Post # 1
I have probably gotten $500 worth of gift cards to Macy’s from my bridal shower. Problem is, fiance and I don’t even shop there (we prefer Nordstrom). I would do one of those buy my gift card for cash thing on ebay, but that would be a significant loss on each gift card. I checked and a $200 gift card only sold for $160.
Any ideas on what to do with all this? I’m hoping we don’t get more from our wedding. I mean, at least if we got some from Target we could use it to buy food. This would be us buying stuff for the sake of buying stuff not because we actually need it.
Post # 3
I don’t know what Macy’s is, but surely you could go and have a look and see if you find something you like? Something for your honeymoon, or your house? Or you could just regift them back to people over the next year.
Post # 4
- Wedding: June 2010 - Tannery Pond at the Darrow School
One thing I sometimes do with gift cards is use ’em to buy presents for other people. So I don’t know if you have another wedding or two to go to or someone’s bday coming up or just want to save them for the holidays but that’s an option…Also, Macy’s has cute clothes and lots of nice homegoods, surely you can find maybe a splurge item that you both like?
Post # 5
You could always give out your gc to other people or buy them gifts.
Post # 6
At least $500 is a good decent amount to have to spend. We got HEAPS of gift cards for various places for our engagement party. Problem was we had say, one for each store, usually for about $50. So we’d go into shops and try and find stuff but most things were over $50 so we’d end up spending MORE money to buy something. For our wedding we’ve requested that if people want to give us a gift they can get us a gift card for ONE store, so that hopefully we’ll have enough to contribute to a new couch or something.
Post # 7
I’m not really sure why you wouldnt just use them! Who cares if you dont normally shop there…you have $500 to the store! Macys has a lot of nice things – housewares, furniture, linens, clothing, accessories, etc. I wouldnt give the gift card to anyone else nor would I try to sell it and then get less money for it. If I were you I would just go to Macys and see what you can find. Is there a reason why you dont want to use the money at Macys besides the fact you dont normally shop there??
Post # 8
Trailmix has a point. Use them to buy other gifts. Some may think this is counter productive but I do that a lot! Especially when I am short on cash.
Post # 9
Just because you normally shop at Nordstorm doesnt mean you cant find anything at Macys. I agree with the others Macys has TONS of good stuff im sure you can find something to spend that money on.
Post # 10
8 Words that I love to chant: 800 thread count Hotel Collection Egyptian Cotton sheets….you will never leave your bed!
Or buy something you would “never” buy because it’s a “ridiculous amt of money to spend on an item” Have Fun with it!
Post # 11
@clarebee: agree, it’s a big department store with things for all areas of your home. They probably sell lots of stuff that you’ve registered for at other places.
Buy an espresso machine or lots of the little stuff you need for your kitchen. Buy a set of bedding for your guest bedroom or get you and your FI an outfit for your rehearsal/dinner.
Post # 12
I could maybe understand preferring Nordstroms for clothing (although they sell LV bags at Macys now) but as far as the home stuff goes there is not a significant difference.
Nordstroms return policy is a million times better than Macys
Post # 13
If you have gift cards to Macy’s, go to Macy’s and use them. They carry a lot of the same brands as Nordstroms. If you are totally against Macy’s-give them to a family member who needs them.
Post # 14
I’ve noticed that some of the Macy’s stores vary widely from one another, so maybe the one you’re familiar with isn’t that great? Check out their website, too, as posters have said they have a nice housewares and furniture department.
Post # 15
I don’t know exactly what the website is but I do know there’s one where you can sell your gift cards or trade them for ones you’ll actually use.
Post # 16
I rarely go to Macys, but every once in a while I do. Last time I bought more of my usual Clinique foundation. The time before that I scored a $150 cashmere sweater on sale for $25 (I wear it all the time). It is absolutely worth looking at Macys before taking a loss on the cards.
I just checked their website – Macys carried Le Crueset. Buy a French oven – that will take care of your gift card money and it’s something you’ll use a lot (at least if you cook at all).