The greatest gift is (on) a Card!
Annually the Dutch spend approximately €1 billion on gift cards and gift certificates. It is a product which is appreciated by both the giver and the recipient, and the freedom of choice is enjoyed by both. The wide variety of gift cards assures you of the perfect gift, with flexibility and exciting choices. In the last few years, this market has shown exceptional growth in the Netherlands.
Gift cards in the Netherlands are easily obtainable in convenience stores, supermarkets, petrol stations and, of course, online.
The boekenbon (the book gift card) is Netherlands largest gift card. “Two years ago we replaced our paper gift certificate with an electronic gift card. The introduction of the electronic gift card in the Netherlands now connects both retail chains and individual shops and was successfully carried out in close co-operation with GivaCard employees, Piet Jan van Es , Marketing Manager of the Boekenbon.”
Types of Gift Cards
Gift cards are divided into two main categories “open loop” or “network” cards and “closed loop” cards. The former are issued by banks, credit card companies, or other overarching card issuing organisations and can be redeemed by different establishments, the latter by a specific store or restaurant and can be only redeemed by the issuing provider.
Validity of gift cards
The validity of gift cards can vary per type of gift card. If you receive a gift card, make sure you check the expiry date online to avoid disappointment should you try and redeem it after the expiry date.
In most cases the validity period will be printed on the back of the card. The activation date and time of the card is the start of the validity period. If a card does not mention a validity period, often a reference is made to this in the general terms and conditions of the card which can be found on the website of the card issuer.
Gift cards are not exchangeable for money, but cards can be used to purchase such a wide diversity of products in participating outlets and online stores, so that you will always find an appropriate gift.
The greatest gift is (on) a Card
Check your gift card balance
Do you want to know the balance of your gift card? Please go to the balance checker on opladen.nl.
If your card number is not recognised, please check the website of the card issuer.
Sell your gift card
GivaCard has an extensive on- and offline sales & distribution network. GivaCard sells gift cards of more than 40 card issuers in more than 6000 physical locations in the Netherlands. We also distribute gift cards online to the following leading Dutch web shops for gift cards: Opladen.nl, Cadeaukaart.nl, and Giftcards.nl
Card as (Christmas) gift or incentive
Do you want to surprise your employees or loyal customers with a special, but flexible (Christmas) gift or incentive? What about a gift card! The Gift Card offers freedom of choice and therefore a gift which is always a perfect one. At your request, we can take care of the procedure and send the cards on your behalf to you or the customers/employees home address, by mail.