Did you receive a gift card over the holidays or have a few just collecting dust? There’s a national holiday that encourages you to use those gift cards while also receiving special deals and perks.
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 (now in its second year), founded by public relations professional Tracy Tilson, entices shoppers to spend their gift cards while encouraging retailers and restaurants to offer discounts and freebies to those who do. National Use Your Gift Card Day debuted on Jan. 18, 2020, and takes place every year on the third Saturday of January. This year, that date falls on Jan. 16.
If you would rather donate your gift card, you can check here to learn more.
Here’s a list of the retailers with the best offers when you use your gift card:
AMC Theatres Gift Cards
Moviegoers will receive exclusive offers at AMCtheatres.com when paying for their movie tickets with a gift card.
Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Gift Cards
Use your Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s gift cards in-store and online. Plus, save the most on your purchase with up to 50% off sale merchandise at Bass Pro Shops (expired) through Jan. 20.
Bolay Gift Cards
Use your Bolay gift card at the casual dining restaurant in Florida and receive a free cookie.
Chico’s Gift Cards
Use your Chico’s gift card and receive 25% off your full-price purchase. Plus, save during Chico’s Semi-Annual sale with Buy More, Save More (expired) through Jan. 18.
Express Gift Cards
Text GIFTCARD to 397-737 to sign up for Express texts and get an Instant $10 Reward.
Macy’s Gift Cards
Use your Macy’s gift card to shop in-store or on Macys.com. Here are the best deals you’ll find at Macy’s now:
PetSmart Gift Cards
Use your PetSmart gift card and shop in-store or on Petsmart.com and take shop the Paw Valentine’s Day Collection for items as low as $2.99 through Jan. 31.
Rue21 Gift Cards
Saks Fifth Avenue Gift Cards
Use your Saks Fifth Avenue gift card to shop in-store or on saksfifthavenue.com and take advantage of the Designer Sale (expired) with savings of up to 70% through Jan. 31.
Soma Gift Cards
When you redeem your Soma gift card, you’ll receive a buy one, get one 50% off discount on almost everything. Plus, save an extra 25% on sale merchandise (expired) through Jan. 17.
Topgolf Gift Cards
Use your Topgolf gift card for gameplay, food and drinks, lifetime memberships, lessons (classes as low as $25) and gear. You can find membership plans as low as $5 and hourly rates starting at $20 an hour.
White House Black Market Gift Cards
Redeem your White House Black Market gift card and receive 25% off your full-price purchase. Plus, shop bottoms and denim (expired) for $39.99 along with other end-of-the-season deals.
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