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Gift card sales booming during the holidays

Gift card sales booming during the holidays

Cheryl Knauer has a restaurant gift card in mind for her in-laws, a massage gift card planned for another family member and intends to pick up cards in smaller dollar amounts to Chick-fil-A and Starbucks for kids' stockings and teachers' gifts.

The Parkville mother of three told family members seeking ideas for her hard-to-shop-for 11-year-old to buy him gift cards too — maybe from Target or GameStop. Knauer, director of media relations at McDaniel College in Westminster, said she's feeling less rushed this Christmas season because she can easily grab the gifts, even at the last minute.

Unlike giving cash, which seems impersonal, Knauer said, "I feel like there is some...