What To Do With Leftover Gift Cards

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Millions of gift cards are given each year to recipients of all ages to show appreciation and generosity to loved ones and acquaintances. The gift cards allow the buyer to control the amount spent on each person while giving the receiver the flexibility to choose something that they would really like. Gift cards can be an excellent way to show that you care, but gift card mishaps occasionally happen. You might receive a gift card to a place that doesn’t have any locations near you or does not carry products that you like. Fortunately, there are some things that you can do with leftover gift cards so that the value on them does not go to waste.

Re-Gift Them

One thing that gift cards are great for are re-gifting. If you have not used any of the value on the card, why not give the gift card to someone who can use it? Gift cards can easily be removed from their original packaging and placed inside a greeting card or a packet specially designed for the giving of gift cards. The recipient will be happy that they get to buy whatever they want from the store and you cut down on the amount of time you have to spend shopping.

Use Them Online To Purchase Gifts For Others

Gift cards that you do not intend to use for yourself can be used to purchase gifts for others. While the merchandise that the retailer carries may not be to your taste, chances are that there is someone in your life that will appreciate what the retailer has to offer. If you find yourself holding various gift cards before the holidays, use them to purchase holiday gifts to give to others. You can purchase everything online to avoid having to go to the stores and have the items shipped to your home or directly to the recipient. You can give great gifts while spending very little of the money in your bank account.

Sell Them

There are a number of outlets available that will let you sell unwanted gift cards and receive a portion of the value on them in return. While the value you receive is less than what you would have gotten in purchases from the store, you are receiving cash that can be used anywhere instead of having to spend that money with a particular retailer. Depending on the route you would like to take, you can look online for who will give you the best value for the gift cards you are holding or find a physical location where you can load in the gift cards and receive cash back immediately.

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