Since their introduction in 1994, gift cards have been a popular alternative to actual gifts, since they give the recipient the freedom to purchase whatever they need whenever they need it. In this article, I’ll explore some commonly asked questions that people often have concerning gift cards.
Do Gift Cards Expire?
Yes, gift cards expire. However, most of them, especially the ones sold by big retail stores do not expire after five years except otherwise stated by the company. Although, if these cards are inactive for 12 months, some fees will be paid, which is why many people are generally advised to use the cards as soon as they get them.
Can Gift Cards Be Used Anywhere?
Not all gift cards can be used anywhere. Most of the gift cards like restaurant gift cards, and store gift cards (Amazon, Nike…) can only be redeemed in their specific stores. However, prepaid cards like Visa and Amex can be used virtually anywhere as long as they are accepted.
Can I Check the Balance on My Gift Card?
Absolutely! Gift card balances can be checked by visiting the company’s website or calling customer service.
Can I Use My Gift Card to Buy More Than One Thing?
Yes, you can, as long as the value of the gift card covers what you want to buy. For instance, if you have a gift card worth $100 and you want to buy two items worth $95, your gift card will cover those purchases.
How Many Types of Gift Cards Are There?
There are two types of gift cards: A physical gift card and an eGift Card. A physical gift card is a plastic card that can be bought in a shop or shipped to you. An eGift card can’t be touched and will be sent to your e-mail, it also has to be bought online.
Can My Gift Card Be Customized?
Many large retail stores have the option of having your gift card customized specifically for the occasion, and if you want, the gift card can contain a picture uploaded by you.
I hope this article has addressed some of the questions you may have about gift cards, and has given you reasons to purchase one or two for your friends.