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Gift Card for Incoming Freshamn

Hi! Looking for a grad gift for my brother who will be going to West Lafayette in the fall and I’d love to get him a gift certificate to a local restaurant, ice cream shop, coffee shop etc. Any suggestions?

biobirdy

Restaurant: Triple XXX (Burgers, mostly) or Bruno's (serves pizza and Italian food) Ice Cream: Silver Dipper Coffee: Greyhouse, Vienna, Starbucks ​ hope this helps!


little_turd1234

Maybe not Bruno’s that would be a far walk for a freshman with no car


Spend-Groundbreaking

Help them keep off the freshman 15


Boiler2001

>Triple XXX (Burgers, mostly) If you're not getting breakfast there you're missing out


biobirdy

I had no idea they even served breakfast! I'll definitely try it before I graduate


Boiler2001

Back in the days they were open 24 hours I always went in at 3am for breakfast before going home from the bars


RhaenSyth

TripleXXX does gift cards and it’s a great hang out spot too.


confused-yet-again

Not sure if they do gift cards but try tsaocaa, they have great milk tea


Confused_Person111

Or get a visa gift card so your bro could use it for whatever shop he wants to go to


infallible_porkchop

The fun of a local place is that he will have to try something new which is hard for some new freshmen Edit, replied to wrong person.


embonifi

Thank you all for your suggestions! I went with Triple X because he loves root beer! I will keep all of these in mind for future gifts as well!


benshaprio

TripleXXX


boilerbitch

The University Bookstore (purdueu.com) would be another good one!


TeMa_Chic

Greyhound Coffee or Fuel Coffee. Another idea would be insomnia Cookies.


candidly_dandy

Definitely Vienna for coffee


goofypineapple29

Silver dipper, Panera, Starbucks, Vienna (coffee)


Initial-Leadership22

Canes if he likes chicken!


PlanktonSpiritual199

Raising Cains


More-Surprise-67

Canes


i_hate_gift_cards

Money is the best gift card - accepted everywhere. With gift cards you're "making" them spend their money at a place and what if they don't spend all $X? they now have 4.39 left over and have to go back to a place. I'd recommend giving them a "here's, in cash, $X, go spend it here, here, or here. These places were recommended." They can keep the change or spend it on something they actually need. Hard to buy gas in Triple X gift cards.


Cold-Ad-1582

Imo that's kinda why I like gift cards. I'm rarely go and buy things like lunch or coffee with my own money, but if I have a gift card I don't feel guilty for wasting my money.


i_hate_gift_cards

And if you have $4 left over, and things cost 7, you have to use your own money to go back. And, what if you don't wanna go back.


Cold-Ad-1582

Well ideally you get a gift card to somewhere you actually like, and either use the last bit of the gift card or just don't use it. You don't have to use all of it, if you can't afford to spend $3 to finish off the payment of an item


i_hate_gift_cards

And then it's a bit of a waste - which is why cash is better. Capitalism has a real big hard-on for interest-free loans. That's what the gift card is.


Cold-Ad-1582

Brother where the hell did "Capitalism has a big..." come from 😭


i_hate_gift_cards

There are about 21 billion dollars of unclaimed gift cards out there.


Cold-Ad-1582

But like, I'm asking for real, how is that a real issue? Like, if you're gifted a gift card, does it really matter if you spend it or not? It's your property, you can do what you want with it?


i_hate_gift_cards

It's a method of companies that basically take advantage of people. They've made it seem bad for us to give cash to benefit them. The companies are already receiving record profits while their workers aren't getting record pay. If you want to give gift cards for small mom and pop places, maybe - but CASH is still the best thing to give a person because they can decide if they're able to spend $40 at nine irish brothers, or get a tank of gas to do something they want or need. It seems that you're giving a gift card for YOU, not for them. If you gave a person cash, they'd make the choice to use it with your intent or not.


mstd0n

😐


SilverSumthin

Fuel - closest real non-chain coffee shop to Engineering


KatTrek

Target, or Vienna!


VERT1975

Target is near campus. Chipotle, Chick filet, Starbucks.


boilernate

Chef Bill Kim’s


nico_bridge

Silver Dipper or Grilled Chicken and Rice


PlanktonSpiritual199

Kanes


maxmalavenda

Vienna for sure


anony122333

Another Broken Egg Cafe


Early-Ad8136

Might be a bit unoriginal but an Amazon gift card is really extremely useful, moreso than any restaurant gift card. The reason being is that if your brother needs to get something shipped like a technology part or books for classes it's actually a lot cheaper to get the item from Amazon compared to brick and mortar stores like the UBS.


Effective-Cat-8439

Starship/extra dining dollars maybe?


Few_Trash_3760

Tutoring!!