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Set Up a Gift Card 

Check the list below to ensure you've covered all your bases

Gift cards 

Retail gift cards let Forest Hills residents provide additional support to your business now while dining later.

Offering digital gift cards may increase gift card sales, particularly during this difficult period of COVID-19, as customers can purchase them online and email them as gifts. 

According to ShopKeep, 72% of customers spend more than the value of their gift card, on averaging spending 20% more than the value of the gift card.

Equipment needed 

You can let customers use eGift cards for online orders by integrating the service with your checkout system as well as accept them in-store using your POS terminal or mobile device. Specific information for setting this up can be found on your gift card provider’s website.

 

They should allow you or your employees to use a mobile app to redeem cards or for you to redeem them online through a merchant dashboard, if you do not have other equipment.

Card fees

Gift card services take a percentage of sales, usually between 2% and 4%, and may or may not charge fixed monthly fees. If you have a point-of-service (POS) provider such as SquareTouchBistroShopKeep, or Cake POS that offers gift cards, they should have directions on their particular process online and would love to sell you gift card services. 

 

Other companies, such as GiftUp and GiftFly will work with you to create gift cards for your eatery and provide a custom eGift card page to link to your website, Facebook page, or other platforms.

Most of these services will offer options to set custom amounts for gift cards.

Resources 

We would love to help you share information, including a link to purchase any e-Gift cards you may offer, with the Forest Hills community via our website and social media. We maintain a non-exhaustive list of some eateries in Forest Hills that offer gift cards to assist residents hoping to support local businesses.

 

Please send us a link for residents to purchase your e-Gift cards or let us know about any physical gift cards you sell via our Contact page if you would like us to share your information.