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Old 12-27-2013, 12:11 PM   #1
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Gift cards... did you get one? If so, what do you plan to buy with it?

I got a $50 Amazon gift card from my daughter, but she also bought me the video game "Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time" which was what I would have bought with the gift card.

Consequently I am stumped, and completely out of ideas! I thought it might be fun and interesting to hear what others are buying with their gift cards.
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Old 12-27-2013, 12:31 PM   #2
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Just ordered yesterday:

Stylus for my tablet
Antiglare screen protector for my tablet
Latest book by Martin Cruz Smith

All of that came to $46, I'll save the other $4 for something else later.

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Old 12-27-2013, 12:33 PM   #3
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I got a $25 Amazon card.... I'll probably look for golf balls.
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Old 12-27-2013, 01:01 PM   #4
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Old 12-27-2013, 01:10 PM   #5
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Yep. Big Sis always sends gift cards - never to anyplace I shop (especially since I don't shop on-line.) Can you say "re-gifting"?

Next year I am going to do something I have promised myself I would do for a long time. I'm going to buy her a goat. Yes, a real goat - in her name - to a charity of MY choice in Africa or the Middle East. YMMV
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Old 12-27-2013, 01:23 PM   #6
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Got a $50 gift card from Dicks Sporting good. Not sure what I will buy but seeing I play golf, probably something in that dept.
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Old 12-27-2013, 01:33 PM   #7
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Got a $100 prepaid Visa debit card as a retirement gift. That is what you get when people have no idea what you'd like. And it is perfect for me since I will probably spend it at the big-box store :-)

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Old 12-27-2013, 01:37 PM   #8
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I'll hang on to mine until something catches my eye.
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Old 12-27-2013, 01:37 PM   #9
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Yep. Big Sis always sends gift cards - never to anyplace I shop (especially since I don't shop on-line.) Can you say "re-gifting"?

Next year I am going to do something I have promised myself I would do for a long time. I'm going to buy her a goat. Yes, a real goat - in her name - to a charity of MY choice in Africa or the Middle East. YMMV
Now that's a gift I would really enjoy if it were given to me. I have no interest in receiving material items from people in spite of their desires to keep giving them to me. And those snack baskets full of processed food items that give you beautifully wrapped 1 ounce portions of food along with several trees worth of packaging drive me nuts.
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Old 12-27-2013, 02:10 PM   #10
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MIL sent us gift cards to Olive Garden, $50 each. They are also good for Bahama Breeze, Red Lobster and Longhorn Steakhouse. It will be nice to go out to eat for "free" except for the tip.
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Old 12-27-2013, 02:25 PM   #11
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I got $75 in Amazon gift cards plus a $20 gift card from Amazon when DH's Christmas present didn't arrive on 12/24.

This is what he had ordered for me:

Amazon.com: Olloclip 4-in-1 Lens Solution for iPhone 5/5s - RED/Black: Cell Phones & Accessories

I've spent $45 of that on Amazon kindle books.

I'm in no danger of not being able to spend it. We buy a lot of stuff (not just books) from Amazon.

This is what I bought DH from Amazon:

Amazon.com - Oregon Scientific BAR208HGA Advanced Weather Station with Atomic Time

But some of the things we've bought from Amazon just in the last few months (not counting Kindle books):

Amazon.com: Barbie Collector 2013 Holiday Doll: Toys & Games
(Christmas present for my mother)

CDN DTQ450X ProAccurate Quick-Read Thermometer : Amazon.com : Kitchen & Dining

Amazon.com: Fellowes Powershred 100-Percent Jam Proof 79Ci 14 Sheet Cross-Cut Paper Shredder (3227901): Electronics

Amazon.com: Logitech G700s Rechargeable Gaming Mouse: Computers & Accessories

Amazon.com: Quicken Deluxe 2014 [Download]: Software

Amazon.com: TurboTax Deluxe Fed + Efile 2013 with Refund Bonus Offer [Download]: Software

This doesn't even count the Elf ears that my son bought for a costume....
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Gift cards... did you get one? If so, what do you plan to buy with it?

I got a $50 Amazon gift card from my daughter, but she also bought me the video game "Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time" which was what I would have bought with the gift card.

Consequently I am stumped, and completely out of ideas! I thought it might be fun and interesting to hear what others are buying with their gift cards.
Your gift card will never expire, so just apply the card to your account, and then wait until you think of something you want!
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Old 12-27-2013, 02:31 PM   #13
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Didn't get one. Gave a bunch though.
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I got one for our local independent coffee house, so it'll all get spent there. We also both got a checks from family, we'll spend that on our NYE dinner out. Yes, boring...
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Old 12-27-2013, 03:00 PM   #15
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MIL gave me gift cards from Subway and Jimmy Johns a few weeks ago after I detailed her car. Can never go wrong with food cards.
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Old 12-27-2013, 03:09 PM   #16
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Got $1250 in Rewards Cards from our PenFed Visa this past week. Will use for groceries & gas.

No "splurging" on things we would not otherwise have bought ---- money is money regardless of the source.
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Old 12-27-2013, 04:01 PM   #17
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If you really don't have any use for a gift card, you can always sell it (at a discount).

giftcardgranny.com is a popular exchange for this.
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Old 12-27-2013, 04:21 PM   #18
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These are all great ideas! Keep 'em coming.

Several of the above posts are so creative, and present ideas that I had never thought of and that really appeal to me.

But no, I'm not gonna SELL it, Braumeister! Nope, not this gift card.
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Old 12-27-2013, 06:58 PM   #19
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I accumulate gift cards from various people throughout the year but it often takes many months for me to use them. Right now, I have one for TGIFridays, Barnes & Noble, and $2 left on a Regal Movies chain card.
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I got a $50 gift card to our local chocolatier, William Dean, from my BIL and SIL at Thanksgiving because they were not going to be in Florida over Christmas.

I used it right after Thanksgiving and again last week. I think something is wrong with it because it did not appear to have reduced by the previous purchase. I have to go in and see them about what is going on.

My perpetual chocolate gift card!

I sent a $100 Visa gift card to a friend with MS on SSI who lives very close to the edge financially. She was very happy which made me feel really good!
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