That's nice. A gift card makes a much nicer present than cold hard cash, doesn't it? Er, no, not really. You may not like giving cash as a Christmas present, but it's a much better way to give than purchasing a gift card. Cash is less risky, more flexible and guarantees the person you're giving to will be able to spend the amount you're giving – even if their favourite store goes under.

Inspire a love for reading at a young age. All you need to do is to sign up for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library (see if the program is available in your area). From there, you’ll receive one free age-appropriate book each month from the time your child is born through age 5. If the Imagination Library isn’t currently in your area, you can assist in launching a program.


*The weekly price shown is a guide only. These prices are calculated based on payments being made across 45 weeks, dividing the total cost of the product. The final week's payment may be different because of a rounding of the product price. The weekly price will be different depending on when you place your order. The price you need to pay is the total of the goods you have ordered.
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You cannot use the gift card or e-gift card to discharge indebtedness in respect of an account card or credit card issued by John Lewis plc, Waitrose Limited or John Lewis Financial Services Limited, nor can you use it for the purchase either directly or indirectly of any financial product or service, including John Lewis Partnership gift vouchers.
From the purchaser's point of view, a gift card is a gift, given in place of an object which the recipient may not need, when the giving of cash as a present may be regarded as socially inappropriate. In the United States, gift cards are highly popular, ranking in 2006 as the second-most given gift by consumers and the most-wanted gift by women, and the third-most wanted by males.[citation needed] Gift cards have become increasingly popular as they relieve the donor of selecting a specific gift.[2] In 2012, nearly 50% of all US consumers claimed to have purchased a gift card as a present during the holiday season.[3] In Canada, $1.8 billion was spent on gift cards, and in the UK it is estimated to have reached £3 billion in 2009,[needs update] whereas in the United States about US$80 billion was paid for gift cards in 2006.[4][5] The recipient of a gift card can use it at their discretion within the restrictions set by the issue, for example as to validity period and businesses that accept a particular card.

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Babies might be little angels most of the time, but they sure do know how to clear out your wallet. I was in disbelief each time I packed up a diaper bag for a day trip or a suitcase for travel how much babies really do need. Don’t worry you will eventually find the perfect method to grab all your things, pack up and head out the door. The thing that really gets me is how much it costs to buy all these new “things” that your baby apparently needs. It’s all tiny, so it should be cheaper right? Wrong! Here’s the positive twist though, there are actually so many options for free baby stuff out there for moms and you should not be afraid to take advantage of them. We have pulled together some of the best freebies for moms out there all right here.

Paper Gift Vouchers can be exchanged for goods in our UK Hamleys stores and online, with the exception of Hamleys departments based within House of Fraser Stores. Paper Gift Vouchers cannot be exchanged for cash, no change will be given for part use and it must be redeemed by the expiry date which is printed on the reverse of the voucher. Our paper gift vouchers will have at least a 12 month redemption period. When redeeming the paper gift voucher online you will be required to use the code underneath the scratch panel. The scratch panel can be found on the front of the paper gift voucher. Once the scratch panel has been removed the paper gift voucher cannot be redeemed in-store. Hamleys is under no liability should vouchers be lost, stolen or destroyed.
From April 2011, this was restricted to the first child only, so you can't apply if you've already got kids under 16. However, if you've already got kids and are expecting twins or triplets, you'll probably still qualify. If you're adopting a child or becoming a surrogate parent, you might also be able to get the grant. Make sure you claim within 11 weeks of the due date or within three weeks of giving birth.
Terms & Conditions: This voucher is issued by Matalan Retail Limited. It may exchanged for goods to its value in any Matalan store. No change will be given. Some products, areas and concessions may be excluded from the offer. Ask in store for more details. Lost, damaged or defaced vouchers will not be accepted or replaced. This voucher cannot be refunded or exchanged for cash. Redeemable in store only.

A gift card (also known as gift certificate in North America, or gift voucher or gift token in the UK[1]) is a prepaid stored-value money card usually issued by a retailer or bank to be used as an alternative to cash for purchases within a particular store or related businesses. Gift cards are also given out by retailers and marketers as part of a promotion strategy, to entice the recipient to come in or return to the store, and at times such cards are called cash cards. Gift cards are generally redeemable only for purchases at the relevant retail premises and cannot be cashed out, and in some situations may be subject to an expiry date or fees. Visa and MasterCard credit cards produce generic gift cards which need not be redeemed at particular stores, and which are widely used for cashback marketing strategies. A feature of these cards is that they are generally anonymous and are disposed of when the stored value on a card is exhausted.

If you are pregnant or a new parent, the Internet is the best place to find baby freebies. Free toys, nappies, baby hampers and starter packs are all available online. It seems many of the top baby brands are offering free stuff. This is great for you, the consumer. Request some baby samples and you will often get money-off vouchers as well. These are redeemable in UK stores for discounts. If you are aware of any other free baby stuff that we should include, please get in touch.


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So you’re pregnant, congratulations! You’re about to embark on an incredible journey, full of ups and downs and  – a lot of expense! So you’ll need all the help you can get. I’ve been pregnant 5 times so I’ve been there and got the (free) T shirt. Here’s my up to date list for 2018 for pregnancy and baby freebies in the UK. Got something to add? Let me know!
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