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With only one more sleep until Christmas, I am one of those people running around frantically looking for Christmas gifts, especially because I have family in town visiting over the festive period.

Being from a smaller city, I decided to take my family to Sandton City to browse around the shops and have a bit of a look around, that way also giving me some idea of what they would want as gifts.

However, I felt a little bit like I had shot myself in the foot because of all the different likes received at the different goods at the many stores.

Almost giving up hope on what to get each of them, I tried to simplify the process for myself by letting them decide for themselves what they wanted to get and my answer came packaged in a gold wrapped envelope and two words…gift card.

Being somewhat of a confusing person to buy a gift for, myself, I’m not sure why I hadn’t thought of this idea sooner.

Gift cards are always great options to get as Christmas, birthday or even anniversary gifts, that way, as the buyer, you aren’t left with the worry of whether or not your gift will be enjoyed or even kept and as the gift receiver, the option is yours as to how you want to spend your gift and it’s a much safer and more modern way rather than gifting someone with cash.

So off I went and purchased my gift cards, which was a pleasant experience. All I needed to do was to go to one of the gift card counters at the mall, ask for the amount I wanted and present my ID or driver’s license before paying.

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Sandton city is one of the largest shopping malls in South Africa and with over 300 stores and hundreds of thousands of shoppers a month, both locally and internationally, their gift card offering is world class. The Sandton City MasterCard gift card was launched in 2007 and has been tremendously popular since.

Gift cards, like the ones sold at Sandton City, have been proven to increase sales and feet within a shopping centre, make use as great marketing tools and are a step ahead from paper vouchers as used in the past.

As a customer, needless to say, gift cards are definitely the future in shopping freedom.

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It’s officially December, which means that Christmas is just around the corner and already my excitement is starting to build up.

I love this time of the year, it’s almost as if the Christmas spirit is in the air. This time of the year, for me, means family, loved ones, presents, appreciation and who can miss the food.

It’s become family tradition each year for my entire family to gather at a relative’s home, where we would set the table, open gifts together and just spend the day eating, laughing and having a great time together. Speaking of traditions, a lot of the food served on Christmas Day include traditional home cooked meals and desserts, from curries to roasts and even the gammon.

No-one can make gammon the way the women in my family do. With the perfect combination of sweet and sour, they use a special traditional family recipe of preparing the pork by glazing it with a mixture of apricot jam, lemon and cinnamon which is layered on the top and the gammon before cooking.

There are plenty of traditional tricks and recipes common in many families and now is your chance to bring out the old recipes to stand a chance to win a R5000 Pick n Pay gift card.

A R5000 gift card could mean all your Christmas grocery shopping is covered, at no expense to you. Now you can whip up all those secret family recipes, without worrying about what it’ll cost you. Pick n Pay is known for stocking goods ranging from groceries to clothing and other goods, so winning the R5000 gift card could also alleviate the stress of spending on Christmas gifts.

Confident about my family Gammon cooking secret, I entered the competition which proved to be quite straight forward.

The competition offers entrants the opportunity to enter in any one of three ways, namely:

Don’t forget to use #picknpaychristmas on your Facebook and Twitter entries. All entrants have to be Standard Bank clients and signed up for the uCount Rewards programme and Pick n Pay SmartShopper Card holders.

I entered via Twitter simply by tweeting my family cooking secret to @PicknPay and not forgetting to add the competition hashtag at the end.

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Just like that, in less than two minutes, I entered and now wait to hear if I’m the lucky winner.