This past Monday, I shared my Spotlight Mom post with Tally Oliveau of iCardMall.com with you all. If you missed my post, click here -- http://www.inspiredbysavannah.com/2012/11/spotlight-on-mom-tally-oliveau-of.html -- to read it now. Today, I wanted to share more about my personal experience with Tally's online eGift card shop, as well as offer one lucky reader a chance to win a $25 to a restaurant of their choice.
So, what is iCardMall.com anyway and how do these electronic gift certificates differ from ones you can buy in the grocery store or at retailers?
"iCardMall is a revolutionary new way to send gift cards – all electronically through email. This is not only convenient - but a totally green way to shop. It’s a completely eco-friendly solution to gift giving! No plastic, no paper, no shipping, no waiting, no kidding!
By choosing any one of our fantastic e-gift card products on our e-gift card mall, you can send your gift to anyone in the U.S. with an email address. Please note, while many of the merchants on iCardMall have international stores, their gift cards are not likely redeemable outside the U.S. at this time.
Not only do we make it easy, we also make it personal, by allowing you to customize your gift card with one of our many heartfelt and stylish e-greeting cards. You get to personalize the greeting card with your own personal message in addition to our stock greeting – just like a paper greeting card."
How Does it Work?:
PICK A CARD"Choose an e-gift card from popular brands or choose the iCardMall Gift Card and let your recipient choose their favorite brand or split their iCardMall Gift Card amount among multiple retailers."
CUSTOMIZE GIFT"Add a personal message in our free e-greeting card or personalize it even more with one of our stylish e-greeting card designs for just $0.99!
Your gift will be sent with the customized e-greeting card and e-gift card as an all-in-one document. It can be printed out, folded-up (guidelines are on the print out) into a paper greeting card with the gift card inside. Pretty cool, huh?"
SEND IT OFF"After you’ve customized your gift, review and confirm everything in your shopping cart. Your gift will arrive within 24 hours. If you scheduled ahead - it will be sure to arrive on time. You will receive an email confirmation that your gift has been sent.
When the e-gift card is received, it can be used immediately. Branded e-gift cards can be redeemed on the merchant website, or be printed out and redeemed in-store. The e-gift card can even be viewed and spent from your smart phone. iCardMall e-Gift Cards will first need to be redeemed on iCardMall.com."
After browsing the extensive list of retailers and dining establishments, Tally was kind enough to send me an eGift for Chili's to try out. Within a matter of minutes of communicating via email, I had an e-gift card for $25 show up in my inbox of my email account. And, with a click of the mouse, I had it printed out and ready to use the next time we dined at Chili's, which is my daughters' favorite restaurant. At first, I didn't what to expect with an eGift card, as I am used to buying and receiving credit card type gift cards to carry and hand over to cashiers and waitstaff. So, when it came time to pay the waitress after dining at Chili's, I was pleasantly surprised to find that she didn't have an issue with the eGift card Tally had sent me to use. Instead, the waitress commented on how need the print out was, as it was personalized and offered a message of thanks which Tally has personally written to me. The waitress had never seen anything like this, but thought it was a novel idea. Compared to giving a credit card type gift card in an envelope at the holidays, with Tally's eGift card, you can create a personalized message, making the gift even more unique and personal. This is what I love most about it!
So, with the holidays fast approaching, and the crazy shopping sprees that go along with it, why not make gift giving this year so much easier with an eGift card from iCardMall? I can't tell you how relieved I will be when I don't have to stand in long lines, deal with fussy children acting out in the stores, and everything else stressful that goes along with holiday shopping. With just a few clicks, I can have a gift for everyone on my list. The only hard part will be deciding with retailer gift card to give to each person. :-) And, to make your e-gift card more unique, you can add your own photo, corporate logo or other image, along with your text to your eGreetings when purchasing an eGift card.
What are you waiting for? Head on over to iCardMall.com and browse their selection of eGift cards available, while showing your support for a fellow mom entrepreneur. And, make sure you use promo code "Savannah" at checkout to receive one free eGreeting card with the purchase of your eGift card. Act fast, as this offer is only valid until December 20, 2012.
One lucky reader will win a $25 eGift card to a restaurant of their choose, thanks to Tally Oliveau, this week's Spotlight Mom. To enter, please complete the entries on the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck!
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Disclosure: I was sent a gift card from the vendor in order to write up an honest review. The views above are mine and mine alone.