First of all, have a happy pagan winter solstice celebration, everyone!
'Tis the season of giving, and one thing we're all going to see lots of this year, are these colorful little shards of plastic known as "gift cards."
Gift cards are retarded. Some or all of the following come attached to that cute little piece of plastic with puppies in santa hats on it:
-Restrictions on where it can be used
-Several volumes of terms and conditions
-The eternal frustration of trying to actually use the damn thing, but you cant unless you know offhand the exact value down to the penny remaining on the card. Which no store can tell you.
You know what has none of these problems? Cash.
I understand that you want to feel like you are getting something for someone. I understand you want to put some extra sentiment behind the gift, and you think just giving cash feels "lazy." But gift cards are just as lazy, and force the recipient to deal with all that bull@#$%. Just get them a damn card and put some goddamned CASH in it. Cash is King. You can do whatever the @#$% you want with cash, I can pay my bills, buy !@#$ from overseas, send a package, I can do whatever I !@#$@#$ want, because cash is accepted everywhere and has no terms and conditions.
Give CASH. The recipient will thank you.