One of the most popular gifts that I get every year for Christmas is a stack of gift cards. Don’t get me wrong — gift cards are great because you can pick out your presents. However, sometimes it can be a daunting task, because Santa’s brought you all that you wanted or you don’t know what to do with that Starbucks gift card since you don’t drink coffee. But, have no fear — here’s a few suggestions on what to do with them.
If you know that you’re definitely not going to use it, why not try to sell it? There are so many sites out there that buy gift cards and use pay you cash, including Gift Card Exchange and Cardpool. I can never say that I’ve used these sites personally, but it can’t hurt to try?
Treat your friend.
You received a gift card to Dunkin Donuts, however the only problem is that you don’t drink coffee. However, I’m more than sure that you have a friend that drinks coffee. Therefore, why not offer to take them for coffee — your treat? It’s a win win situation — your friend gets coffee, you get to spend time with them, and you use the gift card. Just be sure to get yourself a donut.
Use it online.
Like clockwork, every year my cousin gives me a Barnes and Noble gift card. However, most of the time when I go to my Barnes and Noble store, I have trouble finding anything. Therefore, I buy online since they usually have what I want, and after $25, Barnes and Nobles offers you free shipping. Yay!
So, if you’re at your mall and you just can’t find anything, why don’t you try the websites? Chances are, you’ll have a better chance of actually finding something.
Buy something that you need — not want.
Sometimes, it’s not exciting buying the basics, whether it’s food or undergarments. However, it doesn’t hurt to stock up, right? After all, it doesn’t have to be an exciting purchase. And, with all of the stores running awesome sales right now, you’re sure to get a great deal.
Who said that you have to use your holiday gift cards right after the holiday? No one. So, if you’re trying to use that Marshall’s gift card and you can’t find anything, why don’t you pocket it instead of wasting it on something you don’t love? That way, when you see something that you fall in love with, you’ll know the money went to a worthy cause.