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This year I’m trying to get my husband a good Christmas gift.  I’ll admit it, I’m horrible at buying Christmas gifts for my husband.  I mean horrible!  Let’s see:

2014:  Juicer [icon name=”fa-check” size=”18px” link=””] Hated It

2013: Wool Socks, Wallet, Sweater [icon name=”fa-check” size=”18px” link=””] Necessary, but Hated It

2012: The Year of Trials & Tribulations [icon name=”fa-check” size=”18px” link=””] We Both Hated It

See! My track record ain’t exactly stellar.  So this year, I’m taking the safe route – a gift card. It turns out that Americans overwhelmingly say they just want gift cards for Christmas and 70% of them would prefer you purchased a digital gift card.   Thanks to, my husband will not have to make the ‘my wife brought me a horrible gift and now I’ve got to pretend that I like it’ face on Christmas.

He loves shopping at Lowe’s for the latest tools, and Lowe’s he shall receive. has a ton of options.  From JCPenney to Sephora, Lowe’s & Home Depot and Nike, I mean the list is exhausting.  But you know what’s not exhausting? Creating a FREE photobook, video or e-card to send along with your digital gift card is super easy. offers each digital gift card purchaser the option to include an absolutely FREE custom photobook, video or e-card.  Here’s the one I sent to hubby along with his Lowe’s gift card.

Makes me cry every time, but it was easy.  All you have to do is:

  1. Visit
  2. Upload your favorite photos (from your computer, Facebook or Instagram),
  3. Choose your digital gift card
  4. Send via email or Facebook


I did hubby’s while I watched Real Housewives of Beverly Hills last night.  Now I’m happy, hubby will be happy and I didn’t even miss an episode of my 2nd favorite Housewives franchise show (Atlanta is my first of course). Easy, right?

During the holiday season, the online shop is also giving away a few goodies for shoppers who purchase eBay and Applebee’s gift cards.  Buy a $100 eBay digital gift card and get an extra $5 eBay gift card plus a free personalized greeting card.  When you buy your $25 Applebee’s gift card you’ll receive a a FREE Triple Chocolate Meltdown dessert.  Yup, those are all on the house and all you’ve got to do is visit, upload your photos to your custom video, photobook or e-card, pick your gift card and hit the send button.


So what should you be doing when you’re done reading this? Take your 1 hour lunch break, kid’s nap time or 15 minutes while you’re watching your favorite show and get some Christmas shopping done the easy way with Hope I made your holiday season a little brighter and lighter.  This sure helped me.

Tis the Season to Be Gifting


Cynthia Mendoza

Hello. Welcome to a blog for Black moms looking to thrive while raising kids in this hectic world and the headquarters for Pittsburgh Brown Mamas, a Pittsburgh support group for Black moms. Here I write about raising my three boys, living in and loving Pittsburgh, dating my husband, gardening and all kinds of other stuff. Thanks for visiting. Stay long & come often!

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