Best Last Minute Gifts: E-Gift Cards and E-Certificates

Instant Digital Gift Ideas for Procrastinating Internet Shoppers

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Ordering and paying for a gift from the luxury of your home (or local coffee shop) has pushed the e-commerce world to new heights. Not only is this form of shopping easy and convenient, it makes buying a last-minute gift possible. To help with this process, here's a Last Minute Shopping Resource update:

    If you're not on the e-gift card and e-gift certificate bandwagon, it's time to think about joining the fold. Beyond the convenience that e-gift cards and e-gift certificates provide, they are becoming an essential offering for the largest U.S. retail chains who want to capture their share of the annual $200 billion e-gift card market. My only caveat is to "take your time." The e-gift card issuer's obligation is fulfilled when digital delivery is successful, regardless of whether or not you entered the correct contact information and address.

    To help you in your e-gifting, here's a comprehensive list of e-commerce websites that offer e-gift cards and e-gift certificates. These can be purchased online and delivered digitally via email, SMS text, social media and via smartphone apps. This list is arranged by categories, according to the type of merchandise each retailer sells.

    Apparel Stores E-Gift Cards and E-Gift Certificates

    Abercrombie & Fitch E-Gift Cards

    • Delivered via e-mail
    • Same day delivery upon payment approval
    • Denominations from $25 to $500
    • Redeemable at stores in the US and Canada
    • Redeemable online
    • Delivery dates can be scheduled for anytime, up to 60 days after the purchase

    Gap E-Gift Cards

    • No extra fees
    • Value may be added to an e-gift card at any time
    • Redeemable for cash when the balance is less than $5
    • The e-gift card is sent on the date you choose
    • You can use the card at any U.S. Gap brand, Old Navy, Banana Republic, or Athleta
    • There is no expiration date

    Books Stores E-Gift Cards and E-Gift Certificates

    Powell's Books

    Computer and Consumer Electronics Stores E-Gift Cards and E-Gift Certificates

    Apple E-Gift Certificates

    • Can be purchased in amounts between $10 and $50
    • Gift certificates may not be used to purchase e-gift certificates
    • You are required to create an Apple ID in order to purchase
    • The e-gift certificate is emailed to the recipient’s email
    • A receipt for the e-certificate is emailed to you

    Best Buy E-Gift Cards

    • You can order single cards or bulk orders from a mailing list
    • Redeemable at any Best Buy store in the U.S. or online
    • Full value remains on the card until it is used, without fees
    • E-gift cards can arrive within minutes
    • you can choose from multiple designs and personalize your message


    Crutchfield

    Dell E-Gift Cards

    • There is no expiration date
    • You can use your e-gift card online or via your smartphone
    • Your credit card is charged at the time of purchase
    • You will only be charged the value of the e-gift card

    Department Stores E-Gift Cards and E-Gift Certificates

    J.C. Penney

    Nordstrom

    Sears E-Gift Cards

    • Available in preset increments from $5 to $500
    • Email is sent to recipient within hours of purchase
    • No delivery fee
    • Can be used online and in store
    • E-gift cards never expire and are not subject to fees

    Discount Department Stores E-Gift Cards and E-Gift Certificates

    Kohl's

    Wal-Mart

    Drug Store E-Gift Cards and E-Gift Certificates

    CVS Caremark E-Gift Cards

    • You are only charged the face value of the e-gift Card
    • You can cancel your purchase by contacting Customer Support
    • You can choose the date when the egift card alert message is sent
    • You can use your e-gift card at any CVS location
    • There is no expiration date

    E-Commerce Retailers E-Gift Cards and E-Gift Certificates

    Amazon.com

    Ebags.com

    Grocery and Supermarket E-Gift Cards and E-Gift Certificates

    Meijer E-Gift Certificates

    • May be used only for the purchase of merchandise online
    • Cannot be used for payment on a Meijer credit card
    • Purchases do not qualify for Meijer Rewards
    • Meijer e-gift certificates are not redeemable for cash
    • Cannot be replaced without proof of purchase and PIN

    Home Improvement Stores E-Gift Cards and E-Gift Certificates

    Home Depot E-Gift Cards

    • e-gift cards have no fees
    • Valid with purchase at any store in the U.S.
    • Not redeemable for cash
    • Cannot be applied to Tool Rental or phone purchases
    • you can check your balance at any Home Depot store
    • You may not return or cancel an e-gift card

    Luxury Department Stores E-Gift Cards and E-Gift Certificates

    Bloomingdale's

    Neiman Marcus E-Gift Cards

    • Neiman Marcus e-gift cards never expire
    • The e-gift card is sent to the recipient's email
    • Available in $25, $50, $100, $250, $300, $500, and $1,000 denominations
    • Neiman Marcus Virtual Gift Cards cannot be used to pay NM credit cards
    • Card will be emailed the following business day

    Men's Clothing Stores E-Gift Cards and E-Gift Certificates

    Eddie Bauer

    Jos A Banks

    Movie and Music Stores E-Gift Cards and E-Gift Certificates

    CD Universe

    Office Supplies E-gift Cards and E-Gift Certificates

    Staples E-Gift Cards

    • May be purchased in any amount from $5 to $250
    • You can use your e-gift card at all U.S. Staples stores
    • There is no expiration date 
    • e-gift cards are not reloadable
    • No fees associated with purchase

    Restaurant Chains E-Gift Cards and E-Gift Certificates

    Chili's

    O'Charley's

    Ninety Nine Restaurants

    Specialty Stores E-Gift Cards and E-Gift Certificates

    Bath & Body Works E-Gift Cards

    • Available in denominations from $5 to $250
    • Emailed to the recipient within 48 hours
    • Can only be redeemed online
    • There are no shipping charges

    Coach E-Gift Cards

    • Arrives via email or when scheduled
    • Can be personalized with your own message
    • Can be customized with your own photo
    • You can redeem online at www.coach.com
    • There is no expiration date
    • e-gift cards are not reloadable

    DineWise

    GameStop E-Gift Certificates

    • Digital Gift Certificates are delivered within 48 hours
    • Digital certificates can include a gift message
    • You can order a preset or custom amount up to $500
    • Digital Gift Certificates may not be redeemed for cash
    • Use it online at Gamestop.com, EBgames.com, or in U.S. stores

    Victoria’s Secret E-Gift Cards

    • Choose the date to send it
    • Can only be used online
    • Orders after 4:00 p.m. are processed the next day
    • Special offers do not apply to a gift card purchase


    Dick's Sporting Goods E-Gift Certificates

    • Online e-gift certificates are redeemable online only
    • Can be ordered in any amount starting from $5.00
    • Sent via email to any individual with a valid email address
    • The recipient must have a valid shipping address in the U.S.
    • The certificate’s code is activated within 24 hours

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