Holiday Gift Guide

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With the holidays right around the corner, everyone seems to be filled with joy and cheer. But if you haven’t done your holiday shopping yet, the mantra, “It’s better to give than to receive” is probably repeating over and over in your head. And if you’ve exhausted earrings for mom or ties for dad, holiday shopping can turn stressful.

Don’t fret: Below are several unique present ideas that are sure to satisfy every mom, dad, or kid this holiday season.

Gifts for Mom

Book pillow – How often does your mom curl up on the couch with a good book — and then has to re-angle herself repeatedly to find a comfortable position? A book pillow is specifically shaped to help you prop up a book when reading — no matter if you’re at a table or on your bed. The pillow does it all — even holds the book — so hands remain free to have a snack or even take notes as you read.

Jewelry armoire – Does your mother always seem to be untangling her necklaces or wondering where the matching earring is her favorite pair? A jewelry armoire mounts directly to a bedroom wall to open up more space on the dresser. It features tons of hooks and drawers for jewelry storage, and sometimes a mirror is included, so Mom can easily see which piece you’d like to wear that day without going too far.

Spa gift card – Every mom deserves to get pampered from time to time. Give her the gift of stress relief with a prepaid massage, manicure/pedicure or skin treatment. Take it a step further and get yourself a spa card as well so that you and Mom can relax together.

Gifts for Dad

Remote control cooler – What father wouldn’t want the beverage of his choice delivered right to the couch he’s sitting on? Up to 60 feet away, Dad can use a remote control to operate a cooler, which glides directly to you on its four wheels. The cooler holds up to six bottles as well as ice to keep them cold, and it can be used both indoors and out.

A good razor – Chances are, Dad hasn’t invested in what most men should — a good razor where blades stay sharp, nicks are scarce and one that will help make a close shave a breeze. Introducing King of Shave’s razor with Hyperglide. The razor’s hydrophilic self-lubricating cartridge creates a HydroGel on your face when it makes contact with water, so there’s no need for any shaving creams or gels — and the shave is as close as it gets. Other options for good razors include Gilette or Schick.

Front-pocket wallet – Does Dad ever complain of back pain? A unique culprit could be from wedging a wallet in his back pocket and sitting on it. A front-pocket wallet is uniquely designed to be kept in the front pocket of any type of pants, making grabbing a license, money or credit cards even more convenient than before. This thin, compact wallet will also help eliminate the risk of Dad being pit-pocketed.

Gifts for Kids

TV buds – If your kids are into watching TV, it may get pretty loud in the house sometimes. With TV buds, a personal TV listening system, they’ll be able to hear the TV clearly, but you won’t. It’s not just a gift for you, though, as these buds make the TV watching experience even better for the youngsters. TV buds offer sound enhancement, added range, and quality, plus they’re super comfortable and lightweight to boot.

Kid-approved coupons - You don’t need to spend hundreds on a popular toy — especially when you can make your child a gift they’ll really appreciate. Create an envelope of coupons that they can use whenever they please  —things like “stay up a half hour after bedtime” or “get out of a chore free card.” You could even make the coupons about hosting a movie and popcorn night or doing an activity the child is interested in. They’ll love getting to use their gift over and over again.

Hooded towel – For children ages 2 and up, bath time may not be their favorite time of day. Make it fun with a hooded bath towel that comes in different characters. The kids will love taking a bath knowing that they get to put on an adorable, comfy towel afterwards.

With these holiday gifts, you are sure to see some smiling faces. Head to the stores now to beat the holiday rush!

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Why Every Business Should Offer Gift Cards

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For the past seven years, gift cards have been the number one most wanted holiday wish list item, according to the National Retail Foundation. The popularity of gift cards has steadily increased throughout the last several years and will culminate in an estimated $100 billion dollars loaded on to gift cards in 2014*.
 
Still not sure if gift cards are right for your business? Here are some incredible statistics:
  • 80.6% of U.S. consumer plan to buy gift cards this year*
  • 64% of consumers spend more than the value of their gift card*
  • 59% visited a store more frequently after receiving a gift card*
  • 41% of consumers visited a store they would not have otherwise gone to because they received a gift card*
Offering gift cards is not only what your customers want, but it’s easy with Merchants Bank! Through our partnership with Valutec, you may begin offering personalized gift cards at your business in as little as 10 days. Simply speak to our Credit Card department by calling (507) 457-1160 or (800)-944-6285 to get started.
 
*All statistics from firstdata.com.

Holiday Shopping has Never Been Better

ScoreCardHolidayThe best part about the holiday season is seeing the joy on the faces of your loved ones when they open the gift that you bought for them.  Do you know how you can make this even better?  Use your Merchants Bank Visa ScoreCard to make your holiday purchases and get a gift for yourself.

Did you know that you can use points you receive by using your Merchants Bank Visa ScoreCard and redeem them for merchandise, travel rewards, or even toward a gift card to your favorite shopping locations? 

Why should the holiday season just be about giving presents to other people when you can treat yourself too?  Use the Merchants Bank Visa ScoreCard to buy gifts for your loved ones and use the points you earn for yourself.  

How do you redeem your ScoreMore points?

All you need is a Merchants Bank Visa ScoreCard credit card.

It’s this easy:

  1. Go to www.scorecardrewards.com
  2. Login to your account
  3. Click on the “Go Shopping” button under “ScoreMore”
  4. Use your ScoreCard Rewards card for all purchases
  5. Watch your bonus points add up

How to Start:

If you already have a Merchants Bank Visa ScoreCard, you’ve already started. Just go to www.scorecardrewards.com and start shopping.

If you don’t yet have a Merchants Bank Visa ScoreCard, apply online or contact us and we can help you apply. Happy Shopping!

Credit cards are subject to credit approval.