How to Create a Holiday Gift Certificate in Word

Gift certificates are enticing for customers; not only will they be allowed to use it as an alternative to cash, but it will also provide discounts. In some states, gift certificates don't expire within five years as mandated by the federal Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009.

If you're planning to create gift certificates using Microsoft Word and use them during the holidays, then refer to the list of guidelines provided for you below.

1. The Handier, the Better

Before you decide on the layout, choose the size of your gift certificates. All the content of your certificate should fit the size that you choose; otherwise, you won't be able to provide enough information for your customers. It is best to opt for a wallet-sized gift certificate, it's handy but also big enough for all the essential content.

2. Use a Holiday-Appropriate Theme

The theme of your certificate will determine the designs and illustrations to use. When choosing a theme, you should always consider the season. For example, if you're creating an Easter holiday gift certificate, then your elements should all be related to the occasion that it is named after.

3. Use Creative Typography

If you want your design and layout to be simple, you can opt to use artistic typography to keep it from looking dull. However, when choosing what typeface to use, take into consideration the theme. For Christmas gift certificates, you can use an intricate, longhand font to suit the elegant theme.

4. Provide Clear Instructions

A gift certificate is only as useful as the instructions that you provide. Hence, the need to indicate a clear set of instructions on how to redeem its value. One useful tip is to input all the instructions, validity, and policies at the back of the gift certificate to make way for more design elements at the front.

General FAQs

  • How does a gift certificate work?

  • What are the contents of a gift certificate?

  • Can a holiday gift certificate be used as a marketing tool?

  • Is a gift certificate transferable?

  • What is the difference between a gift certificate and a gift card?

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