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NRF: Gift cards to be the most requested gift this holiday


October 28, 2008
By NRF

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NRF: Gift cards to be the most requested gift this holiday
giftcardAccording to NRF’s 2008 holiday survey, 54.9 per cent of
consumers would like to receive a gift card this holiday season, up
slightly from 53.8 per cent last year. The organization says gift cards will be the most
requested present this year.

giftcardAccording to NRF’s 2008 Holiday Consumer Intentions and Actions Survey, 54.9 per cent of
consumers would like to receive a gift card this holiday season, up
slightly from 53.8 per cent last year. Gift cards will be the most
requested gift this year, followed by books, CDs, DVDs, videos or video
games (50.0%) and clothing or accessories (49.8%).

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Preliminary gift card research
conducted for NRF by BIGresearch found that shoppers’ main reasons for
buying gift cards were that gift cards allow the recipient to select
their own gift (25.4%) and that gift cards are easier and faster to buy
than traditional gifts (12.6%). Some consumers say they are enticed to
buy gift cards by retailer incentives (6.3%) or because they are easier
to ship than traditional gifts (6.7%). Others say gift cards help them
stick to their budget (5.7%) or like the fact that a gift recipient
won’t have to deal with returning unwanted merchandise (5.1%).

The
main reasons why consumers said they would be less likely to buy gift
cards this holiday season are because they feel the cards are
impersonal (22.7%), that they would rather stretch their dollar by
buying merchandise on sale (10.9%), and because they do not want to buy
a card with expiration dates or added fees (9.8%). Other shoppers say
they simply do not know which gift card a person would want (7.7%),
while a small number of shoppers says that they are worried the gift
recipient will lose it (3.9%) or that the retailer will go out of
business (3.1%).

Other research reveals
that customers are looking for more personalization when it comes to
buying gift cards. One-fourth (25.4%) of people said they would be less
likely to buy gift
cards because they think the gift is impersonal. Look at how you can
help that customer create a personalized gift card – maybe they could
design their own or include add-ons to give it a unique touch. Another
thing to consider when selling gift cards is to make it easier to
replace lost or stolen gift cards. Keep a good record of gift cards
sold and advise customers to keep their receipt. If possible, look in
to ways in which shoppers can register their gift card online so they
can monitor their balance and receive a new card in the event that it
gets lost.


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