a) A brilliant invention of retailers whereby they can lock in advance sales without providing any goods or services, knowing that the gift card will force the recipient into their store who will most likely spend an additional amount above & beyond the card value, although the retailer ultimately hopes that the gift card will be lost or destroyed before said goods or services are redeemed.

b) A device whereby the giver can impose their will upon the receiver, but not necessarily provide the receiver with want they want.

c) A financial instrument providing income for 3rd parties, who purchase unneeded gift cards for 90 cents on the dollar and resell them for 95 cents on the dollar.

d) A foolish thing to send in the mail to a friend.
I'm giving gift cards so my friends can eat at restaurant "x" and see a movie at theater "y". I don't want to give cash and trust them to honor my request to go enjoy dinner and a movie at their favorite places.

I didn't realize that sending a gift card in the mail is even dumber than mailing cash. In fact, a gift card in an envelope is much easier for a thief to detect than cash. I guess that's why someone invented CHECKS many years ago, duh.
by MtBikeManiac January 6, 2014
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An attempt to buy somebody into a line, kind of like a stimulus check.
Someone wanted more people to get in a line, this time a vaccine line, so they started offering everybody a gift card and a donut out of desperation.
by Solid Mantis May 11, 2021
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The act of using a gift card to purchase another gift card of equal or slightly greater value in order to hide the fact that you're just regifting the original gift card.
After I do some gift card laundering at the mall today, these gift cards I got last Christmas will be squeaky clean and ready for regifting. No one will ever catch on to my operation - muhahaHAHA!
by Jeema December 7, 2009
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Something that isn’t in 1000$ denominations, and isn’t for free, but scam websites like to say that you get these.
*browsing urban dictionary* *strange page loads* FREE AMAZON GIFT CARDS!!! 1000$!!!
me: nope.
by WonderedLamb256 August 12, 2018
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A person who holds a significant amount of money tied up in Gift Cards, Store Credit, Groupons and other forms of vouchers.
Financial Advisor: Do you know your networth?
Gift Card Millionaire: Do you include Gift Cards? Because that would significantly affect the day I can retire.
by Gift Card Millionaire November 30, 2012
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A scam, an annoyance, and usually a teenager. Free gift card giveaways are part of the cancer which worsens YouTube everyday. Fuck Dirv.
Person 1: Wanna join my free gift card giveaway?
Person 2: fuck you
by ChrisCamel December 9, 2017
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Can you get me a 20 dollar gift card for the app store
"HEY MOM Can you get me a 20 dollar gift card for the app store "
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