~~The giveaway is now CLOSED~~Gift-giving is an important part of our social life. A unique gift may brighten the day for someone we love or make a special occasion unforgettable. Gift-giving is also an art. Choosing the perfect gift for your recipient can be a real challenge. When you run out of gift ideas, the best way out is to purchase a gift card, which offers the recipient considerable flexibility in selecting what she truly desires. I was recently introduced to GiftZip.com, a one-stop shop for electronic gift cards and gift certificates.
Highly concerned about the negative impact of plastic gift cards have on the environment, GiftZip champions the movement to go electronic and go green in gift giving. Here are some startling facts I learned from GiftZip about the harmful effects of plastic gift cards that I have to share with you.
Manufacturing plastic gift cards wastes valuable resources and causes destructive gases to be emitted. After production, these plastic bits must be packaged, shipped, stored, likely reshipped, restored, displayed, sold, and then possibly wrapped, packaged, and shipped again. The result? A massive carbon footprint left behind by a little 1/4 ounce card. Plenty Magazine, a leading resource for sustainable living, reported that plastic gift cards account for 75 million pounds of discarded Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) each year. PVC is a toxic substance that can contaminate water supplies. EPA studies show that exposure to PVC puts people at increased risk of liver damage, reproductive and developmental health problems, and cancer.
GiftZip strives to save our planet without sacrificing any part of your shopping experience. It provides immediate access to hundreds of retailers' instant, emailable gift cards. You can shop by category, recipient, or search for the retailer you'd like to choose. The checkout process is as easy as a snap and you can have the gift emailed directly to the recipient along with your message.
Now through August 1, GiftZip is having an exciting giveaway on Facebook. Prizes include a Nintendo Wii for one fan and a $50 eGift card to the Blogger or website that refers the winner. If you comment on the GiftZip Facebook Page telling them that you heard about the giveaway from my blog or tag icefairy's Treasure Chest in your comment (just type @ followed by icefairy's Treasure Chest, and my facebook page should appear as a drop down if you're already a fan), you'll receive an extra entry into both the Wii giveaway and my Amazon gift card giveaway! Certainly a win-win option!
Required Entry: Visit GiftZip.com, and leave a comment telling me your favorite gift card on their site besides Amazon (I already know you love Amazon :P). (Please leave a valid email address in your comment or make sure one is visible in your blogger profile).
Extra Entries (optional): please make sure you do the required entry first! Please leave a separate comment for each extra entry, i.e. 1 comment=1 entry.
- Like GiftZip on Facebook and leave your name (1 extra entry)
- Enter the Wii giveaway AND tell GiftZip you are sent by icefairy's Treasure Chest (1 extra entry)
- Vote for me here daily (1 extra entry per day)
- Follow my blog publicly (1 extra entry)
- Subscribe to my feed via email and leave your email address (1 extra entry)
- Follow Me & GiftZip on Twitter AND tweet the following message (1 extra entry per day) Yes! You may tweet once daily to increase your chances:
Please leave the link to your tweet in your comment.
- Join Crowtap via this link and leave your registered name (1 extra entry)
- Enter this contest and put my FB name in the 2nd field of the form (1 extra entry)
- Make a purchase at eShakti using discount code "icefairy123" (10 extra entries)
- "Like" me on Facebook and leave your name (1 extra entry)
- Follow me on Networked Blogs and leave your name (1 extra entry)
- Add me as your friend on Facebook and leave your name (1 extra entry)
- Sign up at EZWin via this link and leave me your username on the site (3 extra entries)
- Grab my button and tell me where to find it (1 extra entry)
- Add icefairy's Treasure Chest to your blogroll and leave the link (1 extra entry)
- Blog about this giveaway and link back to GiftZip and Me. Then leave the link in your comment (1 extra entry for mentioning this giveaway on your blog; 3 extra entries for a separate blog post).
Giveaway ends at 11:59 pm Central Time on 8/9/10
Open to All!
Winners will be chosen using random.org and will have 72 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen.
Thanks for entering and good luck!
Disclosure: I didn't receive any form of compensation for writing this post and the sponsor will send the giveaway prize directly to the winner. Thoughts and opinions expressed are my own unless noted otherwise.