Sure, gift cards can seem like a cop-out gift. But we love giving the gift of shopping and (toot, toot) we've gotten pretty darn good at making gift cards seem thoughtful and creative. Here's our best tips: Be generous with the value, wrap it up in a pretty package and tell the giftee why you chose that card for them. Need more help? Check out our 5 favorite web retail and online service gift cards below!
Perfect for the budding photographer in your life, a Shutterfly gift certificate will let them print and share their photos. They'll be able to print poster-size images, make super-pro photo books or order their photos on canvas to adorn their walls.
Amounts: Five denominations from $10 to $100
Delivery: Email or snail mail
Where to get it: Shutterfly.com
We don't have to tell you why Amazon is so great. You can buy nearly anything from the online retailer—and usually at great prices. So if you're not sure what to get someone, an Amazon gift card should satisfy everyone from readers and bakers to candlestick makers.
Amounts: Custom amounts (Except snail-mailed physical gift cards, which have fixed denominations from $10 to $1,000)
Delivery: Email, snail mail, print-at-home or by Facebook wall post.
Where to get it: Amazon.com
Just like Amazon, you can get nearly everything you want on eBay. So you can't go wrong with these same-as-cash gift cards, they're redeemable from any eBay seller who accepts PayPal. But if you know a thrifter or collector who loves to shop vintage, an eBay gift card is as good as it gets.
Amounts: Fixed denominations from $5 to $500
Delivery: Email, print or buy in-store
Where to get it: eBay.com or in grocery stores nationwide (click here for a full list)
Know some movie buffs who are still trekking to Blockbuster? Show them the mail-order light with a gift subscription to Netflix. Or if you know some folks who already dig Netflix, you can pick up their monthly tab.
Amounts: Plans from $7.99 to $19.99 per month, gifted for one to 12 months.
Delivery: Email or print
Where to get it: Netflix.com
iTunes & the App Store
If you're shopping for an iAddict, then there's only one online gift card to get: The ITunes Store Gift Card. Good for everything from music, movies and TV shows to books and apps for iPhone and iPad.
Amounts: $15 to $100 online, but available in various denominations and gift packs in stores.
Delivery: Snail mail or buy in-store
Where to get it: Apple Store online, brick-and-mortar Apple Stores or in grocery stores and superstores nationwide