Retailers, Restaurants Team Up with Deals for Inaugural ‘National Use Your Gift Card Day’

Stack of Gift Cards

Check the back of your wallet and the bottom of your drawers — you may want to use those dust-collecting gift cards this Saturday for the inaugural “National Use Your Gift Card Day.”

It’s being dubbed a “shopping holiday” with the goal of getting consumers to shop with their gift cards. Every year, $3 billion is wasted in unused gift cards. is teaming up with retailers and restaurants to offer deals for people who use their gift card this Saturday, January 18.

Gift cards were the most-requested gift this past holiday season with consumers expected to have spent $27.5 billion on gift cards in 2019.


  • AMC Theatres: Customers can access AMC exclusive offers as long as they remember to use their gift cards.
  • BurgerFi: Get a free order of fresh hand-cut fries when customers download the BurgerFi App and use a gift card.
  • Chipotle: Join Chipotle Rewards and use a gift card to earn points towards free Chipotle.
  • Kohl’s: Use your gift card and earn $10 Kohl’s Cash for every $50 spent.
  • 10 percent off when you use a gift card.
  • Red Lobster: Use your Red Lobster gift card and create your own ultimate feast; pick four of more than 10 craveable creations for a feast that’s all your own.
  • Regal: Receive one free refill with a purchase of a large soft drink and/or large popcorn on the same day of purchase when you use your gift card.
  • rue 21: 15 percent-off total purchase when using a gift card, which is valid from Saturday, January 18 until January 26, 2020.
  • Saks OFF 5TH: Use your Saks Off 5th gift card to shop in-store or on and take advantage of the “Extra Cut Clearance Event” on January 18, 2020.
  • Simon Malls: Use your Simon Giftcard at more than 200 Simon centers nationwide and treat yourself to no purchase fees on American Express Simon Giftcards on January 18th only.