The holiday season is on its way and while you may be dreaming of dancing sugar plums or Santa’s belly that shakes like a bowl fully of jelly, it’s also time to start thinking about how to prepare for the holidays. First things first, your holiday shopping list! Deciding who you need to buy for and making sure not to forget anyone can be tricky. Not to mention that once you nail down your list of people to buy gifts for, your work has only begun.
Next, it’s time to think of what gift to get each person and create a plan of attack to get all of your shopping done. Then you’ll have to create a budget, hoping you’ll actually stick to it this year, and your shopping season will begin. With 2020 turning out to be one of the most difficult years we’ve all had, you deserve to have a relaxed and fulfilling holiday season where your time is spent with family and friends rather than in a crowded shopping mall of strangers. While you’re exploring your options for gift giving this year, take a peek at these four reasons why you should give a Starbucks gift card for the holidays:
1. Less Holiday Waste
When you think of holiday waste, you may think of the mounds of leftover food and cookies, or trashed wrapping paper, but a big part of holiday waste comes in the form of gifts. In a study called ‘The Deadweight Loss of Christmas,’ economist Joel Waldfogel found something very interesting. He found that the majority of people underestimate the cost of their gifts. This is because the actual cost of many gifts is more than the receiver of the gift values it. For example, let’s say you purchased a nice sweater for your aunt that cost USD$50. The amount your aunt might pay for that same sweater may only be USD$30.
The reasons could vary—perhaps it’s not her favorite style or perhaps she has many similar sweaters and doesn’t need another. The point is, that if she values the sweater at USD$30, that’s a loss of USD$20 in value. Essentially, the gift wasn’t worth the cost.
If you opt for a Starbucks gift card instead, your aunt (or whoever else you buy for) will get the full value of the card. There’s nothing worse than spending a large sum of money on someone for something they don’t really love and appreciate.
2. More Convenient
It’s no surprise that convenience is a great reason to go for Starbucks gift cards when you shop this holiday season. It’s also more convenient for the gift card receiver. They don’t have to worry about making room in their closet for another Christmas sweater or finding space in the freezer for another set of whiskey rocks. Plus, they won’t have to go through the hassle of trying to return something in the after-Christmas pandemonium. They’ll have the convenience of having their very own coffee order paid for—which, after the holidays when most people have spent more than they should have, is a nice bonus to have. Plus, they can get exactly what they want: Irish Cream Cold Brew, Caramel Macchiato, Peppermint Mocha, Hot Chocolate—you name it!
Of course, gift cards are more convenient for you. Gift cards typically come with some sort of wrapping so you won’t have to waste time or money on wrapping paper, bows, or tags. You can avoid the crowded shopping malls, save tons of time, and even order them online if you’d like. Sometimes, when you order Starbucks gift cards online, you can even get them at a discount. Which leads into our next reason!
3. Less Expensive
Choosing to buy Starbucks gift cards for holiday presents this year can save you a ton of money. According to a 2019 survey by NerdWallet, consumers planned to spend $825 on average during their holiday shopping. If you opt to purchase Starbucks gift cards instead, you’ll save money on the gifts themselves, wrapping paper, cards, ribbons, bows, not to mention gas and parking money to shop at the mall, or shipping fees from shopping online. Even if you go for a larger amount gift card, you still can save by avoiding all the extras. Plus, 50 bucks at Starbucks can feed a coffee addiction for a few weeks! Keep a lookout for stores that offer incentives for buying multiple gift cards. Sometimes, you’ll find USD$25 gift cards for USD$20, or buy four to get one free pack.
4. Saves Time
If you’re not spending every weekend at the mall or hours scrolling through pages of online goods, you’ll find that you’re able to carve out huge amounts of time for you to do the thing that really matters this holiday season: spending time with family! Don’t waste your Black Friday standing in long lines or scouring the internet for sales, discounts, and specials. Use that precious time to eat leftover turkey, stuffing, and mashed potatoes. Perhaps you can even get your Christmas decorations up early this year. Don’t spend all of your weekends in December pushing your way through a shopping mall. Instead, use that time to bake some holiday cookies with loved ones, watch a Christmas movie, or try caroling. There’s so much fun to be had with the time you’ll save this holiday season by purchasing gift cards.
After the stressful year 2020 has proven to be, we know now more than ever that what’s important in life is spending time with your loved ones. Keep your Christmas shopping to a minimum and go with Starbucks gift cards this holiday season. Try pairing your Starbucks gift card with some homemade chocolate chip cookies or fudge for even more personalization. Everyone loves a nice treat with their coffee! Holiday shopping doesn’t have to cause you stress, waste your money, or break the bank. It can be easy, thoughtful, and fun! Stick to Starbucks gift cards to maximize your time and budget this holiday season.