Fancy saving a little extra on gift cards? Here are some of the latest offers to get you money off.
When you buy gift cards for yourself or as a present, it’s really important you make a note of the expiration date and don’t forget about them at the bottom of the drawer! There are more details on what to watch for in our article five things you need to know about gift cards.
Gift card special offers
Amazon gift card bonuses
Over on our Amazon deals page, we’ve got a couple of deals where you get extra money when topping up your account or buying a gift card. These offers tend to run most of the year, though they are normally only for people who haven’t done either of these in the last three years.
Amazon also offers discounts on some retailer gift cards, especially in the run-up to Christmas and during shopping promotions like Cyber Monday and Black Friday.
Amazon: up to 20% off gift cards, including Odeon, H&M, Uber and Vue
Amazon is currently offering a number of gift cards for up to 20% off, including:
- Bella Italia
- The Dining Out Gift Card
- Great British Pub
- The Restaurant Choice
- Miller & Carter
- Pizza Hut
- Virgin Experience Days
- Cafe Rouge
We’re not quite sure when this deal will end, but it could run until Christmas.
Tesco: 20% off Great British Pub, Virgin Experience Days and Wayfair gift cards
Tesco is running a promotion offering 20% off selected gift cards.
These cards are only worthwhile if you actually spend money at any of the brands available. Check which brands accept The Great British Pub Card and which activities you can get with the Virgin Experiences card before you buy one for yourself or as a gift.
This ends on 17 December 2024.
One4All: £5 bonus with £50 gift card (ended)
You can get a £5 bonus in your Amazon account when you buy a £50 One4All gift card Use the promo code ONE4ALLBFW23 at checkout.
We think that this deal will end on 27 November (when Amazon’s Black Friday Week ends).
Airbnb: £10 bonus with £100 gift card (ended)
If you buy a £100 Airbnb gift card at Amazon and use the discount code AIRBNBBFW23 at checkout, you’ll get a £10 bonus into your Amazon account.
We reckon this deal won’t stick around beyond 27 November (when Amazon’s Black Friday Week ends).
Apple: £10 bonus with £100 gift card (ended)
If you buy a £100 Apple gift card at Amazon, you get a £10 Amazon bonus. Use the discount code APPLEBFW23 at checkout.
This will probably run until 27 November (when Amazon’s Black Friday Week ends).
Discounted gift cards
JamDoughnut: Cashback when you buy gift cards
With JamDoughnut, you can buy gift cards both as gifts and for everyday purchases and earn cashback on them. Plus, if you’re a new JamDoughnut user, you can get a £4 welcome bonus using our link (double what you’d usually get).
Retailers on the app include supermarkets like Asda, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and M&S.
TopCashback: Get cashback on gift cards
TopCashback has a spin-off site called TopGiftCards with money back on brands including Asda, Ticketmaster, Uber, Costa and Clarks. You need to click through from TopCashback and choose your gift card.
These are all digital gift cards but check the individual retailer terms to see if it can be spent in-store, online or both. Cashback is then paid back to your TopCashback account.
Remember, if you’re new to TopCashback you can also get a bonus of £20 when you sign up and spend £15. This counts when yo buy gift cards too, but excludes takeaways.
The value of the gift cards on offer varies from 2% through to 10%, though most are less than 5%. Brands include (values correct as of 22/11/2023):
- Asda – 1.6%
- Morrisons – 2.5%
- Asos – 6.1%
- B&Q – 2.5%
- Costa – 7%
- Halfords – 6%
- National Book Tokens – 7%
- New Look – 5.2%
- Pizza Hut – 7%
- Primark – 4.3%
- Ticketmaster – 3.4%
- TK Maxx – 7%
- Uber – 2.5%
- Just Eat – 5.2%
HyperJar: earn cashback on gift cards
As with JamDoughnut, you can buy gift cards through the app and earn cashback on them with HyperJar.
There are more than 60 retailers on the app, including some supermarkets like Morrisons and Asda.
Cheddar: cashback on gift cards and spending
You can earn cashback in two ways with Cheddar: buying gift cards through the app, earning instant cashback, as well as by spending at specific retailers with a linked account.
There are more than 80 brands in the app, and once again, you can get cashback from supermarkets like Tesco, Asda and Morrisons.
Discounted “work-perk” gift card trick, including John Lewis
I’ve written in detail about how you can get access to discounted gift cards, including John Lewis and Marks & Spencer, if you open up a Scottish Friendly ISA.