Let’s start at the beginning: what exactly is a gift card? A gift card is a card with an amount of money on it. With it, as the lucky receiver you can buy something at the participating shops or providers of the gift card.
The card has a magnetic strip and barcode on which the amount of money is loaded. Because a gift card is often tailored to your interests, it feels a lot nicer and more personal than money in an envelope. And an added benefit? You don't have to spend the amount in one go. The remaining amount just stays on the gift card.
'But what about the validity of the gift card?' we hear you thinking:
Starting January 1st, 2022, gift cards are legally valid for at least 2 years.
Does your gift card only mention a date of issue? Then the gift card is valid for 5 years.
Is there no mention of a date of issue or expiry date on the card? And no mention of where you can find this information (Like for example on a website?). Then your gift card is valid indefinitely.
Tip: check the validity of the gift card you receive beforehand. That way you can always redeem your gift in time.