When is a Gift Card Good?
If you have purchases a gift card for someone in your life, you
may want some additional basic information about how a gift card
will work, how long a gift card will be good for. Through this article,
we help you by providing you with the basic information you will
need to have in regard to how a gift card will work, and how long
a gift card will be good for.\
When Gift Cards are the Perfect Choices
If you are uncertain what sort of gift to give, consider a gift
card. Some think itís a way of giving cash and is as impersonal,
but if youíre not sure what to buy itís a way of giving someone
what they want. If you buy your card online, you get an email with
the receipt and PIN, as well as brief use instructions for the recipient.
You would then print the email and place in a gift card.
Gift Cards -- For Every Occasion
Gift cards can be used for everything from wedding gifts to holiday
presents. They should be strongly considered when you donít know
what to buy but have a good idea where the person likes to shop.
They are also a good idea when thereís a chance you would duplicate
a gift with someone else-this way you save the recipient a trip
to the returns line, which at holiday time can be long and frustrating.
Understanding the Typical Restrictions on Gift Cards
Because a gift card replaces cash, itís used exactly that way-however,
it has certain restrictions. Often a merchant will set a date from
the date of the card purchase-usually one year-and the card either
expires or begins losing value. The rate at which it loses value
varies from store to store, but itís often 1 to 1.5 percent per
There May be a PIN
If you have received a gift card, remember many gift cards have
PINs, and you would need that number in order to make your purchases.
Often merchants wonít honor a gift card without a PIN, especially
for internet purchases. Make sure you know the rules of your particular
Double Check to Make Sure the Card is Activated
After you have received a gift card, check to see if it needs to
be activated. If so, the purchaser will probably need to do that.
If youíre unsure, check with the merchant. Once itís activated,
you may create your online account or go to the store to purchase