A lot of people do their holiday shopping online nowadays. That’s a potential problem for Apple though, whose hottest item, the iPhone 3G, isn’t technically sold through its online store (you have to go into a physical store to get it). Enter the iPhone 3G Gift Card.

The card, which comes in a kind of shimmering black color with a red ribbon drawn across one corner for the holidays, allows the buyer to load it with any amount from $25 to $2,500. Of course, the iPhone 3G itself will only cost you $199 or $299 depending on which version you get, but if you want to give someone a card with two grand on it, the more iPhone 3Gs (or apps) the merrier right?

As Apple writes on the site dedicated to the cards:

Give someone an iPhone 3G Gift Card, and when the lucky recipient comes in to redeem it, an Apple Retail Store Specialist will take care of every detail. The Specialist will get your recipient’s iPhone 3G up and calling, set up email, and help customize the Home screen, choose some great iPhone applications, personalize ringtones, and find favorite songs.

This card is a good idea, since it would be pretty hard to get someone an iPhone 3G as a gift without putting all the AT&T billing information (which is, of course, required) in your name.

[via TUAW and a tweet from Steve Rubel]