How many times has this happened to you: you’re at work or at your child’s game and you suddenly realize that it’s a friend or family member’s birthday and you completely forgot to send a gift! No need to panic, now there’s Giftfly – an new (FREE!) app created by a Darien-based entrepreneur that allows you to send cash or virtual gift cards to local businesses and restaurants with the swipe of a finger.
GiftFly is a new social and mobile online gift card service providing a long-awaited alternative to those antiquated plastic gift cards. This innovative, Darien, CT based start-up company launched this month and now affords anyone the opportunity to send a personalized online gift card redeemable as cash or to be used at any local, favorite business at any time, to anyone across the country instantly.
Consumers simply visit the GiftFly web site, choose a friend on Facebook or via email or text and design their personalized gift card with any amount of money. Two types of cards are available; the Cash card, which can be deposited directly into their PayPal or bank account instantly; or the Merchant card, which can be chosen through the built-in Yelp search tool and easily redeem at a participating local shop by showing the GiftFly Code to the merchant. Or, send a cash card and use the Yelp search tool to recommend even a non-GiftFly registered business.
“We wanted the whole gift card experience to be much more entertaining and just plain easy for today’s busy consumer and tech forward culture, “explains Cory Perkins, GiftFly CEO and Founder, “Because the entire process is performed online, including the Yelp search, consumers can recommend any of over a million favorite, local boutiques, restaurants or shops, add personalized messaging, create custom card designs and access and deliver the card 24/7 to a mobile phone instantly. For the Merchant we’ve eliminated the costs of plastic cards and added a card that virtually anyone in the country can buy while in their pajamas at home. GiftFly is simple and secure for both the consumer and the merchant.”
**GiftFly gift cards are instantly sent and received, safe to send because of the company’s built-in fraud protection and can’t be lost or stolen because they’re stored electronically. They also help cut down on plastic consumption by being environmentally friendly.