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Old 12-27-2013, 08:22 PM   #21
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I got a stocking filled with chocolate and a very large gift card to JJill . I will definetely use it .Plan on visiting the store on Monday but may hold off until the spring items come in.
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Old 12-27-2013, 08:47 PM   #22
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I get tons of gift cards for various restaurant chains we visit through Discover Card Cash Back. But I got a Visa gift card from a friend for my birthday a couple of weeks ago. I spent the whole thing ($50) plus some at Woodcraft picking up some cool odds and ends for woodworking. It goes fast.
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Old 12-28-2013, 06:58 AM   #23
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I have a gift card issue of a different nature. I saw a PayPal offer for iTunes cards @20% off. I figured I'd buy to give to DD. Ordered the $100 card, paid, and got a note from PP saying they had technical problems and couldn't deliver. I called, complained, then cancelled (or so I thought). Saw another 20% off offer from OfficeMax, ordered 3@$50 (one for me).

Took OM over a week and a half to fulfill the 3 day delivery, turns out PayPal never cancelled. After two more calls to PayPal they said sorry for the misunderstanding, emailed the card, and refused to credit. OfficeMax said they couldn't stop the shipment or refund (it's on the truck). So I'm sitting here with $250 in iTunes credits I bought as gifts but never gave.

Oh, and DD's gift? Uh, she drove down to visit, we saw her tires were so bald you could almost see the air, so we decided to get her new tires for Christmas. In the 2 years we've had iPad and iPhones I've spent around $15 at the App Store, and most of that was for my granddaughter.
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Old 12-28-2013, 07:06 AM   #24
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I bought myself this battery charger for Christmas. Supposedly it's the best one out there - it makes rechargeable batteries last longer and can even "refresh" ones that aren't working so well any more.
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Happy not to get any gift cards, but gave niece and nephew Costco cards (they both have set up housekeeping). For several others I went to a butcher and bought multiple smaller gift chits - that will allow the recipient to buy whatever kind and cuts of meat they want in whatever size purchase amount they wish. Butcher really wasn't set up with gift cards, but does offer local grown hormone & antibiotic free meat.
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Old 12-28-2013, 09:30 AM   #26
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I got none. Finally something that I missed from Megacorp, my last manager used to send each of his team a $25 gift card for Christmas. Wasn't anything he could expense, so it was appreciated. Oh well nobody's made me w*rk 25 hours straight since I left, that's a better gift.
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Old 12-28-2013, 11:19 AM   #27
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I got a $100 gift card for Williams-Sonoma. Along with my 40% employee discount for my seasonal fun j*b, it got me a beautiful All Clad pan.
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A really practical item from Amazon is one of those Oral B electric toothbrushes with the inserts. Very dull but saves a lot of pain at the dentist office ... real pain and wallet pain. I like the kind that has a recharge stand and built in timer that forces one to brush for 2 minutes if they listen for the beeps.

I didn't get a gift card but we gave one to our son. I did get a nice cold weather running shirt and have used it too. It has little thumb holes for warming your hands pulling it over your knuckles. My family knows I'm a big Amazon affection-ado and buy all kinds of things for myself and others there. They have a tough time figuring out what to get me.
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I bought myself this battery charger for Christmas. Supposedly it's the best one out there - it makes rechargeable batteries last longer and can even "refresh" ones that aren't working so well any more.
I've had one of those for a few years now. It works well. Being able to charge each battery individually is a big plus.
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We got $50 in gift cards for Outback Steakhouse. Not my favorite for steaks, but hey....it's free!
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My mother gives me and DW a $100 gift card each to Nordstroms every year. We don't shop Nordstroms normally. About mid summer I always say that I'll gently let her know we don't shop there but it never happens. We struggle finding something there but it always gets spent. We are waiting a few months this year to let the store restock after the holiday.
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My mother gives me and DW a $100 gift card each to Nordstroms every year. We don't shop Nordstroms normally. About mid summer I always say that I'll gently let her know we don't shop there but it never happens. We struggle finding something there but it always gets spent. We are waiting a few months this year to let the store restock after the holiday.
Maybe see if Nordstroms has a rack of gift cards and buy an Amazon(=anything) card with the Nordstroms card? you might take a slight hit if Nordstroms charges a few bucks for selling you a $100 Amazon card, but Amazon is pretty darn useful.
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Beck - Tropicalia, Cold Brains, Teenage Wastebasket, Lost Cause, Nightmare Hippie Girl
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My mother gives me and DW a $100 gift card each to Nordstroms every year. We don't shop Nordstroms normally. About mid summer I always say that I'll gently let her know we don't shop there but it never happens. We struggle finding something there but it always gets spent. We are waiting a few months this year to let the store restock after the holiday.
Do you have a Nordstrom Rack store? It's a Nordstrom clearance store with lower prices.
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My MIL would send me scented soap (grapefruit, kiwi, jasmine, raspberry) every year. I have no sense of smell and I know she knows this. DH has a super sniffer and dislikes many scents so I had a collection of these in a sealed box in the back of a closet. Finally, DH took them to Goodwill. When you make a donation you get a coupon for 20% off your next purchase. Oh, boy!
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I got Lands End and also LL Bean gift cards for Christmas. Also a gift card to a local restaurant I favor during the w*rk week. I will definitely have no problems spending them.

Amazon sells so many things. I think that is a great gift card to give (or receive). I have Amazon Prime shipping and probably get a delivery once or twice a month.
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My mother gives me and DW a $100 gift card each to Nordstroms every year. We don't shop Nordstroms normally. About mid summer I always say that I'll gently let her know we don't shop there but it never happens. We struggle finding something there but it always gets spent. We are waiting a few months this year to let the store restock after the holiday.
I sell my unwanted gift cards on ebay .
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We got $50 in gift cards for Outback Steakhouse. Not my favorite for steaks, but hey....it's free!
You should also be able to use it at Carrabba's, Fleming's Steak House, Bonefish Grill, and some place called Roy's.
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You should also be able to use it at Carrabba's, Fleming's Steak House, Bonefish Grill, and some place called Roy's.
I know there is or used to be a Carrabba's here. Not so sure about the others, though. If the Carrabba's is still around, we might try it.
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