Friday, 14 December 2012

10 Personalized Gift Alternatives to an Amazon Gift Card

Amazon is naturally the one online retailer that most people gravitate to when doing their shopping with online shopping growing ever more popular by the year. However, with the overwhelming catalog of products and categories offered by Amazon, it can sometimes seem easier to just purchase an Amazon gift card for that loved one of yours. At iWishfor, we are all about getting gifts that people actually want and don't just feel like they were bought at the last minute.

While we realize that gift cards do have their place in some situations and we ourselves have (gasp) bought gift cards on the rare occasion, personalized gifts that show thoughtfulness and caring will always bring more happiness than an Amazon Gift card. So, we here at iWishfor have put together the iWishfor Top 10 (plus some additional bonus ideas) alternatives to an Amazon Gift Card that are sure to be pleasers and bring smiles to the faces of your loved ones. We've organized them by type of person to make things a little easier.

The Organizer 

A simple wooden magazine box and a small jar of wood stain and you have a beautiful shelf idea for those who are crafty. Not only is this not hard to create but it looks nice and is a really unique way to display your items. Bookshelf from Magazine box.

The Curious Kid

In 1921, Frank Eugene Austin, a professor of electrical engineering at Dartmouth University, came up with the idea for a little glass house where children could observe ants. In the decades since, the ant farm has barely changed, and generations of children have spent at least some of their leisure time watching little insects work. Still, the latest update to this old idea is a welcome one. Instead of housing the bugs in plain dirt, the Antworks Gel uses a substance that is based on a 2003 NASA Space Shuttle experiment. The goo is chockfull of nutrients, allowing the ants to grow without requiring additional food or water. Of course, the best part is its very cool-looking sci-fi glow. Still, you'll have to get your hands a bit dirty: the ants aren't included!

The Teenager

Teens always need a cool, reliable bag or backpack for school. Messenger bags have become extremely popular gift ideas because they are cool alternatives to backpacks for both guys and girls. Doing a quick search for Messenger bags will give you a long list of merchants quite willing to help you find what you need. However, I myself have a Fossil bag and, though I am not in the same age range as a teenager by any stretch of the imagination, I have enjoyed it's durability, flexibility and looks.

Hard to Buy For People 

Magazine subscriptions on an area of interest are always nice personalized gifts and a great alternative to the usual gift. It's simple and keeps giving throughout the year. To help you, browse the Pinterest and/or Facebook profile of the person you are having trouble gifting. Look for interests, hobbies, and even specific items they want and/or need. Alternatively, a membership to a local attraction or club is an interesting gift. Our family have often been given a membership to the local Science Centre which has also allowed us to access the Science Centres in other cities making a great travel gift as well!

The Techie 

It's hard to find personalized gifts something for a techie as they are usually buying their own items as they need them. With all the mobile devices that we carry today, an extra battery pack can come in handy. However, who wants to lug around a big heavy battery. That's where something like the iChargeAll comes in handy. With something like this, you have a small portable device that will feed your electronics with the extra juice you need to keep you going until you have time to fully charge it.

The Athlete 

Wonder Warmers are ideal for the athlete AFTER a tough workout. There are several options to help the athlete rest and soothe their aching muscles.

The Bookworm 

How about a shirt with a famous book on it? Out of Print celebrates the world’s great stories through fashion and make great personalized gifts! Their products feature iconic and often out of print book covers. Some are classics, some are just curious enough to make great t-shirts, but all are striking works of art. They work closely with artists, authors and publishers to license the content that ends up in our collections. Each product is treated to feel soft and worn like a well-read book. In addition to spreading the joy of reading through our tees and accessories, they acknowledge that many parts of the world don’t have access to books at all. They are working to change that. For each product sold, one book is donated to a community in need through their partner Books For Africa.

The Chef 

You could call it a windowsill planter, or a tiny farm; either way, you'll be practicing full-on agriculture with these cleverly-designed micro growing kits. Kits can help you produce fresh greens for any cooking project. Plus, it looks beautiful sitting on your window sill. Your dishes will always taste fresh using these kits.

The Musically Inclined 

Musicians are also very hard to buy gifts for as it's hard to tell what they need. You could go for practical like the iKlip iPad Music Holder, which clips your ipad onto your music stand for easy viewing, or you could have some fun with the Build Your Own Ukelele kit or the homemade guitar clip maker where you can create your own guitar picks using old gift cards.

The Outdoorsy 

Looking for the perfect gift for the outdoor enthusiast? If they like to spend time in one of many state, provincial or national parks they will appreciate the freedom an annual entrance pass will give them. For a one-time fee, annual passes allow individuals free access to parks charging entrance fees for one year and may be used as often as desired. Or get get them a survival pack or water purifier like the Steripen water purifier.

An Amazon Gift card does not have to be the only alternative for those hard to buy for friends and family. A little looking around and searching by personality type can bring up lots of great gift ideas!
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