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.

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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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I didn’t want to give another gift card

October 19, 2019

By: Tim Campbell

I don’t know about you, but my fall back gift to almost everyone used to be a gift card. It’s fast and easy. It doesn’t require too much thought either. If a birthday was coming up, then I would head to Target or Walgreens and stand in front of the kiosk that has a bunch of different gift cards. There are tons of different stores and restaurants to choose from. In fact, sometimes I feel like it takes forever to choose which one to get. If I can’t choose, then I’ll just get the Visa card and pay the ridiculous $5.99 fee for no reason.

The problem is I never feel satisfied with a gift card as a gift. It doesn’t show that I care enough about my friend or family member. And I bet they know it when they get it. I also wonder if they even use it. My junk drawer is full of gift cards that I have never used. Either because I don’t like the store or restaurant, or I just forget to take it with me. I feel like this must be the same thing other people go through. Right? Why do we do that?

That's why we created GiftCast. It’s like a gift card, but different. You record or upload a video and send money with it. The first GiftCast I sent was to my friend who was turning 40, but I couldn’t make it to her birthday party because she lives on the other side of the country. I was able to tell her in my own words (not some fluff in a greeting card) that I truly care for her and how sad I was to not be there to celebrate with her. My kids were also in the video and they sang happy birthday to her. Sometimes a greeting card just doesn’t say exactly what you want to say, and this special occasion deserved more from me. I felt really good about it. Plus, I gave her money that she can spend on anything she wants. Not some restaurant or store that she may never go to. The money goes directly into her bank account.

My friend loved the video and now, she can watch it over and over, and keep it forever. It felt so great to give a gift that my friend loved…and I loved giving it.

About Joel
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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