Give a Gift That Makes a Difference This Holiday Season

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The holiday season brings with it feelings of hope, gratitude, and connectedness to family and friends. It’s a wonderful time to honor traditions of the past, while also setting our sights on the future.

The gift buying and deal-hunting however, can be stressful, can’t it? The crowds at the mall… The endless spam in your inbox… Between work, your daily commute, childcare, and household errands, it’s easy to feel short on time, especially to find that perfect gift amidst the chaos of the season. Still, finding the right gift is important! The one that he or she wouldn’t think to buy for themselves, but would benefit from every day.

Have you thought about giving the gift of eye care or eyewear? It might not surprise you (since you are on our blog) but it WILL surprise your special someone! Here’s why eye care and eyewear are awesome gifts that can help make a difference in the life of someone you love.

Why Eye Care?

Did you know that you can gift someone a VSP Individual Vision Plan? Yes, you can help someone you care about see more clearly this holiday season and beyond. You might be surprised at how much a person can benefit from a VSP Individual Plan. They can save money on frames, lenses, contacts, and eye exams, and enjoy the confidence that comes from having clear vision and great eyewear that meets his or her needs. With access to our network of 38,000 doctors, finding a great doctor is not a problem.

Do you have any of the following on your list?

  • A loved one who’s retired
  • Young students who need glasses or contacts
  • College-age nieces or nephews
  • Young couples or families just starting out
  • Single parents who don’t have benefits through their employer
  • Parents, or grandparents without vision insurance

Any of the above can benefit from quality eye care. Hear what Sarah, a VSP member who gave the gift of sight to her grandmother, has to say:

“My nana needs transitions and no line bifocals which was costly for her in the past. I had such a good experience using VSP from my employer, that I went to the site to see how to get individual insurance and found out about the gift program. Now she was able to get brand name frames that she loves, polarized transitions which were free, Hoya EX lens treatment for computers a big discount on her prescription! And I was able to surprise her with the gift on the day of her visit.” — Sarah, VSP Member 

Why Eyewear?

Do you have that friend or family member who simply grabs a pair of sunglasses at the gas station and wears them until they fall apart? Yes, we do too. How great would it be to get them a pair that offered the kind of protection their eyes deserve? Plus, with a wide selection of the most recognizable names in fashion, they will dazzle along the way. No matter what kind of lifestyle they have, there are so many great options.

“Where did you get your glasses?” people will ask.

We have some great tools that can help you pick out the best frame for their face. Check out these great tips from Eyeconic.

Gift with Style

Need some eyewear inspiration? VSP Global employees share some of their favorite sunglass styles this season.

“I want my sunglasses to be noticeable from a distance. Reflective lenses add the pop to do that. But I also don’t want to look like I’m trying too hard to ‘look cool’ or ‘look different,’ so I like basic shapes that aren’t too wild.” — Patrick I.

Patrick is wearing Nike Bandit in gunmetal.  These sunglasses are both stylish and built with comfort in mind and have soft rubber channels on the inside temples that enhance airflow, and wick away sweat. Openings in the temple arms prevent fogging and lenses provide clarity from all angles.

Find a VSP Network provider that carries Nike eyewear or shop the look on Eyeconic.

“I would describe my style as classic with trendy pieces popped in. I am typically drawn to dark, dark sunglasses like Audrey Hepburn, but I loved the pink hues of these rose gold frames. I love changing up my sunglasses to fit my outfit.” — Torrey J.

Torrey is wearing our new Chloé CE134S Carlina Aviator Sunglass. Made of polished goldstone metal with subtle jewel tone lenses, these aviators designed with the same cutouts as the Carlina with 12 points of soldering. This 70s-inspired style is for the quintessential Chloe girl.

Find a VSP Network provider that carries Chloé eyewear or shop the look on Eyeconic.

“I am really into non-traditional tinted lenses right now. I’m starting to have more fun with my eyewear and venturing away from just black.  You can never have too many sunglasses!” — Vernon D.

Vernon is wearing Lacoste L867S in matte green. These easy-to-wear frames with geometric temples are lightweight and sporty making them comfortable for all-day wear.

Find a VSP Network provider that carries Lacoste eyewear or shop the look on Eyeconic.

“I love fashion forward frames that make a statement and make me feel put together. On the weekend, I tend to wear sporty styles that are lightweight and comfortable for hiking or biking by the lake.” — Claudette P.

Claudette is wearing CK2155S from Calvin Klein in gunmetal. This classic aviator is updated with cylindrical hardware and highly polished, luxurious materials.

Find a VSP Network provider that carries Calvin Klein eyewear or shop the look on Eyeconic.

“I find myself drawn to slightly oversized square looks. A mix of acetate and metal creates a nice contrast. And while classic black or dark tortoise is always a safe bet, don’t be afraid to experiment with color. A deep blue is always a good gateway hue.” — Jon S.

Jon is wearing SF879S from Salvatore Ferragamo. These sunglasses put a modern twist on classic square shaped frames with a double brow bar and matte finish.

Find a VSP Network provider that carries Salvatore Ferragamo eyewear.

P.S. If you’re still not feeling confident about choosing eyewear for someone else, especially for those that require a prescription, consider an Eyeconic e-gift card!

This blog post was written by VSP employees Ryan W. and Angelina F. 

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