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An ideal present for that person who is hard to buy for,
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This review is from: Amazon.co.uk Gift Card - In a Greetings Card - FREE One-Day Delivery (Paper Gift Certificate)Trying to purchase a gift for one particular friend is always more of a headache than a pleasure. She is one of those people who seems to already have everything that I could possibly think of buying for her. She is also very particular and despite putting on a great show of being pleased I always end up cringing just a little as I realise I have gotten it wrong yet again.
Like myself, my friend buys so many of her things from Amazon so I decided to take what some might see as the `easy option' and buy her an Amazon gift voucher. That way I can't get it wrong and she can buy exactly what it is that she wants.
I chose the gold Amazon boxes card as it looked very Christmassy and the image reminded me of presents exploding from a box. There are a range of other designs that you can choose from, all look equally as nice.
It is easy to choose the value of money that you wish to spend with the following values currently available: £10, £20, £25, £30, £50, £100 and £500.
When you get to the checkout you can indicate that this is to be a gift and it gives you the option to write in your own personal message.
The card and envelope were sealed into an outer envelope which had a perforated seal and the Amazon logo in the top right-hand corner. You can give it just like this but I wanted to check that everything inside was ok. On opening the envelope there was the gift card I had chosen and a white envelope to be used with the card. On opening the card both of the inside faces were left blank with plenty of room for you to hand write your own personal message.
The gift voucher itself was stuck to the inside of the card with that clear non tacky glue which makes it easy to remove without damaging the actual card itself. The voucher is credit card in size, plain black with a large white a and the gold Amazon smiley arrow underneath. The value of the voucher is printed in the top left-hand corner so the recipient can instantly see the value. There is a small typed note underneath which says `see reverse for redemption instructions'.
On the back of the card there are very clear step-by-step instructions telling the recipient how to redeem their voucher. After having received one of these for my birthday the process is very straightforward and I didn't experience any problem claiming the value of the voucher.
The only thing that I was disappointed with was the personalised note that I had written on ordering the voucher. I thought it might be printed inside the card or come on a nice piece of card so that I could pop it in with the actual gift voucher. Instead it was loose inside the packing envelope with the packing slip and some money off vouchers, I missed it the first time. It was printed on a piece of flimsy paper - the same as the packing slip. The Amazon logo was double the size of my message and dominated it. The message itself looked nothing special and I don't think I'm going to bother including it with the actual card. Instead I will handwrite my own greeting. A nice idea from Amazon but it was a disappointment.
Overall, I think these gift vouchers are an ideal present for anyone who loves buying goods from Amazon.
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Initial post: 28 Feb 2012 19:00:55 GMT
Christine Brown says:
Thanks for going into so much detail in your review. I am thinking of getting a gift card for my sister's birthday but as I would be on holiday for her birthday I was going to get it delivered direct to her house from Amazon because, like you, I thought the message would be printed in the card. So after reading your review I have decided to get it delivered to my home address so I can write in it and give it to her before I go - thanks again much appreciated :)
In reply to an earlier post on 28 Feb 2012 19:08:09 GMT
D. Jones says:
Thank you for taking the time to read my review and leave a comment.
I do feel it is such a shame that as don't go one step further and print your personalised message inside the card - that would make it a special present. Although the person I gave the card to was delighted with the present, as I'm sure your sister will be, I felt really let down by the message just being printed on a slip of paper.
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