[The following post was commissioned by Treatful.com]
As anyone with kids (or, um, anyone who’s married to me) knows, stuff piles up. Even the most well-intentioned gift may end up being shoved in a closet, given to Goodwill or re-gifted to an annoying relative. This is why I love the idea of gifting experiences instead of things. Great food is something that will be enjoyed and remembered long after the meal is over.
Treatful is a website that allows you to quickly and easily give restaurant gift certificates. Many of the restaurants even allow the gift to be given digitally, with no gift card to be delivered – a beautiful certificate is emailed to the recipient, who just prints it out and brings it to the restaurant. Easy, but thoughtful. Simple, but attractive. And the best part for you, the giver? No fees! The amount of the gift is the amount you pay. (Actually, my readers will get an even better deal than that: there’s a discount code at the end of this post!)
Here’s how it works:
- Search the Treatful site for restaurants in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and San Francisco
- Narrow your search by price, neighborhood, cuisine, and special features; add restaurants to your “short list” as you go, to keep track of the ones you like
- Treatful’s restaurant pages give you a description of the restaurant, pictures, links to Yelp ratings, the location on a map, and a suggested gift amount for two people to have a meal
- Once you’ve chosen a restaurant, you can customize the look of the certificate that will be emailed, or if you want to print the certificate out and give the treat in person, you can have it sent to your own email address
- You can choose a specific date to have your treat emailed on, allowing you to get organized in advance
- You can pay via credit card or PayPal (Treatful is a PayPal verified business)
- That’s it! Your gift will be delivered
- Treatful treats never expire!
I have a foodie sister in San Francisco who would love to get a gift like this. I even found the great Italian restaurant down the street from me on Treatful! This is a great way to support local restaurants. Maybe I should buy that treat and give it to myself. :-)
As if the very idea of this site isn’t great enough, here’s an extra enticement to try it out: just enter the code SMOM at checkout and you’ll receive 10% off of your order! Discounts on gift certificates are rare, so this is like getting free food. But hurry, this fantastic discount code can only be used through December 31st, 2011.
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