Are you excited to find out what brands will be joining us at our Press Previews: Holiday Gift Guide event this year? Of course you are! Well, we’re excited to announce that Shelley Hunter, Gift Card Girlfriend from will be joining us in June to represent the most requested gift for the holidays – gift cards!

“It’s time to start thinking about gift cards differently,” says Hunter, who is the #1 source for all things gift cards, from gift card tips and practical advice, to inspiring ideas and insights into what’s new in the gift card industry.

This year, gift cards are all about personalization and experiences. “People don’t brag about their things anymore. Instead, they post about what they are doing and who they are doing it with,” Shelley says.  While she maintains that all gift cards create an experience (the experience of getting to pick out your own gift, for example), at this year’s Press Previews: Holiday Gift Guide event Shelley and will show us new ways to make gift cards more personal, as well as how to use gift cards to create “share-worthy” experiences.

Think you already know everything about gift cards? The Gift Card Girlfriend has ideas like these that you’ve probably haven’t heard of yet!

  • Personalized Visa gift cards
  • Experiential cards for spa and wellness care, travel, etc.
  • Everywhere Visa® gift cards
  • Gift cards that earn 5% back on purchases
  • Gift cards to open and fund an account with stock
  • Discounted gift cards
  • And more!

Shelley can also answer the gift card questions you have been wanting to ask:

  • How much money should you put on a gift card?
  • How can you use the small balance of a gift card?
  • What can you do with gift cards you don’t want?
  • Where is the best place to buy gift cards?
  • And more!

We’ve also put together some gifting ideas available on for everyone on your shopping list:

For the travelers:

  • Airbnb
  • Groupon
  • Southwest Airlines
  • Disneyland Resort
  • com
  • American Airlines

For the movie lover:

  • Hulu
  • Regal Entertainment Group
  • AMC Theatres
  • Google Play
  • Fandango

For the foodies:

  • Brinker
  • On the Border
  • Phantom Gourmet
  • MistoBox

For the gamer:

  • Best Buy
  • Playstation
  • GameStop
  • Microsoft Xbox

For the newlyweds:

  • Bed Bath & Beyond
  • Lowes
  • Babies R Us
  • Home Depot
  • Crate and Barrel
  • The Container Store
  • Target

For the college student:

  • Dominos
  • Amazon
  • Starbucks
  • Spotify
  • Visa

Did we miss anyone on your list? Comment below and let us know!