National Returns Day: The Environmental Cost of Gift Returns

The holidays are over and chances are you’re now one of the millions of people stuck with unwanted gifts that they’ll have to return. In an ideal world, everyone would get the perfect gift, and there would be no returns. GyftHint tries to make this a reality. Where buying off of their digital wishlists returns are less than 1% of all purchases. 

The way things are now, the millions of returns are wreaking havoc on the environment.

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Get Creative and Safely Celebrate the Holidays in 2020

When we wished one another “Happy New Year” on December 31, 2019, no one would have predicted that we were going into a year that would be rocked by a global pandemic. The holiday season this year is already looking quite different with many restrictions to mingle safely.

As we near the end of 2020, one question is on everyone’s minds: How should we celebrate the holidays safely and still make it feel special? Holidays are special because we gather with people we love…and this year “gather” we can’t! We care too much about our parents, grandparents, and loved ones with compromised immunity to risk their health.

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How to Support Local Businesses with GyftHint

According to the Small Business Administration, small businesses are the livelihood of the U.S. economy. They create two-thirds of net new jobs and drive U.S. innovation and competitiveness. As the world wrestles with COVID-19 and major retailers switch to survival mode, small businesses are suffering more than ever. Several months of shutdowns and social distancing restrictions have significantly impacted in-store traffic which is the main source of income for these businesses.

Now more than ever, we should all support these businesses which have made a significant effort to move their operations online. We have compiled a list of all the ways that will enable you to do so more efficiently. In addition, our gift wishlist app, GyftHint will make it a lot more convenient to support small businesses. The app will also encourage your friends and family to contribute as well.

Supporting Local Businesses

Here are some of the best ways in which you can help to support small businesses in your area: 

    • Make a mindful effort to shop there: The first and most obvious way to support a local business is simply by shopping there. Whether it’s a baking company, jewelry store or coffee shop, becoming a regular customer will be your contribution to keeping the local business afloat. As mentioned above, many local businesses have been focusing their efforts on their online presence to attract and service customers. Interact with and support them by shopping on their online store and following their social media handles from the safety and comfort of your home.


    • Get a gift card: Is someone’s birthday or a holiday coming up? Or if you know you could use a few services in the future. What better way to support a local business than getting a gift card? The neighborhood nail salon whose business has dropped by half will appreciate you buying a gift card to help them through these tough times. Even if you don’t need their service immediately, you’ll end up gifting it or using it later.


  • Spread the word. The best marketing tool, undoubtedly, is word of mouth. Is your friend a fantastic hairstylist? Does your colleague make the best cakes? Is your daughter’s teacher the best tutor you know? Advertise the services and products that small businesses provide everywhere you go! Social media is a very powerful tool that enables you to do this effectively. You can share what you purchased on social media, encouraging your network of family and friends to follow your lead. Become an advocate and go beyond the financial support of your favorite store. 

How to Support Local Businesses with GyftHint

GyftHint offers a great way to support local businesses and spread the word about them by including their products in your wishlists. Does a small Etsy shop carry a gorgeous scarf you’ve been eyeing for a while? Add it to your GyftHint wishlist and have your family and friends be exposed to this small business too. If you’re lucky enough, they’ll get it for you as a gift! This will allow you to support a local business and get gifts that you really like.

GyftHint is an app that allows you to gather everything you want in one place, whether it be electronics, beauty products, clothes, games, spa services…basically anything that’s available for sale. The beauty of this app is in adding items not only from large retailers but also from small boutiques and specialty stores. You can then share your wishlist among friends and family. The purpose of this list is to keep your network in the loop on what you want for your birthday or Valentine’s Day. Never again will you have to answer the dreaded question of “what do you want for your birthday?” The best part is to encourage your friends and family to sign up for the app and add their favorite items. This way, you will all receive notifications when special occasions roll around and never forget another present again. Above all, you’ll know what they want! 

Small businesses give back so much to their local communities, introduce diversity and innovation, and provide exceptional customer service.  In turn, supporting a local business should make us feel good about helping the economy and our community. The GyftHint app is one of the most convenient ways to support and share your favorite items from your favorite small businesses.

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Why Do I Always Get Bad Gifts?

It’s The Thought That Counts

Don’t get me wrong I appreciate the thought and love that goes into every gift I get but most of the time it’s not a gift that I necessarily wanted.  Of course when you open the gift you don’t want to be rude so most of the time you pretend that you love it.  But usually this isn’t the case.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gotten a birthday present from an aunt or uncle and it’s something I’ll never wear or use.  Year after year I open gifts and pretend that I’m in love with it because I know they put a lot of thought into buying that gift and really that’s all that matters in my book.

The Reality Of Bad Gifts

In reality these gifts usually end up in the back of my closet or I give it away. Getting a bad gift is never fun and its even worse because you have to pretend you love it and because of this you continue to get gifts that you’ll never use.  This is a frustrating process and there’s really no one to blame because if your anything like me when someone asks you what you want your response is “I have no idea”.  So they just go out and buy you the same thing they’ve gotten you in the past and the results never change.  Although throughout the year I may have seen something I liked and didn’t buy, I can never remember exactly what it was.  This is just another problem with the way we currently shop for gifts, we never know what we want and if we do its uncomfortable sharing ideas because you don’t know how much someone is willing to spend.

How To Get The Perfect Gift

I could go on and on about all the different issues associated with the current gift buying process but instead I’ll point you in the direction of the solution, GyftHint.  Gyfthint allows you to connect with close friends and family to share your your favorite gift ideas.  You simple add items you like as you do your normal browsing and for any event your network can view and buy these gifts with a few simple clicks.

-JD GyftHint




Why Is It So Hard To Buy A Gift For Father’s Day?

The Anxiety Of Finding The Perfect Gift

With Father’s Day quickly approaching the anxiety of finding the perfect gift for the person who has been providing for you since day one begins. This is the only day of the year that we get to show our appreciation to the man who has given us everything.  It is a lot of pressure buying a gift for Father’s Day.  What do you buy someone who has done so much for you over the years?  Personally, I struggle with this question year after year. You want to make sure that your gift reflects how much you appreciate everything your father has done for you. I always think about how perfect birthdays and Christmas were in my house and how happy I would be opening my gifts.  They always exceeded my expectations and that’s exactly how I want him to feel when he opens his gift on Father’s Day.  But I always get stuck. I never know what to get for the man who “has everything they need”.

Where I’ve Gone Wrong

Usually I end up writing a nice card and getting him a golf accessory because I can’t think of anything else he might want.  He always loves the card and the nice things I have to say about him but my gift never lives up to expectations.  Looking back most of my gifts have ended up in the back of his closet or in the bottom of his golf bag.  One year he accidently re-gifted me the golf balls I got him the previous Father’s Day. I don’t think I’m alone in this struggle of finding the perfect gift for Father’s Day.

The Future of Gifting

I’m excited to use GyftHint in this quest for the perfect gift. All I’ll have to do is go to his profile, browse his wishlist and pick the gift that fits my budget.  With a few clicks all my stress and anxiety will be gone knowing that this I got him the perfect gift.  I can’t wait to see his face when he opens my gift.  Finally, there will be an easy way to shop for our loved ones.

-JD GyftHint






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