Editor's note: Wonderful time of Christmas holidays is coming. We are all inspired by the magic atmosphere of these magnificent weeks and wait for wonders and pleasant surprises. We want to receive and, even more, to give presents to our family members, friends, neighbors and the entire world… But how can we cater all the numerous wishes of our loved ones? The solution is a gift card, of course, which can meet any personal demands.
According to Nielsen, gift cards are expected to be the number one in the Top Ten Gifts in 2013
Purchasing Gift cards online is a steady modern trend and customers value gift cards even more so than gifts of the equal value. Shoppers have already appreciated gift card usability and constantly purchase them on numerous occasions. Here are some confirming facts:
- 2/3 of American customers purchased one or several gift cards;
- More than half of gift card recipients visit stores several times spending their gift cards;
- Gift card receivers spend up to 20% above the value of their gift cards;
- About 80% of customers buy gift cards for birthdays and 2/3 on other occasions.
Today we release the Gift Card/Certificate extension, which is intended to allow Magento-based stores to offer gift cards to their customers. The module equally treats fine merchants’ and customers’ needs.
The Gift Card/Certificate extension adds a new 'Gift Card' product type in Magento backend, which allows to create a new product and sell gift certificates.
Variable gift cards values
Open or fixed values of gift cards are available. Customers can choose it either in the dropdown or determine it by themselves.
Different Gift cards types
There are three gift card types available: virtual, physical and combined. Thus, a gift card can be sent by email or via post-office.
Admins can settle gift card expiration date
Let customers use certificates during checkout
Gift card recipients can redeem their cards during checkout on the shopping cart page. Several certificates can be applied simultaneously. Exciding the order certificates’ value is stored for further purchases.
You can specify gift code parameters:
- format (alphanumeric, numeric, or alphabetical)
- separator and quantity of characters inserted after
Gift cards balance checking
Customers can check gift card balance in My Account Area and at the shopping cart.
Create gift card codes from the backend
Admins can create fully-functional gift cards codes from the backend and no new product adding is needed.
View code using statistics
All the statistic referring to gift codes is available from the backend
Add gift card to any customer from the backend
Orders containing gift cards can be created from the backend and sent to any customer at your discretion.
Update code balance manually
Gift code balance and expiration date can be manually updated from the backend
Gift cards amount can be refunded
You can settle the sequence of refunds for the orders processed both by gift cards and cash.
Configure when to generate gift card code
You can set the moment when gift card code is created. There are two available options: ‘item ordered’ or ‘item invoiced’.
The module is compatible with Magento CE ver. 126.96.36.199 - 188.8.131.52
By offering gift cards to customers you increase the volume of sales, customers’ loyalty and traffic to your store. Hurry up to benefit from the Magento Gift Card / Certificate extension.