Yep, it’s official: Another Black Friday is in the books. The 2021 holiday shopping season is in full swing, and Cyber Monday is finally here.
Supply-chain issues are making some items tough to find this year, and to make things worse, scammers are building fake shopping websites with otherwise sold-out products “available” to dupe holiday shoppers. Luckily, there’s a simple workaround to all that: Gift cards. It may be safer to give your friends and family gift cards this Christmas or Hanukkah. And it may be more cost-effective, too — there are a number of stores offering Cyber Monday discounts on the face value of gift cards right now.
One of the biggest merchants out there, Amazon, currently has a Cyber Monday gift-card deal that’s not to be missed: When you buy $50 worth of Amazon gift cards, you get a $10 Amazon credit two days later. That’s free money in your pocket this holiday season. (Note that you’ll need to be signed in to your Amazon account to see and cash in on the deal.)
If you don’t want to deal with mail delivery slowdowns, supply chain issues and in-store crowds, gift cards are a great gift choice in 2021. Consider the discounted gift cards from Amazon, Walmart and more ahead — plus some full-price gift card options that are sure to delight this holiday.
Amazon gift card deal: Buy $50, get $10 back
Here’s a really sweet Cyber Monday deal for gift card shoppers: You’ll get a $10 credit to your Amazon account when you spend $50 on an Amazon gift card now. (This deal is limited to first-time gift-card buyers only, and you need to be signed in to your Amazon account to view it.)
Save $20 on PlayStation Plus gift cards at Walmart
A PlayStation Plus subscription is a must-have if you’re playing games online — not only does it allow you to play games online with friends, it also gives you access to a selection of games to download for free every month. Normally priced at $60 per year, you can get a one-year PlayStation Plus membership gift card (digital) for just $40 at Walmart.
Save $13 on Xbox Game Pass Ultimate gift cards at Walmart
Xbox gamers can save this Cyber Monday as well. Walmart is offering a 3-month Xbox Game Pass Ultimate (digital), which offers access to over 100 top-tier games (including access to new Xbox Game Studio titles the day they release), plus other free perks and member discounts.
Personalized Visa gift cards
Gift cards can feel impersonal sometimes, but not this one. You can put the photo of your choice on a Visa gift card at GiftCardMall.com. You can choose any dollar amount between $10 and $250 to put on the personalized card.
Thrive Market gift card
Anyone can shop organic food, home and beauty brands at wholesale prices with a Thrive Market gift card. Gift them a shopping credit from $25 to $200, a one-year membership, or both.
Territory Foods gift card
They can get healthy pre-made meals by local chefs, delivered to their door, with a Territory Foods gift card. Territory Foods has meals for a variety of dietary preferences, and the menus rotate regularly to guarantee zero food boredom. Choose from five meals ($65), 10 meals ($130), 15 meals ($195) or a custom amount.
Mejuri gift card
Everyday fine jewelry brand Mejuri has both digital and physical gift card options from $25 to $500.
Sorel gift card
Let them pick their own new pair of winter boots this year with a Sorel gift card. Choose from $25 to $500 in a digital or plastic gift card.
Sunbasket gift card
Allow them to try a subscription meal delivery service with a Sunbasket gift card. You can load it with as much money as you’d like and email it to its recipient, or print it at home.
Bandier gift card
Give the gift of luxury activewear with a digital Bandier gift card. Select amounts ranging from $25 to $1,000 in this card, redeemable in stores or online.
Discounted Starbucks gift cards
A Starbucks gift card is a classic gift for a coffee lover. If you want to save a few bucks on your purchase, consider buying your gift cards on CardCash — the site is currently offering small discounts on Starbucks card purchases. (You can get even bigger discounts at CardCash on other coffee and coffee-adjacent franchises, such as Dunkin Donuts, The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf and Krispy Kreme.)
Nordstrom gift cards
Walmart is a good one-stop shop for new gift cards, especially if you want a selection of multiple retailers. Choose from $25 or $50 gift cards to spend at Nordstrom — or whatever your recipient’s favorite department store is.
Sephora gift cards
Shopping for a makeup lover? Pick from a plastic or e-gift card, plus choose the amount you’d like to put on it at GiftCards.com. You can even schedule the delivery of your Sephora e-gift card for now or later.
Discounted Uber Eats gift cards
Raise is another smart option for discounted gift cards: You can get 2% in Raise Cash when you buy one, plus there are even more discounts available for first-time buyers. Find $25, $50, $100 and $200 gift cards to spend on Uber Eats, or other brands.
Retail therapy choice e-gift card
This e-gift card is a good choice because it can be spent at Ulta, Lululemon, Wayfair, Gap, Macy’s or Nordstrom Rack. Choose how much you’d like to put on it and schedule its delivery for now or in the future.
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