Lifehacker Gift Guide: Gift Cards

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Lifehacker Gift Guide: Gift Cards

Don’t stress that giving gift cards is a short step away from the lazy option of giving money. People love money. And a gift card is like money that also recognises your individual interests. Here’s six possibilities you might not have considered.

BEST CHOICES

Airline Gift Cards

Cost: From $50
Where to get it: Qantas, Virgin Blue, Jetstar
Why it’s a good choice: Who can resist the gift of travel? Just make sure the airline you pick operates from your recipient’s nearest airport. Picture by Robert Wallace
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Red Balloon

Cost: From $25 (though a decent experience requires rather more)
Where to get it: Red Balloon
Why it’s a good choice: If they’ve already “got everything”, give them a voucher they can spend on abseiling, cooking classes or driving a V8 car. And this option is red.
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US iTunes Cards

Cost: From $US15
Where to get it: Travel to the US
Why it’s a good choice: Set up a US iTunes account and add a US iTunes card, and your entertainment options increase massively. (While you can order iTunes cards online, you may not have much recompense if you get a dud code.)
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BUDGET CHOICES

IKEA

Cost: From $20
Where to get it: IKEA
Why it’s a good choice: You knew this was coming, obviously.
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Visa Gift Card

Cost: From $25
Where to get it: Australia Post, banks and online
Why it’s a good choice: OK, this really is giving away money, but it’s a useful option for people who don’t have credit cards and want to shop online. (Bear in mind that prepaid VISA cards won’t work at Woolworths-owned stores because of its no debit credit card policy.)
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Adultshop Gift Voucher

Cost: From $25
Where to get it: Adultshop
Why it’s a good choice: Given what my recent novel is about, this is hardly a shocking inclusion. And it’ll make for some interesting dinner party conversation with Aunt Gretchen.
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