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WalletHub has just come out with their list of the best gift cards for 2017.  They looked at cards’ popularity, re-sale value, shipping costs, discounts and how much people like the retailer:

Top Ten Best Gift Cards

  1. iTunes Gift Card
  2. Starbucks Gift Card
  3. Walmart Gift Card
  4. Victoria’s Secret Gift Card
  5. Target Gift Card
  6. Amazon Gift Card
  7. Best Buy Gift Card
  8. Chipotle Gift Card
  9. Fandango Gift Card
  10. Sephora Gift Card

As we mentioned, the iTunes gift card is actually the fourth-most popular gift card, so which is the most popular overall? Well it’s acutally a tie between the Amazon gift card and a Visa gift card, which does make sense since basically a person can buy anything they want with either of those. 

Top Ten Most Popular Gift Cards

  1. Amazon Gift Card
  2. Visa Gift Card
  3. Walmart Gift Card
  4. iTunes Gift Card
  5. American Express Gift Card
  6. Target Gift Card
  7. Starbucks Gift Card
  8. Disney Gift Card
  9. Sephora Gift Card
  10. eBay Gift Card

Source: WalletHub 

A new thread on the anonymous Whisper app has folks revealing why they choose to work over the holidays.  Reasons folks like working on the holidays include:

  • “My family asked me to come home for the holidays. Nope. I’d rather work than lose money and be ignored on the day I should feel that warm loving family stuff.”
  • “The last Christmas I tried to spend with my family my drunk sister hit me with a Christmas tree. I gave up after that. I volunteer to work holidays now.”
  • “I’m an ER nurse and I work holidays so that you can have peace of mind in knowing that someone is there if you get hurt.”
  • “I volunteer to work holiday so I don’t have to spend them with my family. If you knew my family you’d understand.”
  • “I always offer to work holiday so other families can enjoy the day.”
  • “So, I enjoy spending time with my family but you know what I love more? Money. Money that comes from working holidays.”
  • “One thing I love about my job: I volunteer to work on holidays because almost every customer is cheerful and genuinely thanks us for working that day. My store is really amazing.”
  • “I volunteered to work over the holidays because I can’t stand being around my husband.”
  • “The best part of my job is that I can work on the holiday so I don’t have to feel so alone.”
  • “Hubby and I take extra shifts at work during the holidays so our co-workers can be home with their children… but somehow we’re still terrible people for not wanting kids of our own.”
  • “I enjoy working holidays because customers are in the mood to tip more than they would on a regular day. I walked away with so much cash.”

 Source: Whisper

Starbucks has added two new seasonal beverages to their menu. New drinks include the Toasted White Chocolate Mocha and the Chestnut Praline Chai Tea Latte, and they can be ordered both hot and cold. The chain has also introduced the new holiday-inspired snack, the Candy Cane Whoopie Pie.

Source: Starbucks

Not to be outdone,  Dunkin Donuts is rolling out their wintery treats, too.  By November 20th, Dunkin stores will be serving up returning coffee beverage flavors Peppermint Mocha and Brown Sugar Cinnamon and you can get these as hot or iced coffees, lattes, macchiatos, and Frozen Dunkin’ Coffee. And you can enjoy any of those holiday drinks in their special holiday cups, which feature the word “Joy” and are designed with snowflakes, peppermints, holly leaves, and holiday trees.

But now for the sweet stuff. Dunkin Donuts is making three new seasonal donuts and a new Munchkins donut hole. The holiday goodies are inspired by traditional seasonal cookies and include:

  • Frosted Sugar Cookie Donut - Which has cookie dough flavored filling and crumbled frosted sugar cookie topping.
  • Gingerbread Cookie Donut - It’s a caramel frosted donut topped with gingerbread cookie sprinkles.
  • Snowflake Sprinkle Donut - This one is frosted with red icing and has special white snowflake sprinkles on top.
  • And the Snowflake Munchkin - It’s a chocolate glazed donut hole rolled in those snowflake sprinkles.

These sound so good, it really is the most wonderful time of the year.

Source: Food and Wine

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