Back to School: How to Celebrate the Season

August 4, 2020
Amid socially distant, masked classroom setups, new class sizes and virtual learning options, back to school season certainly looks different this year for students of all ages. While fall’s return to learning may be unfamiliar for both parents and students alike, the excitement and magic around the new season can remain the same.

Whether your student is at a classroom desk or at the kitchen table, online shopping for new back to school supplies, like fresh shoes and backpacks or a new tablet and tech accessories, can help celebrate the season. Establishing special traditions, like a crafted countdown chain, first day pancakes, a show-and-tell session or a school year bucket list, can help instill some normalcy (and lifelong memories!) heading into the new year too.

For parents, relatives and family friends who want to participate in the excitement of the season from afar amidst social distancing guidelines, technology can be utilized as a resource. This year, opt for a personalized GiftCast video and money gift or Amazon eGift Card in lieu of a shopping spree at the mall. Parents can use the money or gift card towards new school supplies or traditions and share the videos with their children (even saving them to play years down the line for a sentimental moment). For older children heading off to college, a GiftCast gift can help them settle into their new space. A cherished family video can help ease the new transition, while the cash gift can be used towards textbook or college gear.

While the school year may look different for students of all ages, old and new traditions and technology can still help us celebrate the new season.

We love hearing how you use GiftCast! Head to our social media channels and let us know your GiftCast story.
About GiftCast Admin
Joel Deitz is co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of GiftCast. He posses’ deep and unflinching beliefs that design makes our world a better place. He also believes that to be happy, people need to feel important. For Joel, creating and improving GiftCast has been a great joy but using it to celebrate loved ones is even greater.
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Looking Ahead: What’s New at GiftCast

July 17, 2020
The app space is always evolving, and so are we. We’re excited to unveil a few changes on the GiftCast app that will help you continue sending your loved ones meaningful, special surprises.

We’ve expanded our payment options. You can still pay through your bank account, but you can also opt to send money through your debit card, credit card or PayPal account now too. With so many options, sending that perfect gift for your recipient to use when and where they choose is even easier.

In addition to expanding our options, we launched an exciting gift card partnership with Amazon. We understand that sometimes money gifts are not the right option for your recipient, so now you can send your loved one an Amazon eGift Card along with your personalized video message.

Here’s how it works:
  • Download GiftCast through the Apple or Android app store.
  • Select Amazon eGift Card and record a sentimental (or funny!) video to send to your chosen recipient.
  • Pay with your credit card, debit card or PayPal.
  • Hit send and wait for your recipient to receive a text letting them know they received a GiftCast!
  • Your recipient can watch, save and share your video. They’ll receive an email from Amazon with a claim number and can add the gift card directly to their account.
And, rest assured: your gift card won’t go to waste like so many plastic alternatives. Amazon has the one of the lowest rates of unclaimed gift cards!

We love to hear how you use GiftCast! Head to our social media pages and share your gifting stories with us.
About GiftCast Admin
Joel Deitz is co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of GiftCast. He posses’ deep and unflinching beliefs that design makes our world a better place. He also believes that to be happy, people need to feel important. For Joel, creating and improving GiftCast has been a great joy but using it to celebrate loved ones is even greater.
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Earth Day’s 50th Anniversary: The Green Way to Give Gifts

April 20, 2020
With Earth Day’s 50th anniversary approaching, we are inspired to reflect on our efforts to help the planet. Whether its reusable shopping bags or eliminating plastic bottles, there are a variety of ways we can do our part to reduce our impact on the environment.

According to Gift Rocket, more than 1.6 billion gift cards are printed each year and over 9,000 tons of plastic are used to make them. In the United States alone, more than 30 million tons of plastic are discarded each year, with only 8% being recycled. Gift cards are a popular choice for birthdays and holidays, but their short lifespan only contributes to this increasing waste.

GiftCast tackles this problem head-on – offering a gift that is both eco-friendly and sentimental. It creates lasting memories without producing the waste of a traditional gift card, which helps the planet as it simultaneously helps those who struggle shopping for others. Not only does the app reduce plastic waste, it eliminates waste from greeting cards and wrapping paper too.

Video gifting also reduces waste from unspent gift cards. According to CNBC, up to $3 billion worth of unused gift cards are wasted each year. With GiftCast, users can send any amount of money to a loved one and give them the choice of how to spend it – instead of leaving money hanging on a gift card the recipient may never use.

As the environment changes, so will we, and we look forward to being at the forefront of the digital gifting movement. Going virtual doesn’t have to mean impersonal, and we pride ourselves on our ability to provide others with a personalized way to reach family and friends while reducing single-use plastics.

How are you reducing single use plastics in your own life? Head to our social channels and let us know!
About GiftCast Admin
Joel Deitz is co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of GiftCast. He posses’ deep and unflinching beliefs that design makes our world a better place. He also believes that to be happy, people need to feel important. For Joel, creating and improving GiftCast has been a great joy but using it to celebrate loved ones is even greater.
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