Frequently Asked Questions




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What is triplethegift.com?

triplethegift.com is an online gift registry where every gift made becomes three gifts in one. triplethegift.com allows parents to communicate a very easy gift giving solution for a special occasion. It's a simple and convenient way to give a gift that is both quick & eco-friendly. Each gift made becomes three gifts to the registered child. One gift becomes: a gift card for that perfect gift, a donation to a charity, a contribution to a college savings account

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How does triplethegift.com work?

  1. You create your registry and invite your guests to view your registry
    • Create an account (free) - provide basic information.
    • Create a registry (free) - after creating an account, follow prompts to set up registry; takes just minutes!
    • Invite family and friends to view a registry (free) - after the registry is created, send an e-mail through the website; get a website link to your registry or download a template label or template business card to be inserted with your paper invitation

  2. Creating your registry
    • Totally customizable to suit your event.
    • You choose how your gifts will be split between the gift card, college savings and charitable donation.
    • You can edit the registry anytime and revise the gift split any time.
    • View a sample registry by clicking here.

  3. Making a gift
    • Use the name or registry number to view the registry.
    • To make a gift, enter an amount and follow the prompts for payment choice (quickly, easily, safely and securely).
    • Registered person receives email with details.
    • Transactions are kept private and only the registered person can see them.

Click here to see a Flash presentation

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What type of occasions can the registry be used for?

A registry can be created for any occasion:

  • Birthday
  • Graduation
  • New Baby
  • Christmas or Hanukkah
  • Bar or Bat Mitzvah
  • Sweet 16

or Any Special Occasion...

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What are the benefits of triplethegift.com for a child celebrating a special occasion?

You can view and print a summary of the benefits of triplethegift.com by Clicking Here. Or, please continue to read below for all of the benefits.

  • Save Time
    • Quick & easy - less than 5 minutes to set up.
    • No more returns - avoid returning unwanted / duplicate items
  • Easy Access for Everyone
    • Unlimited business hours - 24/7 access for you and your family and friends
    • Overseas family and friends can provide gifts
    • Support team ready to help - so you can relax and enjoy
  • More Value
    • Expensive gifts are now an option - instead of smaller gifts, multiple gift givers can contribute to bigger items
    • Money can go towards the things that are needed
  • Start saving for college
    • Start saving now as every little bit helps when its time to go
    • Enhance your college savings by using Upromise Rewards
  • Eliminate the hassle of transporting large/numerous gifts
  • Eco-friendly - no paper, no shipping, no driving
  • Safe & Secure
    • Internal and external (independent 3rd party) fraud prevention measures
    • "Secure Sockets Layer (SSL)" for all important information
    • Best Technical & Secure practices on our website
    • A very strict privacy policy that we adhere to
    • All transactions are logged and recorded for auditing purposes
    • Our Service Provider has been established since 2003 and, over this time, has built a reputation based on quality service, honesty and integrity. Thousands of people have successfully used these services

You can quickly and easily try it now: Create a registry (free)

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How do I get started with a registry?

Click here to get started by creating an account (free)

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What will my registry look like?

Your registry is totally customizable and you can personalize it to suit your event. You will choose your gift split for the three gifts during the setup of your registry. Once you choose your split, it will display in your registry.

For an example of what your registry will look like, you can view a full sized sample by clicking here.

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What gifts does the child receive?

Based on the split chosen for the registry, the child will receive:

  • A Visa Gift Card will be purchased [Other options are available such as receiving a check or receiving multiple cards]
  • A deposit will be made to a College Savings Plan account. If you don't have an account yet, click here
  • A charitable donation will be made to the charity of your choice or the organization Share our Strength ®. Click here for more information about Share our Strength ®

The Gift Card portion will be rounded to the closest $5 increment, with the difference going to the college savings contribution.

Within 10 business days a letter will be sent which will include the Visa Gift Card(s) or check, the amount of the deposit made to their College Savings Plan account (date & check number) and the amount sent to the charitable organization (date & check number).

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How do I let people know I have registered at triplethegift.com?

  • Providing us with their e-mail addresses and we'll send them a link to your registry and introduce triplethegift.com
  • A website link for your e-mail invitation
  • A template label or template business card to be included with your invitation

Each of these options is available when you create your registry

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Are there any fees for creating a registry or using triplethegift.com

All of the features in triplethegift.com are FREE, except a small service charge (as little as 2%), when you close the registry.If you choose a Visa gift card instead of a check, there is a fee charged by Visa for the gift card. If you choose to order registry cards for invitations through triplethegift.com (optional), then there is a small fee. (The price for each of the optional registry invitation cards is displayed on the screen for you after you create a registry).

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How does Family & Friends view the registry and make a gift?

It is quick and easy to use triplethegift.com to provide gifts:

  1. They can use a "registry number" to view the registry or search by name
  2. To make a gift, choose any dollar amount (quickly, easily, safely and securely) and follow the screens to complete payment

Click here to view a registry now.

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What are the benefits of triplethegift.com for Family & Friends?

You can view and print a summary of the benefits of triplethegift.com by Clicking Here. Or, please continue to read below for all of the benefits.

  • Save Time
    • Quick & easy - provide gifts within minutes.
    • No more running around searching for gifts
    • Unlimited business hours - 24/7 access for you and your family and friends (anytime, anywhere)
    • Overseas family and friends can provide gifts easily
    • Support team ready to help - so you can relax & enjoy
  • Save Money
    • Save money on gas - no travelling from store to store
    • Save money on postage & shipping
  • More Value
    • Expensive gifts are now an option - instead of smaller gifts, multiple gift givers can contribute to bigger items
    • Money can go towards the things that are needed
  • Reduce Stress & Hassle of transporting gifts and trying to find the "perfect gift"
  • Eco-friendly - no paper, no shipping, no driving
  • Safe & Secure
    • Internal and external (independent 3rd party) fraud prevention measures
    • "Secure Sockets Layer (SSL)" for all important information
    • Best Technical & Secure practices on our website
    • A very strict privacy policy that we adhere to
    • All transactions are logged and recorded for auditing purposes
    • Our Service Provider has been established since 2003 and, over this time, has built a reputation based on quality service, honesty and integrity. Thousands of people have successfully used these services

You can quickly and easily try it now: Create a registry (free)

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What payment methods can be used?

You can make a gift by using the following payment methods:

  • Credit Card
  • PayPal
  • Check

If you would like to use a different payment method, then please contact us.

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What countries and currencies does triplethegift.com support?

triplethegift.com accepts gifts from any country in U.S. dollars but has the capability to process funds in many denominations. If you would like to use a different currency, then please contact us.

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Will I know who provided me with gifts?

Yes. When someone provides you with a gift, you will automatically receive an email from us (and so will they) with the details of the transaction. You can view your transaction details at any time, which will tell you how much money you have received from each person, the name of the person and the total gift made. Family & friends cannot see what you have received from others.

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How do I receive the gifts and close my registry?

It is quick, easy, safe and secure to receive gifts through triplethegift.com. To close your registry, you log in to your account and click on the link "Receive Gifts (withdraw funds)". You will see the grand total of the gifts received. The gifts will be made based on the split chosen for the registry.

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Are there any fees for Family & Friends to make a gift?

All of the features in triplethegift.com are FREE, except there is a small service charge (as little as $1.49), when you make a gift.

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Is triplethegift.com safe and secure?

YES!

  • We use technical best practices and security best practices on our website
  • We have internal and external (independent 3rd party) fraud prevention measures to protect you
  • We use "Secure Sockets Layer (SSL)" for all important information
  • We have a very strict privacy policy that we adhere to.
  • We require all people to create an account (free) and login before using the system
  • The only person that can close the registry and receive the gifts is the person who set up the account
  • All transactions are logged and recorded for auditing purposes and for authenticity validation (to assist in fraud prevention and the protection of your account)
  • Our Service Provider has been established since 2003 and, over this time, has built a reputation based on quality service, honesty and integrity. Thousands of people have successfully used these services

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How is triplethegift.com Eco-Friendly?

  • No driving to buy gifts
  • No packaging
  • No wrapping paper
  • No trips to the Post Office
  • No delivery trucks

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How do I get more help?

At any time, please feel welcome to contact us.

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College Savings Plans

What is a College Savings Plan?

A College Savings Plan, also known as a "529 Plan" is an education savings plan operated by a state or educational institution designed to help people save for future college costs. These plans are named after the section of the Internal Revenue Code, Section 529 that created the rules for these types of plans. The Federal Government wanted to promote savings for college by allowing for special tax benefits to the person creating the plan and the plan participant. Money is deposited in the College Savings plan similar to a savings account but instead using investment choices designated by the State. Although the contributions to this savings plan are not federally tax-deductible, the investment grows tax-deferred, the annual income is tax-deferred and distributions to pay for the person's college costs come out federally tax-free. The money from a 529 plan can be used for tuition, fees, books, supplies and equipment required for study at an accredited college or university. Additionally, the money can be used for room and board or off-campus housing costs (up to the allowance for room and board for that particular college). [Please consult with your tax advisor for further information.]

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What if I don't have a College Savings Plan account yet?

You can still create a registry without the College Savings Plan account information. We encourage you to open a plan account at your earliest convenience.

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Does triplethegift.com recommend a College Savings Plan?

There are many good plans out there to choose from. Some have unique features which may interest you. We suggest you check out a great website www.savingforcollege.com. Each state plan is profiled with details on how to enroll, how much you need to open an account, the investment management service provider, etc.

By using a college savings plan, your choice of school is not affected by the state sponsoring your 529 savings plan. For example, you can be a Maryland resident, invest in a 529 plan sponsored by the state of Kansas and send your child to a university in California.

Additionally, college savings plans are reported on the federal aid application as an asset of the parent (assuming the parent is the account owner which we recommend), not the child. Any distributions (withdrawals) from the plan that are used to pay for the child (beneficiary's) education expenses are not counted as either parent or student income. Ultimately, there is little effect on receiving Financial Aid while having a huge upside of additional savings for your child at a time they will most need it.

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What if I already have a College Savings Account for my child?

If you already have a college savings account for your child, please provide us with the name of the plan, the account number and mailing address for the Plan. In some cases, we may not be able to directly deposit into your account, but instead will issue you a check to deposit into your existing account.

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What is Upromise?

This free service helps you save for college by returning a percentage of your spending at hundreds of America's leading companies-such as McDonald's®, ExxonMobil, and many of your favorite local supermarkets. These automatic rebates can be transferred directly into participating 529 plans account (subject to a $25 minimum transfer amount) supplementing your own savings.

Click here to register at www.upromise.com. It's Free!

Every quarter Upromise will deposit the rewards into your participating 529 plan account (subject to a minimum deposit of $25). All you have to do is sign up at Upromise.com, register your credit cards and store rewards cards, shop online starting at their website, give them your plan account number and that's it! Watch your account grow!

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Do other college savings plans take Upromise rewards?

Yes, currently some state sponsored plans do accept the rewards. Go to www.upromise.com to see the current list.

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Charitable Donations

What charitable organization does triplethegift.com support?

triplethegift.com, as a business aimed towards facilitating gift giving between individuals, believes that it's our responsibility to help those in need. We have chosen Share our Strength®, a not-for-profit organization because they help better the lives of children in the same fashion that you have chosen to better the life of a child you know.

Share our Strength® is a national organization that works hard to make sure no kid in America grows up hungry. They weave together a net of community groups, activists and food programs to catch children at risk of hunger and surround them with nutritious food where they live, learn and play.

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Tell me more about Share our Strength®

Share our Strength's vision is to end hunger and poverty in the United States and abroad.

Why they do what they do
In the world's wealthiest nation, no child should grow up hungry. By the end of the year, more than 12 million children in America will worry about when their next meal will come. That's one in six who are at risk of hunger, and who have limited or uncertain access to the nutritious foods they need to develop to their full potential.

Despite its devastating and highly visible consequences, childhood hunger is invisible. You can't see it just by looking, and you can't measure it in pounds, but it is among us: It affects black, white, Asian and Hispanic, short and tall, thin and chubby.

How they do it
Share Our Strength is focused on holistic, long-term solutions that support access to nutritious food and healthy food choices - the difference between feeding a family tonight and ensuring that they never have to worry about when their next meal will come. To do this, they support the most successful organizations working to end childhood hunger in the United States.

Their efforts are focused in three areas: increasing access to public and private programs that provide food to children and their families; strengthening community resources that connect children to healthy food; and improving families' knowledge about available programs and how to get the most from limited resources.

What they've done
Share Our Strength's innovation and creativity has helped earn its reputation as one of America's most effective nonprofits. Since its inception, Share Our Strength has raised over $200 million, providing support for more than 1,000 groups around the world working to end hunger.

On a state-by-state basis, Share Our Strength is developing partnerships to address state-specific needs, priorities and resources that are aligned with our strategy to end childhood hunger in America. Together, they are weaving a net of community groups, activists and food programs to make sure no kid in America grows up hungry.

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Can the Celebrating Person choose a different charitable organization?

Yes, you can choose a different charitable organization. Upon withdrawing from your Registry, you will need to provide us with the full name, address, phone number and tax identification number of the charitable organization.

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