Don’t Let Your Gift Cards Go to Waste! Here Are the Ones They’ll Use

Don’t Let Your Gift Cards Go to Waste! Here Are the Ones They’ll Use

Gift cards may not feel like the most creative present, but one thing’s for certain: They are darn practical. As someone who’s particularly picky (hey, I have limited apartment — and suitcase — space), the no-frills gift can mean I get exactly what I want or need without the giver bending over backwards to read my mind.

According to Wallethub, I’m in decent company — 41% of Americans want a gift card this holiday season, and this marks the 11th consecutive year where they’re the most popular type of present.

But nearly $1 billion in gift card value went unused in 2015 — say whaaaat?!

To keep you from making the mistake of giving useless store credit, here are the most popular gift cards people want (and so, will likely use):

1. Amazon
2. Visa
3. Walmart
4. iTunes
5. American Express
6. Starbucks
7. Target
8. Disney
9. Sephora
10. eBay

December is also a prime time to score discounts on gift cards, according to Karl Quist, president of PriceBlink. Apple, for example, usually offers a 20% off discount on iTunes cards, and many retailers and restaurants get customers in the door by offering a bonus gift card on top of a purchase.

Pro tip: If you do end up with a gift card you’ll never use, resale sites like Cardpool will buy your physical or e-gift card for up to 92% of the card’s value. Raise lets you list cards at your own price and takes a 12% selling fee. And on Gift Card Granny, sell it for cash or swap it for a gift card to another store. You can also use any of these to score gift cards at a discount (e.g. you pay $40 for a gift card worth $50 in value).

RELATED: 10 Great Holiday Gifts for Your Co-workers for $10 or Less

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