Gift credits were first conceived in 2008 when two friends names Adam Ludwig and Patrick Ledbetter wanted to buy a beer for each other while sitting at a restaurant. They thought it would be cool if they could just credit each other the amount, so they could continue their tradition of giving a beer even if they weren't in the same location together. They formed RealGift Services, Inc. and started building a product.
In 2010, GiftYa was formed by Jason Wolfe, a gift card pioneer, and Tom Isaacson, inventor and patent lawyer. While working on Wolfe's patents, the gift credit concept was shared and they started working with investors to grow, patent and expand the concept in partnership with Ledbetter and Ludwig.
In 2012, GiftYa was issued several patents around the process fo gift credits. A GiftyYa is a gift that is purchased and paid for only after the recipient makes a purchase at the brand they were gifted. Thus, GiftYa gift credits never lose their value, are virtually fraud free and can never be lost.
In 2016, Wolfe sold GiftCards.com, the largest online gift card site to Blackhawk Network, and began focusing on GiftYa, changing the gift card market. We are passionate about how GiftYa gift credits make giving easier...reinventing gifting!
Empowering people to instantly send personalized gifts, never reducing the value of the gift, and the giver only paying ig the gift value is used.
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