Stores Push Online Solution for Last Minute Shoppers

6 years 4 months 3 days ago December 23, 2010 Dec 23, 2010 Thursday, December 23 2010 Thursday, December 23, 2010 7:40:47 AM CST in News
MID-MISSOURI - Shoppers, along with several major restaurants and retailers, are celebrating what has come to be called "E-Gift Card Day" Thursday, in a last-minute effort to purchase and deliver holiday gifts.

The gift cards, all purchased online, can be personalized with an image and can be sent through email or other social networking outlets. The cards can also be redeemed online. Many retailers with outlets in mid-Missouri are participating, including Chili's, Home Depot, and Sears. The e-gift cards offer promotions for other restaurants and retailers, too.

According to the National Retail Federation, American shoppers will spend more than $20 billion on gift cards this holiday season. According to the survey, 77 percent of shoppers will buy at least one gift card and 55 percent said they would like to receive gift cards this season.

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