Ahhh, one of my favorite gifts is a gift card. I know it doesn't usually come wrapped up prettily and you don't get to dive into a tissue-filled box but the anticipation of using it makes up for any unwrapping frenzy.
This last August an act was passed to extend expiration dates for 5 years. This gives us some time to find those misplaced cards during the non-holiday times of the year.
I can't tell you how often I've cleaned drawers (not my favorite chore) only to find (to my delight) a new or partially used gift card. It almost makes the chore bearable.
The Consumer Action Website provides tips for using your gift cards:
1. Read the terms, conditions and expiration
2. Record the card's ID number and keep the information in a safe place
3. Don't lose your card...but if you do, use the above information to replace it
Have fun, stay well, and happy holidays!