Personalized Starbucks Card

While at my neighborhood Starbucks this morning (which was already decorated for Christmas!), I saw the sign for personalized Starbucks gift cards! As one of those people who buys gift cards for themselves so they don’t have to carry around cash, I always get excited when new cards come out. This is better! :)

While Starbucks is advertising them as great holiday gifts, I thought these might make good little gifts for ceremony readers or other wedding helpers.

I went to the website, and created these:

(The Miss Toucan version)

(The Mr. Toucan version)

The personalization fee, which includes processing, printing, and shipping, is $4.

What do you think? Would you give a gift card as part of a thank-you, or is it still too impersonal?

BLOGGER

Mrs. Toucan

Location:
Boston
Wedding Date:
June 2008
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    mrsbee 3235 posts, Sugar bee @ 6:35 pm

    my cousin sent me a sbux gift card for my birthday last year and i love it! i don’t drink coffee, but when i’m craving chai tea or a frappacino, i just whip out my card. :-)

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    Yach, Guest @ 6:36 pm

    I included gift cards as part of a box of gifts for each of the BMs and they LOVED it. Each gift card was different…tailored specifically to places that each girl would use it at. I like the idea of the personalized gift cards from Starbucks….especially if you know that they do drink Starbucks.

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    stargazerlily 943 posts, Busy bee @ 6:39 pm

    I’m not going to lie, I’d rather get the extra 4 bucks on my Sbux card rather than have a personalized one :( But it is a really fun idea!

    That being said, NO i dont think its an impersonal gift, especially if you know that the recipient likes starbucks! Starbucks/gift cards are some of my favorite gifts to get.

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    stargazerlily 943 posts, Busy bee @ 6:43 pm

    MMMkay now I feel dumb that I wrote that because I’m playing around with the customizing options…so fun! Its really neat :)

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    Tea, Guest @ 6:46 pm

    i think it’s great, especially if you already know they frequent said place. i always get excited when i get a gift card because well, that’s more money in my pocket that i’d otherwise be spending. lol

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    toucan 1326 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:46 pm

    hehe…Miss Penguin, you’re funny. I actually do agree with you about the $4 if I was buying one card (I do love my Starbucks – and that buys 2+ coffees!), but if you could buy multiple cards with the same print for the same money… I think it might be pretty sweet (Note: I actually don’t know if they do that, I’d probably call them to find out since they don’t currently have that option).

    P.S. I was playing around with it this morning… I like the option to put your favorite drink/regular drink on your card so you don’t even have to order! :)

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    mrsbee 3235 posts, Sugar bee @ 6:47 pm

    call me a sucker but i’d like the personalization. :)

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    stargazerlily 943 posts, Busy bee @ 6:53 pm

    :) The options they give you are really cool…i didnt realize how “personalized” yours actually was until i went to the site! Foot in mouth!

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    bubblegum 143 posts, Blushing bee @ 7:02 pm

    Oooh is the $4 fee per personalization or per card? If per personalization, I’d say definitely worth it! Is there a minimum per card? If not, that wouldn’t be a bad favor idea.. throw $3 on each for a coffee-themed wedding?

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    Tea, Guest @ 7:19 pm

    lol miss penguin, i’ve been playing with it too! i am way too easily amused

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    toucan 1326 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:27 pm

    Miss Bubblegum,
    Unfortunately there is a minimum of $15 for a personalized card. Starbucks also does corporate cards (2 card options-minimum of 15 cards) and you can customize the card holders. The minimum on those cards are $5. Would be a good favor idea indeed! :)

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    Jennifer, Guest @ 8:38 pm

    I love this!!!! I am such a Starbucks junkie :-P

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    MissFlamingo 90 posts, Worker bee @ 9:56 pm

    If I could marry my Chai Latte from Starbucks I would (sorry Mr. Flamingo) how awesome would it be to have chai lattes… mmm I want to go to starbucks now.

    Thanks for the cool post :D

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    ricchi, Guest @ 10:33 pm

    I’m gonna be the only downer here (heh heh) to remind everyone (including myself, I drink it sometimes) that Starbucks is an irresponsible company that rips off poor farmers, contributes to ecological devastation, employs children, and drives up the prices of coffee so much that the farmer in charge of production can’t even afford a cup of their own coffee. How ridiculous is that?!? And darlings, do we all need another PLASTIC card? If you love coffee as gifts, why not buy fair-trade? Pack it in a personalized hemp bag, or buy gift certificates from the local fair-trade shop, and everyone wins. Except Starbucks.
    Together, we can make a difference! (Cliché, yes, but still true!)

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    Electra, Guest @ 12:36 am

    I love Starbucks and I loved the gift card my brother gave me, and I actually think of him when I use it. But if you are into personalization, check out my cute monogrammed stickers that can go on almost anything! They are fun and will last 5-7 years on your car or mailbox, unlike the coffee that will be gone after a few visits. See http://www.electrasmonograms.com/ for all our cute stuff! THanks!

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    violet 284 posts, Helper bee @ 9:24 am

    I think these make great thank you gifts, hostess gifts, etc.. but I’d rather have the extra $4 on my starbucks card rather than opt for personalization – I’m cheap =P

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    nt, Guest @ 9:38 am

    i read on wsj yesterday about visa’s personalized gift card, which you can actually upload personal image for the card. that’s another option if the bm/gm don’t drink coffee.

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    toucan 1326 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:48 am

    Thanks, nt! I was just about to ask! :)

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    nt, Guest @ 9:55 am

    actually, this is the visa link. it doesn’t start ’til 11/15:

    http://giftcardlab.com/

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    nt, Guest @ 9:59 am

    http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/07_45/b4057049.htm?campaign_id=twxa

    but watch out for the transaction fees on the visa gift card (like most gift cards), and it expired after one year. seems like sbux card is the better deal.

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    Suz, Guest @ 10:49 am

    I gave a gift card to our ceremony reader- she just got a puppy so a Pet Smart gift card worked well. (Plus around your wedding it is easier to carry around a nice card instead of a box to give them.)

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    Suz, Guest @ 11:01 am

    I guess my comment didn’t post. Gift cards are always appreciated and easy to transport (can be an issue when you have to carry around last minute wedding projects…) I gave our ceremony reader a Pet Smart gift card since she’s just gotten a puppy. It wasn’t a huge gift but certainly a good Thank You.

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    Lisa, Guest @ 1:50 pm

    BEST IDEA EVERRRR!!!!

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