Near… far… wherever they are… some kids are just a little bit tricky to shop for.
Maybe he’s a newborn. You could do a teddy bear, or… (Yeah, the kid’s going to receive a teddy bear, admit it.) Maybe she’s a tween. Now *what* are tweens into this year, besides 5 Seconds of Summer? Or perhaps you have – gasp – teens to shop for. Cash in an envelope? So 1990. Don’t even think of it.
Today, I’m happy to share my Top 3 eGift picks, guaranteed to put a smile on the face of even the toughest-to-shop-for kiddos. The best part? You don’t have to leave the comfort of your home. That’s right! No fighting crowds, no panicked trips to the mall. Just complete Christmas gifting mastery!
1. A Monthly Subscription Box. It’s the gift that keeps on giving! Today, you can find a monthly box for virtually anyone on your holiday list: the vegan, the fashionista, the candy lover – there’s even a monthly box for Super Geeks. For a low monthly fee (as a gift giver, you can pay this in advance for a period of six months to one year), a special child in your life will receive brand new, themed products every four weeks or so.
Just be sure to do your research; read reviews, watch unboxing videos, ask questions about a brand’s customer service and most importantly, verify the quality and selection of products included. And, of course, double check the cancellation policy!
2. An iTunes Gift Card. I know, kids love music, so you may think this one is a no-brainer. But did you know that they’re one of the most flexible eGifts around? It’s true! iTunes Gift Cards are easy to give, and you can buy them from Apple and/or thousands of other retailers in a range of denominations. However, many people don’t know that every card works in the iTunes Store, App Store, iBooks Store and Mac App Store, or toward an Apple Music membership – so your recipients can get exactly what they want.
Don’t want to leave the house? It’s easy to send an iTunes Gift for any occasion, because you can buy them on the iTunes Store online from your iOS device or computer, in any whole-dollar amount between CAN$10 and CAN$50. Choose a theme and add a personal message. Then, have your gift emailed on the spot, or pick a time for them to be delivered. Easy-peasy!
3. The Heritage eGifting Program. The very BEST gift you can give a child is the gift of education. But traditionally, an RESP, and the burden of growing one, was the sole responsibility of a child’s parents. But why shouldn’t you be able to assist with educational savings, without awkwardly handing over an envelope full of cash? Now, for children enrolled in a Heritage Registered Education Savings Plans, there’s a safe and convenient way to do it!
Introducing the Heritage eGifting Program. It’s simple, really. Heritage recognized the need parents have in terms of saving enough money, while at the same time looking towards their family, friends and those in the community who could also help raise funds, particularly for special occasions (cough, Christmas) and life milestones where many prefer to give the child cash.
The Heritage eGifting Program is an online fundraising campaign that easily distributes a link to family and friends who can contribute funds towards a child’s education savings plan. The unique and first-to-market Heritage eGifting Program is powered by FundRazr, an inexpensive and easy-to-use crowdfunding platform that has, to date, helped raise over $74 million from over 45,000 campaigns around the world.
Let me stress: it is still the responsibility of the parents to move the collected funds into their child’s RESP. (Translation: You are not directly depositing money into their account.) Rather, you’re “donating” money to a campaign – in this case, the opportunity for a child you know and love to have post-secondary education. However, whether it’s a few dollars or a few hundred dollars, it’s easier than ever to contribute to a child’s future.
And, really, is there a better gift than the gift of knowledge?
There you have it. Three of my top eGift picks for Christmas 2015! Do you have a favourite eGift?