i'm not sure how to handle this, or if there is any etiquette involved, so i defer to my fellow chowhounds. i apologize if this is the wrong board.
anyway, here goes...
i have two gift certificates to a local, well-known and respected (imho overblown) establishment that i was given by the owners after a very disastrous family meal there. my spouse has vowed never to return and i don't want these to go to waste. i will probably use one to do lunch with a friend, but i'd like to see someone else who likes the place be able to enjoy one. they have my name on them.
so, is it bad form to allow someone else to use the gift certificate?
part 2: i have a gift certificate to another fancy establishment that my mother-in-law was given by her staffers last xmas. my in-laws moved out of state w/o ever using the gift certificate so they gave it to us b/c they didn't want it to go to waste. should i use it? it had a one-year expiration date. is that normal? if she called the restaurant, would they still honor it?