DON'T FORGET THEM: Some $1.7 billion of the $110 billion gift cards bought in 2012 will go unused, according to CEB TowerGroup.
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OTHER TIPS: Even though the card might have a specific store name on the front, you might be able to use it in the parent company's other stores. A TJ Maxx gift card can be used at Marshalls or at Home Goods stores. Other options include donating your gift card to a charity or trading it for United Airline miles.