I’m sharing about E-Gifting as part of my mobile life in participation with the Verizon Wireless #VZWBuzz Influencer program.
Giving is good. Science says so. Actually, some scientific studies say that giving makes us happy. Some even believe that altruistic behavior releases endorphin in the brain giving us what they refer to as “helper’s high”. Good news, right? But what if we’re stuck in a long line, in a hot store, behind someone who is buying an entire clearance rack of crap with coupons! So much for your helper’s high! Cue the E-Gift.
What is an E Gift? E-Gifts are used just like regular Gift Cards online or in stores but sent and received digitally via your mobile or email ORRRR it can be a service or product that is purchased, transmitted, delivered, received and used via mobile.
What’s great about E-Gifting is everything! It’s instantaneous, it’s accessible any and everywhere and it’s virtually impossible to lose. Unlike a gift card that you lose immediately after receiving it. Can I get a witness? There are so many great options to choose from, even from your mobile device. Here’s my short list on how to shop smart with E-Gifting and avoid going to jail the night before Christmas.
PayPal – it’s fast, it’s easy and there are gazillion choices. You can send it instantly or you can buy ahead and pick a date. I like it.
iTunes – I don’t know if all the Apple Fangirls and Fanboys know you can E-Gift from iTunes. Maybe I’m just late to this party. Either way, Muy Bueno. And you can do it right from your mobile device! Buy from iBooks Store, and App Store, you can gift dollar amounts, books, audiobooks, music, movies, TV shows, or apps. I love it.
Digital Magazine Subscriptions – magazines have always been my favorite stocking stuffer but magazines are big and bulky and need to be recycled. So go digital instead! There are magazine apps like Texture, Zinio and countless others. But sometimes “I” prefer to go right to the source. What a great gift. I like it.
Verizon Messages E-Gifting - for Verizon customers, directly from your messages app it’s unbelievably easy to use. Choose from over 30 popular retailers, including AMC (love the gift of movies) and YOU choose the denomination. Yaaass! Right from your mobile device. I love it.
Data – go on, give a gig! Who can’t use data! And with my preferred carrier Verizon, you can give a gig of data for only $10 bucks! Data hogs rejoice! I love it.
IFTTT – if you really messed up and didn’t get anything out because you were under a rock somewhere. At least you can use this IFTTT recipe to preschedule a Happy New Year greeting to everyone who may or may not be speaking to you by then.
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Disclosure: As a #VZWBuzz influencer I was provided a device at no charge with a line of service from Verizon. No additional compensation was provided. There has been no editing by a third party (obviously), nor any promise of positive feedback. All opinions are my own