Birthdays, Mother's Day, Christmas all bring little gifts from the family. There is one gift that shows up each time that I dread seeing -- gift cards. These may seem nice, but if the giver thinks it through, they will realize it is a bad idea. How is someone who can barely walk going to spend the gift card?
My mother sometimes gets gift cards to a restaurant that is many miles from our house. This means that I have to devote several hours getting her there and having dinner. Wouldn't a better gift be if someone would pick her up and take them to dinner themselves? I know... that would be too much trouble.
Store gift cards are not a good idea. My mother gets these a good bit. What it means is that I have to go to the store and buy her something. Maybe she will go with me, meaning it requires a half day of my time. Wouldn't it be better for the person to just buy her something themselves? Or if the giver would come and take her to the store to buy something. I know... too much trouble.
I doubt many gift givers think about the technicalities when they purchase gift cards. It is easy for them to do, but it transfers the work to the caregiver. I know... I have a bad attitude, but really, take her out to dinner yourself. She would love having some different company. And buy her a present yourself. I buy everything for her already. Bah humbug.