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to think a whsmith smiths gift card is a waste of money.

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il's have sent dd1 a whsmiths gift card again for her brithday, they sent her one last year and I ended up buying it off her. they send quite a lot (£40) and dd was looking forward to buying some uniform for guides with it. I know I sound ungrateful but there is nothing dd wants in whsmith, tere isnt really anything I want. Anyway I know IABU but seriously I dont have £40 spare to buy it off dd and it seems like a waste of money.

Crowler Mon 16-Sep-13 12:57:42

So, you're not a reader then?

MonstrousPippin Mon 16-Sep-13 13:03:19

Art and craft stuff? Board games? They have some toys as well, depending on the age of your DD. Maybe check the website if your WH Smith is too small for the full range of products they sell. They might be able to order stuff in for you.

NeedlesCuties Mon 16-Sep-13 13:05:01

Magazines, books, chocolate?

DH got a WHSmith giftcard worth £2 last year as a reward to all employee's in his firm (it isn't WHSmith he works for). His face was confused as the closest WHSmith to us is about 30 mins drive away.

SavoyCabbage Mon 16-Sep-13 13:07:02

Chocolate oranges?

soverylucky Mon 16-Sep-13 13:08:45

Stationary, books, dvds, magazines, chocolate. I do think you could hint at il's some of the shops that your dd does like.
She doesn't have to spend them all in one go. A weekly magazine might be a nice treat.

adeucalione Mon 16-Sep-13 13:11:13

If you can't afford to buy it off her, don't buy it off her.

Surely, over the course of 12 months, your DD can find books, craft stuff, board games or school stationery to the value of £40, it doesn't all have to be spent at once.

orangepudding Mon 16-Sep-13 13:12:35

WH SMiths is more expensive than other shops for stationary, books and toys. A WH Smiths voucher does seem wasteful to me.

daftdame Mon 16-Sep-13 13:12:38

Never useless.

If she really doesn't want to spend it here, (books, stationery, art materials, magazines?), why not use it for Xmas shopping (presents, cards, wrapping) and let her buy from something else.

daftdame Mon 16-Sep-13 13:13:16

^ somewhere not something

cupcakeicing Mon 16-Sep-13 13:14:04

Can you have a chat with ILS for next year. They probably dont want to waste £40 either.

MrGeresHamster Mon 16-Sep-13 13:14:53

Could be worse, my Grandparents always bought me M&S vouchers as a kid.

KurriKurri Mon 16-Sep-13 13:16:52

Well I don't think its a waste of money in general terms, because WHSmith sells art stuff, games, stationery, books, DVDs, CDs - I could find plenty of things in there I would like, and so could my kids.

But I appreciate that your DD doesn't want any of those things - as someone says maybe direct your ILs towards a shop she does like, or just sending cash.
Tell them she is keen on Guides and would like money towards Guiding stuff - I think that's fair enough, it is a waste of their money as far as your DD is concerned, it would be sensible to have it directed to what she wants. IT sounds as if they are kind and generous - so they would probably be fine about this - you'll need to drop it into the conversation next time, a few weeks before present giving time comes around smile

ThreeTomatoes Mon 16-Sep-13 13:17:06

dd was well chuffed with a WH Smiths gift card, she bought books.

NaturalBaby Mon 16-Sep-13 13:17:30

My 4yr old got one for his birthday and had a great time choosing bits and pieces from around the shop - a magazine, craft kit, toy, stickers, pens, sweets....

daftdame Mon 16-Sep-13 13:18:12

M&S Well I'd happily swap that for my DC. Chocolates, wine, not having to cook type meals, underwear, clothes, shoes.

Although my DC would be happy with the chocolates, cakes and puddings and maybe even some of the clothes.

Badvoc Mon 16-Sep-13 13:22:02

She doesn't like books, DVDs, CDs, craft stuff, games or computer games?

she would normally buy books, but she is getting a kindle for her birthday so will buy books for that, plus whsmith is more expensive than any other shop, we would normally get books from the book people and get a lot more books. She has all the computer games she wants, craft stuff, there is a limit, she will buy craft stuff and folders, she will buy 20 folders with it. Anyway it is really none of my business what il's send her it is between them.

greenhill Mon 16-Sep-13 13:45:31

Does it matter that the books are overpriced? Your DD would be getting them for free, because they were a gift.

Yes, you could have used the money to get more useful things, but you got a token, not money to spend as you wish. Ask for the money next time, on your DD's behalf.

(We have struggled to spend WH Smith vouchers too)

Fairylea Mon 16-Sep-13 13:47:06

Could you buy Christmas presents for other people from it and give your dd the money? That way it's a bit of an investment.

CaptainSweatPants Mon 16-Sep-13 13:48:37

Exactly it's none of your business

Bet she'd soon spend it if you took her in there !

Are you sure it's not you who wants to use it instead of your own money on guide uniform ? Uniform isn't really a present is it?!!

Ragwort Mon 16-Sep-13 13:49:53

Isn't there a website that 'buys' unwanted gift vouchers, you have to pay a small commission I believe but it might be worth it to get the money to buy the guide uniform?

MisselthwaiteManor Mon 16-Sep-13 13:49:58

whamith sells all different gift cards (pizza express, topshop etc etc), so could you use it to buy one for somewhere else? I don't know if that's allowed but I can't see why not.

Bearleigh Mon 16-Sep-13 13:51:18

We have the same "problem". I sympathise. Do Smiths sell phone top ups?

limitedperiodonly Mon 16-Sep-13 13:51:41

WH Smiths threads have a klaxon for me, like sporn threads, which I also love grin

YANBU OP. My elderly aunt always gives £25 giftcards because she's under the impression that Smiths is still a bookshop rather than the pusher of chocolate with dirty carpets.

Because there was nothing I wanted I saved five of them before I thought of going in and buying loads of wrapping paper because it was the only thing they sold that I might possibly use even though I didn't really like the designs and it was expensive.

The bastards had voided the lot because I hadn't activated them in time. It's in microscopic print on their Terms and Conditions. Who reads the T&Cs on a fucking birthday present?

Buy an overpriced greetings card to keep it alive and ask the inlaws to save their money. I'm still working on my aunt who says: 'But I like to get you a little something but I never know what to buy.'

So, obviously the answer to that conundrum is give your pension to WH Smiths, you kind and silly woman.

Ragwort Mon 16-Sep-13 13:52:35

Captain - I'm not sure I agree with that, uniform/sports kit etc is very expensive and to support a hobby I think it is important that a child learns that these things don't grow on trees. MY DS plays a lot of sport and understands that the kit/equipment etc will be Christmas and birthday presents saves us having to think of anything else grin.

Also it shows a comittment to the hobby if the child uses some/all of their own money for the uniform.

tiredaftertwo Mon 16-Sep-13 13:53:16

I think it is a waste. WHS is overpriced, their own brand stuff is rubbish, the shops are badly stocked and the website is rubbish.

So, YANBU to think it is a waste. Whether it is worth asking them to do it differently is a separate issue - but it might be because as your dd gets older she may want specific things (money towards a holiday or an activity). I suspect they just vaguely think WHS is worthy as she can buy books and pens from there - so maybe if you can find a way of subtly reassuring them that money they give her will be spent sensibly....c

Ragwort Mon 16-Sep-13 13:54:20

Why - not sure you can buy another gift card with a gift card (IYSWIM) - I've tried that grin. I use them for ink for the printers, you can usually find a deal.

CaptainSweatPants Mon 16-Sep-13 13:55:31

Well I only have a brownie so far & I think she'd be a bit upset to open a present to find a brownie dress inside
Is guide stuff very expensive then? I don't really equate it with football stuff or new riding boots, tennis racquet etc

jellybeans Mon 16-Sep-13 13:58:02

YABU My DC would be grateful for whatever present they got and would make the best of it.There is loads in WH Smiths .

diddl Germany Mon 16-Sep-13 13:58:50

I have a Kindle, but still love books.

Ooh, the treat of a couple of hardbacks!

OrangeJuiceSandwich Mon 16-Sep-13 14:00:12

I don't believe for second your DD wants guide uniform as a present. You don't want to spend your money on it.

captain sweat pants, y dd2 had her whole brownie uniform for her birthday and was over the moon, same as she had a leotard for gymnastics for xmas and they both had their dancing kit when they used to dance. it is what they want to do so therefore something that is a good present.

limitedperiodonly Mon 16-Sep-13 14:00:30

There is loads in WH Smiths

Yes, but most of it is shit. And your feet stick to the carpets while you're working out what's the least-worst option.

BackforGood Mon 16-Sep-13 14:00:47

I agree with you. I always have to 'buy' a WHSMiths Gift card off the dc and it then takes ages to spend it, as I know I could get nearly everything they sell, cheaper elsewhere.
However, surely the PiLs could be guided to a suggestions list, so she gets what she wants, or at least a voucher to somewhere she might actually shop ?
We only end up with WHSmith cards if it's a prize from school or something.

oj you are so right, I would rather spend dd's brithday money on vodka and fags to be honest and you cant do that with a gift card.

KatyPutTheCuttleOn Mon 16-Sep-13 14:01:11

I think it's fair enough to send a WHS card, plenty of books on offer. We wait for the three for two on children's books and combine that with the 20% discount code that we usually seem to have kicking around and they get loads for their money smile

If uniform/sports kit isn't a gift then my DS has no presents this year as it's all sports kit that he has asked for!

ErrolTheDragon Mon 16-Sep-13 14:01:38

>whamith sells all different gift cards (pizza express, topshop etc etc), so could you use it to buy one for somewhere else? I don't know if that's allowed but I can't see why not.

I'm pretty sure that's not allowed in the T&Cs. Because they sell their cards so that the recipient has to buy some of their stuff.

I have to make an effort to get DD to spend the £15 she gets every year - I don't much like getting books there when they're nearly always available online cheaper, and if I want a bookshop I'd rather support a better one like waterstones.

I used to be given a Boots card when I was a kid (pre teenage and back when it really was just a chemists)... dad always bought that off me but at least he could stock up on multivitamins!

CaptainSweatPants Mon 16-Sep-13 14:03:13

grin at vodka & fags

Ooh do they sell box sets there ? This thread is actually making me want to go!

Ours is a bit crap cos the PO is crammed into the top floor

LeGavrOrf Mon 16-Sep-13 14:05:27

WHSiths is rubbish. Yes they sell books but they are overpriced and it is a poor selection. Just lowest common denominator crap. And the craft stuff etc is incredibly expensive.

Beehatch Mon 16-Sep-13 14:08:25

They are overpriced, BUT I got a magnificent bargain in there the other day, they had a whole load of Playmobil reduced by 60% and some lego by 25%, and they let me use the 20% off card on top - so I'm now sorted for birthday and christmas for the younger kiddies. One Playmobil set was originally priced at £25 and I got it for £7!!!

So probably not much help to OP, except to say that bargains are there to be had (they had stuff for older kids in the sale too - the monster high dolls etc)

they have monster high dolls? hmmm and lego? never seen either in ours but will look harder.

daftdame Mon 16-Sep-13 14:28:29

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hkt8E2Ul-Xw

Careful you don't want this song to be dedicated to you or your's. There will be some things you can buy. grin

limitedperiodonly Mon 16-Sep-13 14:41:41

I last went in Smiths in June to get a birthday card. I chose a nice one, nothing fancy, and the man on the till said it was £4.10 and asked whether that was all right.

I said yes, automatically, and then thought no, it's not.

He said he completely understood. He'd started asking because he was sick of people saying: 'How much?' and blaming him for the prices.

LouiseAderyn Mon 16-Sep-13 14:42:05

I would go to one of the big branches of WHSmiths - a few years ago I bought dd a wooden London bus, filled with little wooden people for £15. She has played with it for years and it's the sort of thing posh baby shops sell for £40+. There are bargains to be had, if you take your time and look.

I don't actually think they are more expensive for books than Waterstones and big branches have pretty good selections.

The cards and stationary are shockingly overpriced, that's true, but a magazine costs the same wherever you buy it and I honestly don't believe your dd won't find anything she likes in there.

Have been reading quite a few threads recently about people's dissatisfaction with presents they've received - it's putting me right off the idea of buying anything this Christmas!

I was given a WHS voucher when I left my last place of work.

I let my DD choose a monthly magazine, with it, they last 2 years. She bought a decent IPhone case as well.

We must be lucky, because are one isn't overpriced and is well stocked with offers, so there was the possibly of picking up some books as Christmas presents.

Lonecatwithkitten Mon 16-Sep-13 14:52:57

My DD would be beside herself with excitement if she had a WHS voucher to spend. She can never ever have enough fluffy pencils, pencil sharpeners or rubbers. That is before we get to gel pens, glitter pens and all that stuff.
She would see £40 to spend in there as the best present ever.

SuburbanRhonda Germany Mon 16-Sep-13 14:58:49

A least they've changed the rules about expiry dates on WHS gift cards. We wasted £20 when two gift cards ran out within a year.

Idespair Mon 16-Sep-13 15:05:39

Whs is a crap store but you could buy the voucher off her and give her the £40

With the voucher you could buy:
Christmas wrap/cards/gift bags
Presents for small children - lego, puzzles etc
Stationery needle for school/to give to small kids

Idespair Mon 16-Sep-13 15:06:10

Oh and stamps - very good use of voucher

Laquitar Mon 16-Sep-13 16:55:15

The books are expensive but there are good deals on cookery books. Magazines are the same price everywhbere.
You can buy those mags with homes and then come and start a thread!

Or buy your ils an annual subscription for christmas!

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Ziggyzoom Wed 18-Sep-13 19:19:50

Clerasabel is posting on every thread involving the word "gift" hmm

BrokenSunglasses Wed 18-Sep-13 19:22:34

Why is your dd looking forward to buying guides uniform with money she doesn't even know that she's going to get? That sounds very rude!

ANomNomNom Wed 18-Sep-13 19:23:53

You have to be careful with WHSmith gift cards as they can have short expiry dates.
I no longer give gift cards as I think money is more appriciated and you don't risk it getting 'expired'

expatinscotland Wed 18-Sep-13 19:24:47

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Boredtitlessagain Wed 18-Sep-13 19:26:52

Do what I did with my dd stupid whsmith gift card...swap it for a different gift card in wh smith! They sell loads, new look, Claire's accessories etc!

We spent flippen ages trying to find something she wanted in there then found you can swap/buy the different gift cards with them too!

Theas18 Wed 18-Sep-13 19:31:59

Me I'd buy it off dd and buy stuff for my gift cupboard for when they ae invited to friends birthdays!

WHS is generally overpriced, although some bargains. I wouldn't hold on to it too long though in case they go the same way as other high street names - gift cards are the first thing to be cancelled by recievers.

cardibach Wed 18-Sep-13 19:46:16

I'm really confused as to why people are worrying about the prices in WHS for spending a gift card. It'll be free to you, so why worry?

IneedAsockamnesty Wed 18-Sep-13 19:55:21

One of my ds's got one for his birthday from grandparents just over a month ago.

He is quite significantly disabled both physically and learning so it was a total waste of there money.

And you cannot swop them for other gift vouchers or even the experience vouchers at all I tried they will not let you,I ended up buying it from him and re gifting it to another child (one who can actually read and hold a pen)

ilovecolinfirth Wed 18-Sep-13 20:06:18

Blimey, slightly ungrateful. The inlaws could have gone into whs and bought her something of their choosing, but instead have given her the choice.

WHS has certainly gone down hill over the years, but it still sells plenty of nice things.

In my opinion, a gift card is much nicer than 4 mucky tenners.

123rd Wed 18-Sep-13 20:07:30

Recycle it onto someone else who will use it as an xmas pressie

The price does matter because say if you want to buy 10 books - in whs it costs £40 but you can buy the same set of books for £10 from book people. If the IL had sent money then the girl could have bought the books from book people and still have £30 left to spend. It also matters because if a shop isn't perceived very positively - competitive pricing being one factor (as can be seen from this thread) then it is maybe more likely to be in financial difficulty and so a gift card may at some point become worthless.

Catsize Wed 18-Sep-13 20:24:54

I find this bizarre. £40 is incredibly generous. If someone bought me a Waitrose voucher, I wouldn't think 'that is really crap - I can buy stuff so much cheaper in Aldi'. It isn't your money - it is a gift.
I find it more alarming that a girl your daughter's age cannot find anything she wants to buy in WHSmith and would rather buy some guide uniform. Seriously?! If she is into guides, then I guess she likes reading and games and crafts. Magazines?
As a child, I would have loved that gift. Lots of nice new books and stationary for school.
If you don't have £40 to spare, why are you pandering to her ingratitude and buying it from her? Sorry OP, but you will have gathered by now that I think you are being very unreasonable.
And as for the people who slate WHSmith, bet you'd be sad to see it disappear. It is our online shopping that makes places like this suffer.

MrsGSR Wed 18-Sep-13 20:52:54

I used a WHSmith voucher to buy a New Look voucher, it was 3 years ago but the cashier said it was fine. Worth asking before you sell it for less than £40/buy something you don't really want

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