Gift cards are convenient and you know that you’re getting something your loved one will like. However, in our family, we’ve had lots of problems with going to the restaurant, the gas station, or the online merchant to redeem the card, and finding that it is not valid for use. Really? Someone is benefiting greatly here, but it’s not the giver or the receiver!
What’s going on? When I did a little investigating, I found that credit card failure is actually a widespread problem:
1. Sometimes validations fail at checkout. Also, dishonest clerks may sometimes slip in another card of their own and validate it while returning the unvalidated card back to the unaware customer.
2. A common scam is that someone will take the top card from off a large rack, copy numbers from the back, and then check online to see when that card is validated. When the card is purchased and validated, bingo! the thief will use it to make an online purchase before the unsuspecting gift giver has even had time to wrap it up.
So what to do? Well, for Father’s Day I decided to make my own cash holders which still show that we know what the dads like, but we don’t have to worry about the potential awkwardness of them finding “no balance” at check out.
These little envelopes were so easy to make with my Envelope Punch Board; I started with a 4″ x 4″ piece of Designer Series Paper, put it on score line 2, and punched and scored on all four sides. Then I folded up on three sides and stuck it together with a little adhesive. I color-copied a little logo from their favorite restaurants to stick on the front!
The money holder can be attached to the front of the card as part of the decoration as shown in the card at the top of the page, or it can be slipped inside just like a gift card would have been:
If you don’t like what’s happening, figure out a better way to get it done. Necessity really is the Mother of Invention. And the Envelope Punch board doesn’t hurt either!