Do You Buy 10+ Gift cards a Year for Incentives or Gifts? Did you know there is an entire industry dedicated to supporting your needs?

An Easy Way to Buy Gift Cards at a Discount

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2020 has been a year like no other. Your employees are working remotely, developing new ways of working, learning new technology and finding creative solutions to new business challenges. Recognizing employees is more important than ever and gift cards are what your employees want most.  

Research from IGCC member company Blackhawk Network showed 84% of employees who work from home prefer prepaid rewards and gift cards. They  are versatile and give employees a chance to treat themselves to something they wouldn't normally buy or the opportunity to buy something they really need. 

The IGCC has created a list of 5 ways you can combine fun, virtual activities and digital gift cards to help connect your employees across work locations and show them they are appreciated.
  1. Holiday Treasure Hunt – Allows you to incorporate ideas from several end of year holidays and have employee teams search their house and the web for information.
  2. Games – Use a game app or find a host for your events where virtual teams can play Jeopardy, Cards Against Humanity or other popular games. 
  3. Holiday Bingo – Find ideas online or make up your own bingo card with holiday-related items on the bingo card squares. 
  4. Coffee and Cookie Party – If you’re crossing multiple time zones, a coffee and cookie party might be more appealing than one involving alcohol.
  5. Holiday Guess the Play List – Have employees submit their favorite holiday song and create a playlist on Spotify or another online resource that employees can listen to while working or share with their families. Have employees guess who submitted each song. 

To find the best gift card rewards for your virtual game winners and your employees view the dropdowns below.  

No need to leave your office to purchase gift cards! Our Merchant Partners and most brands offer easy online ordering for bulk purchases. Just follow these simple steps:

  1. Visit the brand’s website and look for the Gift Cards link on the site navigation. If you don’t find it on the main navigation, it is often in the footer.
  2. Look for information about Corporate or Bulk gift card purchasing options.
  3. Create an account and shop! 

Note: The process may differ slightly from brand to brand.

 Merchant Partner Case Study

Virtual Gift Cards for Virtual Event Catering
– Panera Bread helped a large healthcare service  organization provide food and a wonderful sense of connection during a virtual  event. Panera Bread e-gift cards were emailed to over 1000 attendees across 41 states prior to the event. Attendees  could purchase lunch locally yet share the experience of eating together during the event.

There are many companies that can assist you as a one stop shop! Connect with a gift card distributor to explore options for purchasing gift cards for multiple brands and/or pre-paid Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express cards.

  1. Visit our Distribution Partners page.
  2. Click through to more information about different IGCC members companies.
  3. Choose a supplier and make your purchases!
 Distribution Partner Case Study 

Rewarding Morale During Tough Times – Blackhawk Network helped a leading specialty chemical supplier that wanted to show appreciation to all of their employees for keeping moral up during furloughs, unemployment and the ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.  After reviewing an array of electronic gift card options, the supplier chose to send all employees Topgolf gift cards, which would give employees an opportunity to do something fun they might not purchase on their own during tough times.   

When Buying Corporate/Bulk Gift Cards Consider . . .

  • Volume Discounts: gift cards are sold at a discount when purchased in bulk or by businesses; the more you buy, the more you can save.
  • Brand Choice: working with a distributor allows you to choose whether you would like to give a gift card for a specific brand or let your recipients choose for themselves from a variety of brands.
  • Personalization: many companies/brands offer the ability to add your own logo to the gift card, choose images for special occasions, or even offer specialty packaging options.
  • Card Types and Denominations: many brands offer choices in the type of gift card – physical or digital (also called eGift) – and the value of the gift card can vary depending upon your need.
  • Online Account Management: simplifies ordering and repeat purchases.