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Be Creative and Safe When Shopping for Hanukkah Gifts

Infusing a little bit of technology into the traditions of Hanukkah - including gift giving - could help make this year's Festival of Lights the best ever for your patrons, employees and their families.

Hanukkah is December 6th - 14th this year and while you're preparing the menorah for lighting, gathering the ingredients for latkes and sitting down for a game of dreidel, remember that shopping stores like Amazon, REI, Macy's and Starbucks online with NGC gift cards is a convenient, efficient strategy that will leave more time to spend with family during the celebration.

Traditionally, parents give their children "gelt," a small amount of money or chocolate coins, during Hanukkah.  Did you know chocolate coins are among the thousands of gifts available at Amazon.com?  While the world's largest online retailer is known for everything from books to music and video games, Amazon also offers various quantities of milk chocolate gold and silver coins.

Other gifts given during the holiday are often left to family traditions.  If those traditions have become a little stale, consider making each of Hanukkah's eight nights themed and give gifts accordingly.  A favorite things bag is one idea.  A Starbucks gift card opens the door to more than 9,000 locations in the U.S. and Canada and can also be used to purchase K-cup packs, drink ware and even coffee makers.

How about a gift for the entire family?  Shop REI online for the best in outdoor gear for the camper, climber, cyclist, and kayaker in your life.  The REI gift card can be used online to help buy the perfect gift for fresh-air pursuits of all varieties.

Macy's has everything children of all ages need to spoil their parents.  The store is renowned for having the perfect gift for any occasion and buying a special gift, whether it's a snappy dress shirt and tie for Dad or a new handbag for Mom, Macy's online is an excellent solution.

No matter where you shop online, remember safety, too.  Even when using a gift card to make purchases, you should not expose your computer or mobile device to public view.  Also, if you are using Wi-Fi service, make sure it uses encryption.  When shopping on any retail website, check to see if it has a green lock in the address bar.  It signifies that the retailer has met strict standards relative to protecting customer data.