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Collectible gift cards can be both practical and fun

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Although the holidays this year are expected to be heavy on practical presents, giving gift cards can still be fun — including those featuring ‘Twilight’ and ‘Star Trek’ themes.

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Attention “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” fans — there’s a gift card just for you. Although the holidays this year are expected to be heavy on practical presents, gift card giving can still be fun. Several special edition gift cards double as collectibles.

These special-edition items feature characters from “Twilight,” “Star Trek” and Japanese cartoon mascot “Domo.” Of course for the serious fan, these gift cards present something of a dilemma. “There are only two ways you can use collectible gift cards. Either you keep it in pristine condition or you spend it,” Tim Henderson of the consumer research firm Iconoculture says.

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See related:  Gift cards: Everything you need to know, 10 creative ways to wrap gift cards, The 11 golden rules of practical gift card giving, 13 ways to get gift cards for less, How to replace a lost or stolen gift card, 2009 gift card comparison chart

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