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November 29, 2018

5 Reasons to Give the Gift of College Savings This Holiday Season

If you’re stuck on what to stuff in the stockings this season, or sick of clicking around Amazon with no end game in sight, it might be time to switch up your holiday shopping strategy by giving a gift that really inspires.


This year, you can prepare for a brighter future while you celebrate the present.


One of the best ways to do so is by giving the gift of college savings. Many of your closest friends and family members are silently setting aside funds for the future college costs of their loved ones or themselves. By treating them to a special contribution to their 529 college savings plan, your gift will be sure make a difference long after the holiday season ends.


To help illuminate why contributions to a 529 college savings plan can make such a big difference, LEAF put together a little list of our own. Here are five reasons why you should give the gift of college savings this holiday season:

  • The Gift of College Savings Has Real Impact

Candles burn out and socks gather holes, but contributions to a 529 college savings plan fuels lasting personal growth. By prioritizing the recipient’s education, you’re making a statement about the invaluable impact your gift has on their future.

  • 529 College Savings Plans are Low Maintenance

Even if your recipient doesn’t have an existing 529 college savings plan, enrollment is easy. And, once the plan is opened, the process is very hands-off. Your gift could be the first step on their path to college savings!

  • You Know Exactly Where Your Gift is Going

LEAF Gift Cards come with assurance. Your holiday gift can only be used towards college savings. No more “college fund” checks that end up paying for groceries or gas.

  • Anyone Can Open a 529 College Savings Plan

Anyone is eligible to open a 529 plan. Unlike Roth IRAs and Coverdell Education Savings Accounts, 529 plans have no income limits or age limits. So, you can give freely, knowing your present will benefit anyone on your list.

  • LEAF Offers Festive 529 Gift Cards You Can Purchase Online

At LEAF, we make it simple to browse the internet for a gift that matters. Our cheerful selection of LEAF Gift Cards is available for easy online purchase in any dollar amount from $25 to $1,000 and can even be personalized with a unique photo. You can send them via e-mail, as a physical card, or by printing your own at home. This makes them a convenient gift for someone special, even if you’re short on time.


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Redeeming the card is hassle-free. Your recipients visit our Redeem a Card page, and in just a few steps they are able to enter their gift card number and transfer the funds to an existing 529 college savings plan.


Don’t have a plan? Don’t worry! Recipients can redeem the cards even if they don't have an existing 529 plan. LEAF will encourage them to open a plan and they can return to the LEAF website to transfer the funds later.


For more information about the many benefits of LEAF Gift Cards, click here.


Ready to shop? Visit our 529 Gift Card collection, personalize your selection and prepare to be Santa’s biggest helper this season. Your friends and family deserve it.

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As always, if the gift is not used we will redeem the full face value of the card. Additionally as a special holiday promotion, from now until the end of December LEAF will waive the activation fee for any gift card!

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