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We are History of the Voucher Association, here to tell you everything you want to know about the beginnings of gift vouchers!
Gift vouchers have played a huge part in consumerist society since the early twentieth century and we are here to give you a rundown of just how they have become the perfect gift for everyone and how the VA played its part.

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    The UK Gift Card and Voucher Association was set up in 1991 to ensure that the consumer was getting the best possible service from their gift voucher and that the merchandise card was being well thought of and well used in the UK.
    Big businesses who issue vouchers and points scheme are members of the UK Gift Card and Voucher Association. The history of the UKGCVA’s members is huge and diverse, with past members including such big brand names as ASDA, Waterstones and Boots.

    Gift vouchers are used by all consumer businesses in order to promote their company and give incentives to customers. These cards come in all shapes and sizes, from collectible stamp, by which the customer collects a stamp after each purchase and when they have so many they receive a prize or discount.
    Point’s cards work much the same. The customer collects points after each purchase; the cost of the purchase denotes the amount of points. These points are then calculated into an amount for the customer to spend in the shop.

    Since the 1980s vouchers and tokens have been used across a wide range of businesses as incentives and they haven’t been restricted to shop spending! Some supermarkets started up schemes which allowed their customers to donate an amount to a local school. At the end of the transaction, the customer would be given a token, which they would then place in the box of their chosen school.

    These could then be used to purchase gym equipment, books or classroom aids.
    The UK Gift Card and Voucher Association was set up to ensure that all voucher schemes were being run fairly with the consumer in mind. If you require more information on the use or history of the gift voucher, don’t hesitate to contact us at

  • Stamp and points schemes

    Stamp and points schemes are an excellent way to save towards the Christmas and holidays as they allow you to gain money back on every purchase you make throughout the year. These schemes have been well loved for years.