A recent survey also showed that both men and women would like to receive gift cards instead of the gifts they usually receive. This way they would be able to buy what they really want or need.
Gift cards also come in handy when you want to help someone set up a new home. They are also useful for first apartments and dorms. They can be used for birthdays, special days and holidays, some vendors even help you personalize them, which is always a nice touch.
Remember that sometimes there are fees involved, so always check. It is also a good idea to buy from reputable companies so your money doesn't go to waste. Also check to see if a gift card can be used elsewhere, or just at the store where you bought it.
It is a good idea to register your cards, since they are not always personalized. That way you can call the store to freeze the remaining amount in case the card is lost or stolen.
Here are some gift card and gift certificate suggestions that can be used to buy furniture and home furnishings.
Crate and Barrel carries stylish contemporary furniture with a medium price point.
Their gift cards are available in different monetary amounts, and are available in different seasonal themes to go with the occasion.
A Crate and Barrel gift card does not expire, and can be used at Crate and Barrel stores, online, or for telephone orders. The recipient can check for the remaining balance by going to Crate and Barrel's website or visiting a store.
Crate and Barrel now also has an e-Gift Card, which can be sent online. These are ready to be redeemed within a couple of hours and can be in any amount.
CB2 carries modern furniture and home accessories with appeal to a younger demographic, and at affordable prices.
Gift cards can be redeemed at stores or online.
In addition to regular gift cards, CB2 also has e-Gift Cards. They can get to the recipient with a click of the button, so it can be very convenient. The e-Gift Cards can be in any amount, and can be redeemed in a couple of hours after sending at a CB2 store, online or over the phone.
For the lovers of shabby chic, Pottery Barn's gift cards are available from $25 to $250. They may be redeemed at Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids, PBteen, Williams-Sonoma, Williams-Sonoma Home or West Elm stores. They can also be redeemed online or by phone.
Pottery Barn's e-Gift Cards for up to $250 can be personalized either with their designs or your own photos, if you want a more personal touch. Multiple cards up to a total $500 can be placed in your online shopping cart
Ethan Allen furniture is for the more established homeowner and carries well made traditional and transitional furniture at a higher price point. Ethan Allen also offers design services.
Their gift cards can be redeemed at any participating U.S. Ethan Allen stores or online at ethanallen.com for goods or design services.
The gift cards are available from $50, $100, $250, $500 and $1000. The cards will only be shipped to the billing address via UPS within 7 business days. You will be contacted by customer service for address and amount verification before they ship the card.
A luxury brand, Restoration Hardware stylish home furnishings and accessories for the entire home, including nursery furniture.
The company offers Gift Certificates in $5 increments that go from $25 up to $500. The company ships its Gift Certificate via UPS (3–7 business days) with no fees. If you want it earlier call 1-800.910.9836.
They also enclose a current catalog to make shopping easier.
The cards can be redeemed in Restoration Hardware stores, but cannot be used for online purchases.
There is plenty of home furnishings to chose from at Macy's and the retailer has gift cards available from $10 to $1000. They are also available with seasonal or special occasion themes. You can personalize your gift card for a fee, or free depending upon ongoing promotions.
Choose to send an e-card or have one mailed to the recipient for no fees within the U.S. The cards can be redeemed at Macy's stores or online.
Pier 1 has home furnishings galore imported from all around the world. A good place to shop for accents.
You may purchase a card in any amount from $10-$100. The cards can be redeemed at any Pier 1 Imports store in the U.S. or Canada. If you are buying a card online, you will be directed to a third party site. However you can purchase Pier 1 gift cards from any of their stores as well.
Overstock.com is a leading online resource for home furnishings and furniture closeouts and bargains.
You can get Overstock.com gift cards from $10 up to $1000. There is no expiration date on an Overstock.com Gift Card, unless otherwise specified by promotional terms.
11. QVC Gift Card
A QVC gift card can be used over the phone at QVC, on QVC.com, and also through Automated Ordering. The card includes a scratch-off security identification number for protection, and the recipient will need to provide those numbers when redeeming the card.
QVC gift cards are available for amounts of $25. $50, $100, $200, $250 and $500. There is no expiration date. Any remaining balance after the first purchase is applied to the recipient's QVC account as a credit for future use.
It is important to remember that the gift cards cannot be redeemed at QVC Outlet or retail locations.
QVC also has e-mail gift cards for amounts between $50 - $500, and lets you add multiple cards up to the amount of $500 to your shopping cart.