gift certificate


Definition of gift certificate

: a certificate entitling the recipient to receive goods or services of a specified value from the issuer

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Neubacher's burger chef prize package includes VIP tickets to Thunder Over Louisville, VIP Experience at Waterfront Jam and tickets to BeerFest, as well as a $100 gift certificate to Kroger and a grilling package from the Kentucky Beef Council. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "You have Louisville football tailgaters to thank for this decadent Derby Bourbon Burger," 26 Mar. 2018 Each guest who donates $25 or more will receive a $25 gift certificate to Asian fusion restaurant Sunda (110 W. Illinois St. 312-644-0500). Sadé Carpenter, RedEye Chicago, "Do good at Rockit Bar & Grill's Ugly Sweater Food Drive," 13 Dec. 2017 The fund raised $1,462 in 11 days and was used to purchase gift certificates from local businesses for residents living within walking and biking distance of the bike lane. Caroline Cabral, The Seattle Times, "‘Spandex Mafia’ fights backlash against bike lane in K-Falls," 23 July 2018 A few days later, Thomas received a $10 IHOP gift certificate in the mail, her mother said. Aaron Randle, kansascity, "Teen 'distraught and upset' after KC-area IHOP server prints N-word on her receipt | The Kansas City Star," 2 May 2018 People like giving material objects—jewelry, candy, a mug—yet recipients often want experiences, such as a gift certificate to a spa or tickets to a show. Elizabeth Bernstein, WSJ, "You Got Them Exactly the Wrong Thing, Didn’t You?," 22 Dec. 2018 Those who joined also received a $1,000 gift certificate from de BOULLE Diamond and Jewelry. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "AHA’s Go Red For Women luncheon celebrates record-breaking fundraising year," 23 May 2018 Plus spend $250 on and get a $50 gift certificate to use in January. Glamour, "All The Cyber Monday Fashion Deals You Need to Know," 25 Nov. 2018 Seeking change These gift certificates were distributed by Katherine Pope, program director of Sky Lakes Wellness Center. Caroline Cabral, The Seattle Times, "‘Spandex Mafia’ fights backlash against bike lane in K-Falls," 23 July 2018

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First Known Use of gift certificate

1900, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of gift certificate

US : a piece of paper that is worth a certain amount of money and is given to someone to be used like money to pay for things (such as the products or services of a particular business)

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Kids Definition of gift certificate

: a certificate that is worth a certain amount of money and given to someone to buy something from a store

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