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November 22, 2018

These 5 gift cards are actually thoughtful (and make great stocking stuffers)

Holiday Gifts

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The holiday season is now in full swing. If you’re like most people, this means you’ll soon be aimlessly walking around the mall trying to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list. After circling the mall a few times, you’ll eventually concede and begrudgingly wind up at the gift card endcap of your local convenience store.

While they often get a bad rep, the truth is, gift cards can be a really great gift if you actually put some thought into it. So, skip the generic options this year and give your loved ones something they’ll be sure to love from this list of gift cards that are actually thoughtful

1. Indulge at Fearless Restaurants

An exceptional dining experience never disappoints. That’s why a Fearless Restaurants gift card is an absolute must for those at the top of your list. Serving only the finest local ingredients, this unique collection of restaurants offers a vast array of dining experiences that everyone will enjoy.

With breathtaking views of the city and delectable modern takes on classic dishes, the legendary Moshulu at Penn’s Landing will thrill even the most discerning palates. For those who enjoy artfully crafted cocktails and fine wines paired with a delicious steak, fresh seafood or hand-made pasta, Autograph Brasserie (located in Wayne) offers all of this and more in a tastefully designed building that is home to over 1,000 celebrity autographs, music albums and authentic photographs. In University City, French-inspired comfort food awaits your loved ones in a colorful, vibrant atmosphere reminiscent of a European bistro at Louie Louie. And for a true farm to table dining experience, look no further than White Dog Cafe. With three convenient locations in University City, Wayne and Haverford, your friends and family will enjoy an award-winning menu of seasonal fare and libations in a charming, dog-inspired setting.

The best part? For every $100 Fearless Restaurants gift card purchased between now and Christmas Eve, you’ll receive an additional $20 gift card.

2. Explore at The Franklin Institute

If you thought the Franklin Institute was just for kids, think again. This nationally-celebrated museum is loaded with things to do. Whether it’s exploring the breathtaking exhibitions, seeing a movie at the IMAX theater or trying an escape room challenge, a gift certificate to The Franklin Institute offers fun for all ages. For the younger crowd, the museum offers Science After Hours, a 21+ event series that features engaging demonstrations, cash bars and opportunities to explore exhibits after hours.

3. Get pampered at The Rittenhouse

It doesn’t matter who you’re shopping for – The Rittenhouse Spa & Club will make anyone feel like a million bucks. This highly regarded day spa and salon in Rittenhouse Square offers a wide range of spa services, massages and soothing body treatments, as well as a top-notch team of stylists that can help anyone achieve the perfect look. For that special guy in your life, treat him to the Indulgent Shave, which was named one of the most luxurious shaves in America by Esquire.

4. Achieve well-being at CorePower Yoga

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could take the stress away from those you care about most? Well, you can do just that with a gift card to CorePower Yoga. With 170 modern studios located nationwide (including locations in Philadelphia and Cherry Hill), both beginner and seasoned yogis can participate in high-intensity workouts that are designed to free the mind.

5. Catch a ride with Uber/Lyft

This one you can’t go wrong with and it complements any of the above ideas perfectly. The gift of Uber of Lyft removes the stress out of getting around and eliminates the need for a designated driver so the focus can remain on what’s most important – having a good time.