Gift Certificate / Gift Voucher - What's the latest?? This post is outdated
I wanted to see if anyone had any updates to workflows or functionality in shopify regarding gift certificates for customers?
I've read through about 40 forum posts on the subject, but most are from 2008/09... and I saw a cryptic response about possibly adding this functionality in late 2012 (which I guess is about now?).
The best solution I've seen (that doesn't involve paypal, which for our customer base seems to be a deterrent) is using the 'discount code' system built into shopify. Meaning, I'd create a gift certificate 'product' and don't charge taxes on it. When someone buys it, I'll create a discount code unique to them (and assign it with a quantity of 1 and to never expire)... This is easy enough but not without its pitfalls.
For example, I've heard talk that 'discount codes' do not apply to shipping. I've also noticed that this could get cumbersome if we want to allow the customer to pick their price. Even if we don't, we'd still need to create a bunch of options - each their own item (since products cannot have price variants).
I wanted to put the feelers out there to see if anyone had any new thoughts on this... thanks!