National Use Your Gift Card Day 2020 Deals and Special Offers

This new shopping holiday (Jan. 18) give shoppers extra savings if they use a gift card. See deals from Kohl’s, Rue21 and more

Did you receive a gift card over the holidays? Or have a few that have been collecting dust in a drawer for months?

In 2019, about $3 billion in gift card dollars (about 3% of the amount loaded nationwide) went unspent, according to estimates from Mercator Advisory Group, which provides analytics and advisory services for the payments industry.

A new holiday aims to encourage you to go out and spend those gift cards.

National Use Your Gift Card Day debuts on Jan. 18, 2020, and will take place on the third Saturday of January every year going forward.

Founded by public relations professional Tracy Tilson in 2020, the holiday encourages retailers and restaurants to offer discounts and freebies to those who use their gift cards on Jan. 18.

As the first annual National Use Your Gift Card Day approaches, more merchants are confirming their offers. Here are some of the best ones.

AMC Theaters

Get exclusive offers at when you pay for tickets with a gift card.


Get a free order of fresh hand-cut fries when you download the BurgerFi app and use a gift card online on Jan. 18.


Earn $10 in Kohl’s Cash for every $50 you spend with a gift card on Kohl’ on Jan. 18.

Life is Good

Get 10% off when you use a gift card online at

Rue 21

In stores only, get 15% off from Jan. 18 to Jan. 26. The coupon code for this offer is 050992.

We are curious to see how many more offers become available, and we’ll update this article with new ones.

Simon Malls

On Jan. 18 only, pay no purchase fees when you buy American Express Simon Giftcards.

Kristin McGrath

KKristin McGrathristin is a savings and deals expert at Her great loves are travel, shopping, and shopping while traveling, which has made her a bargain hunter out of necessity. In addition to finding ways to save money, Kristin is an avid credit-card rewards maximizer who thinks about every purchase in terms of the free travel and cash back it will earn.

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