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How to buy a gift card

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Whether you like shopping in store or prefer to do everything online, there are so many ways to buy gift cards.

From preloaded cards for big name brands to open loop gift cards you can load with as much or as little money as you like, gift cards are a great way to treat someone special or manage your own budget. Want to know how to buy a gift card? Here’s our easy-to-understand guide.


How to get gift card online

Buying a gift card online is simple, secure and fast – no waiting in line and no having to mail a card in time for a special occasion. You can buy a card online and get it delivered to the recipient in a matter of minutes. The Kroger Family of Stores offer more than 200 types of gift cards, from big name brands, Happy cards you can use in different stores and even Visa and Mastercard gift cards that can be used anywhere these providers are accepted. As Kroger sells cards for so many places, you can buy multiple online gift cards at the same time with no need to shop around. Browse our full range of gift cards online.


How to buy a gift card – FAQs

Whether you’re buying for someone special or managing your own budget, buying gift cards is so easy, whether you do it in store or online.


Can you buy a gift card with a debit card?

You can use a debit card to load your card online and in store. Just make sure you have your debit card on hand when you’re shopping online so you can enter all the details needed to complete your purchase.


Can you purchase gift cards with a credit card?

You can buy gift cards with a credit card, in store and online, but there are a few things you might want to consider. First, any purchase made on your credit card will attract interest unless you pay off the balance quickly, so your $10 gift card could quickly end up costing you a lot more. Plus, some credit card issuers also charge an additional fee for buying gift cards, so the value on the card might end up being much less than it cost you.


Can you buy gift cards with cash?

Yes, though only when you’re buying your gift card in store (you’ll need a credit or debit card if you’re buying online). Adding cash to a gift card is a great idea if you’re planning to send your gift in the mail, or if you want to set yourself a spending limit in your favorite store.


Can I buy a gift card with a personal check?

You can, though don’t forget to bring a photo ID. Some stores will cash your check right away, so your gift card credit will be ready to spend in minutes, while others won’t add the credit to your gift card until the check has cleared. So, just keep in mind that there can be a slight delay.


Can you buy gift cards at self-checkout?

Yes. If you’re buying a preloaded gift card for a set value, you can just scan the card and add it to your bag with the rest of your groceries. If you’re buying a gift card where you can decide how much credit to add, just scan the card and fill in how much cash you want to add to it when the prompt appears. The card then automatically activates once you’ve paid.


What type of gift card should I buy?

Know what the person you’re buying for likes already? Why not treat them to a gift card for their favorite store or restaurant? Know they love to eat out but not sure what their go-to restaurant is? Get a gift card that lets them spend their credit at a range of different restaurants.

If you want to give them the freedom to choose where they spend their gift, you might want to think about a Visa or Mastercard gift card instead. They can use these wherever these brands of credit cards are accepted. Our blog is packed with gift inspiration if you’re looking for suggestions.

Whether you prefer to pick up your gift cards with your groceries or order them online to be sent directly to someone special, it’s never been easier to buy a gift card.


Buying a gift card from the Kroger Family of Stores is super simple. Browse our full gift card range online today!