Holiday Gift Guide

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

A little somethin' for everyone on your list...

The Minimalist

The Minimalist

Swych is the perfect gift to give a minimalist because there are no boxes to throw away, no wrapping paper to toss, their gift will be sent directly to their phone — it doesn’t get much better than that! But what should you send them, you ask?  We have tons of options!

Why not send them a StubHub gift card! There is nothing to store even after they use their gift card, and who doesn’t love going to a concert or even a football game! You can also give them a gift card to Wine.com, once the bottle is empty they can recycle it. There is no better excuse to enjoy wine with friends! (Maybe you’ll get an invite)!

Why not send them a Swych Dining gift card? They can swych it for any restaurant within the app they feel like going to! There is nothing to store at home with this one (unless, of course, they don’t eat all their food; but they are a minimalist so they will make sure nothing comes home with them after the meal).

Better yet, why not send them a Hulu gift card, the gift keeps giving all year.  They can enjoy their favorite movies and shows right from their couch! How perfect!

The Thrill Seeker

The Thrill Seeker

Thrill seekers are easy to please! Send them a Swych Travel gift card and let them choose where they want to get their next thrill! There is no better way to help them get there.  They can swych the card for a cruise, a flight, or a hotel (who knows, maybe they will invite you along for the ride).

Another perfect gift card for the thrill seeker is Groupon! Do they love to skydive? Do they love amusement parks? Maybe zero gravity rides are their thing? Whatever they want to do, Groupon will have something for them!

The Athelte

The Athlete

You know that person, the one who prioritizes the gym, loves going hiking, mountain climbing, bike riding and more.  Are you always wondering what you can get them that won’t get lost in the back of the closet?

Swych has so many options for the athletic person in your life such as Athleta, Nike, Foot Locker, Adidas, Cabela’s, Bass Pro Shop and more! No matter if they enjoy the gym, shoes, fishing, or football Swych has something for every one athletic!  We guarantee they will find something they love that will fit into their active lifestyle

The Techie

The Techie

Swych has many options for those techies in your life! Has your techie been eyeing the iPhone X Max? Send them a Best Buy gift card and help them get the newest iPhone! Do they want some computer accessories? Amazon Echo? Beats headphones? Best Buy has got you covered.  Here are a few of the sought-after techie gifts this year:

  1. Fitbit Versa or the Fitbit Charge 3 – Fitbit has made some big changes to their watches, the Fitbit Charge 3 boasts the most accurate fitness tracker while the Fitbit Versa is an all-in-one smartwatch!
  2. The new Echo Show – Amazon’s Echo Show allows you to watch your morning briefing and videos, adding the visual element as well! Short on time? Ask Alexa to update you on the news and watch while you get ready in the morning! There is so much you can do with this device, face-to-face calls, hook up your security systems, and so much more!
  3. TP – Link Wireless Range Extender – Plug this device into any wall outlet and extend your wifi range up to 10,000 square feet! We know they will appreciate this one!
  4. TrackR Pixel Bluetooth Tracking Device – Do you have that one loved one who is always misplacing something? Their wallet, phone, or car keys? Worry no more with this tracking device! Track all of those items so they never lose them. And if they do, they can easily find them again!
  5. Bose Soundlink Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker – We know how incredible the sound is when you use Bose devices, so you know this portable speaker is going to put out a sound you didn’t expect! Your techie will love this and can bring it anywhere they please!

iRobot Roomba 980 – So what! It’s another vacuum, right?  Wrong! This vacuum is connected to your phone, so you can set it to clean without having to get up! You can schedule it to clean when you are at work, and it even recharges itself!

The Gadget Lover

The Gadget Lover

We all have that friend who just can’t get enough gadgets! Kitchen gadgets, car gadgets, bathroom gadgets … and the list goes on.  We wanted to give you a few ideas they will love!

For all the wine lovers out there, the gadgets are endless! One really neat gadget we found this year is the Oster Cordless Electric Wine Opener.  That gadget comes with a foil remover as well as its own stand, so it won’t get thrown in a drawer somewhere.  It makes opening wine, quick, easy and painless! No more struggling with corkscrews with this handy gadget!

Leather Tassel Lighting Charging Cable:  This one is pretty neat.  This is a keychain tassel with a charging cable hidden inside so they are never without a charger! As long as they have their keys with them they have a charger on the go!

 

The Fashionista

The Fashionista

Get them started with a Stitch Fix gift card! Stitch Fix is perfect for all those fashion lovers out there! They can customize their deliveries and the more they order the more customized it is.  Each Stitch Fix account has a personal stylist who is ready to hand pick outfits for according to their taste! It can be delivered as often or as little as they like.

The One Who Has Everything

The One Who Has Everything

What do you get for the one who has everything?  Swych is the perfect option for them! You can send an occasion or option card and let them choose when and where they want to spend it.

The Kids

The Kids

Wondering what to get the kids this year that won’t end up in the bottom of their toy box?  Try Fingerling Interactive Toy Monkeys.  These little guys hang from your finger and have tons of sound effects and animations.

You can also get the kids the Fire 7 Kids Edition tablet! This comes in a kid-proof case so it’s perfect for those kids who never sit down!

Don’t forget they all want the Nintendo Switch! Use Swych for a Switch this year!

The Teens

The Teens

We know they will love Fitbit’s Ionic Smartwatch that allows them to track workouts, play songs and has a built in GPS. Apple’s AirPods have been all the rage this year, so why not surprise them with a pair! (They don’t fall out while running, in case you were wondering).

And Swych is the perfect gift for those ever-changing, hard to buy for teens! Let them pick what they want this year. It doesn’t get much better than that!

The Photographer

The Photographer

Last year Polaroid came out with their Polaroid Originals OneStep 2.  This year the Impossible Project has kicked it up a notch with their A-1 Analog Instant Camera (which can be found on Amazon.com) that has a ring flash and connects to your phone. This allows the ultimate control for the professional photographer while also being a great point and shoot for beginners.

Swych is here to help with all your holiday shopping needs! Don’t forget to keep an eye on our 12 days of deals, now through Christmas and grab those deals while they are hot!

 

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Swych Unveils Blockchain-Powered Global Gifting and Shopping Platform

Pioneer in global cross-border digital gifting, Swych introduces blockchain technology to its platform to provide unparalleled security, high performance, and instant settlements

Dallas, TEXAS, December 13, 2018 — Swych, a digital gifting platform that currently processes more than a million gifting transactions a year for both consumers and businesses, today announced its advancement to a blockchain-based platform that it believes will significantly reduce the fees and other friction points associated with cross-border gifting. With a network of over 600+ partner brands worldwide, representing billions of products, this transition marks a significant advancement toward Swych’s mission of creating the global standard for digital gifting.

The Swych gifting network enables frictionless cross-border person-to-person or business-to-consumer gifting and empowers instant digital gifting transactions with zero fees, agnostic of underlying fiat currency or geography. Any gift sent through the Swych platform can be “swyched,” redeemed, and spent at any retailer on the Swych network, ensuring satisfaction of both the sender and the recipient, eliminating the guesswork out of gifting, and erasing the challenge of geographical borders between customers.

CEO and Founder of Swych, Deepak Jain, said “While the world has become increasingly interconnected since the arrival of the internet, the process of sending a gift — and in particular across countries — has remained stagnant with few and unimaginative choices, shipping hurdles and overall customer dissatisfaction. Our blockchain-powered platform will bring long overdue innovation to the $400B gifting market, now expected to grow to $700B by 2024, by making each gift a perfect one for recipients while eliminating loss of value through any fees or foreign exchange conversions.”

There has been an estimated $149 million in gift card sales in 2017 – an increase of 54% from 2007. Plastic gift cards have become synonymous with inflexibility, fraud, and obsolete technology. Additionally, traditional gift card networks and distribution schemes are difficult to scale across borders, and plastic gift cards are often forgotten in drawers. Building on its proven success with digital distribution, fraud management and strong data insights in consumers’ gifting behaviors, Swych’s blockchain integration enables new horizons for cross-border gifting, as well as several exciting new use cases such as loyalty redemption, employee incentives, frictionless travel shopping, and easy access to merchant offers.

Building on the Stellar Network, the platform’s blockchain elements operate seamlessly in the background. Swych users can easily send, redeem, and swych digital gift cards without any prior knowledge of blockchain technology, and without compromising on transaction speeds, security, and flexibility of the popular Swych gifting service.

Director of Partnerships of the Stellar Development Foundation, Lisa Nestor, said “By using the Stellar Network, Swych enables instant and secure purchases redeemable with any of their retail partners across the globe. Swych is leading the way forward in the gifting industry by integrating blockchain technology and we’re excited to see how the industry will continue to evolve.”

Jain said, “Working with Stellar and bringing the inherent advantages of the distributed ledger technology to the forefront, we intend to provide an example to the entire community of how blockchain can be used to solve a real-world problem that pretty much any consumer can identify with. Sending a digital gift to another consumer that can be instantly redeemed and spent for merchandise, travel, dining, entertainment or other popular categories without jumping through the hassles of bank accounts, plastic

cards, cash withdrawals or foreign exchange fees is the perfect example of how to use technology to simplify consumers’ lives.”

This news comes on the heels of Swych’s recent partnership with WeChat, Travelex, and Finablr, and acquisition of GiftCardsIndia, which allows Swych users in the U.S. to send personal digital gift cards to loved ones in India. The Swych app is available for download on iOS and Android. For more information, please visit http://www.goswych.com.

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About Swych

Swych is a mobile gifting platform enabling users to send “swychable” gifts from their mobile device that can be instantly redeemed for electronic gift cards from more than 600+ popular brands. Swych users can instantly buy, send, re-gift, upload, “swych” and redeem gift cards conveniently from their mobile device. Swych is part of the Finablr network of brands.

With category renowned brands, Finablr’s network of companies provides a broad array of innovative and trusted financial solutions for consumers, corporates, and enterprises, through its deep regulatory

know-how, relentless focus on technological innovation and a global network of retail stores, digital channels, payments platforms and industry partnerships.

The Swych app is available for download on iOS and Android. For more information, please visit http://www.goswych.com. For Gift Cards India, please visit http://giftcardsindia.com and http://www.giftcardsindia.in.

Hanukkah Gifts for the Whole Family

This Hanukkah, Swych has some great gift ideas for everyone in the family! Make this a Hanukkah they won’t forget! Get your gift on with these brands in the Swych App. Send a gift card or buy yourself one and get Hanukkah ready!

Kohl's

Jammies For Your Family's Hanukkah

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Kohl's has jammies for your families! Head to Kohl's and grab some Hanukkah PJs for your entire family! Celebrate Hanukkah in comfort! (Find it here)

Macy's

Judaica Collection

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Head to Macy's to find this beautiful Judaica Collection and impress your guests when serving your favorite Hanukkah foods. (Find it here)

Pottery Barn

HANUKKAH CELEBRATION ICON SALAD PLATE, SET OF 4

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Find these beautiful hand-painted salad plates at Pottery Barn. Each plate features a different side of the dreidel. (Find it here)

Harry & David

Hanukkah Gift Tower

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Celebrate Hanukkah this year by sending this beautiful Hanukkah Gift Tower full of delicious kosher baked goods! (Find it here)

Bed, Bath & Beyond

Hanukkah Gingerbread House Kit

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Celebrate with this Hanukkah Gingerbread House Kit and share the joy of Hannukah with your kids! (Find it here)

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Black Friday Deal

Black Friday Deals

Getting Ready for Black Friday

 

It’s already time for those annual Black Friday sales.  I don’t know about you, but it seems that every year we say we are going to get a head start on holiday shopping and every year it seems that nothing gets done until November.  No matter if you prefer to get up at 4 p.m. to hit the stores for their openings, start early and head to the mall after your Thanksgiving meal or sit behind your computer on Cyber Monday to get those deals, we’ll let you know what the best deals are this year.

 

If you have Swych gift cards in the app that you have not yet Swyched or redeemed, this would be the perfect time to help you get a jump on your holiday black Friday or Cyber Monday shopping!

 

Here are some of the hottest gift to keep an eye on this year from your favorite brands!

HOT DEALS BY STORE

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Let’s start with Walmart whose Black Friday deals start at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day! One of the biggest buys is the 40” Hisense TV for only $99! Need something a little bigger? Grab a 65” Roku Smart TV for $398. Want a sound bar to complete your entertainment center? Check out the Samsung soundbar for only $169 or LG soundbar for $99.  Looking to complete your office? Get an HP Officejet all-in-one printer for $49. With tons of movies ranging from $1.69 to $9.96, you can get something for everyone in the family! And if you don’t have a DVD player, don’t worry Walmart has those on sale, too. Walmart will also have both the Sony PS4 1TB Slim Spider Man Bundle and Xbox One S 1TB Minecraft Creators Bundle on sale for $199 (these are great replacements for DVDs the whole family will love, if only you can keep everyone from fighting over them).

 

Target Black Friday deals start at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, too. So, sneak in an hour earlier than Walmart and start knocking things off that Christmas list! Target is featuring Powerbeats3 Wireless Earphones for $89.99 or Beats Solo3 Wireless Headphones for $179.99.  Target is also having a doorbuster sale on all TVs! Grab a Samsung Curve 65” for $799 or a 55” TCL Roku TV for $349.99.  From Friday to Sunday, Target is also featuring a deal on Apple products – see below. Looking to score some toys for the little ones? Check out the BOGO 50% off mix and match toys! You can knock out that toy list easily at Target this year.

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Best Buy is another store with a great Black Friday sale this year.  Sales include TVs like the 70” LG 4k Ultra for only $699.99 or the 65” Samsung 4k for $599.99.  You have a variety of choices for TVs this year, grab one before they sell out! You can also grab a Nintendo Switch super bundle for $299.99.

 

HOT PRODUCTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM

 

 

Let’s look at laptops for sale on Black Friday.  Do you have a tight budget? Don’t think you can get something for $100 or less? Think again – You can get a Samsung Chromebook at Walmart for just $89! Under $200? No problem, Best Buy has the Lenovo Notebook PC for $199.99.  No limit – check out the new MacBook Air at Best Buy for $799.99.

Thinking about a tablet rather than a laptop? We can help guide you in the right direction for those too! Thinking about an iPad? Check out Target and Best Buy this Black Friday for an Apple iPad 6th generation or an Apple iPad Mini 4, both starting at $249.  Want to try a Samsung, you can grab a Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 9.7” for $399.99 at Best Buy or the Samsung Galaxy Tab A for $159.99 at Best Buy or Target.  Amazon Fire HD 8 can be found at Best Buy for only $49.99 or the Amazon Fire 7 Kids at Target for $69.99 – want to know a secret? If you get the Amazon Fire 7 Kids at Kohl’s this year, they are even throwing in $15 cashback in Kohl’s cash!

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Last but not least, the thing we know is high in demand on your holiday shopping list this year – smartphones! Where can you get the best deal? We’re here to tell you! We’ll start with the newest Apple iPhones, the iPhone XS, XS MAX and XR – head to Walmart this year for your purchase and they are throwing in a $300 gift card for activation at Walmart stores! Target is offering the same deal with $250 gift card with activation.   Grab yourself a Samsung Galaxy S9, S9+ or Note at Best Buy and get a $300 off with activation at Best Buy stores.  Want the Google Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL this year? Head to Best Buy (they seem to corner the smartphone market this year) and get $200 off with activation.

Looking for gift cards so you can gift these brands to friends and family and let them decide what they want on black Friday? Swych will be the hot spot to get those gift cards on Black Friday! Head to our promotions page to find the latest Black Friday deals from Swych.

Give. Get. Swych. The perfect gift for any occasion! Let us help you check things off that holiday shopping list this year!

Don’t forget to follow us on social media to keep an eye on our 12 Days of Deals!

How Far Can Your $10 Gift Card Go?

Whether you are looking for a little pick-me-up treat to transition into the busy holiday season, or you are starting to get your stocking stuffers all lined up … now is the time go Give.Get.Swych. and grab those awesome beauty deals. And don’t forget to SEND a Sephora gift card to your BFFs, so they can join in the fun, too.

1. rosebud perfume co. rosebud salve

This is described as a cult favorite and for good reason! This stuff will work magic on your chapped lips when the cold weather comes to town! (Find it here)

2. Sephora Collection Enchanted Sky Eyeshadow Palette

This eyeshadow palette is a must for the holiday season. It is full of beautiful neutral shimmery shades perfect for all those holiday parties that are sure to come. $10 ( Find it here )

3. First Aid Beauty Clean Canyon

The last thing you need to worry about as we get closer to the holidays is your skin. This set, perfect for someone on the go, will cleanse and hydrate your skin, and it’s just the right size to pack for all your travels over the river and through the woods … this holiday season. $10 (Find it here)

4. Sephora Collection Sleeping Masks

At just $4 each, you can grab a couple for $10 and help refresh your skin while you sleep. Each mask has different ingredients to give you just the right refreshing benefits. $4 (Find it here)

5. Sephora Collection Color Hit Nail Polish

Grab two of these for the holiday season! This long-lasting nail polish comes in 17 colors that will make sure you’ve nailed that look for the season! $5 (Find it here)

6. Sephora Collection Foot Mask

While sandal season may be over, don’t neglect those feet — think of all that fancy footwear your feet will be rocking this holiday season! These almond foot masks will help hydrate and avoid cracking dry skin during these cold months. $5 (Find it here)

7. Sephora Collection - Long Lasting Kohl Pencil

Sephora's Long Lasting Kohl Pencil is the perfect eyeliner for the holiday season! It will give you a bold look and last throughout those holiday parties! (Find it here)

8. Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair Deep Conditioning Mask mini

Need a good hair day? In as little as five minutes, this mask—good for all hair types —can restore essential hydration to your hair. It is recommended to use weekly. $9 (Find it here)

9. Makeup Forever Pro Finish Sponge Refill

This reusable makeup sponge works with either dry or wet makeup. Some even claim it is better than the beauty blender! $5 (Find it here)

10. Sephora Collection Cleansing and Exfoliating Wipes in Greentea

Grab these wipes to help take away all the makeup from the day. These are made with natural green tea extract and are easy to throw in your bag and use anywhere. $7.50 (Find it here)

Finablr acquires majority stake in digital gifting platform Swych

Abu Dhabi, UAE and Plano, TX; November 12, 2018: Finablr, a global platform for Payments and Foreign Exchange solutions, has increased its stake in Swych, a digital gifting platform, with a follow-on Series B investment to become a majority shareholder. With further exposure to the fast-growing digital gifting industry, Finablr will leverage its network’s leadership and global presence to bring Swych’s gifting network to a broader international audience.

Commenting on the transaction, Promoth Manghat, Executive Director and CEO of Finablr, said: “At Finablr, we facilitate access for consumers and businesses to the digital economy. To deliver on that promise, we are constantly looking to innovate and partner with companies providing exceptional products and services. Swych has a distinctive business proposition that complements the services offered by the Finablr network brands. We have collaborated closely with Swych’s high-calibre team on exciting projects over the last year. We will seek to continue building on this successful partnership through our majority stake in the company.”

Deepak Jain, CEO and Founder of Swych, added: “The presence of Finablr network companies in key international markets with millions of consumers has the potential to greatly accelerate Swych’s mission. Finablr network brands’ entrepreneurial culture combined with its focus on innovation and strong team is highly synergistic with our own core values at Swych. This investment is a testament to the robustness of our business model and will be invaluable as we look to take digital gifting to global audiences.”

Going forward, Finablr and Swych will share their experience and expertise to create enhanced gifting and payments experiences for consumers and businesses globally. This will be managed through Swych Blockchain Labs, a subsidiary of Swych and a dedicated centre of excellence located in Plano, Texas, established to develop and incubate pioneering FinTech products across blockchain, payments, digital wallets and cross-border e-commerce.

In October 2018, Swych partnered with Travelex, a Finablr network company, and WeChat to launch Travelex Pay, a unique new service for travellers from mainland China visiting the United States. Aimed at simplifying cashless spending, Travelex Pay enables WeChat Pay’s 800 million users to utilise digital gift cards offered by Swych for spending at more than 200 US retailers.

The Finablr network of companies includes category renowned brands, such as UAE Exchange, Travelex, Xpress Money, Unimoni, Remit2India and Ditto, and handles more than 150 million transactions per year. The network reaches over 160 countries, touching a billion lives through its digital channels, retail stores and agent locations.

Founded in late 2015, Swych operates a global gifting network from its headquarters in Plano, Texas. The company also has international offices in Canada and India, from where it oversees Gift Cards India, a gift card aggregator in India. Swych’s digital gifting network comprises of retailers in the USA, India, Philippines, Canada, the UK, Australia and the UAE, with future projects coming up in Japan and Latin America.

 

Leading Digital Gifting Platform Swych Partners with Leading Cross-Border Financial Services Firm Travelex to Introduce ‘Travelex Pay’, a WeChat Pay Powered Service

Strategic partnership between Travelex and Swych brings cashless shopping at hundreds of U.S. retailers to WeChat’s one billion monthly users, targeting over 800 million WeChat Pay users

Dallas, TEXAS, October 16, 2018 — Travelex Pay, a unique new service within leading global mobile messaging app WeChat, launched today in the U.S. market. Travelex Pay is powered by the global digital gifting platform Swych and distributed by the leading cross-border financial services firm Travelex. Aimed at simplifying cashless spending, Travelex Pay is available now to travellers from mainland China who are visiting the United States. The program enables WeChat users to utilize digital gift cards offered by Swych to easily spend at U.S. retailers directly within the WeChat app and use funding methods available inside users’ WeChat Pay account.

Powered by Swych, which has more than 700 major retail partners globally, Travelex Pay seamlessly, securely, and instantly debits a traveller’s WeChat Pay account while simultaneously providing a digital gift card of the equivalent desired amount to be used as a payment method at checkout. This is equally advantageous for retailers who benefit from accepting a new payment method at checkout that extends coverage to more than 3 million Chinese travelers that come to the U.S. annually. In 2016, tourists from mainland China are reported to have spent $30 billion in the U.S. which is expected to double to $60 billion by 2020. Travelex Pay will simplify shopping for Chinese travellers by offering a convenient shopping experience that is instant, digital and within their favourite mobile app that they regularly open multiple times a day.

Travelex Pay provides a smart digital checkout experience within the Wechat app. For completing the purchase of goods at a participating Swych retailer in the USA, an electronic gift card is generated through WeChat Pay app by the user, and the user’s WeChat Pay wallet account is instantly debited in their home currency. The cashier then scans the barcode or enters the number at checkout and the retailer gets paid instantly in USD. Gift cards can be created by the user either while at the checkout or at any point before purchase.

Swych’s retailer network covers all popular shopping categories including the luxury segment, department stores, big box, dining, fashion, entertainment, sports, electronics and travel. Swych’s advanced payment processing, fraud management and strong anti-money laundering controls further makes the solution a perfect fit for solving this large pain point for Chinese shoppers in the US.

CEO and Founder of Swych, Deepak Jain, said “Chinese tourism in the U.S. is increasing - both in number of people and the amount of money spent. With more than 90 percent of Chinese tourists expressing interest in using mobile payments overseas if given the choice, Swych, Travelex, with WeChat Pay, have combined service offerings to fill the demand for a frictionless and zero-fee payment option. This is yet another innovation aimed at furthering cross border commerce and making Swych the most advanced digital gifting platform in the market.”

“Swych and Travelex Pay are making cross-border shopping more seamless for Chinese WeChat customers who visit the US and use Travelex Pay. We are excited about this partnership and to provide Chinese consumers a cutting edge, digital payments experience.” said James Hewitt, Travelex CEO for North America.

With over 800 million WeChat Pay active users and over 1 billion overall active users, WeChat Pay’s performance capabilities range from communication, to finance, to retail, to social, making this a seamless solution to an integrated app that is already part of the consumer’s everyday lives.

Travelex Pay eliminates many of the common headaches involved with overseas travel by allowing for direct currency conversion and zero added fees right in the palm of the consumer’s hand. The program is available now through WeChat, which can be downloaded on iOS and Android.

About Swych:

Swych is a global digital gifting platform for consumers and enterprises. Swych’s patent pending mobile gifting platform enables users to send “swychable” gifts from their mobile device that can be instantly redeemed for electronic gift cards from more than 700+ popular brands. Swych users can instantly buy, send, re-gift, upload, “swych” and redeem gift cards conveniently from their mobile device. Swych is a private company funded by seasoned angel investors from banking, financial services, payments, gifting, telecom and enterprise computing space.

About Travelex:

Headquartered in London, Travelex has a rich heritage in foreign currency, pioneering the travellers’ cheques of the past and the digital payments of the future. With a presence in over 27 countries, and over 1,200 stores at both on-airport and off-airport locations around the world, Travelex has distilled its expertise and experience into a platform that reinvents physical and digital cross-border money movement globally to ensure its clients remain one step ahead of the competition. The platform provides financial institutions with a trusted, efficient and accurate international money payments service, plus secure and reliable banknote delivery of both major and exotic currencies.

A category leading independent foreign exchange specialist, the business covers the entire value chain of the retail foreign exchange industry. Travelex Group is also active in the remittances and payments space enabling physical and digital cross-border money movement for consumers and financial institutions.

Travelex is part of the Finablr network of companies. These category-leading financial services brands meet the needs of consumers through deep regulatory know-how, relentless focus on technological innovation and a global network of retail stores, business partners and digital channels.

About WeChat:

Launched in 2011, Weixin/WeChat has been enhancing the lives of hundreds of millions users with its innovative features. The most widely used Chinese social media platform integrates instant messaging and social entertainment, bringing about a mobile digital lifestyle on an easy to use app. Users get to engage in real-time communications via free text and multimedia messages, make voice/video calls or share photos on their “Moments.” Other lifestyle recreational features include “Games,” “Sticker Gallery,” and other functions. Continuously evolving around users' needs, Weixin/WeChat also offers enterprises “Official Accounts” to create original consumer experiences through its open platform and extended services such as Weixin/WeChat Pay for a truly mobile digital lifestyle. Weixin/WeChat reached more than 1.06 billion monthly active user accounts as of June 2018. Weixin/WeChat has evolved into a connector and open platform across industries, connecting users with one another, with smart devices and with business services.

Rest Up From Your Labor With These Labor Day Deals

Are you itching for one more vacation before summer ends?  Is the back-to-school season bumming you out?  Are you already worried that tan you worked so hard on is starting to fade? We know the feeling, but the fun doesn’t have to stop now! There is no better time to take a last-minute summer trip! We want to let you in on some of the Labor Day weekend travel deals that are going on now, so you can make the most of the long weekend to come!

For $119 a night you can travel to Vermont and stay in the beautiful Historic Vermont B&B, that is 50% off regular price! You will be surrounded by breathtaking scenery, it doesn’t get much better than that! The Snapdragon Inn is home to some legendary writers such as Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Thomas Wolfe who were known to be regulars of the inn.  This Vermont town is also home to Harpoon Brewery and a brewery tour for two along with Harpoon Brewery handmade pretzels are included in your stay!

The Snapdragon Inn, Vermont

For $119 a night you can travel to Vermont and stay in the beautiful Historic Vermont B&B, that is 50% off regular price! You will be surrounded by breathtaking scenery, it doesn’t get much better than that! The Snapdragon Inn is home to some legendary writers such as Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Thomas Wolfe who were known to be regulars of the inn.  This Vermont town is also home to Harpoon Brewery and a brewery tour for two along with Harpoon Brewery handmade pretzels are included in your stay!

Puerto Vallarta Bay

Want to leave the country for a few days? There are some amazing deals to Puerta Vallarta! Only $249 for a three-night stay in the town of Sayulita! This beautiful beach town hosted the TV series, Bachelor in Paradise, so you may recognize it! Spend a few days soaking up the sun and beautiful beach scenery and prolong that summer tan!

New Orleans, Louisiana

Haven’t made that trip to New Orleans yet? Travel to this unique city and stay at the Ace Hotel, named one of the best hotels in New Orleans! You might want to leave the kids at home for this trip, New Orleans is known for its nightlife and food! But if you do decide to bring them don’t worry, New Orleans is family friendly and there is plenty to do for kids as well! You can take them to the sea aquarium, shop at the French Market, ride an authentic steam-powered riverboat up the Mississippi River, visit the NOLA museum, ride a streetcar and much more! And don’t forget to stop by Café Du Monde and grab some café au lait and an order of world-famous beignets! This is a city you won’t easily forget and for only $119 a night how can you say no?

Washington DC

Back to school have you craving some history? Why not travel to Washington, D.C., and stay at the Wink Hotel which is walking distance from Dupont Circle and Georgetown.  Pack your walking shoes because there is no lack of things to do in this city!  Right now, the Wink Hotel is featuring a deal for only $129 a night!  Visit our national monuments, walk the National Mall, check out all the museums at the Smithsonian and so much more!

Lucky for you we also have plenty of travel options in the Swych app to help you get there! Southwest has their low fare travel calendar which will help you pick the best dates to travel. American Airlines will give you plenty of options for flights and Delta Airlines for some pretty great prices! All of these can be found in the Swych app!

At Swych, we want to help you make memories and make sure you have time for things that really matter! That’s why we make purchasing gift cards hassle free and give you the option to Swych your gift cards for the things you really want! With plenty of in-app deals, you never know what you might find! So, if you’re planning a trip why not make the Swych today and let us help you get there! Swych your cards for any number of our travel cards and make your traveling plans that much easier.

Give. Get. Swych. For any occasion.

Leave Room for Dessert

 

Planning on one last road trip before summer ends? Swych has everything you need to put a delicious twist on your travels! Forget fast food, with the BR Guest gift card from Landry’s, you can feast on a meal that “hits the spot” and will fit into any budget. BR Guest restaurants range from cozy burger joints to classy upscale dining.

Here are six new BR Guest dining options for you to Give. Get. Swych!

First let’s start with Bill’s Bar and Burger. With restaurants in Chicago, Pittsburgh, New York, New Jersey and Louisiana, Bill’s Bar and Burger brings you fresh, perfectly made burgers! The first restaurant opened in New York City in 2009 and has since expanded to 6 more restaurants. With 12+ burger options (they even make vegetarians and vegans happy by offering The Impossible Burger) Bill’s Bar and Burger will take care of those burger cravings!

If you’re in the mood for some authentic Mexican cuisine, Dos Caminos is the place for you with 5 locations in New York City. Dos Caminos has over 100 different kinds of tequila and authentic Mexican cuisine, need we say more? Know someone in the city or travelling to the city? Why not Give. Get. Swych. and help make their dinner choice a little easier.

Now, who doesn’t love some good Italian food? Grotto brings you incredible Italian food with locations in Texas (The Woodlands, Houston, and Galveston), Atlantic City, Las Vegas, and Lake Charles. Grotto serves Neapolitan Pizza and Italian dishes that will make your mouth water, top it off with their Peach Bellini and variety of Italian wine and you’ve got yourself a perfect night out.

Looking for a good old-fashioned steak? Strip House is a meat lover’s heaven! With locations in New York and Las Vegas, Strip House brings you that memorable steakhouse experience. If you’re planning a trip to Las Vegas anytime soon make sure you Give. Get. Swych. and experience dining at Strip House.

Although not part of the BR Guest Landry’s gift card, we have another dining option for those who want to, “go gourmet.” Dean & Deluca market and café offers delicious jams, baked goods, deli and specialty items. Pack a picnic basket for yourself or treat someone special to a gift card for one of their monthly clubs. Options include a select variety of Cheese, Charcuterie, Coffee or Community Supported Fishery. With locations around the world, you can count on Dean & Deluca to have something for everyone, everywhere.

We hope you are as excited about these new additions as we are! Our team is constantly working to bring you the brands that you love! Are we missing any of your favorites? Follow us on social media and drop us a line with those requests.

Whatever the occasion … Give. Get. Swych. Oh … and don't forget to leave some room for dessert!

The 2018 Back to School Shopping Guide is Here

 

Are you getting a little overwhelmed with the kids heading back to school? We want to help you tackle that back-to-school shopping list! You know the one full of school supplies, not including the backpacks, lunch boxes, clothes, shoes … well you get the idea.

If you have received a gift card that you haven’t Swyched yet, you could Swych to Amazon. Like most things, Amazon is making that back-to-school supplies kit very easy to find and less stressful for you! You can order it online and have it sent right to your door! Amazon has a list of supplies; just click the ones you want, add it to your card and you’re done! If you have a card that you haven’t Swyched yet, you can Swych it to Amazon! Another option that is incredibly easy option that takes all the guesswork out is teacherlist.com. You simply put in your zip code, search for your child’s school and click where you would like to purchase the items and it puts everything in your cart for you! Or you can simply take the list to your local store and check items off as you find them (hopefully it’s not too picked through).

Now that we’ve got the supplies taken care of, lets jump right in to the fall fashion trends so your back-to-school kids have the perfect outfits!

Are your kids waiting for you to take them shopping for their first day outfit? Remember that outfit? The one everyone will remember you by? The outfit that makes or breaks your first day back to school? They can’t possibly show up in last year’s clothes! Everyone would know!

Denim is always a must-have

Don’t worry, parents, we’ve got you covered. Here are some of the fall must-haves when it comes to fashion!

Believe it or not, a lot of this year’s fall fashion trend is all about denim! There are so many cool ways to spice up those skinny jeans and white T-shirts! If they’ve already got the jeans they can add elements of pop and make it an all new outfit! Hold on to your chairs, keep reading and prepare to go down memory lane or prepare to be shocked, either one will do!

There are so many fall trends for denim this year including denim on denim (eek), mismatched denim, patchwork denim, embroidered denim, you name it, it’s probably a trend. This also makes putting together an outfit a little easier! You can add a plain tee, graphic tee or this year’s must-have sequined tee to any pair of jeans! Throw a neon jacket over that and they are good to go, looking the part for the new school year!

If you’re looking for the perfect denim piece look no further than the GAP, they have the latest trends when it comes to denim your kids are bound to find the perfect pair! Swych those gift cards and let the kids find exactly the right pair for them at the GAP.

Update any look with a great denim jacket

High tops, low tops … it's all about the shoes

Shoes, shoes and more shoes!

Remember that neon jacket we told you to get? Well you can also layer neon this year! Layer them or simply throw some neon colors over your denim-on-denim-on-denim and it’s the perfect outfit!

Now that we’ve got their essential outfits covered let’s talk about all those must have accessories. Shoes first.

Luckily Converse is always in style, so you can either share with them the pair you’ve had in your closet for years (just kidding that wouldn’t be cool) or Swych those gift cards you’ve been sitting on and grab them a fresh pair! They are easy to match with just about any outfit you can image including jeans, skirts, even dresses! High-top or low-top let them choose and let the shoes work for them all year!

We know the girls are begging for new makeup this year! If you haven’t heard of Milk Makeup you need to head over to Sephora and check them out! Not only is Milk Makeup one of the new trends this year they are vegan, paraben free, cruelty free and so much fun, and we know how important those labels are to your kids! Their slogan is “It’s clean, cool beauty” so you know it’s the new it thing. You can also “Swych” your gift cards to Ulta if they prefer.

Backpacks. We haven’t forgotten about those! It’s probably one of the first things they asked for! You can’t let them go to school with that old torn backpack from last year. We are here to let you in on the newest backpack trends. First things first, mermaid sequins. You know what we’re talking about? The sequins, mostly seen in pillows, you can’t pass by in the store without having little hands touching and begging for a pillow for their room? Well they are in luck because they now have those in backpacks! There is no better way to see a smile on her face than to hand her one of these for the first day of school!

Nothing says shiny and new like sequins

Second on our backpack trend list is ears. Yup, you heard it, ears like unicorn ears or cat ears. You can also throw some pom poms on there and we’ll bet you’ll get some pretty happy campers. Don’t forget to grab the matching lunch box as well! Sending a boy back to school? There is still nothing better than classic durable backpacks such as the adidas or Jansport.

Are your kids going to college this year? Then send them the perfect gift of Bed Bath and Beyond and let them decorate their dorm room with the essential items they may need. Still need electronics this year? Maybe a laptop or tablet for school? Help them or get help by Swyching those gift cards to Best Buy and make the purchase a little easier.

There are so many so many ways Swych can help you with your back to school needs! Don’t miss out on any of the latest trends and help them go back to school in style this year. Swych makes it easy to give the perfect gift every time!

 

For any occasion simply Give. Get. Swych.

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