.htaccess redirect

Ive tried different varitions of the following code and have failed to get it working correctly.

Basically if someone types in http://www.mydomain.com/gifts/Art.html

I want it to direct to http://www.mydomain.com/gallerytest.php?cid=Art

Im not getting any code errors just 'page not found'
Now Ive tested http://www.mydomain.com/gallerytest.php?cid=Art and it works so its definatly not redirecting correctly
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} www.mydomain.com/gifts/([^/]+).html [NC]
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://www.mydomain.com/gallerytest.php?cid=%1 [L]

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cyberstalkerConnect With a Mentor Commented:
The problem is twofold.

First of all you are comparing %{HTTP_HOST} to something that has a directory and a filename. The host is just that, the hostname.

Second, in the rewriterule, you don't use %1, but $1

Use this instead:
RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} www.mydomain.com
RewriteRule ^gifts/(.*)\.html gallerytest.php?cid=$1

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misi_ukAuthor Commented:

thats still not working however.

That seem to look for the directory gifts so does not work.

Im new to .htaccess so Im out of my comfort zone with this. Ive tried so many variations and cant seem to get it working!
Pantalaim0nConnect With a Mentor Commented:
It's always preferable to escape all special regex characters to minimize unexpected behaviour. It's also good to define a rewrite base. That, along with some other minor changes, try this:

RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /  
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^www\.mydomain\.com [NC]
RewriteRule ^gifts\/(.*?)\.html gallerytest.php?cid=$1 [NC]

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What do you mean with "it looks for a directory gifts so does not work'? This i got from your example.

Do you want all directories to be rewritten to gallerytest.php? Could you give me a few examples as to what URL's should be rewritten to what?
misi_ukAuthor Commented:
The rewrite base was already defined at the top of .htaccess

It didnt work however it was helpful and after some tweaking its now working thanks

I used the following in the end:
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^www.mydomain.com
RewriteRule ^gifts\/(.*)\.html http://www.mydomain.com/gallerytest.php?cid=$1 [NC]

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