5 Uses for Unwanted Gift Cards

Seems hard to imagine, doesn’t it? How could someone not want a gift card?!? Well, there are a number of reasons. Maybe it’s for a store that you would never shop at. Maybe you won it at work or in a raffle and you have no idea what to do with it! Maybe it’s for a baby store and your youngest kid is 12.

Here are 5 things you can do with those gift cards so they don’t go to waste.

Eat light.
Have a restaurant gift card that’s not enough to feed your whole family? Don’t spend money just to use up the gift card. Order an entrée to go and add side dishes from your pantry. Restaurant portions are so large that a steak or chicken plate can be stretched a loooong way.

Skip the fix-it.
Your gift card is for a home improvement store but you don’t know which end of a hammer to hold? Most of these places have laundry detergent or cleaning supplies, so pick up a bottle or two and save a bit on your grocery budget.

Save up.
Do you have a low-value card for a store where everything’s expensive? I love to shop at REI but I need to save up before I go there. Earn extra cash from Swagbucks or MySurvey to help cover the difference.

Cash out.
There are websites like plasticjungle.com that allow you to buy and sell giftcards, but I’ve never tried them. Research and use your own judgement!

Share it.
If you get a gift card for a store you would never, ever shop at—don’t throw it away! Call your local food bank and ask them what they need. Better to spend your card on diapers and cans of tuna than let it go to waste.

How do you use unwanted gift cards? Share with us in the comments!

9 thoughts on “5 Uses for Unwanted Gift Cards

  1. Tree Huggin Momma

    You can also sell your unwanted gift card. Post it on a social media site (like a FB page geared toward selling items) for less than the value. I often receive Gift Cards to places like Subway, Target and Tim Hortons. None of which do I use.

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  2. Lisa

    If you have enough on the card for an entree to bring home, use it to treat yourself to lunch! We moms have to stop thinking of just our families, and care about ourselves now and again! It’s our gift card after all!

    Home improvement stores? My Realtor gave me a gift card to Lowes when we closed escrow. I loved it! Flowers and rugs. Lamps and holiday decor. I think I used most of my card toward new paint for the walls.

    Other than that one card, I don’t get them, or give them.

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  3. Alison P.

    Also great to use to buy gifts. If you get something to a place you wouldn’t buy anything, go in and see if you can find a deal for someone else. It is great to get a christmas, baby shower, or birthday gift and not spend money out of pocket :)

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