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Top 10 Gift Certificates to Give (and Receive!)
Here, our top picks for the 10 best GCs to give (and receive) this Christmas.
By: Kate Alvarez  |   Published on: Dec 3, 2010 - 6:44pm

2. SM Gift Card

Where to use them: SM Department Stores, SM Supermarket, SM Hypermart, SM Savemore Market, Makro, Ace Hardware, Ace Builders, Toy Kingdom, SM Appliance Center, Surplus, Our Home, Watsons, Sports Central, Kultura Filipino, Baby Company, Forever 21, Triumph, Adidas, and selected branches of Dockers, Leviís and Nike.

Where to buy them: All SM Departments Stores and selected retailers

Denominations: P500 and P1,000

Packaging: You can choose from different card designs that suit the occasionóbirthday, wedding, Christmas, baptism, christening, corporate, and the all-occasion card design.

Pros: You can use the card multiple times until the load runs out. You may even check your balance online. If youíre old school and prefer gift certificates, SM Gift Passes are available in P100, P200, and P500 denominations too.

Cons: SM has also tied up with Sodexo, so you may be torn between the Sodexo and SM gift card at the customer service.

1. Sodexo

Where to use them: Over 4,000 stores nationwide. Just look for the Sodexo acceptance signage.

Where to buy them: Premium Passes are available at Sodexo, Unit 2004 The Orient Square Bldg. Emerald Ave., Ortigas Center Pasig, or call 687-2222. Gift Passes are available at all SM department stores.

Denominations: P100 to P2500 for Premium Passes; P50 to P2,500 for Gift Passes

Packaging: No special packaging.

Pros: The Premium Pass is accepted by over 4,000 merchants. You may add a personal message, company logo, or your company presidentís signature on the Premium Pass voucher. The Gift Pass has the same features as the Premium pass, but can go as low as P50 and may be customized to feature a specific brand or product.

Cons: The Premium Pass is available to corporate accounts only, and you have to purchase them in the Pasig office.

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  • John
    Hi, I want to know if the these GC's still looks the same today?

    Thank you
    6 months ago     Reply  
  • roquesa ilago
    8 months ago     Reply  
  • hot pink
    Sodexo GC is way much better because it's hassle free plus you can use it to thousands of stores nationwide. :)
    Jan 06 2011 @ 04:45pm     Reply  
  • scarlet
    im interested with ultimate Gifts and adventures! sounds interesting but versatility wise, Sodexho has my vote! :)
    Jan 06 2011 @ 04:39pm     Reply  
  • nikki
    the purple card's always offline naman eh! been trying to use that at beauty bar... their system's always down.
    Dec 08 2010 @ 09:42am     Reply  

    Hi Ben!

    Just click on the highlighted words "SSI brands" in the story above or in the excerpt below which links to a list of all SSI brands. Click on each brand to find out the store locations. Thanks for reading!

    "Where to use them: All SSI brands in Metro Manila and Cebu"

    Dec 08 2010 @ 09:41am     Reply  
  • ben
    it might have helped if you actually listed which selected stores the SSI card is available or that honors this card.
    Dec 08 2010 @ 09:32am     Reply  
  • anton
    i'm intrigued by #4 Ultimate Gifts and Adventures. I'll check it out!
    Dec 08 2010 @ 12:04am     Reply  
  • cweesy
    Sorry, Spot! It used to be Sodexho pala, but they changed it to Sodexo. Ayaw siguro nila ng mala "Jhun" or "Bhoy" sounding
    Dec 07 2010 @ 05:48pm     Reply  
  • cweesy
    Isn't it Sodexho with an H? =)
    Dec 07 2010 @ 05:45pm     Reply  
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