According to WalletHub, in 2015, $1 billion in gift cards went unused. So, to help you avoid letting your gift card go to waste, we looked into what you can do with unwanted gift cards.

They may have been given to you with the best intentions, but sometimes you get a gift card you just can't use.

According to WalletHub, in 2015, $1 billion in gift cards went unused. So, to help you avoid letting your gift card go to waste, we looked into what you can do with unwanted gift cards.

"You know, you bump into people you haven't seen in a while, so that's the nice part of it," says Dale Trott.

Eastview Mall was packed on Monday with many people returning those unwanted Christmas gifts. One of the most popular gifts is gift cards.

"I think they are great," says Jen Searls. "You can get what you want and please the whole crowd."

Trott says, "Nieces, nephew, our son..."

But what if you get a gift card you don't want? There are a few easy steps...

Searls says, "Sometimes I will re-gift."

Re-gifting your cards is what the National Retail Federation suggests too. You could also sell the card. Online, you can find several sites where you can buy and sell gift cars like: Cardpool.com, Raise.com and Cardcash.com.

If you don't want to go that direction, you can always donate it... or take Searls' advice. She says, "Other times I try and find the best in it and find something I really like."

Or stick to something you know will always work: "We tend to give either American Express or MasterCard -- gift cards with a dollar amount so they can use them at any store or place they like."

Another thing you can do with those unwanted gift cards: Target will accept gift cards with balances from certain stores and give you a Target gift card in exchange.

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Target trade-in program