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Send the Graduate an eGift Card

Posted on Monday, May 27th, 2013 at 7:00 am
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Gift CardsThere are a lot of graduation ceremonies held in the months of May and June. Typically, those who have been invited to a graduation are expected to bring (or send) a gift. This is true whether the invitation is for the ceremony or a party.

According to Emily Post, those who receive graduation announcements are not expected to send a gift. It is appropriate to send a card. What if the announcement came in the form of an email? To me, it seems that it should be ok to send the graduate an eGift Card (if you want to). The are two great things about eGift Cards. One is that they can be sent immediately. The other is that you can easily choose how much to put on them, which makes it easier to stay within your budget.

Starbucks has an eGift Card design that says “Congrats Class of 2013”. You can type the recipients name into the website, and a message that is up to 160 characters (slightly longer than a Tweet). You can put any amount on it.

Best Buy has three different Graduation eGift Card designs to choose from. One has a male and female graduate, wearing graduation caps, and dancing to music that they are listening to on a smartphone. Another says “Knowledge is Power Happy Graduation” and shows two graduation caps that have been thrown into the air. The third one has a silhouette of several new graduates throwing their caps into the air.

You can put anywhere from $5.00 to $500.00 on a Best Buy eGift Card. There is room on the website for you to type in a message to the graduate who will be receiving the eGift Card.

Barnes & Noble has an eGift Card that has an image from the book “Oh, the Places You’ll Go” by Dr. Seuss. The book is a popular gift for graduates. You can put anywhere from $10.00 to $350.00 on a Barnes & Noble eGift Card. The recipient can use it in the Barnes & Noble stores, and for Nook Books and more at BN.com. There is room to put a 250 character message for the person you are sending the eGift Card to.

Powell’s will give you 10% back when you send an eGift Card. (Your credit can be spend on any future purchases from Powells.com). They have an eGift Card with an image that shows graduation caps, and several books, that have been thrown into the air. To take advantage of the special offer, you must purchase an eGift Card before June 18, 2013. (You can choose what day you want Powell’s to email it to the graduate).

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