Gift Certificate Interface Change

Posted on June 18, 2011 by

Gift Certificate Factory provides gift certificate templates that you can easily edit and print. Check out our gift certificate template gallery.

We’ve been busy trying to improve how you can create, download and print a gift certificate. Before, the way to edit a gift certificate was to point and click directly on the certificate. However, as we want to increase the gift certificate size in order to improve printing quality, we changed this. You can now edit the gift certificate on a regular form on the left of the gift certificate, and the gift certificate will be updated as soon as you stop typing.

We’ve also rethought how you can print and download certificates. We’re happy to announce that we are now partners with – , which means we’re working on integrating our gift certificate templates with their printing facilities. That means, you’ll be able soon to select and edit one of our custom gift certificates, and have it printed and delivered to you by ordering your prints at! Right now, we don’t have any gift certificate compatible with 123Print, but we plan on making all gift certificates compatible in 1 month. We created an instruction page aboutgift certificate printing that you can already check out to have an idea about the process.

If you’ve tried to print our gift certificates before, you should make sure to check out our new certificates as they will be of much higher quality. So you’ll soon be able to impress your customers or loved ones with elegant gift certificates. You can subscribe to the Gift Certificate Factory blog here.


How To Make a Custom Salon Gift Certificate

Posted on May 31, 2011 by

Gift Certificate Factory provides custom gift certificates that you can easily edit and print. Check out our salon gift certificate templates.

Salon gift certificates are a great gift idea for a person who has everything, or when you’re on a budget and want to give a personal present. Rather than simply writing the gift of a salon visit inside a card or telling the recipient, create a homemade gift certificate you can include in a card or wrap as a present. Follow the guidelines provided in this article to make a custom gift certificate.

  1. Use online templates. You can find beautiful ready-templates to make your custom gift voucher. You can find a selection of salon gift certificate templates on this website, but if that’s not enough for you, feel free to type “salon gift certificate templates” in Google: you’ll find a few more templates. In case you have some time and some design skills, you can do it all by yourself though. In any case, your gift certificate should at least have a few elements that one expects to find in a gift certificate.
  2. Personalize your gift certificate. After finding a good certificate template, you can personalize it by including a few common elements:
    • Your name or the name of your company
    • the recipient’s name
    • if appropriate, the certificate value or service provided.

    If you’re making a certificate for your salon business, you might consider adding a certificate serial number to your certificate: it helps to keep track of gift certificates and fight against fraud. That way you know that when a certificate is redeemed it’s a legit one and you can evaluate how many certificates have been redeemed so far in your gift certificate campaign. Of course, if you’re only making a certificate for a loved one, you don’t really need to track gift certificates!

  3. Print your gift certificate. If you have followed the steps until here, you should now have a printable salon gift certificate. Now you just have to print it! Consider a few pieces of advice:
    • Use a laser photo printer to ensure maximal color quality.
    • Use a photo paper to make sure this custom gift certificate looks real good.
    • Use a sharp paper cutter or alternatively, scissors to cut the paper nicely and give it a nice finish.

Creating Gift Certificates: a Beginner’s Guide

Posted on May 10, 2011 by

You’re new to gift certificate templates and you don’t know where to start? This little guide will help you to get up to speed.

Making Custom Gift Certificates

Maybe you want first to know why you should bother about gift certificate templates in the first place. In that case, make sure to read 6 Top Reasons To Use Gift Certificate Templates. You can review our guide titled Custom Gift Certificates in 3 Steps. You might also be interested in reading How To Make Your Own Printable Gift Certificate. If you don’t know which templates we offer, have a look at our 8 Sample Gift Certificates article. If you’re looking for alternative templates, check out 3 ways to find gift certificate templates. And finally, if you are looking for words on your templates, our popular guide to gift certificate wording might be of interest to you.

Gift Certificates For Small Businesses

If you’re a small business owner, you should make sure to read 6 Reasons Your Small Business Should Sell Gift Certificates and How To Sell More Gift Certificates. Marketing your gift certificates in an efficient and lucrative manner should be one of your primary focus, so read also Marketing Gift Certificates For a Small Business. It’s important to know that fraud exists and how you can fight it by Tracking Gift Certificates For Your Small Business.

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Gift Certificate Formats: Overview

Posted on April 29, 2011 by

Gift Certificate Factory provides gift certificate templates that you can print and sell to your customers. Check out our gift certificate template gallery.

Is there a regular gift certificate format?

Even though there’s not really a one-size-fits-all for gift certificates, the most common format you will find is 8? x 4? (8 by 4 inches). If you design your own gift certificate, it is also the most convenient since you can use standard 8? x 12? paper and create two certificate from one sheet of paper.

Other formats

  • 5 1/2? X 4?
  • 9 1/8? X 3 1/4?
  • you can of course create your own format, but keep in mind to choose a gift certificate format that is compatible with your paper.

Should you go for a standard gift certificate format?

We think so, since it’s familiar to most consumers. They already know what a gift certificate looks like in other shops, so it’s better for your business to stick to this well-known format. It’s a good thing if your customers recognize immediately that the paper they’re looking at is a gift certificate. Nevertheless, if your shop’s signature is originality above all, you might try some more exotic formats. In the end, it all depends on your customers expectations. If you run a car repair shop, go for the standard gift certificate format. If you sell original jewelry, you can try to experiment with different formats.

How to choose the right gift certificate paper?

We wrote an article on choosing the right gift certificate paper. In short, you should pay attention to paper weight, opacity and paper finish. And you should keep in mind that paper quality is very important to convey the desirability of your gift certificates.


How to Choose Gift Certificate Paper

Posted on April 22, 2011 by

Gift Certificate Factory provides gift certificate templates that you can print and sell to your customers. Check out our gift certificate template gallery.

Gift Certificate paper format

Gift certificate format is usually 8?4 inches so an A4 format (8?11 inches) works best. That means you can print 2 gift certificates per A4 paper sheet. Make sure to use a good paper trimmer to give a nice finish.

Ready-Made Certificate Paper or Not?

When considering to make printable gift certificates, you should choose some paper to print the gift certificates on. What you should choose depends what kind of gift certificate you want to print:

  • a blank gift certificate: you just want a simple gift certificate design with colored borders and that’s it. In that case, a ready-made certificate paper is best. You’ll have a choice between several colors and border styles, but the design won’t be stellar.
  • a printable gift certificate with no photo: you have a gift certificate design you want to print, but it has no pictures and doesn’t need to be of the highest quality. In that case, simple paper will work. You might want to choose an extra-thick paper though, if you can afford it.
  • a printable gift certificate with quality photography: a good photo paper will be the best option.

Now that we’ve covered different needs for printing gift certificates, we need to go into more details into how to choose gift certificate paper. You have to decide mostly about three things: paper weight, opacity and paper finish.

Paper weight

Paper weight is usually expressed in pounds (lb.) or as grams per square meter (g/m2).This ranges from light weight newsprint to very heavy cardboard. Most quality business paper should be about 20 to 24 pound- the greeting card paper is heavier, usually in the range of 60 – 65 lb. Gift certificate paper should also be in that range.


Opacity means how see-through is the paper. The more the opacity, less of the printed text will be visible from the other side. This is especially important for double-sided gift certificates. Photo papers have high opacity of about 94-97 usually.

Paper finish

Choose between matte and glossy. It’s mostly a matter of preference- the finish should be selected based on the look you want to achieve. A matte finish indicates more absorbent paper, consisting of paper particles, air and an ink-receptive coating. Glossy papers are far more complex with any number of chemicals added to create the reflective surface. Matte papers may be more stable over time, but glossy papers provide higher contrast and color saturation.