gift cards


Gift cards are often great gifts to give and receive unless it is for a store you do not normally shop at. If you have gift cards that you have not used and do not see yourself using them anytime soon, you have a few options. Some of the most popular ways to get rid of unwanted gift cards are by selling them, donating them, or simply giving them to someone who will use them. Learn more about these options below.

Sell them

Consider your friends and family. Do any of them shop at the store the gift card comes from? If so, they may buy the gift card from you. If not, consider doing a gift card transfer with a neighbor or someone in your community. Most cities across America have some type of community social media page. Through this page, you might be able to find someone who will buy your unwanted gift card for a discounted price, such as 70% to 90%.

While you can attempt to sell your unwanted gift card for a discount to friends or family, selling them online is usually much easier and more lucrative. Below are some websites and storefronts that might


Given an A+ rating by the Better Business Bureau, and getting you up to 92% of the gift card balance puts Cardpool at the top of the list.

Gift Card Granny

If there could be two number ones, Gift Card Granny would rate right alongside Cardpool. You get three different options for your gift card on Gift Card Granny: choose the best offer, name your price, or you can actually exchange your gift card for one you would use.


If you have used some of your gift card, CardCash is a good option for you as they allow partially used gift cards.


Though this is not online, it is quick and convenient. If you have a Coinstar at your local grocery store or retailer, you can exchange your gift card for a cash offer and leave the store with cash in hand.

Check Into Cash

Check Into Cash is another place to sell your gift cards in-person, and they will typically pay you cash. For the sake of your finances, let selling your gift cards be the only thing you do at Check Into Cash.


Something to note is that if you have a low balance on your gift card, the retailer will sometimes give you cash for the balance. Not all retailers will do this, though. As there is no law requiring them to, each retailer is free to make the choice.

Donate to charity

Another great way to get rid of unwanted gift cards is to donate them to charity. If this sounds like something you are interested in, take a look at these websites:

GiftCard Partners
Doorways for Women and Families
Charity Gift Certificates

Re-gift it

A gift card is something that can easily be re-gifted without the receiver knowing it. Chances are, you know someone who can benefit from your card. For instance, a gift card for a baby store that you received while expecting your child would be a great gift for other expectant parents. You might also consider giving them as Christmas gifts.


Do not let your unwanted gift cards sit around and collect dust. You might be missing out on an extra payday. Grab your gift cards and decide whether you would like to sell them, donate them, or re-gift them. Whether it is you or someone else, someone can benefit from your unused gift cards.