Global Gifting App Swych Partners with Plastic Bank to Launch “#CutthePlastic” Campaign in Honor of Earth Day

Between now and December 31st, Swych is supporting the mission to combat plastic pollution in our oceans

Dallas, TEXAS, April 22, 2019 – Swych, a digital gifting platform that currently processes more than a million digital gifting transactions a year for both consumers and businesses, today announced the launch of the “#CutThePlastic” campaign in honor of Earth Day, a global event designed to boost awareness for climate change and help end plastic pollution, protect endangered species, and activate a global environmental movement.

“#CutThePlastic” is designed to encourage consumers to upload their gift cards to Swych’s app, recycle them, and then migrate completely to digital gift cards. By eliminating redundant plastic, the campaign will play a role in not only broadcasting the next wave of technological innovation but also contribute to environmental sustainability and a small step closer to zero waste. Swych will celebrate Earth Day in the following ways:

  • Incentivize consumers to download the Swych mobile app, convert their existing physical gift cards to digital via uploading the gift cards to their Swych account and recycling/upcycling the physical card(s).
    • For every plastic gift card uploaded to Swych, a $0.10 contribution will be made to Plastic Bank.
    • Swych users who upload their cards will receive various rewards including coupons and Swych points that may be traded for digital gift cards within the Swych app.

Swych’s Vice President of Marketing, Stephanie Barrueto, said “We created the #CutThePlastic campaign to bring awareness to the growing global issue of plastic waste. Over a billion gift cards are printed every year, equating to roughly 9,000 tons of plastic that end up in our oceans. We want to encourage people to support the #CutThePlastic mission and shift to digital gifting.  We teamed up with Plastic Bank because they personify what this campaign is all about and continue to do incredible work in not only eradicating plastic waste but monetizing it in a way that improves lives.”

Consumers can join the campaign by sharing the hashtag #CutThePlastic on social media, tagging friends and posting the photos of the physical gift cards they just “upcycled.”

The majority of physical gift cards are made from a plastic resin called PVC, 75 million pounds of which enters the waste stream each year. This type of plastic is, for the most part, still not accepted by household waste disposers, making the process of disposing gift cards highly inconvenient. As a result, most end up in our oceans, over time breaking down and potentially being ingested by marine life. Swych provides global, digital gifting experiences without negatively impacting the world in which we live.

David Katz, Founder and CEO of Plastic Bank said “Plastic Bank is thrilled to find new and innovative ways to cut plastic pollution, and Swych exemplifies the core of our mission. Through our new partnership, Swych users everywhere can create tangible impact in vulnerable communities, reduce ocean plastic, and move confidently into the future of gifting: gifts that give back.”

The Swych app is available for download on iOS and Android. For more information, please visit http://goswych.com/cut-the-plastic/.

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, corporations, 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.

About Plastic Bank

Plastic Bank fights ocean plastic and alleviates extreme poverty by empowering disenfranchised communities to turn pollution into wealth. Collected plastic can be exchanged by local residents for rewards such as cash, digital tokens, school tuition, healthcare, and insurance. Membership Bonuses are added to rewards to ensure stable and fair wages for our Members. The plastic is then recycled into raw material, called Social Plastic®, and used to manufacture new products. We call this circular economy the Social Plastic Ecosystem.

Swych's Not-So-Secret Menu

Amazon.com Gift Card

Amazon.com Gift Card

Want to lighten that Amazon.com cart?  Let Swych help!

Want to lighten that Amazon.com cart? Let Swych help!

Want to lighten that Amazon.com cart? Let Swych help!

Amazon.com Gift Card

You probably already know that when you send gift cards to friends and family through Swych you get to pick from hundreds of popular retailers as well as festive occasion cards.  Your F&F can also “swych” the gift cards they receive for one of those hundreds of popular retailers they may want more — but with a few extras, you may not know about. Enter Swych’s “not-so-secret menu.”  When you receive a gift card in the Swych app you have a few extra options you can “swych” your gift card to.

 

*Restriction may apply, see amazon.com/gc-legal

Target

Target

Brands like an Amazon.com Gift Card, Target, App Store &  iTunes   and Walmart are available* exclusively for “swyching.”

Doesn't everyone go to Target for one item and come out with 10x that amount?

Doesn't everyone go to Target for one item and come out with 10x that amount?

Doesn’t everyone go to Target for one item and come out with 10x that amount?

Walmart

Walmart

Do the kids have a party at school you need to help out with?

Do the kids have a party at school you need to help out with?

Do the kids have a party at school you need to help out with?

So, when you send a “Happy Birthday” gift card to your friend they have even more options. Maybe they have an Amazon.com cart full of household goods they need.  Maybe they had to run to Target for that one item they missed on their shopping list, and honestly, we all know going into Target is NEVER buying just one thing, right?!

App Store & iTunes

App Store & iTunes

Maybe it’s Friday and that new album came out on iTunes, or they are doing some grocery shopping at Walmart and could use a gift card to help! Whatever the reason, these brands are available as a “swychable” gift! Just like that, you’re a gift whisperer.

 

So, if you didn’t know, now you do.

Give. Get. Swych.

Get that movie you've been eyeing, or get one for the kids (you may enjoy a few minutes of silence)!

Get that movie you've been eyeing, or get one for the kids (you may enjoy a few minutes of silence)!

Get that movie you’ve been eyeing, or get one for the kids (you may enjoy a few minutes of silence)!

Valentine's Swych Gift Guide

Valentine's Swych Gift Guide

It’s almost Valentine’s Day and love is in the air; and February 15th is Singles Awareness Day. So whether you’re single or in a relationship, wanting to send something to a special someone, or just treat yourself, Swych wants you to have everything you need to enjoy this holiday.

Whether you’re planning a big date night, a quiet night in, or just looking for a special treat for yourself or for someone you love, Swych has something for you!

Send and Save

Everyone loves getting a special something delivered at work or home! Swych has that covered.  Right now, you can save 15% on purchases of digital gift cards from $50 to $150 on select brands in the Swych app.  These brands include 1 800 Baskets, 1 800 Flowers, Cheryl’s Cookies, Fruit Bouquets, FragranceNet.com, Harry & David, Lobster Gram, The Popcorn Factory, and Wine.com.  With these choices, you can save now, and then use them to send the perfect gift basket, flowers, cookie jar, fruit, and more, on Valentine’s Day.

Looking for something to send to Mom or Grandma? Grab a 1 800 Baskets, Harry & David or Fruit Bouquets gift card and send them something special on Valentine’s Day to let them know you care.  Maybe you’re looking for something to send to the special lady in your life, 1 800 Flowers, Cheryl’s Cookies or FragranceNet.com will make her smile on that special day.  Planning a night with the gals and BFFs, Wine.com and The Popcorn Factory will make a perfect night with friends! And we don’t want to forget about the fellas either! Lobster Gram has got something perfect for the guys to throw on the grill!

Gifting Date Night

Swych has a Date Night card in the app and whether you want to send one or someone sent you one, the Date Night card is “Swychable” for over 60 brands! So no matter what your plans are, Swych it for something you and they will love!

Planning Your Date Night

Let’s dive in and plan your date night!  There are so many options in the Swych app that can satisfy any mood or craving whether it is seafood or steak,  something on the healthier side,  a fun night out or a quiet night in.  Most of us plan for a meal out on Valentine’s Day and Swych has some great restaurants for you including Strip House, Darden Restaurants, Carrabba’s, Top Golf (this always makes for a fun night out!), Bonefish Grill and many more! After dinner, you can keep the night going with tickets to the Cirque du Soleil show you’ve had your eye on, or use your Wine.com or The Popcorn Factory gift cards and take it home to watch a movie on Hulu with some wine and a snack!

Flying solo this year? Plan a night out with friends at Top Golf and make some great memories while you’re at it! Feel like staying in? Use that Wine.com gift card and enjoy a glass of red and that start that series you’ve been eyeing (Tidying Up, You, Bird Box, or catch up on last year’s movies and be Oscar ready!).

Maybe you’re planning something special with the kids, use a Darden gift card for dinner, then take them to Pinkberry for a nice cold treat (if your town hasn’t been hit by the recent arctic weather).

Don’t forget to treat someone special or treat yourself this year! Grab a Spa & Wellness gift card, you can even do a couple’s spa day for both of you!

No matter what your Valentine’s Day plans are, let Swych help you plan and save money! Don’t forget to tag us on social media with #GiveGetSwych so we can see how Swych helped you create the perfect date night this Valentine’s Day.

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!

 

Give. Get. Swych.

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

Image from Pottery Barn
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

Image from Harry & David
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)

Give. Get. Swych.

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.

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