When it comes to holiday shopping, it can be a challenge to satisfy everyone on your list. According to the National Retail Federation’s 2019 November Holiday Consumer Study, 54 percent of those surveyed planned to give gift cards this year, and 46 percent of those who bought gift cards said they chose to do so to give the recipient the flexibility of choosing their own gift.
But sometimes even the most well-intended gifts can miss the mark, and you may find yourself on the receiving end of a gift card that doesn’t suit your tastes. Here are some ideas to make your unwanted gift card into a helping hand for your own gift-giving.
If your gift card is in good physical shape, it’s perfectly fine to give it as a present to someone who will enjoy using it and save yourself money at the same time.
Spend it on someone else
Even if the gift card isn’t to a place that aligns with your personal preferences, it might be the right fit to buy a gift for someone else.
Think outside the box
If you received a gift card to a store that you wouldn’t typically shop at, you might be surprised at what you can find at the end of the year. Many retailers offer stocking stuffer-sized merchandise that they don’t normally carry in other months, like puzzles, books and other small items just right for gift-giving.
Use it for a gift exchange
Maybe your workplace or book club has a Secret Santa or White Elephant gift swap. You could either give the gift card itself or buy something to wrap up and contribute.
Maybe you got a gift card to a pet store, but you don’t have any pets, or a well-meaning acquaintance gave you a gift card to a steakhouse but you’re a vegetarian. If you just can’t see yourself finding a good use for a gift card you were given, consider donating it to a charity you feel good about.