Gift card sales are once again on the rise. I don't know about you, but it drives me crazy that when I trade my cash for a plastic card or certificate, it often expires, adds service fees, and slowly devalues itself over time if not used. The receiving party can easily lose out if they don't promptly use it. The unnecessary service fees and expiration dates have gotten so out of control that many states are now rushing to put laws in place to prevent companies from taking advantage of consumers.
So here we arrive at my idea of a "Universal Gift Card". Simply put, this is a fun little gag gift taking a stab back at those companies that take advantage of us (and not ALL gift cards fall into this category, but most of the ones that I've received do).
This simple idea includes a printable template to give the ultimate gift card that never expires, has no maintenance fees or service charges, and everyone loves - CASH!
Step 1: Gather the Materials
The following materials are needed for this project:
8.5 x 11 white paper. I recommend a 110 lb card stock such as the one found here on Amazon.com. If you don't have card stock, plain paper will work but the end result will be flimsy and not really feel as much like a gift card as the card stock will.
Sharp utility or hobby knife (optional, but recommended)