Need a fast, fun and easy gift card for Dad this Father’s Day? Use these free printable gift card holders to give Dad what he DESERVES this year.
Father’s Day is coming up and you might be wondering if it’s okay to give Dad a gift card for Father’s Day. I think the answer is yes. Few men I know like to shop and even fewer like to return gifts that aren’t the right style, fit, color, dimensions and so forth. One of my friends said to me, “If I have to return a gift, it’s dead to me. I throw it in the back of my closet.” I would much rather buy a gift card that gets used than a traditional present that doesn’t. If you want to make the gift card more personal, spend a few extra minutes adding a little something to open along with the gift card or put it in some DIY packaging that you can make for free.
In this blog post, I’ll share five new printable gift card holders that you can use to give Dad the gift card he deserves this Father’s Day plus the steps needed to put them together.
1. Get The Gift Card Dad Deserves
Before we get to the gift card holders, you’ll need to pick out a gift card.
I curated a few lists of gift cards depending on the type of dad you’ll be celebrating this Father’s Day. Of course, no gift card is perfect for every occasion, but I tried to think through various stages of life, interests and logistics. Here is what I came up with:
And if you don’t see a gift card recommendation you like there, head to my YouTube channel and watch this video: Best Father’s Dad Gift Cards for Dads or go to this page to find a bunch of Father’s Day gift cards.
Lastly, don’t forget about multi-store gift cards. Each is usable at any of the stores and restaurants listed on the card so dad gets a choice of experiences but you don’t have to pay extra to give him that flexibility. New this year is the Happy Dad gift card and the #BestDadEver gift card. Just note, if you buy either of these multi-store gift cards here at GiftCards.com, the gift card will be delivered digitally. If you want a physical card to give on Father’s Day, head to the grocery store to find one on the gift card display rack.
2. Download the “Dad Deserves” Gift Card Holder
I have a few different versions of this gift card holder. The flat design is fast and easy and perfect for any plastic gift card you select for Father’s Day. The folded design works better if the gift card you buy should stay in the card packaging until it is redeemed–like a Visa gift card, a multi-store gift card that has to be swapped or a PlayStation gift card that is full size.
Here are some free printable gift card holders to help you give Dad the gift card he deserves. Each is a .pdf file that you can click and save to your computer.
- FLAT Dad Deserves plain
- FLAT Dad Deserves “but let’s start with a gift card”
- FLAT Dad Deserves balloon print
- FOLDED Dad Deserves plain
- FOLDED Dad Deserves balloon print
3. Print Gift Card Holders
After you download the selected holder, print the .pdf file. Although you can easily print these at home, I often print gift card holders at Staples to save the ink in my personal printer. Printing on a commercial printer still costs less than a greeting card and I like that the colors are vibrant and I can select thicker card stock than my home printer will take. But you can print these gift card holders for free using your own printer and your own supplies.
TIP: Print these .pdf files “as is.” Do not select “shrink to fit” or any other adjustment that will change the size of the gift card holder.
4. Cut the Gift Card Holders
The next step is to simply cut the gift card holders out. I like to use a paper trimmer to ensure straight lines, but you can use scissors as well. Cut along the guide lines.
5. FLAT Gift Card Holder Finish
After you print and cut the flat gift card holder, you simply need to add the gift card. You can use double-side tape, decorative tape or another method that will secure the gift card to the holder without damaging the text or bar code on the back of the gift card.
For an extra measure of creativity, add another layer of colored paper, ribbons, stickers or other embellishments. Below is another example of how I finished the flat “Dad Deserves” gift card holders.
6. FOLDED Gift Card Holder Finish
I created gift card envelopes so you can deliver gift cards with the entire backer card or other gift card packaging. With the Happy Cards, for example, there is no plastic gift card. The recipient receives the gift card packaging, then swaps the card for an egift card (or cards) of choice. Below is an example of what that looks like.
When you give a multi-store gift card, the recipient gets the card number information on the back of the packaging:
When the recipient opens the packaging, they’ll find instructions on how to swap this card with an egift card to the store or restaurant they want. The recipient will receive that egift card via email.
So to make this gift card holder, you will cut out the envelope shape following along the cut lines marked. Here is a picture of the balloon design after it has been cut:
7. Fold Gift Card Envelope
Whenever I fold card stock, I use a bone folder (or another sharp object) and a ruler to score the fold lines. This ensures I can fold the thick paper exactly where I want. If you want to see how I do this, check out the YouTube video of instructions: The Gift Card Dad Deserves for Father’s Day, but basically you will score the envelope from inside corner to inside corner–making a rectangle.
When you have scored the fold lines, fold the gift card holder and use a glue stick or tape to hold it together. Add ribbon, decorative tape or other embellishments if desired.
If you like the shape of this gift card holder, but don’t love the message or the design, use it as a template instead. Simply trace the envelope on your own decorative paper.
Cut the envelope out, fold it, fasten it together and decorate it. Place the gift card inside, and you’re done. Here are some pictures of how that might work:
That’s it! With any of free printable gift card holders, you can turn some great gift cards into fun Father’s Day gifts. Use the images I have for you or use the designs as templates for your own creations. You can even get the kids involved–making hand print papers to turn into gift card envelopes. Have fun!
If you have other questions about Father’s Day gifting or have other gift card questions, let me know in the comments below or reach out to me on Twitter (@GCGirlfriend) or Instagram (@Gift.Card.Girlfriend) so I can help you out.
Happy Gift Carding!
~Shelley Hunter, Gift Card Girlfriend