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I normally get gift cards for my adult nieces and nephews as I can get a discount via work, however this year I am reluctant to do so due to the economic climate and a number of years ago I loss hundreds when the Christmas club went into administration. Am I being googling anddoom?

beccatavender
12 days ago
What do you think of this?
sunny101
sunny10112 days ago

No way! Not this year! I would be worried about many of the established gift-card brands going under. I keep hearing rumblings about high street outlets that we thought would go on forever having problems so I think I'll stick to cash gifts for the people who usually enjoy a gift-card.

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Lynibis
Lynibis12 days ago

Even Martin Lewis on This Morning today advised giving cash instead of gift cards. It was in response to a phone in from a lady who had a Cineworld gift card she now couldn't use.

Similar to my topic the other day about my limitless Odeon card lol. He also advised Amazon if you have to give a gift card as Imnotcheap suggests below.

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Imnotcheap
Imnotcheap12 days ago

One gift card you know will be here to stay is Amazon. Its doing better than ever.I'd also say love to shop is a good bet

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TheChimp
TheChimp12 days ago

I'm with Imnotcheap on this one.

I think that Amazon would be the best bet as you can get virtually anything from them and the expiry date is very long.

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amaksy
amaksy12 days ago

This has reminded me to look up and use my old gift cards as I noticed when I needed to place an order that my asos vouchers have expired and unfortunately there's nothing they can do about it even though they were unused

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TheChimp
TheChimp12 days ago

amaksy There should never be an expiry date on gift cards (within reason) imo.

They should be treated like cash as that's what you bought them with.

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amaksy
amaksy12 days ago

TheChimp yes that's what I thought and I mentioned to them but they said there's an expiry date once activated.

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TheChimp
TheChimp12 days ago

amaksy I think that the Amazon has an expiry date of 10 years, but with some unscrupulous merchants, it's only 1 year.

It's a disgrace.

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amaksy
amaksy12 days ago

TheChimp and that's one of the reasons I opt for Amazon vouchers.

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davidstockport
davidstockport12 days ago

I'd NEVER buy a gift card for anyone, I'd give them CASH (probably by bank transfer) then if they preferred a giftcard they could buy one for themself.

If there was any actual benefit from purchasing with a gift card, or buying the gift card at a discount the above still works out.😀

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AgnesFaludi
AgnesFaludi12 days ago

I think big retailers are safe. If u buy TK MAXX gift cards...Amazon is great too.

And most of the grocery stores have their clothes lines now.

I think someone should make a universal gift card which can be used everywhere, but u can get pre paid mastercards and put money on them and they are like gift cards

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lornaae
lornaae12 days ago

You can get some gift cards that can be used at a lot of different retailers like the One4All, so maybe something like that would still be a good idea

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Mick82
Mick8211 days ago

Always hate receiving gift cards as gifts sure they would rather receive something heartfelt and if not money in a card then they can spend it on whatever they want.

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Dennab
Dennab11 days ago

Mick82 Agreed. Gift cards say "I couldn't be bothered thinking of a gift for you."

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G0501
G050111 days ago

Amazon gift card will be ok. High street retailers maybe not so sure.

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sunny101
sunny10111 days ago

Peacocks, Jaeger and Bonmarche have just been reported as 'under threat of going under' so if anyone has gift cards with them now is a good time to offload them.

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neo1
neo111 days ago

I sometimes buy myself giftcards. Example if i know im going to spend say £25 in B&Q but Tesco for example have an offer, 20% off certain giftcards then ill buy the card from tesco and spend it and save myself 20%. Topcashback give cashback on cards too and Amazon sell them with discount's now and then

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Sarahvwomble
Sarahvwomble11 days ago

Mmm in the past you could not have believed any really big names would fold....but now? Think as everyone says Amazon will go on and the supermarket big four are fairly safe....if they spend them quickly there should be no problem?

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hspexy
hspexy11 days ago

I’d stick with amazon if you have to get a gift card. I personally hate receiving ones from the high street as I don’t end up using them and some companies have gone bust, as you’ve said

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Hazel21
Hazel2110 days ago

In my opinion the best gift cards right now are for apps such as just eat honestly after a long day at work, can’t be bothered to cook order yourself a takeaway.

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ptenn00
ptenn0010 days ago

I would not give gift cards as a gift. Money is better. Too many gift cards don't get used, so the money is wasted. Much better to have the cash

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