National Use Your Gift Card Day

National Use Your Gift Card Day is observed next on Saturday, January 18th, 2025 (211 days from today).

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National Use Your Gift Card Day is a shopping holiday that occurs every year on the third Saturday of January to encourage people to remember to use their gift cards.

National Use Your Gift Card Day History

Tilson PR established National Your Gift Card Day in 2020 to encourage people to make the most of their gift cards.

National Use Your Gift Card Day reminds Americans to use $1 billion in unused gift cards each year. On the third Saturday in January, review the gift cards you received during the holidays. Make the most of each before they are forgotten for good!

We all do that. Put away gift cards thinking we'll have more time to use them later. We spot them when we clean and often don't remember the amount on the card or whether we used a portion of the card. Those partial balances add up too! The first step is to collect the cards together and see what you have. You know where to look.

Maximizing Your Gift

  • Check out deals to maximize your gift cards. In most cases, gift cards work like cash and can be used with coupons. However, there are exceptions, so you should check first.
  • Is the pass to the place you don't shop? You have a few options:
  • See if the card is good in the companion position
  • Check if the gift card can be redeemed for cash
  • Host a gift card exchange party or sell your gift cards for cash
  • Give your gift card to a charity fundraiser as a silent auction
  • Plan to overspend on gift cards to avoid having small balances lying around. Even if you add a small useful item (lip balm is always handy) to exceed the one-cent amount, you should be able to hand the card over to the retailer to recycle it.

How to observe National Use Your Gift Card Day

According to recent statistics from Mercator Advisory Group, Inc. Tracy Tilson, founder of Your Gift Card Day, shocking $3.5 billion in gift cards that don't redeem each year, on gift cards and tips on how to remember to use your gift card or give it away for good purpose.

According to data analytics firm InMarket, the average shopper spent 17.6% more on gift cards in 2020 than in 2019, but these statistics warn that this popular holiday gift could be wasted.

The second annual National Use Your Gift Cards Day on January 16 reminds consumers to check wallets, wallets, and e-mails for any unused gift cards. Like Small Business Saturday, Cyber ​​Monday, Small Business Tuesday and others, Your Gift Card Day goes on nationwide to benefit shoppers and shoppers alike as well as support non-profit organizations. This popular shopping day comes after the holidays when many consumers receive gift cards as gifts.

The founder of National Day Use Your Gift Cards, Tracy Tilson, knew from her own experience with unused gift cards that a "remember to use" day would resonate with both consumers and sellers. Some retailers and restaurants including Applebee's, Chico's, Chipotle, Express, Macy's, PetSmart, rue21, Soma, White House Black Market… agreed to join National Use Your Gift Card with reminders or their own offers can be found when shopping at the holiday companion website:

National Use Your Gift Card Tips Include

Step 1 – Search and aggregate all unused gift cards, even those left with small balances.

Step 2 – Check which gift card providers are running special deals - online or in-store - to maximize your gift cards and save money on purchases.

Step 3 – Make a shopping or dining plan to use all of them.

Step 4 – If you don't use up your gift card balance, donate it to charity.


National Use Your Gift Card Day has been observed the third Saturday in January.


Saturday, January 21st, 2023

Saturday, January 20th, 2024

Saturday, January 18th, 2025

Saturday, January 17th, 2026

Saturday, January 16th, 2027

Founded by

Tracy Tilson on January 2nd, 2020

Also on Saturday, January 18th, 2025

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