Best Buy, Target Gift Cards Are Gadgets Themselves

I have a penchant for losing gift cards. I can't explain it. I'll stick one in my wallet on a drawer, and I won't see the damn thing for another six months.

So here's a novel idea from Target and Best Buy - why not add some value to the gift card itself? The megaretailers are issuing their latest series of holiday gift cards in the form of miniature gizmos, specifically a Target digital camera and a Best Buy portable speaker.

Target hoppers picking up gift cards in denominations ranging from $50 to $1,000 can pick up one of these 1.2-megapixel beauties. The cameras have 8 Mbytes of on-board memory and ship with a USB cord, driver disk, and a coupon for 40 free prints. It runs on two AAA batteries and can be reloaded in value, just like a standard Target gift card.

Best Buy, meanwhile, will be issuing a gift card this year in the form of a miniature speaker, complete with a 3.5mm jack that can be connected up with an iPod or nearly any other audio gadget. The sound quality, I'm sure, is crystal-clear.

As with Target and its camera-card, Best Buy is issuing the speaker-card to customers who pick up a gift certificate in a denomination of $50 and higher. The retailer is tossing in free shipping, for good measure. Personally, I'm holding out for a EEE PC gift certificate. That can't be too far off, right?