10 Places to Buy a Gift Card

A list of local spots to purchase the gift for the tough ones on your list.

Shopping for loved ones during the holiday season isn't always easy. Do you have someone on your to-buy-for list that has you stumped? Why not purchase a gift card? It's a great way to ensure the recipient gets just what they want. No need to worry about exchanges this year with this list of local stores and restaurants. You can do one-stop-shopping at places like Walgreens to snatch up cards for a variety of places, or head to a specific store you know someone will have a field day in.

1. TD Bank: Money – the gift that's always a crowd pleaser. If you don't want to hand over cash you can always go to the bank and turn your paper into plastic. Located at 425 Smithtown Bypass, Hauppauge.

2. Walgreens: Walgreens has a large selection of gift cards for you to choose from. Want to prevent your loved ones from getting sick over the winter? Try a Walgreens flu shot gift card. For the foodies in the family opt for a card to Chili's, Outback Steakhouse or Red Lobster. Cards for department stores and online gaming are also available. Located at 1860 Veterans Memorial Highway, Islandia.

3. Applebees: Let someone you know "eat good in their neighborhood" with a gift card to Applebees. It's a great idea that will surely come in handy for those post-holiday gatherings. Located at 105 Veterans Memorial Highway, Commack .

4. Simon's Smith Haven Mall: There's a little bit of everything at the Smith Haven Mall and if you aren't sure what direction to go in you can purchase a card with any limit for a small fee. A Simon's card can be redeemed at any store in the mall, or any place outside of the mall where American Express is accepted.

5. : Everyone knows a caffeine-lover. During the cold winter months a gift card to Starbucks can really make a commuter's morning a lot warmer. Give someone the ability to grab a venti peppermint mocha on the way to work – it will be liquid cheer in a festive cup. Located at 513 Hauppauge Rd - Rte 111, Hauppauge and 1706 Veterans Highway, Islandia.

6. : Is there a crafty person in your life? A gift card to AC Moore can bring hours of joy to someone who's constantly looking for their next project. Whether its yarn for new sweaters, or stickers for the scrapbook enthusiast, this place is a haven for creative minds. Located at 359 Smithtown Bypass, Hauppauge.

7. : Big selection, small prices. A Walmart gift card can be just the right thing to help that certain someone fulfill their holiday wish. Looking to load up someone's iPod? They offer iTunes gift cards and other specialty items as well as American Express. Located at 1850 Veterans Memorial Hwy, Islandia

8. : Don't know what to get the fashionista? A Dress Barn gift card will let her pick just the right outfit for that dinner party without you having to guess her size. Located at 381 Smithtown Bypass,

9. : For the person who is young, or just young at heart. A card for Dave and Busters should put a smile on any face.1856 Veterans Memorial Highway, Islandia.

10. : You'll really hit the gift-giving bulls-eye with a gift card to Target. With a great selection of toys, clothing, housewares and electronics the lucky recipient of this card should have no problem picking out their perfect present. Located at 98 Veterans Memorial Hwy, Commack.


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