‘Tis the season for holiday gift giving.
I don’t know about you, but every year the list of gifts that I need to buy grows longer and longer.
Teachers, Coaches, Scout leaders, Coworkers, the boss, and the list goes on and on and on…
By the time I’m finished shopping for my family I’m so tired that not much thought goes into buying for everyone else. And really just how many “#1 Teacher” ornaments and mugs does one person need?
Thankfully sometimes parents organize a group gift that everyone can chip in for. The only problem with chipping in for a group gift? I NEVER carry cash. Like never. As soon as I have cash it is gone towards some crazy expense or other. I always feel guilty when I can’t chip in right away (or let’s face it, ever)
If only there was a way that I could chip in using my credit or debit card. Now, with HipChip, you can!
Then there are the times that I can’t really afford to give as much as some of the other parents, but I still want to give something. There is always that small group of parents that judge everyone else on what they give. Now you can decide for yourself what the right amount to give will be. You can donate anything from $5 to $50 and no one else sees how much each person contributed. No more being judged.
HipChip pools the contributions for you and sends an email to the organizer.It even automatically notifies the latecomers (like me) 3 days after the original invite goes out and then again one day before it closes. No more “I forgot” excuses.
So what can you use HipChip for?
Baby shower gifts
Bridal Shower gifts
a group pooling money for a prize
pooling money to buy supplies
Anyone needing to pool moneyto buy a giftcard for any reason really. The possibilities are endless.
So how do you use HipChip?
- create a free account at HipChip.com
- enter the name(s) of the recipients
- select the type of giftcard(s) (you can choose more than one if you’d like)
- the email addresses of the people that will be chipping in
- the end date for collection.
and that’s it! HipChip does all the work for you. They collect the funds, send out reminders and then let you know the final total and email you the gift card. You then can either print it out or email it to the recipient.
So if it’s free, how does HipChip make any money? The giftcard retailers pay HipChip a small commission for each giftcard sold.
I love the fact that the giftcards don’t expire either and they can be reprinted if it gets lost or misplaced. How cool is that?
What happens if no else contributes after you get it all set up? You can cancel and get a full refund without any problems. No questions asked. Of course, I hope this never happens to you, it sounds kinda sad. (really, NO ONE? Not even the recipient’s mom contributed? That would be so sad)
Now through December 31, 2013 HipChip is offering a great incentive…
A PIZZA PARTY!!!
The first 3 classrooms in each state that use HipChip to give their teacher a gift, will get a $50 Domino’s Pizza gift card to use for a pizza party. At least 5 people must contribute to the teacher’s gift to qualify. The cards with be issued in early 2014 to help welcome in the new year at school right.
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23 thoughts on “HipChip is Group Gifting Done Right!”
I have never heard of this and what a great idea!!! Definitely going to keep this in mind!!! Thanks for the great post about a neat way to pool money for gifts!
Beth Ann Chiles recently posted..13 Things That I Know to Be True
I think this is such a great idea especially for the economy and those that would like to give but can’t afford to buy something for everyone and a really great gift could be bought doing this.
Grace Hodgin recently posted..200 Easy Homemade Cheese Recipes
This is an interesting & unique idea. I hope it takes off.
Carol Cassara recently posted..India: Defining karma + feeding cows
I like this idea. I was just sent an email from a friend, looking for donations for a fellow friend who is pregnant. We are all in different states, this would be a great solution. I have never heard of this, but will check it out.
Dawn ~ Spatulas On Parade recently posted..Sweet N’ Spicy Yardbird aka chicken
This is a great idea. I shared the post with myddaughters, they are always looking for ideas for my grand kid’s teachers.
i have never tried this before
Have Sippy Will Travel Blogger recently posted..Nescafe Dolce Gusto Coffee Machine
Definitely keeping this in mind as we are still trying to think of the perfect Christmas gift for the kid’s teachers this year.
Amber Edwards recently posted..Wedding Registry Ideas; Be Yourself, Together with the #TargetWedding Registry
I’ve never heard of this, but I can’t tell you how many times this would have been so useful! No one ever wants to volunteer to collect money because it ends up being so tough to keep track of everything and remind people to pay. How convenient!
Marysa recently posted..Caregiving and Planning for the Future with Genworth
Smart technology at it’s finest, I hate to be in charge of collecting money and this makes it so simple for everyone!
The Mom Jen recently posted..Budget Friendly Tips for Las Vegas Travel #marriottvacay
Oh I love this idea. I’m going to have to tell my daughters teacher about it!
Meghan @JaMonkey recently posted..Children’s Video Streaming – Kidoodle.TV
What a really great idea. I could definitely use this in my life. Thanks for the info.
Mistee Dawn recently posted..Tristan & Eve Men’s 8MM Wedding Band Ring Review!
sounds like a great resource to making gift buying so much easier!
WHAT A GREAT APP for a class MOM!!! thanks for sharing–going to sent it to ours –she will be so happy 🙂
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What a terrific tool to aid in group pooling for gifts. Fabulous!
Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell recently posted..Vukee Photobook App
such a cool concept.
and so necessary!! i love it!
Now that’s a brilliant tool indeed 🙂 I’m not sure if its available here! 🙁
Chaicy @ Style A Pastiche recently posted..Graphic Prints: Sultry Day Shopping
This is such a great program! I have never done a group gifting before but I can see where this would make it so much easier!
Jennifer Clay recently posted..New 5 Point Code on Disney Movie Rewards
Awesome idea, I’ve never heard of this before but we do group gifting a lot so I’ll keep it in mind!
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Oh what a great idea…this is an awesome idea for parents to donate toward a gift card for the teachers of their children. I will definitely check this app out.
Thanks for the review…..
Pamela @ Still Dating My Spouse recently posted..WARNING: is your marriage broken like Lamar Odom and Khloe Kardashian marriage?
Yes!!! I can’t believe nobody thought of this earlier.
Jayda recently posted..Walgreens Deals through 12/21
We would have used this when we were trying to get the coaches gifts together in cheering. It would have made life easier.
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I love the idea for this site. Makes group gifts so much easier.
Stefani recently posted..Wordless Wednesday – Light Trails
This is a great idea! I never have cash on me either so I know where you are coming from. I always feel guilty that I can’t or forget to pitch in.
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