We’ve all been there.
From a last-minute Christmas present or a birthday gift for your nephew who just turned 13, we all know the struggle of needing to buy something special but not knowing where to start.
Whereas previously, those last-ditch attempts at saving face didn’t go very well (after all, nothing says “I forgot to get you something” like a box full of chocolates with a price-tag on), we’re pleased to say that things have evolved. In fact, thanks to Braintree, gifting a loved one is now simpler, easier, more convenient, and dare we say, guaranteed to put smiles on faces.
Enter our Gaming Gift Cards…
We know, we know – the term ‘Gift Card’ evokes memories of thoughtless wedding envelopes or a Christmas present from a boss who can’t be bothered. Suffice to say, it’s been dealt a bad rep in years gone by – but that’s all about to change. today’s Game Passes have taken a previously thoughtless concept and redefined it entirely – in doing so transforming the Gift Card into something guys, girls, teens, adults, and kids alike can be excited about. After all, what’s not to like? Imagine the freedom to choose the things you desire most on a platform you’re passionate about, or a gift which allows you to enjoy a wealth of exciting new content and transform your player experience.
But, you ask, it’s just a Gift Card – what’s all the fuss about?
Well, the world of Gaming has evolved so much that titles today are now rich, multi-layered experiences. These experiences are designed to wholly engross the player and maximise time spent online, shareability, replayability and, ultimately, opportunities for players to keep spending money. As such, most AAA titles now feature periodic releases of new content.
Whereas before you’d buy a game and be done with it, today the story continues - sometimes for years. These new releases can feature anything from unlockable content to new characters, additions to story modes, continuations of fan-favourite storylines or enhanced items and skins. These releases are known as DLC’s (or Downloadable Content) and, as any true player will tell you, the desire to get your hands on the latest patch is enough to send shivers down one’s spine.
This is what makes a Gaming Gift Card such a desirable object – not only does it allow the recipient to choose how and where they want it, but it also opens up a world of possibilities in terms of your actual playing experience. By giving someone a Game Card, you’re letting the player access more of their favourite title – which is something you can’t really put a price on (Gamers get it!).
So, how does it work? Well, let’s start by looking at the different types of cards for your perusal:
- A General Gaming Gift Card is usually redeemable for digital content on gaming platforms. As we’ve stated above, these can be used to buy downloadable games, add-ons, avatars, and gear – or even order movies if you so desire. Popular ones include the Microsoft Store Xbox, Sony PlayStation Store, and the Nintendo eShop – yet it’s important to note that these are system specific; so buying an Xbox Card for a PS user will render it invalid.
- Next up, Game-Specific Cards, which can be redeemed for either a specific game or content related to it. Think of Fortnite, where the actual title is free to play and download, but there are paid additions to be made (also known as microtransactions). This is where a Game Pass will come in handy, as it saves the player money while enhancing their overall experience.
- Last, but certainly not least, we enter the world of Electronics Game Cards, which can be cashed in to buy systems, consoles, and gear (such as controllers or headsets).
You see, the world of Gaming is ever-shifting and continuously evolving – so why should the process of finding a gift for a Gamer remain stagnant? Anyone who plays regularly can testify as to the excitement and wealth of emotions one invests in playing their favourite titles – from controller smashing rage to fist-pumping, couch jumping satisfaction, it’s all part of the game.
And, if you’re a regular player, it doesn’t come much better than a Gaming Gift Card. You see, no longer does purchasing something for your fussy best friend or that nephew you barely know have to be a chore. With our Gift Cards, you can spend your money on something relevant, exciting, easy to access and guaranteed to be a smash hit.
You can get whichever card you need from our team at Braintree Home (small surprise, really, because why wouldn’t the Masters of Microsoft not want to similarly master the Game world?). So, next time you’re having difficulty picking a present for that stubborn teenage son, or really want to put a smile on your tech-daughters face, save yourself the hassle of walking around aimlessly, and get them something awesome instead.