The prospect of having fun, especially when provided by one's employer as a thanks for hard work, is a powerful motivator. Here are five gift card ideas that offer fun, along with gratitude and the inspiration to continue doing a great job. Lots more options can be found online at the Incentive Gift Card Council.
1. Welcome to the clubs
Employees who enjoy getting out on the green will love a Go Play Golf gift card, redeemable at more than 5,000 courses across the country, from small local greens to world-class national layouts. If they prefer, recipients can opt to use the cards for golf lessons, golf-oriented travel, or more than 100,000 items of golf equipment and accessories.
2. Slip them a Mickey
For award-worthy employees with children, the Disney Gift Card is an ideal option. The cards are redeemable at almost all Disney resort theme parks, properties and other travel providers (including Disney Cruise Line, Adventures by Disney and Disney's Hilton Head Island Resort), not to mention hundreds of Disney Stores throughout the world and online at shopDisney.com.
3. Get reel
With going out to a movie getting pricier all the time, a Fandango gift card could be just the ticket to show appreciation. The cards can not only be redeemed for movies at most major theater chains and independent theaters, but can also be personalized to specific occasions, films, or with the photo, logo or image of the recipient's choice. A card can also now be combined with a major restaurant chain such as Olive Garden for a "Dinner and a Movie" gift combo.
4. For good sports
On the higher end of gifts, an individual reward through Pulse Experiential Travel is likely to motivate any recipient. The company offers gift cards in values from $250 to $7,500 that can be redeemed for individual travel sports and travel experiences, including national events like the Super Bowl or the Kentucky Derby, experiential activities such as sky diving and horseback riding, or cooking classes and wine tours around the world.
5. Say cheese
You can keep things simply satisfying with a gift card that offers dinner (and dessert) out. Cheesecake Factory gift cards can be used at the brand's more than 200 restaurants across the U.S. (with menus that feature more than 50 dessert options). Its corporate gift card program includes special volume discounts that appeal to groups as well.