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It’s The Surprise That Counts

3 year old gets surprise of a lifetime.

Think back to a time when you received a gift better than anything you’ve ever received before. How did it make you feel to know someone FINALLY got it right? Think about the emotions you went through while opening your best surprise gift. I still get the same warm and fuzzy feeling when I think   …Continue Reading

Written by Dayse Macias

Written by Dayse Macias on February 21, 2014

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Last Minute Gift Ideas that Might Just Buy You Some Time

Valentines day

So it’s Valentine’s Day. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you would have noticed the plethora of heart shaped EVERYTHING, stuffed animals, and flowers. Lots and lots and lots of flowers. Seriously, do you really think your boo wants more flowers and candy? I know I don’t but then again that’s just me. I would   …Continue Reading

Written by Dayse Macias

Written by Dayse Macias on February 14, 2014

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Small Acts of Kindness

Small random acts of kindness.

My neighbor, Jackie, asked if I could watch her dog overnight while she went away for a business trip. As any dog owner knows, it can be difficult to leave man’s best friend alone for an extended period of time without worrying about them. You know, like making sure your pup doesn’t get lonely, or   …Continue Reading

Written by Dayse Macias

Written by Dayse Macias on February 13, 2014

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Three Tips for Last Minute Gift Shopping

Only a few days remain before Christmas and for many people, that means the panic-shopping season has arrived. This is a perilous time of year when hurried last minute gift givers will waste their money on some of the worst gifts imaginable. Before you shop for a last minute gift, here are a few things   …Continue Reading

Written by Brian Jessup

Written by Brian Jessup on December 18, 2013

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Why Staying Home May be the Best Way to Save Money on Holiday Gifts

In the battle of thought vs. money, thoughtfulness wins when it comes to gifts.

How do you “save money”, by spending it? It’s that time of year again: retailers will tell you that you are saving money by spending it on gifts. It’s a form of salesmanship called the “presumptive close“. They start the discussion by assuming that you were going to buy that item, so by getting a discounted price you therefore saved money!   …Continue Reading

Written by Brian Jessup

Written by Brian Jessup on November 26, 2013

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Gift Giving – By the Numbers

Gifting can be Tough

When we first started taking a look at how we could make gift giving a lot easier on people, we started with numbers and research. What we found may surprise you. Check out our fancy infographic below. Stuff from the cutting-room floor: Part of the way through the infographic we switch from talking about the   …Continue Reading

Written by Brian Jessup

Written by Brian Jessup on October 30, 2013

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It’s About How You Finish – The Origin of Giftovus

Jessica and Brian

In 2006, I was a carefree 23-year-old in her first job out of college. Everything in life seemed to be going the way I had planned. But during a routine doctor’s appointment, the physician found a lump in my neck. That’s when everything changed. The doctor held out hope that it was nothing serious. In one doctor’s   …Continue Reading

Written by Jessica Wong

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Idea Boards

Dashboard

Idea Boards are shared discussion groups. In them, you share a space with the receiver’s friends and others who are like-minded in getting them a gift. There is one master shared Board for every person on Giftovus and each of your Facebook Friends. Any one of the receiver’s Facebook friends can instantly join the board.   …Continue Reading

Written by Brian Jessup

Written by Brian Jessup on October 20, 2013

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An Example of Giftovus in Action

An Idea Board on Giftovus

Above is a screenshot of the Idea Board for my mother-in-law. Don’t worry – the screenshot is old enough that I’m not ruining any surprises. I wanted to show you a great example of Giftovus in action. In the screenshot, you can see a bunch of Ideas in various states: a few are Ideas that   …Continue Reading

Written by Brian Jessup

Written by Brian Jessup on October 16, 2013

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Messaging and emails

Email

We are passionate about helping you have better relationships through communication of gift ideas for loved ones. We wouldn’t be doing a very good job if we let you spam your friends and relatives, would we? We have built Giftovus to keep emails to an absolute minimum, while still allowing the right messages to get   …Continue Reading

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