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Swami says: You can’t go wrong with gift cards from Walmart, Target, McDonald’s

Holiday Gift Cards, anew.  We posted yesterday about federal efforts to eliminate expiration dates on gift cards.

Today, we list the top 20 favorite gift cards, by retailer. This list comes by way of GiftCardRescue.

You can see the list yourself in this graphic, from GiftCardRescue.

The website, which sells gift cards, said it's conducted surveys over the past five years to arrive at this list.

It said it relied on roughly 20,000 gift card wish lists to produce this listing.

On top this year is Wal-Mart, followed by Target, McDonald’s, and Home Depot.

“What has been remarkable to watch is the steady rise of McDonald’s gift cards in the rankings over the last few years to claim the No. 3 spot in 2012,” says Kwame Kuadey, CEO of “Other than that, the top five most wanted gift cards have remained consistent.”

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Tom Sowa
Tom Sowa covers technology, retail and economic development and writes the Office Hours blog.