The new gift card will allow you to spend in more than 9,000 stores

A NEW gift card has launched and you’ll be able to spend it at 9,000 stores across the UK – but there’s a catch.

The Charity Shop Gift Card is, as you may have guessed, only redeemable at charity shops.

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A new gift card has launched and you can spend it at 9,000 stores across the UK – but there’s a catch

Like any other gift card, you can buy one for a friend or family member and load it with money to start spending.

The only difference is that they will have to stick to the high street charity shops.

They will be spoiled for choice, however – the card was created in association with the Charity Retail Association (CRA), which oversees 9,000 stores and 450 members.

It is the first card system of its kind and offers shoppers the opportunity to grab something economical without harming the environment.

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The card’s arrival comes as millions of households grapple with a cost of living crisis and families seek ways to make their money work as bills soar.

The Charity Shop Gift Card helps shoppers save money on clothes by being thrifty – and it’s also made from recyclable cardboard and is compostable.

It is also available as an e-card and can be purchased from major retailers or online at: www.thecharityshopgiftcard.co.uk

We recently spoke to a charity store expert who told us exactly where in stores you should look for the best buys.

To find out where you can use the card, use the CRA store locator.

Robin Osterley, Chief Executive of ARC, said: “There are an ever-growing number of environmentally conscious people who want to buy from charity shops and want to encourage their family and friends to do the same.

“Our members are excited to tap into the zeitgeist through a thriving gift card market. This is a gift card for good.”

How long does the gift card last?

Martin Lewis has previously warned shoppers of the dangers of buying gift cards as gifts.

He told ITV’s This Morning in October 2020: ‘If the company goes bankrupt, it’s worth nothing.

He added: “Some of them are dated so if someone buys them for you and you don’t use them in two years, they’re worthless.”

However, the Charity Shop gift card has a 24-month expiration, so you’ll have plenty of time to use it.

But be careful, because if you don’t, when it expires, the remaining balance on the card will be lost and retained by Gift Card CIC.

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Customers will not receive any notice before this happens.

Be sure to review the card’s terms and conditions.

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