If you haven’t used the gift cards you received as presents for the holidays in December, Valentine’s Day might be a good time to share the love – before you forget about your gift cards.
You probably were really excited to receive those gift cards. You’re not alone; according to the National Retail Federation, gift cards were at the top of the wish list for 59 percent of those surveyed this year. Why don’t you celebrate the present by using it for Valentine’s Day?
You may be thinking that the person who gave you the gift card wanted you to get something that would make you happy. How can you regift it? Simple! You wouldn’t just slip the actual gift card in with your Valentine’s Day greeting card. You can purchase something specialfor your Valentine, using the gift card. And, if it makes them happy – that will most certainly make you happy too, and therefore you are fulfilling the good wishes of the person who gave it to you in the first place. After all, it’s better to give than receive right?
Or, maybe you received a gift card for a restaurant or experience. Using that gift card for your Valentine’s Day celebration is a perfect use for it. Gift cards for movies are especially good for your date night, even better if there’s a rom-com at the local cinema.
Even if you decide to hold onto your gift cards for another occasion, make sure you don’t forget about it. Over $3 billion of gift cards go unspent every year because they end up stuffed in drawers or in the back of wallets. Find a place in your home where you will see your gift card and be reminded to use it, like tacking it up by the door in a clear ziplock bag. Or, keep them in your car’s glove compartment where they’ll be handy when you go out shopping.
Whatever you do, don’t forget to celebrate the present of your gift card before it’s forgotten – and have a happy Valentine’s Day!