(BPT) - To celebrate the holiday season, the U.S. Department of the Treasury is proud to introduce a new set of savings bond certificates to mark the time-honored tradition of giving U.S. Savings Bonds as holiday gifts. The newly designed gift certificates feature historical and patriotic themes and can be given when digital savings bonds are bought as gifts for children, grandchildren and other loved ones.
'Whether it's to save for a child's college education or for a young couple's first home, U.S. Savings Bonds are excellent gifts to help people achieve a financial milestone,' says Jerry Kelly, national director of the Treasury Department's Ready.Save.Grow. campaign.
The printable certificates can be included in a card or envelope to represent the digital savings bond gift. Learn more about the new certificates by visiting www.treasurydirect.gov/readysavegrow.
Video: Buying gift savings bonds through TreasuryDirect
To recognize the first holiday season since the transition from paper to digital savings bonds, the Treasury Department created a new video that explains how to give a digital gift savings bond using TreasuryDirect.gov.
TreasuryDirect.gov is a safe, secure and convenient website operated by the Treasury Department where people can buy, manage and redeem savings bonds 24/7.
A step-by-step tip sheet and instructional demo about buying a savings bond as a gift is also available. Watch the video and print the tip sheet at www.treasurydirect.gov/readysavegrow.
Before you buy your gift
Make it convenient for friends or relatives to give the gift of saving by opening a TreasuryDirect account for yourself, as well as your children. To buy a digital savings bond as a gift, both you and the person receiving your gift will need to have an account in TreasuryDirect.gov. Parents will need to set up TreasuryDirect accounts under their own primary account for children under the age of 18.
For more information on giving savings bonds as gifts, how to open a TreasuryDirect account, or to learn about other Treasury savings options, visit the Ready.Save.Grow. campaign's website at www.treasurydirect.gov/readysavegrow.
The preceding information has been provided by the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Bureau of the Public Debt. TreasuryDirect is a registered mark of the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Ready.Save.Grow. is a service mark of the U.S. Department of the Treasury.