If you're buying pricey baby equipment which you plan to sell after you've used it, forumites recommend hanging on to the boxes if you've got space. Selling items in their original boxes may help to fetch a better price, though only sell when you're sure you won't need the items again. See the eBay Selling Tricks guide for tips to help you get the best price.
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Parenting charity National Childbirth Trust (NCT) has a number of General resources for supporting dads, such as its free online booklet Dad’s View: Early days with your baby, which is written by dads for dads. The NCT website also has a range of useful info on all aspects of becoming a parent, from fathers and breastfeeding to birthing partner tips.
E-Vouchers can no longer be purchased online. Previously purchased E-Vouchers can be redeemed online. E-Vouchers can only be exchanged for goods on our online store, www.hamleys.com. E-Vouchers cannot be exchanged for cash, however a balance will be retained for part use. E-Vouchers must be redeemed within 3 years of the purchase date. When redeeming the E-Voucher online you will be required to use the code included in the E-Voucher email. You can check the balance of an E-Voucher code in the ‘My Account’ section at any time. You will need to be registered to use this service. Hamleys is under no liability should vouchers be lost, stolen or destroyed.

Spend your vouchers at Love2shop Holidays, a one stop shop for all your travel and holiday needs including package holidays, flights and accommodation, cruises, car hire, UK breaks and much more. Choose from a wide range of over 200 travel companies including Thomas Cook, Airtours, Kuoni, Cosmos Tours & Cruises, Disneyland Resorts and many more. To use this voucher for holidays and travel please call 0345 077 4444.


In the past, uniform standards concerning gift cards did not exist. This was set to change as an addendum to the Credit CARD Act of 2009 directs the federal government to create consumer-friendly standards pertaining to gift cards.[19] Most notably, the new regulations prohibit retailers from setting expiration dates unless they are at least 5 years after the card's date of issue or the date on which funds were last added to the card. In addition, retailers are no longer able to assess dormancy, inactivity, or service fees unless the card has been inactive for at least 12 months, and if fees are added after that period, the details of such fees must be clearly disclosed on the card. Additionally, retailers are unable to levy more than one fee per month. The new provisions took effect on August 22, 2010.[20]
House of Fraser have informed us that they will not accept our Love2shop Gift Cards and Vouchers. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause you. However, there are many other places where you can spend our Love2shop Gift Cards and Vouchers including Debenhams, TK Maxx, and TJ Hughes. To view a full up-to-date list of retailers please click the where to spend link above.
Apple Store Gift Cards are issued and managed by Apple Distribution International and can be applied only to purchases in the United Kingdom from an Apple Retail Store, the Apple Online Store or by calling 0800 048 0408. Gift cards may not be redeemed at the iTunes Store, at Apple resellers, for cash (except as required by law) or for shipments outside the United Kingdom. Gift cards will remain active even if added to the Wallet app on your iOS device. Neither the issuer nor Apple is responsible for any lost or stolen gift cards or use without your permission. Keep them safe; they’re valuable and can be redeemed by whoever finds them. Gift cards are also not for resale. Void where prohibited or restricted by law. Gift card terms and conditions are subject to change without notice and some items may not be available for purchase. Please visit apple.com/go/agc for current terms, conditions and limitations. Use of a gift card is governed by English law. To check the available balance on a gift card, call 0800 048 0408 or visit apple.com/go/gcb/uk.
That's nice. A gift card makes a much nicer present than cold hard cash, doesn't it? Er, no, not really. You may not like giving cash as a Christmas present, but it's a much better way to give than purchasing a gift card. Cash is less risky, more flexible and guarantees the person you're giving to will be able to spend the amount you're giving – even if their favourite store goes under.
It has been argued that holiday giving destroys value due to mismatching gifts.[9] The most efficient way to keep value in gifting would be to give cash; however, this is socially acceptable only within limits. Gift cards, to a degree, may overcome this problem but have certain pitfalls. Some feel that the absence of the thought of selecting a specific gift makes a gift card a worse choice than a poorly executed but individual gift.[10] New products in the gift card industry are evolving to tackle this "impersonal" pitfall of gift cards. New services launched by some service providers allows for customization and personalization of gift cards.[11]
Neiman Marcus and Blockbuster were later followed by the Mobil gas card which initially offered prepaid phone value provided by MCI. Kmart was next with the introduction of the Kmart Cash Card which in the early generations provided prepaid phone time with AT&T. Later this feature was dropped as it was not profitable for both Kmart and Mobil. The Kmart Mags Pangilinan Cash Card was the first replacement for cash returns when a shopper did not have a receipt for a gift. This practice of giving a cash card in place of cash for non-receipted returns is common place today with most merchants. From these early introductions, other retailers began to adapt a giftcard program to replace their gift certificate programs.
E-Vouchers can no longer be purchased online. Previously purchased E-Vouchers can be redeemed online. E-Vouchers can only be exchanged for goods on our online store, www.hamleys.com. E-Vouchers cannot be exchanged for cash, however a balance will be retained for part use. E-Vouchers must be redeemed within 3 years of the purchase date. When redeeming the E-Voucher online you will be required to use the code included in the E-Voucher email. You can check the balance of an E-Voucher code in the ‘My Account’ section at any time. You will need to be registered to use this service. Hamleys is under no liability should vouchers be lost, stolen or destroyed.
Gift cards are credit card sized plastic cards that have a stored value of money pre-loaded on to them. There are two main types of gift card; single branded gift cards can be spent in only one chain of stores and multi retail gift cards can be spent in multiple participating stores. Some gift cards can also be redeemed online using a code printed on the card. Gift cards are a popular gift in the UK due to the ease of use and the choice they give to the user.
Not all gift cards are redeemed. The card may be lost; there may be time decay (expiration and fees) or complex rules of redemption; the recipient may not be interested in the store that accepts the card or be under the false assumption that not using it will save money for the giver. It has been estimated that perhaps 10% of cards are not redeemed, amounting to a gain for retailers of about $8 billion in the United States in 2006.[5]
If you haven’t already, you will need to register an account with us. Once you have registered you will need to go to “My Account” and choose the Gift Vouchers option on the left. Here you can enter your chosen amount and choose if you would like the voucher emailed to yourself or your recipient. You will receive a confirmation email to your own email address after payment is complete.

If you have to return goods you have purchased online using gift vouchers, then in most instances we will credit your online shopping account. You may also return online orders to any John Lewis & Partners shop. If you have your receipt, we will refund you with cash, but if you don’t, your refund will be credited to a gift card. This doesn't affect your statutory rights.


You cannot use the gift card or e-gift card to discharge indebtedness in respect of an account card or credit card issued by John Lewis plc, Waitrose Limited or John Lewis Financial Services Limited, nor can you use it for the purchase either directly or indirectly of any financial product or service, including John Lewis Partnership gift vouchers.
Terms & Conditions: This voucher is issued by Matalan Retail Limited. It may exchanged for goods to its value in any Matalan store. No change will be given. Some products, areas and concessions may be excluded from the offer. Ask in store for more details. Lost, damaged or defaced vouchers will not be accepted or replaced. This voucher cannot be refunded or exchanged for cash. Redeemable in store only.
Gift Cards, including any unused Gift Card balances, expire ten years from the date of issuance. Gift Cards may not be redeemed for the purchase of products at www.amazon.at, www.amazon.com.br, www.amazon.ca, www.amazon.cn, www.amazon.com, www.amazon.de, www.amazon.es, www.amazon.fr, www.amazon.in, www.amazon.it, www.amazon.co.jp, www.amazon.com.mx, or any other website owned and operated by us, our affiliates, or any other person or entity, except as indicated by these terms and conditions. Gift Cards cannot be used to purchase other gift cards. Gift Cards cannot be reloaded, resold, transferred for value or redeemed for cash. Unused Gift Card balances in an Amazon.co.uk account may not be transferred to another Amazon.co.uk account.
Another issue regarding gift cards are the growing concerns from retailers and other businesses about what can be done to prevent gift cards from being exploited by fraudsters. Gift card information can either be stolen from their rightful owners by fraudsters or they can be purchased with stolen credit card information. In recent years, cybercriminals have increased their efforts to take advantage of fraudulent gift cards as they are simple to exploit with automated brute-force bot attacks.[15] The most common form of gift card fraud is committed through the act of stealing card information for activated cards with an existing balance by attacking a retailer's systems which store gift card data. Once a gift card has been compromised, the fraudster will then check the balance through online customer portals before using the funds or reselling on the secondary gift card market.[16]
For professional help, health visitors are registered nurses or midwives who are trained to carry out home visits. In England, all expecting parents and families with children under five have a named NHS health visitor. Make sure you've got their contact details in case you need them – your GP or local Children's Centre will be able to put you in touch.
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