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10 Best Gift Cards for Holiday Shopping

Stocks in this article: AMZNAXPGPSHDMARVWFM

Whole Foods Market Gift Card (WFM)

How far can a gift card go at this notoriously costly organic grocer? A long way for folks who shun packs of Buffalo meat for the shop's 365 Brand organic food.

Scoring 99 out of 100, Whole Foods Market's gift offering is easily ScripSmart's highest-rated grocery card. It never expires, has no fees, spells out a replacement policy and is available either in the store or online with free shipping. It's reloadable, redeemable at all Whole Foods locations and usable at Harry's in Georgia and Ideal Market in Colorado, both part of the Whole Foods family.

If you're that concerned about expense, though, it's all the more reason to subsidize those Earth-and-health-conscious splurges for those you love. Yes, they can make the card last months on cheap mac and cheese and eggs, but they'll remember that wedge of gruyere far longer.

Marriott (MAR)

All too often, gift cards are just symbolic of the shopping their buyers didn't do.

Somebody didn't want to think about another person's preferences or ask a person what they liked, so they picked up a gift card for some store and let the recipient do the shopping for them. That just can't happen with a Marriott card, which not only conveys that you were considerate enough of someone's needs to give them a night or two away from it all, but that you were committed to at least some vague semblance of a gift idea beyond the card.

This hotel card in particular is a pretty sweet get, as it gives a recipient $25 to $2,000 for their stay, is shipped to them free and is good at all Marriott-branded hotels and resorts including Courtyard, Fairfield Inn, Renaissance, Ritz-Carlton, Bulgari and Autograph.

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