National Use Your Gift Card Day: Here are the best ways to use your leftover gift cards

Christmas 2020 is now but a memory.

And it certainly is one most of us will never forget because of the impact the COVID-19 pandemic had on our celebrations.

Regardless, if you received a gift card hopefully you already used it.

If not, you should and we want to help.

Jan. 16, 2021, is National Use Your Gift Card Day – a day created last year by Tracy Tilson of useyourgiftcard.com.

According to Tilson, there are literally billions of dollars of value remaining on unused gift cards.

“The Use Your Gift Card platform began with an ‘ah-ha’ moment. I was going through an old wallet and found several gift cards that I had received over the last few holidays and simply forgotten. On top of that, I discovered gift cards that my sons had been given and ended up buried in desk drawers … all adding up to lots and lots of unspent dollars!

I realized that if I’d forgotten mine, certainly many other people were forgetting to use their gift cards, too. I started thinking about reminders: how to remember to use these valuable gifts that friends and family spent their time and money to give! I decided to create National Use Your Gift Card Day, and build UseYourGiftCard.com with the intention of reminding everyone to Use Your Gift Card!”

So, let’s get to it. Lots of places are having after-Christmas and clearance sales.

AMAZON – If you are still looking for Amazon Echo and Alexa devices now is the time – they are still on sale. Clearance items include everything from clothing to food, electronics and face masks and thermometers.

BUYBUY BABY – You only have a few days to get in on his one but the “Big Deal Baby Sale” is on through Jan. 18 with savings on brands including UPPAbaby, Chicco, Graco, DockATot and Boppy. Car seats and strollers are up to 20% off, clothing is up to 50% off and Halo Bassinests are up to 20% off. You can see more specific deals here.

CARHARTT – Carhartt’s winter clearance sale is offering discounts of 25% off clothing and work gear. Fleece-lined jeans are a must for working outside. These full swing Cryder dungarees for men are on sale for $52.49, marked down from $69.99. Fleece-lined Crawford pants are on sale for $44.99, marked down from $59.99.

CHEWY – Chewy’s “last chance end of season sale” has deals on food, treats, toys, clothing and accessories for your favorite pet – be it a dog, cat, hamster, goldfish, iguana, parakeet or chicken. When you spend $50, you can save 25% on select products. And, there is an offer for buy three, get one free.

COACH OUTLET – Coach Outlet has a few things going on including the “final few” sale of items almost sold out and marked down substantially. You will find umbrellas, pouches, purses, wallets, jewelry and cell phone cases. A few examples, Dinky with fringe, a small bag, was $595. It is on sale for $178.50; a Maddy Hobo bag in chalk was $450 and is on sale for $135. Clearance items are marked up to 70% off as are the finds under $100.

DISNEY+ – Disney+ offers a one-year gift subscription for $69.99.

LL BEAN – Ll Bean’s winter sale has prices up to 50% off. The Women’s PrimaLoft packaway hooded jacket was $189 and is on sale for $139 in rich berry. On sale for $160.65 are black, green, blue, silver blue and lavender. A women’s sweater fleece, full-zip hoodie was $89 and is on sale for $64.99. It comes in light mint, pewter and sailcloth. A men’s PrimaLoft-lined shirt-jac in slightly fitted plaid was $99 and is on sale for $79.99.

NORDSTROM – Nordstrom is advertising new markdowns of up to 60% off. For women, the Halogen v-neck cashmere sweater was $98 and is on sale for $48.90. Colors include black, black/ivory stripe, blue surf, grey dark heather, oatmeal, pink chintz, purple and red. The Steve Madden Tommy Booties were $99.95 and are on sale for $39.98. They come in black suede and chestnut suede. The men’s sale includes apparel, shoes, face masks, suit jackets and backpacks. Items on sale for kids include clothing, face masks, boots and shoes, hats, backpacks and toys.

NORTH FACE – North Face’s winter sale is offering 30% off on graphic hoodies, T-shirts, jackets, pants, tops, shorts and tights. A men’s “Boxed In” pullover hoodie was $55 and is on sale for $38.50. A women’s Venture 2 jacket was $99 and is on sale for $59.60 but the only sizes available are small and extra small. A girls’ reversible Mossbud Swirl jacket was $110 and is on sale for $55. Only large and extra large are available.

OLD NAVY – Old Navy’s “epic clearance sale” advertises prices of up to 75% off and up to 50% off storewide. Water-repellent faux-fur-lined moccasin slippers for women are on sale for $15 to $19.97. Original price was $24.99. Sale price depends on color. An oversized soft-brushed button-front coat for women is marked down to $50 from $99.99. The coat is black.

UNDER ARMOUR – The semi-annual outlet sale offers prices of up to 40% off. The popular UA Sportsmask is available for a limited time two for $40. Regular price is $30 each. The men’s Iso-Chill golf glove is on sale for $12.99, original price was $17. It comes in black, steel, blue and red. Men’s UA Valsetz RTS 1.5 tactical boots are on sale for $94.97, original price was $125. The boots come in black, brown, sand and camo. Men’s UA HOVR Havoc 3 basketball shoes are on sale for $84.99, original price was $110. The shoes come in a variety of bold colors.

WALMART – Walmart’s clearance sale includes holiday decor, clothing, toys, sports and outdoor equipment, home goods and more. The Xtremepower electric gun cordless percussion massager was $199.95 and is on sale for $59.99. The Best Choice 7.5 foot pre-lit hinged artificial Christmas tree with 700 LED lights is on sale for $199.99. Price was $399.99. The LOL Surprise OMG house real wood doll house is on sale for $159. It was $189. The Stranger Things Jada Toys Camaro is on sale for $14.97. It was $31.98.

WAYFAIR – Wayfair’s closeout sale has discounts of up to 80% off furniture, bedding, lighting, area rugs, home decor, Christmas trees, curtains and much more. If you are still putting together a home office, Wayfair has a variety of desks and office chairs on sale. And, this is the time to buy a Christmas tree for next year.