I wrote about how you can’t use an Amazon gift card to buy another gift card some time ago, and today there was a similar question on Target gift cards. I had a feeling they wouldn’t allow you to buy another gift card with one you already have, but didn’t know for sure.
I placed a call to Target’s customer care, and they told me that they too don’t allow customers to buy one gift card with another. It was not too surprising because it looks like almost everyone has this policy in place. I say almost because I assume someone allows this but I am not aware of it.
This situation made me wonder if it’s better to gift people cash instead of a gift card?
I thought of a recent example where a few friends got together and gifted me a Crate and Barrel gift card for the wedding.
One of them told me it is for my wife to buy what she likes for her house, which I thought was kind of cute, but was promptly reminded by people who have been married for longer than I am – that the statement has the added virtue of being true as well, and that is what I should focus on.
But I digress, what I really wanted to say was that I appreciated the fact that they put thought into it, and got me a gift card that we could use to set up our home. Cash worth the same amount would have had more utility (as used in Micro 101), but I prefer getting the gift card rather than the cash.
On another occasion – a few of us got together and got our friend a Macy’s gift card for his wedding anniversary. I am not sure how he felt about it, though I must confess I have a feeling that he doesn’t feel the same way I did. To be honest, given another chance – I would go for the gift card again, because there is a chance that he might feel we put some thought in it; which will never happen with cash.
I am undecided about this, and have a feeling that I will gift someone cash very soon in the future just to see what kind of a reaction I get, but until then – I’d be interested to hear how you feel about this.