Need a really last-minute gift? The stores below offer immediate or almost immediate gift card options.
All of these instant gift cards can be emailed to the recipient; some can also be printed and hand delivered; others can be texted.
Amazon’s gift cards come in denominations of 50 cents up to $2,000. A photo can be added to personalize the e-gift card or shoppers can use one of Amazon’s designs. The gift card is delivered instantly via email or can be printed at home to gift in person. Find Amazon’s instant gift cards at Amazon.com/gift-cards.
Target’s gift cards can be sent instantly via text or almost instantly via email. Denominations range from $5 to $1,000. Target’s e-gift card and texting options can be found at www-secure.target.com//c/giftcards.
Kohl’s gift cards can be used in stores or online and are available in values up to $250. Typically, Kohl’s e-gift cards are delivered via email very quickly. There can be a delay if additional verification is required, which the company notes happens with “a small percentage” of e-gift cards. Senders should check their email to take care of any verification requests that would delay the sending of the gift card. Kohl’s e-gift cards can be found at www.kohls.com/giftcard/egiftcard.jsp?cc=giftcards-1.2-egiftcards.
A number of stores including Best Buy, Sephora, SpaFinder, Home Depot, JC Penney, Pottery Barn, and Ulta utilize the same e-gift card system which lets shoppers enter amounts from as little as $10 to $25 up to $500. The gift cards are delivered almost instantly via email or can be printed and hand delivered. Multiple, personalized cards can be purchased at the same time for different recipients.
Best Buy’s instant e-gift cards can be found at https://bestbuy.cashstar.com/gift-card/buy.
JC Penney’s instant e-gift cards are online at https://jcpenney.cashstar.com.
Pottery Barn’s e-gift cards are typically delivered in minutes from https://potterybarn.cashstar.com/gift-card/buy/?delivery=EM&ref=potterybarnlanding.
SpaFinder’s instant gift cards can be purchased online at https://spafinder.cashstar.com/gift-card/buy.
Ulta’s instant gift cards are available at https://ulta.cashstar.com/gift-card/buy.
Anthropologie gift cards can be delivered via email almost instantly in amounts of $25 to $2,000. Anthropologie’s e-gift cards can be used both online and in stores. http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/category/gift+cards/shop-giftcards.jsp?cm_sp=FOOTER-_-Main-_-e-gift-cards#/
Barnes and Noble offers e-gift cards delivered in minutes that are good both online and in stores. Denominations of $10 to $350 are available. http://www.barnesandnoble.com/u/eGift-Cards/379003882.
Regal Cinemas offers instant e-gift cards in amounts from $10 to $100 at https://corporateboxoffice.cashstar.com/gift-card/buy/?ref=reg1. The gift cards can be emailed or printed and delivered in person.
Starbucks has instant e-gift cards available at https://www.starbucks.com/shop/card/egift in amounts from $10 to $100.
The Cheesecake Factory lets users personalize e-gift cards available with almost instant delivery in amounts from $5 to $500. The gift cards can be emailed or printed and delivered in person. https://thecheesecakefactory.cashstar.com/gift-card/buy/
Williams-Sonoma provides instant e-gift cards at https://williams-sonoma.cashstar.com/?ref=cashstar. Amounts range from $25 to $250 and can be delivered via email or printed.
Staples e-gift cards are delivered instantly via email or can be printed for hand delivery. Denominations from $5 to $300 can be selected at https://staples.cashstar.com/?ref=cashstar.
For shoppers unfamiliar with some of these stores, Anthropologie and Pottery Barn offer items primarily for home décor and furniture (Anthropologie also offers some clothing and jewelry); Ulta and Sephora offer perfume for both men and women, cosmetics, and beauty items; Spa Finder lets users find a spa that offers the services they’re interested in at a spa near them.
JC Penney and Kohl’s are department stores offering apparel, shoes, jewelry, home furnishings, home electrics, toys, sports fan items, and a host of other merchandise for any age or gender. Best Buy sells electronics, computers, DVDs, appliances, and home electric items. Home Depot is a hardware store offering everything from tools to patio furniture. Williams-Sonoma offers cookware, cutlery, and other cooking tools. Staples sells office supplies and electronics.
Shoppers looking for last-minute gifts can send e-gift cards almost instantly from any of these popular retailers via email, or in some cases, text message. Another option is printing the e-gift card at home and delivering it inside a card or other gift in person.