Gift cards can be a convenient gift for the holidays, but who likes carrying around all those useless, environmentally unfriendly plastic rectangles? Certainly not me, which is why the free application Gyft is perfect, an application that not only aggregates our gift cards, but allows us to buy and gift others with gift cards from a variety of major retailers like Gap, Amazon, Target and many others.
Gyft provides a gift card platform for consumers and retailers that enables customers to upload, buy, share, and redeem gift cards conveniently from their mobile device. Gyft is seamlessly integrated with Facebook so users can send gift cards to their friends around special events. Around 200 of Gyft’s some 300+ retailers also support deeper integration with their own systems, allowing users to check their gift card balances from Gyft’s app as well. One of Gyft’s goals is to try to overcomes current issues that limit the potential of gift cards, which often end up lost, stolen, or forgotten.
For those who have received gift cards and really and do not plan on using it, you can also use the app to resend to a friend:
You are all set and your gift card is on its way!
You can also chose to send a new gift card to family and friend from the app. Basically the steps are similar to regifting:
Gyft estimates that gift cards will account for 20% of holiday sales this season. In addition to record gift card sales, mobile commerce has reached an all-time high, making Gyft a must-have app.