I’m often asked by our owners if they can charge an inactivity fee if a gift card is not used. It’s a tricky question to ask because it really depends on the state laws.
Usually a store owner wants to look at eating up the residual balance from the gift card after a specific period of inactivity.
There is a great resource available here that shows various laws by state.
Please do NOT consider any of this as the word of law without checking directly with your state!