How to Get Rid of Unwanted Gift Cards

Posted on 12/24/2008

Besides overdosing on sugar cookies or overindulging on mashed potatoes, the holidays can also leave you with too much of another good thing: gift cards. But what if you get a gift card that doesn’t exactly suit you? Are you forced to spend it on something you don’t really want? No way. Here are three ways to clean those unwanted cards out of your wallet and get something you really need.

Swap Them
So grandma gave you a Yankee Candle gift card when you really want some Starbucks. All you have to do is check out You can swap your gift card for a different one. There are only a few steps and you’ll be on your way to some free caffeine. Just tell what you’ve got and they’ll give you a redemption value which is usually between 60-80% of the card’s value. Then you can use that amount to swap for another card and it won’t cost you a thing.

Cash Them In
Sometimes cold, hard cash is what you really need. And now you can trade your gift cards for money. Check out to turn your cards into cash. The card must have between $25-$200 in value and be one of the dozens of stores on the preferred merchant list. will even help you pay bills with your gift cards.

Sell Them
If you want to try to get more for your gift cards, try selling them yourself instead of going through a specialty website. Use or Ebay to unload them. Make sure your headline is catchy and once you get your money– spend it wisely. This opportunity won’t be back for another 12 months.

By Alison Storm

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