This story is part ofour year-round collection of the best gift ideas.
Gift cards get a bad rap. While some people think of them as an uncreative last minute gift, to me gift cards are about freedom. Who doesn’t like free money to buy whatever they want? What makes gift cards a nice gift is that they also save the embarrassment and hassle of returning or exchanging a gift. The only thing you need to do as donors is to know what brand or stores your recipient likes – the rest is easy.
You’re probably here because you want to buy someone a gift card but don’t know which one to get. There’s something for everyone, whether they’re interested in video games, buildings or interior design. Check out our extensive list to find the perfect gift card to spice up the holidays.
Shoes, sports gear and more are available with this Adidas gift card. Prices start at $25 and go up to $250. And if you want to buy cards in bulk, you can do so up to 10 cards per purchase.
There are a number of Apple products that make great gifts, such as the new iPad, iPad Mini or Apple Watch. But it’s easier to give an Apple gift card so that someone can choose a gift for themselves or an addition to the technology they already have. You can get a variety of great designs from $25 to $100 on this Apple Gift Card.
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This gift card is specifically for people who want access to the world of Disney: Disney classics, The Simpsons, Star Wars, Marvel and more. Disney Plus costs $8 a month or $80 a year. Disney has just about everything for the whole family, making it a great year-round gift. And if you’re looking for something a little educational, you can also catch up on National Geographic.
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From toys and tech to clothing and kitchenware, Walmart has something for everyone to get excited about. Card amounts range from $5 to $500, with lots of great festive designs to choose from.
If you have a photography enthusiast in your life, you probably know that they are always looking for new gear. Unfortunately, it is not always easy to navigate the labyrinth of device compatibility, and you can reveal your gift idea by asking directly. Instead, give them a B&H gift card so they can get exactly what they need. Amounts range from $20 to $1,000.
A Williams Sonoma Gift Card is the perfect gift for the foodie in your life. From chef’s knives and appliances to cookware and cutlery, they have a great selection of some of the nicest kitchenware on the market. You can buy a gift card for any amount between $25 and $500.
Williams Sonoma also offers virtual events such as cooking and baking classes. The experience is a truly great, unique gift and you can gift a $25, $50, $75 or $100 voucher.
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It may be in the midst of another cold winter right now, but sunny skies and open trails are just around the corner. An REI gift card is a great gift for the outdoor enthusiast in your life because they can get ready now or wait until they’re closer to getting back on the road to see what new gear they need. You can get a gift card worth anywhere from $10 to $1,000
Fenty Beauty and Fenty Skin are incredible mid-priced brands. There are several reasons why these Rihanna-led brands are so popular — they work; and both a beauty center and a skin care center for all skin types and tones. This gift card starts at $25, but if you have a little more money to spend, there are also gift card options up to $200.
Amazon is a one stop shop for almost anything online – from toys to technology to designer clothes, you can get it all. Amazon gift cards are available in amounts from $1 to $2,000. You can enhance your gift card by having it animated or placing your photo or video on it. If that’s not your style, standard gift card layouts are also available.
The Cheesecake Factory has so many menu items it will make your head spin. This is good news for a family of picky eaters or those with a wide range of tastes. And did we mention the iconic cheesecakes, from key lime tart to ooey-gooey caramel? Starting at $25, you can get a beautifully designed card. Gifts are up to $250. If nothing else, use this gift card to get yourself a slice of cheesecake—or a whole pie—for the holidays. We won’t tell.
Netflix is one of the pioneers of streaming content with plans ranging from $10 to $20 per month. If you have a standard Netflix account, upgrading to HD streaming can be a great gift. Or, if your family currently shares an account, the gift of a separate account for family members can come as a welcome gift. Netflix gift cards come in $25 increments, or you can enter your own amount. The design of Netflix gift cards is pretty simple – it’s just their logo, but the card doesn’t have to be flashy when the focus is on the content.
This gift card is for all gamers who just need a little cash to pay for expensive games. Getting a gift card like this is the difference between buying one game and potentially two or more. You can get PlayStation gift cards from $10 up to $100.
A new video game is always a great gift, but with tons of great digital sales going on all the time, a gift card will net you more money than buying a physical copy. You can purchase a Microsoft Store gift card worth $1 to $100 that can be used on Xbox games, accessories, and DLC, as well as movies and shows and other digital content.
There’s nothing like getting a gift card for personal care products. This usually works best for people who already know what styling products, hand lotion or makeup they like, so shopping can be done online. However, this gift card also works for people who want to go to the store and look for discounts and designer makeup. You can buy an Ulta gift card online for $25, $50, $100, or $250 — or you can name your own amount.
Target is a treasure trove of home goods and so much more. There’s a reason people joke that they walk into Target with a list and leave with more than they bargained for. Target is just that good at getting people to buy. A Target gift card starts at $5 and ends at $500.
Whether you’re buying for someone who loves comedy, theater, music festivals or sporting events, Ticketmaster has something for everyone. With a Ticketmaster gift card, they have much more choice in what they want to do, which can make the gift even more exciting for them. The cards come in digital or physical form and range from $25 to $500.
What do you get for the player in your home who is always on Twitch? You can get them with this gift card ranging from $15 to $200 and they will be able to exchange it for Bits or Subscribers to support the streamer of their choice. It also unlocks special benefits for subscribers.
If you’re shopping for someone who likes technology, Best Buy is a solid bet. Computers, phones, televisions, small appliances and more – it has it all. There are no expiration dates or fees, and it offers both physical and digital cards ranging from $15 to $500. The retailer also offers several options for their gift cards, so you can get one that suits the recipient.
An Uber gift card can be redeemed either in Uber while driving or in Uber Eats for food delivery. It can be ideal for people in urban areas or for friends and family who usually rely on public transport. In addition, the flexibility of having food delivered to your home will appeal to anyone who wants one last task on their plate. The amount available ranges from $25 to $200.
Give them the gift of a hot meal delivered right to their door. The perfect card for people who are busy and don’t always have time to cook, or for those who find it hard to get out now. The gift cards come in five prices, ranging from $25 to $500, and are great because of the flexibility Grubhub provides. Not only are you giving them a night off from cooking, but you’re also not locking them into one particular option. They can wear whatever they’re in the mood for, which is the best gift.
Obviously, GameStop will appeal more to those people on your list who love gaming, but hear us out—not only does GameStop have a ton of great deals on games, but there are a lot of proven options available, which often means more. bang for your buck. It also sells things like collectibles, not just video games, consoles and controllers. Gift cards can be set between $5 and $500.
Give the gift of travel with an Airbnb card. The cards are only available digitally, but since you can use the funds on any booking, this shouldn’t be a problem. With Airbnb, the recipient can choose their own destination, amenities and length of stay. The card never expires, but it must be linked to their account within 90 days of purchase, so let them know when you give it to them. Card amounts range from $25 to $2,000 when you purchase directly from Airbnb.
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Sur la table can serve all your kitchen needs. There is a range of crockery and bakeware as well as small kitchen appliances. Cooking classes are also available through them so you can become your own master chef. And with gift cards over $500, they’ll have plenty of options to shop.
Treat yourself or someone you love to pampering and deep relaxation. And with couples massage packages, you can do both.
Give the gift of helping your loved one follow their passions and curiosities while learning from the world’s best.
This article was first published last year. It has been updated with the latest gift cards and offers.
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