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We asked everyone “What would you buy with $250 in gift cards?”

I would give it to the Women’s Center in Danbury CT which helps battered women who need emergency shelter.

Jay Walker

Co-Founder, Chairman & CEO

"I would give it to the Women’s Center in Danbury CT which helps battered women who need emergency shelter."

Buy sneakers and t-shirts

Scott Case

Co-Founder & President

"Buy sneakers and t-shirts"

I would buy a new pair of sneakers so I fit in better at the office.

Jon Ellenthal

Co-Founder & Chief Revenue Officer

"I would buy a new pair of sneakers so I fit in better at the office."

Take my wife on a romantic date.

Tim Brier

Board Member & Senior Travel Advisor

"Take my wife on a romantic date."

I'd use it to take my family out for a fun outing.

Jen Moyer

Chief Operating & Financial Officer

"I'd use it to take my family out for a fun outing."

I would save it until I got another one and then I would buy a ticket to see Hamilton.

Cristyn Girolami

Chief People Officer

"I would save it until I got another one and then I would buy a ticket to see Hamilton."

I would finally buy all the parts I need for a Raspberry Pi Magic Mirror

Adam Holmes

CHIEF DATA SCIENTIST

"I would finally buy all the parts I need for a Raspberry Pi Magic Mirror"

Either a bag from Tom Bihn (www.tombihn.com) or a mesh wi-fi setup from EERO (eero.com).

Emily Dresner

Chief Technology Officer

"Either a bag from Tom Bihn (www.tombihn.com) or a mesh wi-fi setup from EERO (eero.com)."

Buy shares of Upside stock. No brainer!

Jason Wynn

Senior Vice President & General Manager of Travel

"Buy shares of Upside stock. No brainer!"

I'd buy a really nice electric pressure cooker, or perhaps a cordless drill.

Frank Abissi

DATA ANALYST

"I'd buy a really nice electric pressure cooker, or perhaps a cordless drill."

I would rigorously ponder the migratory habits of geese...then slip it in my pocket and save it for Christmas!

David Adams

SOFTWARE ENGINEER

"I would rigorously ponder the migratory habits of geese...then slip it in my pocket and save it for Christmas!"

I would cash it in for a Home Depot card and get supplies to build a backyard deck to enjoy my new home in DC thanks to Upside!

Archana Agrawal

Senior Director, Customer Experience

"I would cash it in for a Home Depot card and get supplies to build a backyard deck to enjoy my new home in DC thanks to Upside!"

I would either get some killer shoes for my wife, or expensive cycling accessories that I don't need.

Hoby Albright

DIRECTOR, PRODUCT DESIGN

"I would either get some killer shoes for my wife, or expensive cycling accessories that I don't need."

Bacon and cheese. But mostly bacon. It’s my fav.

Stephen Anfield

Social Media Specialist

"Bacon and cheese. But mostly bacon. It’s my fav."

I’d get a babysitter and have a date night at one of the cool new restaurants downtown.

Phillip Armour

DIRECTOR, SYSTEMS ARCHITECTURE

"I’d get a babysitter and have a date night at one of the cool new restaurants downtown."

Buy new perennials for my garden!

Mollie Bates

SENIOR EXPERIENCE DESIGNER

"Buy new perennials for my garden!"

I'd by a Furbo to see what my dog does all day.

Michael Bellerose

TECHNICAL ARCHITECT

"I'd by a Furbo to see what my dog does all day."

Buy eBooks and audiobooks, so there is never a dull moment in my daily commute

Matt Boegner

ETL Engineer

"Buy eBooks and audiobooks, so there is never a dull moment in my daily commute"

I would make it rain...gift cards.

Sean Bolak

Senior Full Stack Engineer

"I would make it rain...gift cards."

Buy presents for my nieces and nephews.

Diane Bossotti

Copy Lead

"Buy presents for my nieces and nephews."

Buy running gear! Durable socks and a pair of nice shoes!

Tony Bradley

Software Engineer

"Buy running gear! Durable socks and a pair of nice shoes!"

I would purchase an amazing bottle of wine from Crush Wine & Spirits in NYC.

Erich Broksas

VICE PRESIDENT, BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

"I would purchase an amazing bottle of wine from Crush Wine & Spirits in NYC."

New sports equipment. New running shoes, saddle bags for my bike, a bright orange pair of cleats, a fresh basketball, or a big pile of frisbees.

Brian Butler

Director, Product

"New sports equipment. New running shoes, saddle bags for my bike, a bright orange pair of cleats, a fresh basketball, or a big pile of frisbees."

lunch. laundry. change my car oil. practical bennys.

Connie Chee

Office Manager

"lunch. laundry. change my car oil. practical bennys."

Buy arts and crafts supplies!

Emily Chen

Software Engineer

"Buy arts and crafts supplies!"

I'd likely make plans to buy gadgets and books...but end up spending it all on food eventually.

Diag Davenport

DATA ANALYST

"I'd likely make plans to buy gadgets and books...but end up spending it all on food eventually."

I'd buy a new ping pong paddle. I'd splurge on a more offensive blade and maybe compensate by getting cheaper sheets than I normally get.

Vincent DeFrancesco

Full Stack Engineer

"I'd buy a new ping pong paddle. I'd splurge on a more offensive blade and maybe compensate by getting cheaper sheets than I normally get."

I would probably use that money to travel somewhere, take an interesting/fun class. Maybe stop by REI if I need gear for something.

Stuart Dotson

Full Stack Engineer

"I would probably use that money to travel somewhere, take an interesting/fun class. Maybe stop by REI if I need gear for something."

I would put it towards traveling somewhere new, preferably internationally!

William Emmanuel

iOS ENGINEER

"I would put it towards traveling somewhere new, preferably internationally!"

I’d give it to my wife and she'd spend it on food.

Tim Fisher

Product Manager

"I’d give it to my wife and she'd spend it on food."

I would pay to have a party sized supply of Hattie B's hot chicken overnighted from Nashville to D.C.

Brittany Fuller

Project Manager

"I would pay to have a party sized supply of Hattie B's hot chicken overnighted from Nashville to D.C."

I would buy costumes and treats for my Instagram famous pug @LadyPuggington.

Julie Gelb

SOCIAL MEDIA SPECIALIST

"I would buy costumes and treats for my Instagram famous pug @LadyPuggington."

I would buy honey harvesting equipment! I absolutely love honey and would love to help reverse the decline in the bee population.

Amanda Gittleson

People Operations Coordinator

"I would buy honey harvesting equipment! I absolutely love honey and would love to help reverse the decline in the bee population."

Buy 8,840 Pokeballs.

Jay Gorrell

LEAD DEV OPS ENGINEER

"Buy 8,840 Pokeballs."

Buy shares in Upside.

Jonathan Hamblett

Vice President, Travel Relations

"Buy shares in Upside."

I would buy Orioles tickets and a hotel room in Baltimore for the weekend when they make it to the playoffs!

Kristen Hannon

Senior Experience Designer

"I would buy Orioles tickets and a hotel room in Baltimore for the weekend when they make it to the playoffs!"

Spend it on a weekend getaway in the mountains with my husband.

Sofia Heisler

LEAD DATA SCIENTIST

"Spend it on a weekend getaway in the mountains with my husband."

Put that money towards traveling abroad!

Robert Hitt

Front End Engineer

"Put that money towards traveling abroad!"

I would buy Gold Beats Studio Wireless Headphones (so I could rock out while being a rockstar at Upside)!

Genevieve Holmes

Social Media Manager

"I would buy Gold Beats Studio Wireless Headphones (so I could rock out while being a rockstar at Upside)!"

Concert tickets or a night out at a cool restaurant with close friends

Charlie Hoover

Full Stack Engineer

"Concert tickets or a night out at a cool restaurant with close friends"

Buy tickets to the next Caps game... If it's summer time, then make it the Orioles!

Jared Horton

OPERATIONAL PERFORMANCE MANAGER

"Buy tickets to the next Caps game... If it's summer time, then make it the Orioles!"

I would send a surprise gift to several friends and family members. It would be a small, but needed item.

Alawna Jamison

Operations Lead, Customer Experience

"I would send a surprise gift to several friends and family members. It would be a small, but needed item."

I would buy a plane ticket to go visit my two adorable nieces!

Amelia Knight

MARKETING PROJECT MANAGER

"I would buy a plane ticket to go visit my two adorable nieces!"

I want to get outside more and have been thinking of getting myself some hiking shoes and water shoes (last went hiking through mud in a pair of boat shoes!)

Daniel Krawec

Product Manager

"I want to get outside more and have been thinking of getting myself some hiking shoes and water shoes (last went hiking through mud in a pair of boat shoes!)"

Buy more sneakers!

Billy Laing

DirectoR, Engineering

"Buy more sneakers!"

I would select an Amazon Gift Card and put it towards a kayak for good use on the weekends.

Allison Launius

OPERATIONS MANAGER

"I would select an Amazon Gift Card and put it towards a kayak for good use on the weekends."

I would give it to my wife, where she would buy $2000 worth of stuff with it on Ebay.

Kevin Leonard

LEAD DATABASE ARCHITECT

"I would give it to my wife, where she would buy $2000 worth of stuff with it on Ebay."

I would use them to buy gifts for friends or family.

Sara Marston

GENERAL COUNSEL

"I would use them to buy gifts for friends or family."

Music and concerts...or take my family out for a nice DC dinner.

Scott McAlister

iOS ENGINEER

"Music and concerts...or take my family out for a nice DC dinner."

I am currently on a home improvement kick so I would use gift cards to fund some amazing projects.

Kim Meehan

Vice President, Customer Experience

"I am currently on a home improvement kick so I would use gift cards to fund some amazing projects."

Buy more smart devices for my house!

Alex Mitchell

DIRECTOR, PRODUCT

"Buy more smart devices for my house!"

I would get a really expensive massage

Michele Mitchell

VICE PRESIDENT, MARKETING

"I would get a really expensive massage"

Take my wife and friends to Olive Garden and live like kings!

Andrew Moch

SENIOR FULL STACK ENGINEER

"Take my wife and friends to Olive Garden and live like kings!"

I would treat my parents to a nice dinner

Freddy Montano

Senior Android App Engineer

"I would treat my parents to a nice dinner"

I would put them towards a DSLR camera. I have always enjoyed photography and I think it is time to upgrade using my phone camera.

Elena Morales

ACCOUNTING MANAGER

"I would put them towards a DSLR camera. I have always enjoyed photography and I think it is time to upgrade using my phone camera."

I would probably get an Amazon gift card and buy things off of the "Amazon Unique Finds" wish list

Sundi Myint

FRONT END ENGINEER

"I would probably get an Amazon gift card and buy things off of the "Amazon Unique Finds" wish list"

I'd buy a ROK Manual Espresso Maker! It would be the perfect addition to my arsenal of coffee brewing equipment.

Nishal Narechania

Director, Product

"I'd buy a ROK Manual Espresso Maker! It would be the perfect addition to my arsenal of coffee brewing equipment."

I'd buy books for my kids, a comfy sweater for my wife, and a pair of sneakers for me.

Ravjot Pasricha

Director, Product Engineering

"I'd buy books for my kids, a comfy sweater for my wife, and a pair of sneakers for me."

I’d definitely treat myself to noise-cancelling headphones and a snazzy espresso machine.

Victoria Pham

Hotel Specialist

"I’d definitely treat myself to noise-cancelling headphones and a snazzy espresso machine."

I would get a dive watch and a new scuba mask!

Lin Qiu

Technical Lead

"I would get a dive watch and a new scuba mask!"

I would get an AWS account and start mining some Bitcoin.

Pietro Rea

iOS Engineer

"I would get an AWS account and start mining some Bitcoin."

I would put it towards a gift for a family member.

John Reed

CONTROLLER

"I would put it towards a gift for a family member."

I would save it for a show at the Kennedy Center and dinner with my girlfriend

Christopher Rung

DevOps Engineer

"I would save it for a show at the Kennedy Center and dinner with my girlfriend"

I'd use it to see a Broadway musical (and buy the cast album)

Jami Schell

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT

"I'd use it to see a Broadway musical (and buy the cast album)"

Buy my kids even more Lego sets (they have a few).

Kristina Shtereva

Email & CRM Marketing Manager

"Buy my kids even more Lego sets (they have a few)."

I'd buy some skin care products, and likely buy things for my kids

Sandra Smothers

Data Warehouse Developer

"I'd buy some skin care products, and likely buy things for my kids"

I’d buy another home automation gadget. Like a wifi lightbulb.

Stephen Solka

Team Lead - Travel Systems

"I’d buy another home automation gadget. Like a wifi lightbulb."

Splurge on my kids.

Sean Soper

SENIOR TEAM LEAD

"Splurge on my kids."

I would spend my happy $$ on tennis gear! So my shots and outfit will both look great on the court!

Teri Tai

Travel Specialist, ARC/TRAMS

"I would spend my happy $$ on tennis gear! So my shots and outfit will both look great on the court!"

Buy a carrier pigeon.

Tracy Taylor

Vice President, Product

"Buy a carrier pigeon."

I would put it into my wallet until I need it.

Linh-Tam Trinh

Operations Analytics Specialist

"I would put it into my wallet until I need it."

i would buy random things that i know i don't need but will make me happy

Hilliary Turnipseed

Director, Talent Acquisition

"i would buy random things that i know i don't need but will make me happy"

I would split it evenly between Ebay and whole foods gift cards. To buy sneakers and vegan stuff respectively.

Isang Udokwere

Social Media Specialist

"I would split it evenly between Ebay and whole foods gift cards. To buy sneakers and vegan stuff respectively."

Vinyl records on Amazon from Gorillaz, Vulpeck, Rise Against, TYCHO, The Glitch Mob, The Prodigy, Daft Punk, and Pink Floyd.

Anthony Urena

SOFTWARE ENGINEER

"Vinyl records on Amazon from Gorillaz, Vulpeck, Rise Against, TYCHO, The Glitch Mob, The Prodigy, Daft Punk, and Pink Floyd."

250 physical $1 Amazon gift cards. I would also use them to tip Uber drivers – good way to make people’s day more interesting.

Evan Walker

DIRECTOR, MARKETING

"250 physical $1 Amazon gift cards. I would also use them to tip Uber drivers – good way to make people’s day more interesting."

Take my family to the International Spy Museum in D.C. and finish the day off with a sushi dinner.

Elisabeth Walter

SENIOR QUALITY MONITORING SPECIALIST

"Take my family to the International Spy Museum in D.C. and finish the day off with a sushi dinner."

Starbucks....buckets and buckets of Starbucks.

David Wood

Creative Director

"Starbucks....buckets and buckets of Starbucks."

Fire pit for my backyard - I'm a new homeowner and I love to host a good BBQ with my friends and family.

Adam Wuellner

Growth Lead

"Fire pit for my backyard - I'm a new homeowner and I love to host a good BBQ with my friends and family."

I would buy the Catalina Deluxe Large Weekender bag by Lo & Sons in Midnight Ash!

Hillary Yale

Global Business Development Manager

"I would buy the Catalina Deluxe Large Weekender bag by Lo & Sons in Midnight Ash!"

I'd probably give in and buy my son one of the drones he asks me about 100 times a day!

Craig Zingerline

Director, Growth

"I'd probably give in and buy my son one of the drones he asks me about 100 times a day!"

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