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Giving a Gift Card Doesn’t Have to Feel Impersonal

Have you ever needed to give a gift card, but felt them impersonal and detached? Our Creative Ambassador, Daniel, has some advice about how to make giving a gift card not feel so unpassioned.

Hey everyone! Daniel, here, with a few tips on making gift cards feel more tailored to their recipient. I want to feature the EBE Zipper Pull Dies today, but let’s talk about gift cards for a quick minute.

Gift-giving speaks love and affection to me way more than quality time or words of affirmation. If you want to get to my heart, buy me something or send me cookies. It doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. A box of Tic Tacs will do just fine.

I have heard people say they feel like a gift card doesn’t show any real knowledge of the recipient or that they just don’t mean as much as a personalized gift would.

My favorite gifts to receive, all around, happen to be gift cards. To me, they mean two gifts–the gift itself AND the fun of picking out something I will enjoy and use. So, if you don’t like gift cards, you can send me yours. And if you feel unsure about giving a gift card, I have a few tips on making them more meaningful.


  1. Attach the gift card to a small bag of high-quality chocolates, coffee or tea. If the celebrated giftee does not like one of these three, are they even really human?
  2. Purchase the gift card from a place you know the recipient frequents or has mentioned they would love to visit.
  3. Get them a cash card, so they can fill their gas tank, buy a steak at the grocer, or have a spa day–they get to pick.
  4. Personalize the gift card holder with a funny sentiment or stamped image that reflects the fun and closeness of your relationship.

I have a great idea for how to do #4 using the Zipper Pull Dies, Bear-Ware Grand Tour Stamp Set, Nice of You Dies, and Casual Tag Lines by Julie Ebersole.

First, I created my own mini-envelope to hold my gift card.

Trim down a sheet of Antique Ivory Cardstock from Hero Arts to 4 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches. Then, score it at 1 1/2 inches on the short sides and 1/2 inches on the long sides.

Next, cut off the long sides along the score lines leaving tabs for the envelope sides. I also rounded the corners of the long flaps with a Crop-a-dile Corner Chomper.

Next, run the top flap through a die-cutting machine with the Zipper Pull die near the score-line.

Next, fold the side tabs in and add some liquid adhesive to them, folding the bottom flap over the glue and holding it firm for the adhesive to set. Your gift card holder base is done!

Then, trim down a piece of the same Antique Ivory cardstock to 2 3/8 x 3 1/2 inches. Stamp the hair image from the Bear-Ware Dress Up 1 stamp set at an angle on the left-hand side of the panel. Be sure to use an alcohol-friendly ink since we will color the image with Copic markers. Next, create a mask of the same hair by stamping it onto some removable tape, cutting it out with scissors and placing it over the stamped panel.

After that, stamp the bear image over the bottom left corner at an angle to fit right inside the hair, and pull up the mask!

You can pick your own color scheme for the bear. I made mine a honey bear using YR21, YR24, and YR27. And for the hair, I used the same markers but added an E59 to darken up some areas.

I chose a sassy phrase from the Casual Taglines stamp set for the sentiment. I love these because they crack me up and because I have lots of people who roll with me like this. I had already stamped, heat embossed, and die cut this whole set. So, I pulled a couple of them out, cut them up, and adhered them directly to the panel with liquid adhesive.

To finish off the project, I glued the panel to the front of my holder. Then, I slipped in a gift card and glued the top flap to the bottom flap on the back.

Thank you for spending some time with me on the blog today! I hope you feel inspired to step up your gift card game with some personalization. I have a list of supplies I used for this project in the grid below for your convenience!

I hope you make some time to craft and have a wonderful rest of the week.


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1 Comment

  • Reply Sheri Witthoft April 6, 2022 at 7:01 pm

    Daniel you keep upping the game on this lunch box size card!!!! I love the zip pull idea! I may be adding that feature to all my envelopes. Thanks for sharing.

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