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Need a Gift for a Shoe Lover? This One is a Perfect Fit!

Life is short. BUY THE SHOES! Get a DSW gift card (or other shoe store gift card) and match it up with this adorable {FREE} gift card holder.

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When Buying Shoes Becomes a Tradition

Growing up in a family of seven kids had its perks. I always had someone to play with, had lots of fans in the stands at my basketball games and rarely had to start a new school (or anything, for that matter) all by myself. But money was tight. Back-to-school shopping, for example, meant we got a few school supplies and a new outfit to wear on the first day of school. We only got new shoes when the old ones wore out. Now that I have three kids of my own, I have new empathy for the financial stress my parents must have felt trying to keep shoes on our growing feet. (Read this post on how to save money on new shoes.) So it makes perfect sense that my mom, a shoe lover herself, created a family tradition around one of her favorite treats.

Whenever my dad got a raise or a bonus at work, my mom would take us all out to buy a new pair of shoes. I don’t remember going out to eat (like many families do to celebrate) nor do I remember my mom buying new shoes for herself. I just remember that her excitement equaled ours on these special trips.

To this day, my mom still treats her grown kids to new shoes whenever she gets a little extra money. But instead of taking us all down to the store to buy shoes, she sends us shoe store gift cards. And since she isn’t juggling the cost of groceries for more than a half a dozen kids anymore, she buys a pair of shoes for herself as well. That makes me feel better.

The Best Gift for a Shoe Lover

shoe store gift cards

It’s very hard to buy shoes for someone else. Different brands fit differently and styles are highly personal. Some people have shoes that match only one or two outfits while others prefer more versatile styles. I’m a fan of wedge heels but my friends insist on pumps. I have to wear shoes with good arch support while others can wear flats, flip flops and kitten heels without taking ibuprofen. (I’m jealous.) Thank goodness we can give our shoe-loving friends shoe store gift cards instead. Here are some shoe store gift card suggestions:

DSW Gift Cards:Footlocker Gift CardsFamous Footwear Gift Cards
Skechers Gift CardsNordstrom Gift CardsMacy’s Gift Cards
Visa Gift Cards
new mothers day gift card on board with flowers

Download the Gift Card Holder

Once you’ve picked out a shoe store gift card to give, you’ll probably want to tuck it inside a greeting card or put it into a small box of some sort. I did both. Below are some quick instructions on how I turned a DSW gift card into the perfect gift for a shoe lover like my mom.

Download the “Buy the Shoes” Gift Card Holder

After downloading the gift card holder, print it on a color printer using “best quality” and “actual size” settings. (Do not select “shrink to fit” or any other setting that will change the size of the printed .pdf image.) White, card stock paper measuring 8-1/2″ x 11″ works best. Cut the gift card holder at the trim marks indicated.

Add the gift card to the gift card holder with double-sided tape, a dab of glue or a sticky dot.

printable for shoe store gift card

Add Embellishments

This step is totally optional. If you want to add a layer of card stock, then glue the “buy the shoes” gift card holder onto a piece of paper that matches your favorite pair of shoes on the card or that matches the gift card you selected. Add bows, ribbon, stickers or anything else you can think of to add a crafty touch to the card.

I added a piece of purple tone-on-tone polka-dot paper that gives the gift card holder a little more color and sets off the green shoe on the DSW gift card just right.

DSW gift card for printable

Put it in a Box

Once you have the gift card attached to the gift card holder and you’ve done all the crafting you want to do, place the gift card into a little box with some tissue paper. I used this necklace box that measures five by seven inches. The card fits perfectly.

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I sealed the tissue paper shut with some sparkle tape.

wrapped box

Then I put the lid on the box and tied it all up with a grosgrain ribbon. All done! In just a couple of minutes, I turned this already awesome DSW gift card into an even better gift for someone who loves to buy shoes.

wrapped box with bow

More on Pinterest

If you like turning gift cards into playful gifts, then check out the other ideas on the free printable gift card holders page or follow Gift Card Girlfriend on Pinterest.

If you use this printable, send me a link to your page in the comments below or contact me on Twitter (@GCGirlfriend). I want to see what you can come up with.

Happy Gift Carding!

~Shelley Hunter, Gift Card Girlfriend

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