15 Best Gift Cards Perfect for Everyone on Your List
When shopping for your loved ones this year, consider these top-recommended gift cards.
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For a new couple: Darden Restaurant gift card
$25 to $200
If one or your friends or family members is in the “dating” phase of a relationship, they’re probably spending many nights out to dinner. Getting them a gift card that allows them to choose the restaurant is a great gift. Darden Restaurant gift cards are good for use at any of the following six locations: Olive Garden, Longhorn Steakhouse, Cheddar’s, Yard House, Bahama Breeze, and Seasons. Know this important gift-giving etiquette for the holiday season.
For new or expecting parents: Home Chef gift card
$60 to $240
New or expecting parents also love to enjoy a nice meal together, but with the demands of pregnancy and/or having children placed on them, it can be hard to get out of the house. A gift card to Home Chef makes it easy to put a warm, homemade meal on the table. Each meal kit is designed to serve balanced meals for two, four or six, and allows recipients to customize their plates, swapping proteins and even doubling-up on proteins or veggies.
For the soon-to-be newlyweds: Zola gift card
$25 to $300
If you’re looking for the perfect gift for a just-engaged or soon-to-be-married couple, a gift card to the wedding registry app Zola is a great choice. “From building wedding websites to customized save-the-dates and invitations, Zola offers couples a unique, one-stop-shop,” says Tara Murphy, consumer savings expert. “This is the perfect gift card for a couple that’s in the wedding planning process because they can shop Zola’s store for items for the wedding like clothing and party accessories as well as wedding paper.” These tips will help you give truly meaningful gifts to your loved ones.
For the traveling fitness fanatic: ClassPass gift card
via class pass.com
Starting at $50
This fitness app allows users to book almost any type of fitness class at thousands of studios and gyms around the world. Because it’s global, it’s great for travelers who want to stay fit while they’re on the road, according to Murphy. “With a monthly plan, you can search for classes by activity and location and book your spot directly through the app,” she says. “It’s a fabulous way to check out a variety of classes and workouts without having to spend money on memberships at multiple studios or gyms.”
For the lover of learning: Coursehorse gift card
$100 to $250
With more than 70,000 classes offered—everything from cooking, art and language classes to professional skill courses—from top educators in cities across the United States, there’s something for everyone here, says Murphy. The site even offers online courses and classes for kids! “It’s the perfect gift card for anyone that’s looking for a hobby, earn a professional certification, or learning something new,” she says. “Classes on Coursehorse are limited to certain cities so make sure it would be easy for your gift card recipient to attend them.” Avoid these gifts that might send the wrong message.
For anyone at all: Visa gift card
For maximum flexibility, Palmer recommends going the Visa gift card route, which can be used on absolutely anything anywhere Visa is accepted. “It’s perfect for gifts for people you don’t know that well,” she says. “Visa gift cards don’t expire and there are no usage fees, but you do pay a fee at the time of purchase ($5.95 for a $100 gift card).” Here’s how to save money on holiday gifts without being grinchy.
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