Not Sure What to Buy For Your Loved One? Buy a Gift Card

Have you crossed your holiday shopping list and checked it twice? Are there some people still left to shop for?

There are some family members and friends on your list who are difficult to shop for. I’m finding that the older kids get, the harder it is to buy them gifts. My boys, for example, don’t play with a lot of toys anymore and it’s becoming increasingly challenging to buy them things that they will enjoy.

Often it’s easier to buy gift cards so your loved ones can shop whatever they want on their own.  CardSwap makes it effortless with their unique gift card service.

There are two things you can do with CardSwap – buy gift cards and also sell them… so if you don’t like the gift card you receive, you can sell them for cash! No more unused gift cards sitting around at home.

When you buy Gift Cards you’ll also earn rewards and once you have accumulated enough SwapPoints, you can redeem rewards for gift cards and cash back.

There are so many retailers to choose from so gift card shopping is made easy. Some merchants include Hudson’s Bay, Old Navy, EQ3, Pizza Pizza, Roots, Petro Canada, Aldo, Golf Town, Pottery Barn, Fairmont Hotels, Moxie’s, Jack Astor’s, West 49, Canadian Tire, Shoppers Drug Mart, Winners/Homesense and many more.

Here’s how it works:

Buy Gift Cards

Buy the gift card and get free shipping and you can pay securely through INTERAC, PayPal or credit card. Your gift card will arrive in the mail, usually within a week. You’ll also SwapPoints on each transaction, redeemable for gift cards or cash back savings.

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Sell Gift Cards

If you have a gift card you don’t want, go to the website and enter the details of your gift card to receive an instant cash offer.  Then, you mail in your gift cards with their FREE prepaid shipping label. Receive an email confirmation upon receipt of your gift card. CardSwap will mail you a cheque or credit your account SwapPoints within two business days of receiving and validating your gift cards. SwapPoints can be redeemed for gift cards or cash back via PayPal.


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Earn Rewards

SwapPoints are a part of a reward system created by CardSwap to allow you to earn, collect, then redeem SwapPoints for gift cards to your favourite merchants or cash back via PayPal. Once you’ve earned a minimum of 1,000 points simply click on the “Redeem” tab and choose your reward.


For every new CardSwapper that registers for FREE on our site- they will receive 500 SwapPoints which translates to $5.00 in SwapPoints. 1000 gets you a free gift card for $10.00. Register here.

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Create a Group Video Greeting with Vello (Giveaway)

How cool would it be to see a video of all of your family and friends from around the globe, sending you birthday or holiday wishes in one video?

Vello is a free app that allows you to create short video greeting cards. The gifter can send a personalized gift by recording a short video greeting to go along with the purchase of an e-gift card. Then, the gifter can invite others to join in and add their own contribution to the video greeting (as well as the e-gift).

Vello will string together all of the videos from each contributor into one long, personal group video greeting card. Also each person can contribute money to a gift card that is delivered along with the video – but the gift card is not mandatory.

It’s a very simple concept and one that could work really well especially with younger, tech-savvy users. I could see users creating birthday greetings with a bunch of friends or the entire office, from anywhere. Vello can be used for any special occasion… and it’s a perfect time to use it during the holidays for those who live far away.

The digital gift cards are also an amazing touch. I have family in the U.S. so it would be nice to send an eCard along with a gift card for Christmas this year, without having to visit a post office!

Here is more about how Vello works:

Here is the video that I started creating on Vello: http://www.velloapp.com/webuser/vello/ref/2UQS8R

Vello Upload from Vello on Vimeo.

I recorded the first video by pressing down the record button and it saved. You do have a chance to re-record the video (I must admit I did this several times to get it right!). I had my son add a little Christmas jingle to the video too. Then, you can choose a recipient, add a title and date and adjust privacy settings, add a gift card if you so choose, and invite friends.

Right now the Vello app is only available on the iPhone or iPod touch.  I have an Android and would love to see this app accessible to Android users in the near future.

Vello is brought to you by the same innovative team that introduced CardSwap to the market, a service where you can buy gift cards to all your major retailers and save AND sell your unwanted gift cards for cash.


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