Round up those gift cards for National Use Your Gift Card Day

Whether you have $25 or $2.32 on a gift card, using it to the fullest is in your best interest. Check your dresser drawers, old handbags, and wallets for those random gift cards you forgot all about, until now! Join Gift Card Granny as we celebrate National Use Your Gift Card Day on January 18, 2020.


Like all of us, Tracy Tilson was amazed at the number of unused gift cards she found in her home. Taking charge of the clutter and all of the money that was just sitting there on those gift cards, she created National Use Your Gift Card Day along with a website called Use Your Gift Card. The website provides statistics about unused gift cards and matter-of-fact reasons why you should use them. Not only does this day serve as a reminder to use what you have, but it also can fetch you some amazing offers at leading retailers.

National Use Your Gift Card Day offers


AMC Theaters

See the latest movie releases at AMC Theaters on 1/18/2020 and enjoy special offers when you use your gift card.



Download the Chipotle app and join the Chipotle rewards program. When you use a gift card from 1/18/2020 – 1/26/2020, you can earn points towards free food.



Shop at Kohl’s on 1/18/2020 and when you spend $50 or more and use a gift card, get $10 in Kohl’s cash.


Red Lobster

Use a Red Lobster gift card on 1/18/2020 and create your ultimate feast!


Rue 21

Use your Rue 21 gift card from 1/18/2020 – 1/26/2020 along with code 050992 and get 15% off in-store purchases.



Enjoy maximum savings when you shop the Cabin Fever Sale and use your Cabela’s gift card.

In addition to these offers, plenty of other brands are encouraging shoppers to use their gift cards like Macy’s, Saks off 5th, Express and more!

How to celebrate National Use Your Gift Card Day in 2 easy steps.

  1. Gather up the random gift cards in your home or office.
  2. Go to the store that gift card is for and buy something for yourself or someone else. It's never a bad idea to buy a birthday present early or to surprise someone with a gift!

What to do if you have an unwanted gift card.

It’s not uncommon to receive a gift card for your birthday or the holidays. But when you get a gift card to a store you’ve never shopped at or a restaurant you don’t have an interest in trying, you’re often left feeling stuck. Luckily there are other options when it comes to getting rid of that unwanted gift card.

For instance, consider trading in your gift card to a store you typically shop at, like Target. With the Target trade-in program, you hand over your unwanted gift card and exchange it for a Target gift card. Target won't accept every gift card brand so make sure you check their list of accepted merchants. While you won’t get the full value of the gift card you’re exchanging, at least you’ll get a gift card to a store you want to shop at.

In short, gift cards are like cash. If you don’t use them, you’ll probably end up losing them. Which means money out of your pocket. Take the time to do a gift card round up in your home and celebrate Use Your Gift Card Day, any day.