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These Cyber Week deals on gift cards (and still-available Cyber Monday deals) are like getting money for free

CBS News logo CBS News 12/3/2021 Carolin Lehmann
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Now that December is finally here, so too is the pressure to get everyone checked off your Christmas shopping list. Fortunately, there are a handful of deals on gift cards available right now for Cyber Week -- deals that are like getting money for free.

One of the best gift card deals out there right now is at Amazon. If you've never bought an Amazon gift card direct before, the company is offering a $10 credit when you spend $50 on Amazon gift cards. (The credit appears two days later. Note that you'll need to be signed in to your Amazon account to see the deal.)

Buy $50 in gift cards, get a $10 credit

There are other ways to save money on gift cards, too, beyond shopping online. Costco members can save on a selection of gift cards in their local warehouse location and online at the Costco website.

Some grocery stores are also offering bonuses on gift card purchases. Kroger, for example, is offering 4x Fuel Points on gift card purchases, a way to save a little bit of money at the pumps. Plus, the supermarket chain is offering some deals on top of that: You can save 10% on a $250 Lowe's e-gift card and get a $50 e-gift card to Bath & Body Works for just $42.50 now through Dec. 7.

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 still offering Cyber Week discounts on the face value of gift cards right now.

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, CardCash and more ahead -- plus some full-price gift-card options that are sure to delight this holiday.

Amazon gift card deal: Buy $50, get a $10 credit

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Here's a really sweet last-minute 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.)

Amazon gift card

Get a $250 Lowe's e-gift card for $225 at Kroger

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Even if you don't like giving gift cards as gifts, this deal at Kroger is hard to pass up. You can get a $250 Lowe's e-gift card for $225 at Kroger, and get 900 fuel points with your purchase. (Those fuel points are worth $0.90 off a gallon on a purchase of up to 35 gallons at participating gas stations next month.) 

$250 Lowe's e-gift card (plus 4x Fuel Points), $225

Personalized Visa gift cards

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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.

Personalized Visa gift card

Thrive Market gift card

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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. 

Thrive Market gift card

Territory Foods gift card

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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.

Territory Foods gift card


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Mejuri gift card

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Everyday fine jewelry brand Mejuri has both digital and physical gift card options from $25 to $500.

Mejuri gift card

Sorel gift card

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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.

Sorel gift card

Sunbasket gift card

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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.

Sunbasket gift card

Bandier gift card

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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.

Bandier gift card

Discounted Starbucks gift cards

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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.)

Starbucks gift card

Nordstrom gift cards

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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.

Nordstrom gift card

Sephora gift cards

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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.

Sephora gift card

Discounted Uber Eats gift cards

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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.

Uber Eats gift card

Retail therapy choice e-gift card

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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.

Retail therapy choice e-gift card

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