Believe it or not, Valentine's Day 2012 is just around the corner. Last year, I wrote a piece on whether or not gift cards are a good match for Valentine's Day. In short, if you're shopping for that one special person in your life (spouse, girlfriend, boyfriend), it's probably not a good idea.
However, Valentine's Day has a broader meaning. From buying a gift for a parent, siblings, or other family members, I've seen people use it as an opportunity to express their love to those closest to them. If you'd like to buy for someone under these circumstances, a Valentines Day gift card can be a nice treat and a great way to express your appreciation and love for others.
10 Great Valentines Gift Cards
I was recently at the movies after a long hiatus and was instantly reminded of the joy in getting away from it all for a couple of hours.
Between the App Store, iTunes and iBooks, this gift card is redeemable for tons of great content. The eGift Card version is conveniently delivered via email.
Great for: iPhone, iPad and iPod owners.
Shoes, apparel and great service make Zappos.com a gift card just about anyone will enjoy receiving.
Great for: Daughters, Sons, Students, Moms and even Dads.
When it comes to jewelry, Tiffany has a great brand. Just be sure to consider the price point of a items your recipient will likely buy. While you can go as low as $50 it's likely only going to be helping in the $250+ range.
Great for: A person you want to spoil.
With so much yummy stuff at Whole Foods Market, this gift card is great at any price point.
Great for: A budget starting at $20, anyone.
People love to read and a magazine subscription is a great gift because it will be delivered more than just once. I like the idea of the Magazine.com eGift Card because it allows the recipient to choose the magazine they like.
Great for: Parents, Siblings, Grandparents
Gift cards are great for people who love cosmetics, makeup and skin care. I wouldn't dare try to pick out another person's makeup because there are so many shades, colors and brands to choose among.
Great for: Sisters, Daughters
Mmmmm, steak. And they sell some of the best out there. Good news is it's all delivered via mail, so no need to worry if there is a location near by.
Great for: Men, Cooks and anyone who loves great meat.
I love this gift card for a person who you'd like to have come visit you more often. What better way to say I love you and want to see you more, here is a flight on me.
Great for: Grandparents, Parents, Grandchildren, etc.
If you're still looking at this list and in the market for a gift card, go with a gift card for Amazon.com. With so much selection and free delivery via email, it's easy and sure to be used.
Great for: Anyone.