I was just looking for some advice on gift giving and couldn't find another board that really fit the topic. The situation is the following:
My husband and I visit our local Dunkin Donuts for coffee several times a week. There is one particular girl who works there who waits on us a lot. I'll call her B. B has been helping us for about 3 years now. She regularly gives us frequent buyer cards, the kind where they punch it for you each visit and eventually you get a free item. No one else ever gave us these cards even though everyone there knows we come through constantly, so we appreciated that because we end up with free coffee. B often hands us several cards at once and occasionally punches all the spots ahead of time so we get several free coffees ahead without having to build up the punches. I know this all sounds silly but we really appreciate it.
Anyway, the reason I am posting is because my husband and I wanted to express our gratitude by giving her a gift card at Christmas to say thank you. The problem is that we don't really know B, certainly not outside of her work. I wanted to give an Amex gift card so she could use it for what ever she wanted but I guess that comes across almost like giving cash. The thing is, we don't know if giving the card comes across as weird or creepy. We also don't know if we should just give it with a card and say Merry Christmas and leave it at that or should we say Thanks for all the free coffees? We want to be careful about how we present it. I used to work at a coffee shop identicle to Dunkin when I was in highscool and college. I had regular customers that I liked and went out of the way for. If one of them had ever given me a giftcard for Christmas I would have been thrilled and I wouldn't have thought anything werid about it. B is in college so probably can appreciate the money even more. What do you think? Do you think the card is appropriate? How do you think we should present it? It would be inside a Christmas card but what do you think we should say/write? I wanted to give $50 because we go through there so often...about 3-5 times a week. I'd really appreciate any thoughts you have so as how to come off as giving with good intentions and not have any creepy factor lol. Thanks.