7On your side: Giving and receiving gift cards - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

7 On Your Side: Giving and receiving gift cards

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

If you like to give and receive gift cards, you're not alone. It's a way to make sure the recipient gets something they will truly enjoy. But doing a little research ahead can prevent disappointment.

If you give Stephanie Gill cash for Christmas, there's a good chance she'll use it for something other than herself.

"Cash, I would probably spend on someone else or spend on the kids or buy gift cards for the kids or, I just don't think I'd spend it on myself," said Gill.

While at first, gift cards seemed impersonal, she admits she now enjoys getting gift cards and giving them, too.

"Gift cards are better because they're not sure what to get or what I would like so I'd rather them spend their money on a gift card so I know I would like it, rather than spend their money on something that I'm going to put on the shelf and it's going to collect dust," said Gill.

Carmen Million, with the Southwest Louisiana Better Business Bureau, said it's important to do your research before purchasing a gift card.

"What we at the BBB encourage consumers to do is be very careful and understand the rules when they purchase a gift card. They need to know if there's an expiration date," said Million.

Recent federal rules dealing with bank and retail gift cards help to protect consumers concerning fees and expiration dates. Also, she said it's important to carefully inspect the card before buying. 

"We've purchased gift cards in the past where it's been tampered with and what somebody has done is go into that particular store and taken the number off the gift card and cashed it without anybody being aware of that," said Million.

And, if you give a card, provide the recipient the receipt in case the card is lost or stolen.

"If you lose it and somebody finds it and uses it, then you've lost the cash on it.  the cash value. But if you've misplaced it and you don't know where it is and you feel like it's been stolen then you should have the information in order to cancel it and that will come in the packaging and the receipt," said Million.

Of course, gift cards should be treated like cash and spent soon, said Million. 

And even if they're not quite as personal as a gift, Stephanie has as much fun with gift cards as a carefully selected beautifully wrapped gift.

"I hide them in the Christmas tree and I'll wrap it for or five times and the box will get smaller as they unwrap it. So, I've just made fun out of it," said Gill.

For consumer tips for givers and receivers, click here.

Copyright 2013 KPLC. All rights reserved.

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • Women encouraged to seek traditional male jobs

    Friday, April 20 2018 6:05 AM EDT2018-04-20 10:05:22 GMT
    (Source: SOWELA.edu)(Source: SOWELA.edu)
    (Source: SOWELA.edu)(Source: SOWELA.edu)

    Times are changing in the workplace, more and more women are doing jobs typically done by men in the past. Thursday evening, SOWELA Technical Community College hosted its Sixth Annual Women in Non-Traditional Careers Seminar.  Representatives from area businesses and industry will present information on non-traditional career opportunities available to women in Southwest Louisiana. "This seminar allows women of all ages and all walks of life to interact with othe...

    More >>

    Times are changing in the workplace, more and more women are doing jobs typically done by men in the past. Thursday evening, SOWELA Technical Community College hosted its Sixth Annual Women in Non-Traditional Careers Seminar.  Representatives from area businesses and industry will present information on non-traditional career opportunities available to women in Southwest Louisiana. "This seminar allows women of all ages and all walks of life to interact with othe...

    More >>
  • Sunrise birthdays: April 20, 2018

    Sunrise birthdays: April 20, 2018

    Friday, April 20 2018 5:18 AM EDT2018-04-20 09:18:21 GMT
    Happy birthday to our Sunrise birthdays for April 20: Carson Ravia, 1 Alaina Hartley, 12 Brandon Duhon Carolyn Bartie, 30 Conner Smith, 8 Ja'vien Hawkins, 8 Joe Lewis, Sr., 80 Marcus Chamberlain, 32 Michelle Wiltz-Babineaux Randy Darboune Rita Broussard-Burrell Ryan Orgeron, 7 Tanner Roosevelt  Rob Prejean, 54 Ma'kayla Peters, 5 If you want your birthdays featured on 7News Sunrise, send your pictures at least five days in advance to birthdays@kplctv.com. P...More >>
    Happy birthday to our Sunrise birthdays for April 20: Carson Ravia, 1 Alaina Hartley, 12 Brandon Duhon Carolyn Bartie, 30 Conner Smith, 8 Ja'vien Hawkins, 8 Joe Lewis, Sr., 80 Marcus Chamberlain, 32 Michelle Wiltz-Babineaux Randy Darboune Rita Broussard-Burrell Ryan Orgeron, 7 Tanner Roosevelt  Rob Prejean, 54 Ma'kayla Peters, 5 If you want your birthdays featured on 7News Sunrise, send your pictures at least five days in advance to birthdays@kplctv.com. P...More >>
  • City of Lake Charles hosting trash bash

    City of Lake Charles hosting trash bash

    Friday, April 20 2018 5:10 AM EDT2018-04-20 09:10:57 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    We’re always looking for ways to help make our community beautiful, and this Saturday you can do just that. The City of Lake Charles will be having a “Residential Trash Bash” this Saturday at the Chennault International Airport to promote a cleaner city.

    More >>

    We’re always looking for ways to help make our community beautiful, and this Saturday you can do just that. The City of Lake Charles will be having a “Residential Trash Bash” this Saturday at the Chennault International Airport to promote a cleaner city.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly