Marriott ( MAR) Again, a gift card should occasionally get the recipient something they want rather than need. In this case, the lucky person on your list can get a night away from it all anywhere in the world. They also can get it replaced if it gets lost, stolen or damaged, and can check their balance either by phone or online. Meanwhile, the recipient gets it shipped to them for free, gets $25 to $2,000 for their stay and can redeem it at all Marriott-branded hotels and resorts including Courtyard, Fairfield Inn, Renaissance, Ritz-Carlton, Bulgari and Autograph. Yes, it's good for international use as well, so dream big. Nordstrom It's not exactly a discount store, but that's all the better reason to throw a $25 to $1,000 someone's way. For your trouble, you'll get the card shipped to you or its recipient free of charge. The person you're giving it to, however, will get to use it at any Nordstrom or Nordstrom Rack shop or at Nordstrom's online store. They'll also be able to use it any time they want, as it never expires. -- Written by Jason Notte in Portland, Ore. >To contact the writer of this article, click here: Jason Notte. >To follow the writer on Twitter, go to http://twitter.com/notteham. >To submit a news tip, send an email to: email@example.com.