Now that Christmas is over, many people are wondering what to do with their unwanted gifts. Increasingly in this category are gift cards. Gift cards and other gifts may be unwanted, and there are a couple of options with regard to how you can get rid of them — and get a benefit in return.
Selling unwanted Christmas gifts
One method is selling unwanted Christmas gifts. Whether it is a gift card to a store you never shop at, or a duplicate gift, you can sell these items online or through other means. There are Web sites, from eBay to Craig’s List, that allow you to sell any number of items.
Trading unwanted Christmas gifts
Yes, you can always go to the store and return a gift for something else. However, you might not be able to find what you want. There are gift swaps available in some major cities, as well as online Christmas gift swaps. You may have better luck in those places.
Buying and selling gift cards
There is a brisk trade in gift cards now. Conventional online sites will allow you to sell gift cards, but there are also places online like Gift Card Rescue, Card Avenue and Plastic Jungle that will allow you to sell and trade gift cards. You should be aware, however, that if you choose to sell your gift cards for cash, you will have to do it, on average, for 10% to 50% less than the face value of the gift card.