Holiday Gift Giving Made Easy: CardSwap {#Giveaway}

City Mom's Holiday Gift Giving Made Easy

Stop! Before you make any (more) Christmas gift purchases you need to read this.



CardSwap is the coolest thing since getting socks for Christmas when you really wanted a shiny new bike! Joking aside, CardSwap is the most innovative idea for the art of gift giving.

Everyone knows that gift certificates are often the most appropriate gift for those on your list. Gift certificates for your loved one’s favourite store or restaurant allows them to pick out the perfect gift for them or allows them a luxury they may not otherwise treat themselves to.

Gift certificates also make a great gift for situations where you’re just not sure what the person likes. Think your boss, child’s teacher, neighbour etc.

And sometimes your gift giver can miss the mark and for that CardSwap saves the day!


When you use CardSwap to buy gift cards you not only get dollar for dollar value but you also earn SwapPoints which can be used towards the purchase of more gift cards or can be redeemed for cash back. It’s really easy to accumulate dollar value as 1,000 SwapPoints is equal to $10.00.

Here’s an example:


A $75.00 Chapters Indigo gift card is being offered with 400 SwapPoints which equates to 5.33% in rewards. Or the $50.00 Chapters Indigo gift card offers 250 SwapPoints which equals a 5% reward.

So if you’re planning on buying gift cards as gifts this season, or anytime, your dollar goes further by using CardSwap, and don’t forget that you get $5.00 just for signing up!


I browsed for the gift cards that were available that day (note that the availability changes by the hour as cards are bought and sold) and decided to buy a $50.00 gift card to Chapters Indigo and a $50.00 gift card to The Keg. I still haven’t decided if I’m giving them as gifts or keeping them for myself, but either way I earned 600 SwapPoints or $6.00 just for making that purchase.

Plus I earned 500 SwapPoints as a bonus for being a first time customer. Basically I made $11.00 for shopping that day. When is the last time someone paid you to shop?


Shipping is always free so there’s no extra cost for using the service and I received my cards in regular mail within two days of making my purchase. If you’re a last-minute shopper this is good news!

I found the website to be very user-friendly and easy to find the cards I was looking for. The buying and selling process is made easy with clear instructions and lots of help options available if you do run into a problem. Using was simple and fun!


I have not yet used to sell a gift card but I’m thinking I may get a chance after the holiday season… but here is how it works:

  1. Choose the name of the company you are selling a gift card for e.g. Pizza Pizza
  2. Enter your gift card balance.
  3. Click ‘Receive Offer’ and CardSwap will provide you with an offer of up to 92% back.
  4. Choose whether you want to receive your offer in cash or SwapPoints.
  5. Mail your gift card to CardSwap using their prepaid shipping label.
  6. Your credit will be issued two business days after your card is received.

Using CardSwap to sell those unwanted gift cards sure beats hanging on to a card you’ll never use or that you’ll  use to buy something you really don’t want or need. Like I said at the beginning, this is the greatest thing to happen to gift giving.


Today on City Mom you can enter to win a $50.00 credit to CardSwap and just in time for your holiday shopping. Please use the Rafflecopter form below to enter.

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Happy shopping!