Many local businesses in the Boston area, like Prana Power Yoga, Farmstead Table and Craft Beer Cellar, have been handing out Nift gift cards to their customers. Were you lucky enough to receive one of these cards? If so, you’re in for a treat- at another local business.

Nift is all about helping customers discover other local businesses. Ever walk down the street, eyes glued to your phone and then realize you’ve walked a few blocks without even knowing it? Or have you ever passed a business multiple times but were never motivated enough to try it out? Nift is here to give you that little push to discover a neighborhood business.

When you get your card, flip it over and you’ll find instructions as well as your gift code. Visit www.nift.me and enter the gift code. Next we ask for your name, email address and a preferred zip code. The zip code you enter should be a place you frequent often- we’ll do our best to match you with gifts to businesses in the area.

Then comes the fun part- you can decide if you’d like to be surprised or you can tell us a little bit more about what businesses you prefer. Either way, you’ll then be presented with two gift options to neighborhood businesses. Perhaps this will be a gift certificate towards dinner, maybe a one month gym membership, or a shopping spree at a local boutique. Select whichever gift you prefer, and keep in mind that your gift does have an expiration date.

When you’re ready to use your gift, visit the store (or follow the fine print if there is no brick-and-mortar location) and show them the certificate on you phone. Just tap the Redeem button once you’ve used the gift- this notifies Nift and the business that you’ve visited.

Do you have other favorite businesses you’d like to see in the Nift network? Let us know in the comments and we may send them an invitation to join!