Gift Cards Or Gifts? What To Do!

IMG_0225 I DO NOT LIKE GIFT CARDS!  There I said it.   Why don’t I like gift cards?  Let me count the ways….1. people lose them 2. retailers push gifts card because they know we lose or forget about them and they get to keep our money 3. It’s the lazy person’s gift 4. You cannot go trade your card in for cash even though the gift giver gave the retailers cash 5. Why give someone a gift that does not have love and thought put into it. 6.  WE LOSE THEM OR SIMPLY DO NOT USE THEM.

Being honest something I do buy them sometimes because it’s so easy!!!  And that is why gifts cards have taken over gift giving!

Reported by the Wall Street Journal and NPR, from 2005 to 2011, an absurdly high $41 billion worth of gift cards has likely gone unredeemed.


Talk topic for kids:  Do you like getting gifts or gift cards?  Why?  What do you like to give gifts or gifts cards? How you ever lost a gift card?

Talk topic for Adults:  How many gifts cards did you lose or not use?  Do you give gifts or gift cards?  When is it OK to give a gift card someone?  How you ever lost or not used a gift card?

Talk Topic for Teens: Do you like getting gifts or gift cards?  Why?  What do you like to give to your BFF’s gifts or gift cards?  Have you ever lost or not used a gift card?

If  you are not a eating at the dinner table type of a family than use car time to talk. Talk talk and talk some more! Talking actually creating conversation at the dinner table is becoming a thing of the past. Talking with you children each time you sit down for dinner teaches them that talking to Mom or Dad is easy and fun. This dinner talk with children will grow and you will teach them how to communicate or confide in adults so when they have a question or problem they naturally can talk about it. For adults it makes life more interesting, it builds a relationship and it’s fun. Sitting down, as a family, to have dinner together is a thing of the past.

In fact, according to a survey by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, the number of U.S. families who do eat dinner together is actually on the rise. Families who eat together have better overall nutrition. The kids get better grades in school and are less likely to take drugs, smoke cigarettes or drink alcohol than those from families who rarely eat dinner together. But perhaps the biggest benefit of eating family dinners is that parents are fully engaged with their kids. Not sure how to get your kids to open up? Use Eat Create Design’s daily dinner topic to get things started.


Kim Kalan

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – Kim Kalan, Co-Founder and CEO of “One Cookie”,” is a renaissance woman when it comes to her career. She has bought and sold numerous companies. She has participated in Mensa think tank groups. She has brokered countless international transactions to the tune of millions of dollars over the years. Through all these experiences, there has been one thing that has motivated her all along the way: creating jobs. Her current venture very likely could be the pinnacle of this lifelong agenda.