Toys "R" Us honours 20-year-old gift cards

Father stumbles across decades-old gift cards in daughter's room.

NSW dad Peter McCarthy was cleaning out his adult daughter's bedroom when he came across two 20-year-old gift cards, each to the value of $20.

The CHOICE subscriber says his daughter had moved out of the Bateau Bay home seven years earlier at the age of 20, and he says it was time to clean out the space.

"We found these two Geoffrey Dollars, like [Toys "R" Us'] own currency. There was no date of issue or expiry date.

"They'd have to be 20 years old. I don't even remember the situation at the time."

Aussies spend $2.5 billion a year on gift cards. In a nationally representative survey, 60% of people face problems with gift cards, the largest criticism being their premature expiration.

Peter doubted the gift cards would be redeemable after such a long time, but he decided they weren't worth binning without emailing Toys "R" Us first.

"I sent an email to their customer service section. Within a day or so I got an email back saying: 'if you send these two vouchers to us, we'll convert them to a gift voucher'," he tells CHOICE.

"Then a few days later I got [another] email saying: 'your voucher will be in the mail'."

The new voucher is for $40, and like the Geoffrey Dollars before them, has no expiry date.

McCarthy's daughter is now 27, but he says the gift cards will still be put to good use.

"We've got a five-year-old grandson whose birthday is in October. So we'll add the vouchers to what we'll spend on him.

"It was supposed to be a present for our daughter. Now it'll be for our grandson."