Here are the best gift cards in the UK, allowing you to send instant personalised presents that your friends and family will love.
Whether you’re looking for a gift for someone who is difficult to buy for or you’re after a gift in a rush, gift cards make a perfect gift.
Even if you don’t have time to pop into the shop, you can buy most gift cards online, meaning you can have a present in your inbox in minutes.
With a gift card, your relative or friend can get any gift they really want, and you don’t have to worry about them asking to return the item or not even wanting it.
To help you see the options out there, we’ve found the most popular gift cards for women, older family members, hard to buy teens, gamers, kids, food lovers and more.
Best gift cards and vouchers
Amazon gift cards
Seeing as they sell everything from tech to books and even your supermarket shop, there is something for everyone.
You can get instant digital gift cards via email, or you can pick a physical gift card in a “reveal” envelope. You can still add a personalised message, and delivery is usually the next day.
Amazon gift cards are perfect for last-minute presents, and they last for 10 years (even better for someone who is VERY indecisive)!
You can even add animations and your own photos into e-gift cards.
Alternatively, you can choose a print out card design that can be ready to gift in minutes.
Netflix gift card
A Netflix gift card is an excellent gift to a wide range of people who love films or binge-watching TV series.
They work like cash, and you can get a gift card instantly via email, and they can be added to both existing accounts as a gift balance, or they can be added to a new account.
A Netflix gift voucher gives unlimited access to everything you’d see if you paid in cash.
You could create even a film-themed gift hamper for a movie buff for extra brownie points.
Also, take a look at how to get Netflix for free.
In-game credits gift cards
Whether your game-fanatic is into Fortnite, Minecraft, CoD or FIFA, you can help them level up faster and play stronger with in-game credit.
Home, tech or clothing, John Lewis stocks a huge range of items.
Apple App Store and iTunes
You can use App Store and iTunes vouchers to either purchase music, movies and TV series, or you can use them to buy apps or put towards app credit.
A gift card from a DIY store is the perfect gift for new homeowners as it allows them to improve their new place without worrying about where the cash will come from.
Although the digital gift card and be sent within seconds, you can also choose an exact time and date when you want it to arrive (if you’re very organised).
Marks and Spencer
M&S offers delicious foods as well as clothing, homewares, furniture and gifts. Their egift cards come with a choice of over 50 designs.
Their gift cards can be sent directly to the recipient and can be used in one of their stores and their website.
Tesco gift cards are perfect to help students out.
You don’t just stream cartoons on Disney+. With a gift subscription, you open up a whole world of Star Wars, Marvel, Pixar, The Simpsons and National Geographic content.
A Disney+ gift card is a subscription for an entire year. However, the subscription is only for people who are new to Disney+. If they already have a subscription, they will not be able to redeem it on their account.
National Trust gift card
A National Trust membership gets you unlimited access to National Trust sites, including their castles, houses, gardens and more.
Or, they could already be a member and want to spend their gift card in the shop or at a restaurant on site.
Are you tempted to join? Take a look at the cheapest way to join National Trust.
Top 10 most popular gift cards
According to sales from Cardyard, the top 10 most popular gift cards in the UK include a range of high street and online retailers plus supermarkets:
- John Lewis
- Google Play
If you have a gift card as an unwanted gift or you’re looking to buy a cheaper gift card, Cardyard is essentially a gift card marketplace.
Gift card FAQs
Most gift cards allow you to add a personal message before sending, making it great for a gift.
Amazon gift card sales are undoubtedly the highest as they sell so much variety of products.
This makes Amazon likely be one of the most popular gift cards available.
Gift cards come with an expiry date. The expiry date is usually at least one year from the date of purchase, but some are a lot longer.
It’s best to check the receipt or log in to the gift voucher portal to check you have enough time to use it.
You need to check the terms and conditions for each store to check where you can spend them.
The store doesn’t usually allow loyalty or reward points to be earned when spending gift vouchers. Check the terms to be sure.
You should treat e-gift cards and vouchers like cash. If it’s stolen or you lose or delete it, it can’t be replaced.
If a company is going through financial difficulties and goes into administration, it can cause issues with vouchers. They may not accept the vouchers, which can make them worthless.
If you buy vouchers as a gift, and the worst happens to a company, remind the recipient to spend them fast.