Few things will remind you of your station in life more quickly than a $100 gift card for a store where things begin at $300.
For the longest time, I felt bad about offering gift certificates to friends and family when the holiday season rolled around. They had a reputation as the lazy person’s gift of choice: They were impersonal, they were anything but unique, and there was something crass—given our long tradition of removing price tags from gifts and pretending that their exact value is unknown to the recipient – about their dollar amount being displayed so flagrantly.
There are 17.7 million people who hold $210.5 million in unredeemed gift cards from Borders, which closed the last of their stores in 2011. A judge recently rule that Borders owes nothing to those people, effectively making those gift cards worthless. Which reminds me of this question: Is giving someone a bad gift better than giving someone a gift card? It’s the thought that counts.
Would you contact customer service to return a $25 gift card you found to its original owner?
What do you do when your friend gives you a very expensive gift?
There is some money in my wallet and some things that are worth money, maybe.