If there’s one holiday shopping rule that never fails, it’s "When it doubt, get them a gift card." No matter how thoughtful the giver, or how picky the receiver, a gift card is never going to be considered a bad choice. It keeps everyone happy, and you barely have to get your hands dirty. (You’re welcome.)
But don’t rush out to stock up just yet, because Black Friday is almost upon us, and with it comes some seriously impressive gift card discounts and bonus vouchers with purchase.
While we can’t predict exactly what gift card deals to expect this year, we’ve cast our keen shopping eye over last year’s discounts to compile a wish list that’ll help you plan for the easiest and most efficient holiday shopping spree you’ve ever had, leaving you plenty of time to focus your BFDE (Black Friday Deals Energy) on treating yourself instead. Go on, you deserve it.
While Apple doesn’t generally offer Black Friday sales, it does give away free gift cards when purchasing certain items that day. In the past it's given out gift cards of varying amounts with the purchase of products like iPhones, Apple TV, Apple Watches, iPads, MacBooks and Beats. Also, Amazon was selling $100 Apple gift cards for just $85 last Black Friday. So, hold tight if you were planning on treating the tech junkie in your life.
While everybody loves shoes, they’re not the easiest thing to gift, so if you’re shopping for a shoe-lover this holiday season, consider snagging them a DSW gift card. (It also carries handbags and accessories, so you kinda can’t go wrong.) In 2018, DSW offered a free $5, $20 or $30 bonus card when you purchased a $50, $100 or $150 gift card online or in stores, and our research tells us the offer ran through December 26, and you had to redeem the card between January 4 and January 26, 2019. Mark your calendars accordingly.
Last December, Target offered a 10 percent discount on gift cards for one day only. And it consistently has promotions going on that give you free gift cards with purchases of a certain category and price. Watch this space for this year’s offers! We’ll be sure to keep you posted.
What can’t you buy with a JCPenney gift card? It literally has everything from clothing to shoes to home decor. Even your fussiest friend will be satisfied. Last year, when you purchased a JCPenney gift card worth $100 or more, you received a $25-off-$25 coupon. If it offers the same promotion this year, you can expect those coupons to be valid from Black Friday until Christmas Eve.
In 2018, Kohl’s ran sweepstakes to win free gift cards. One thousand winners had the chance to win a $20 gift card between November 19 and November 23. Then, another 1,000 winners were chosen on November 26. If you’re feeling lucky, this one’s for you. Pro tip: You can keep tabs by following @Kohls on Twitter.
6. The Children's Place
Last year, The Children’s Place offered a $10 bonus card with the purchase of a $50 gift card, a $15 bonus card with the purchase of a $75 gift card and a $20 gift card with the purchase of a $100 gift card, with the deal running all the way up to Christmas Day. If your kids like to pick their own presents—or you just fancy some money off—here’s where to head.