Samsung Pay stores your gift cards, lets you buy new ones

Buy, store and send gift cards from 50 different retailers.

Samsung Pay was already handy for using the company's line of Galaxy phones to take care of mobile payments via credit and debit cards. Making good on its promise ahead of the holidays, Samsung added the ability for you to use those gift cards you're sure to receive in the weeks to come. Similar to the bank and credit card methods that Samsung Pay already employs, the app will allow you to load those gift cards to keep your pockets free of extra clutter on your next shopping trip.

The company says 50 retailers have opted in so far, with the likes of Babies"R"Us and Toys"R"Us, Bass Pro Shops, Domino's, eBay, GameStop, Nike, Regal Entertainment Group and Staples all on board. You can also buy and share gift cards with your pals thanks to the app's built-in store. If you forget to grab a present before heading to a birthday party, you can nab a gift card and send it to your friend's Samsung handset. While Samsung's biggest rival in mobile payments, Apple Pay, does allow coupons and rewards cards, Cupertino doesn't yet support gift cards.

[Image credit: AP Photo/Seth Wenig]