With the advent of the internet and the proliferation of daily deal sites like Groupon, many shoppers have gotten used to the thrill of being able to get a really great deal. In most cases, you could save more than 50% – depending on what you are buying, the savings are staggering. There has been explosion in services being provided on groupon as well as established stores like Sears.
That brings up another sticky issue – is it okay to give one of these vouchers to someone as a gift or is it to be treated in the same way that you would a gift voucher? The short answer is that it depends on what the voucher is for and how well you know the people that you are giving the gift to. Here are some questions to ask yourself before you get that voucher for someone:
Who is this gift for and how well do you know them?
The people receiving the gift are going to know exactly how much it cost you. If they don’t know you very well, there is every chance that this could end by seeming tacky, depending on what the gift is. Giving your new boss a two-for-one voucher at a local restaurant may not go over too well.
On the other hand, if it is something that people will really appreciate, and you know them very well, you could get away with it. Perhaps your parents would love that same voucher. Ideally, you need to know that the person is not going to care that it is a voucher. Look at it this way – would you give them cash instead? If not, a daily deal coupon probably won’t cut it.
What is the gift?
Sometimes, it makes sense to get the deal, especially if it is something that you and the person receiving the gift can do together. Travel deals, spa deals, and the like usually fall into this category. Getting a two-for-one deal to your local spa can make a fun outing more affordable, so why not?
Will it be seen as cheap?
Are you really sure that the person would love it, or could you just not be bothered to look around some more. Discount vouchers may be looked on as the cheapskate’s version of a gift card – if so; it could really paint a picture of you as a cheapskate. This is especially the case when the person has to pay in to make use of the deal. This might be okay when it comes to a service being offered such as a manicure or something like that, but it will seldom be the case when it comes to actually buying a product – instead of buying them a voucher that allows them to then buy a stereo system, for example, give them a gift card or get them another gift.
A good rule of thumb is that if you have to ask whether or not it will be okay, the chances are good that it will not be. If you are in any doubt whatsoever, rather choose something else. Who knows, look around on the same site, you might be able to get a great deal on a gift that you can then take the time, and the credit, for choosing and presenting beautifully.
Consider how you think the other person would feel about receiving the voucher, not how you would feel – you might think it is a great idea, but your brother, for example, may think that it is a thoughtless gift.