Giving A Gift Card

“The Gift Card industry has risen to be a 60 billion dollar industry. Ever wonder how many gift cards are unused?  Between 10 – 15%.  That means billions of dollars are sitting on gift cards, waiting to be used for good.”

Just a quick thought tonight.

Gift card assortment

If you’ve got a gift card in your wallet, maybe left over from Christmas, consider giving it away.

You could give it to Gift Card Giver, a non-profit that gathers up old gift cards, and donates them.

Or, you could do as I did this morning. I had a gift card from a local grocery store left over from Christmas and I needed to help supply drinks and snacks for my Toastmasters club’s open house today. The amount on the card was just the right amount.

It’s just another small way to give.

Gave a Christmas gift card to a better cause than myself. Also gave a $5 McDonald’s card to a homeless person. 

Hat tip to my friend Linda Cohen, author of the book 1000 Mitzvahs, for the link to

About Eric Winger

Our perception of time is key to how we use our time. The most fundamental way to change that perception is to give our time. This opens us up to new opportunities and ideas from which we can build to really make a difference. ... Yes, we *do* have time to make a difference!
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6 Responses to Giving A Gift Card

  1. I’ve just realised I do indeed have a gift card from Xmas that I haven’t used! Great idea. Thanks Eric.


  2. Gary Smith says:

    Funny because I do have a gift card in my wallet! But instead of giving it away I bought someone a 20lb bag of cat food yesterday because they couldn’t afford it. I figure it’s almost the same thing. 🙂

    • Eric Winger says:

      A helping hand is a helping hand even for the four-legged among us.

      Good for you, Gary!

      And I do assume that you bought the cat food for someone with a cat, not the cat itself. Which does bring up an interesting thought about unemployed pets …

      • Gary says:

        Sorry my comment was a bit vague! Some one put an ad on craigslist asking for help to feed their cat. I was in a position to help so I did.

  3. Eric Winger says:


    “I was in a position to help so I did.”

    That’s a succinct and powerful way to say it. And a succinct and powerful way to make a difference. Kudos!


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