Skype unwraps gift cards

Starting at $10, the new cards can give the gift of free Skype phone calls or text messages to people on your shopping list.

Skype/Screenshot by Lance Whitney/CNET

Those of you in search of gifts for family or friends now have another option: Skype gift cards.

Available through the VoIP provider, the gift cards can be used to make Skype calls to mobile phones or landlines or to send text messages, either inside or outside the U.S. Skype gives you a few options for buying a card.

You can grab a physical card at your nearest Target, OfficeMax, or Microsoft Store. Or you can pick up an e-gift card from Skype's Web site or its Facebook page, which are then delivered to the recipient electronically.

Buying a card directly through Skype lets you spend anywhere from $10 to $75, while buying it through Skype's Facebook page allows you to plug in your own amount up to $100.

The cards can serve as a not-so-subtle cue to kids away at college or a friend in a foreign land that you'd like to keep in touch.

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