So we asked you all for suggestions on how to get a cash-value gift card to DC2’s teachers.
To actually address your preferred option-it looks like Gift Card Mall will sell you a $500 Visa card for a fee of $5.95, probably with a $2 shipping fee. It just looks like getting large denomination gift cards is getting more challenging- maybe it’s fraud related.
We had originally tried an AmEx card because I had found a code for free shipping, bringing the cost down to ~$8. But they emailed and said it would take 1-3 days to approve and send. When I called on day 4, they said, no, it was 1-3 business days and it would be shipped out “tomorrow”. When I called on business day 3, they said that was a lie, it was actually 2-4 business days and it would be shipped “tomorrow”. When I called on business day 4, they said no, day 1 didn’t count because we’d ordered after 11am, and it would be shipped “tomorrow” at which point I cancelled and said screw it, I’ll pay the additional $4 and go with Visa. It didn’t help that when I googled AmEx gift cards there were lots and lots of complaints about people’s card-money suddenly disappearing and customer service being no help in retrieving it.
Gift card mall turned out to be extremely easy to deal with. They gave a date that our cards would be shipped and they were indeed shipped on that day (no shipping fee) and came well within the 5-10 days they said it would take with shipping. The other neat thing was that we were able to customize the cards by picking out teacher related card pictures, putting the teacher’s actual names on the cards, and getting greeting cards, envelopes, and a message typed out in the greeting card. Almost worth the $11.90 we paid over the cost of the cards themselves. Definitely less hassle than “tomorrow never comes” AmEx.
So DH dropped the cards off with DC2’s teachers’ principal. The next day, DC2 excitedly told DH that someone had given hir teachers each a $500 giftcard for the class and they’d asked the kids what to do with them. 50 guinea pigs! A swimming bag pool (we’re not entirely sure what that is)!
Hopefully they’ll use it for differentiation/enrichment/independent learning, though I suppose 50 guinea pigs could count as enrichment. We will probably never know what they get spent on in the end, but we did feel a bit of a warm fuzzy knowing that the teachers had gotten them.
What would you spend a $500 giftcard on?