at other locations.
Top-Ten Reasons to Give a Massage Gift Card:
It gives the receiver permission to relax and focus on himself or herself for an hour or so.
It can be scheduled when convenient for the recipient.
It can be a transformative experience – pain is relieved, thoughts are pondered or put aside, relaxation is embraced, a sense of well-being is encouraged.
A massage promotes health and well-being for everyone.
It is an appropriate gift for almost all types of relationships.
It saves time, energy and money and is good for the environment, as it requires less driving and wrapping paper.
The gift card reduces stress for the giver and the recipient.
A massage warms up the body and tight muscles during the cold winter months and eases aches and pains after snow and ice removal.
It is a great and lasting value; the gift that keeps giving!
It can be personalized and enhanced.
Massage Envy knows it is the most wonderful time of the year to give and wants to make giving the gift of health and relaxation beneficial for both the gift-giver and the gift-receiver. From Nov. 1 to Dec. 31, the following gift card promotions are available:
Purchase $100 in gift cards and receive a free $25 gift card.
Purchase $150 in gift cards and receive a free $40 gift card.
New and existing Massage Envy members who prepay their 12-month dues will receive a coupon book of 12 monthly promotional vouchers valued at $180 in additional services. FBN
By Mark Love
Mark Love is the Franchisee of Massage Envy Spa Flagstaff, located at 1235 S. Plaza Way in the University Plaza Shopping Center next to Safeway. For more information on the benefits of massage and to schedule an appointment with a massage therapist, visit MassageEnvy.com or call 928-526-ENVY (3689) and follow on Facebook at Facebook.com/MEFlag. Schedule an appointment online – your time, your convenience, your massage.