16 Clever Ways to Get Free Gift Cards in 2019

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One of the most flexible and valuable spending tools is gift cards. They are the next best thing to getting actual cash.

And, as digital wallets become more prevalent and we use cash less frequently each year, gift cards are becoming a more common payment method for everyday tasks that we complete online.

Best Ways to Get Free Gift Cards

If you are looking to build your inventory of free gift cards, these are a few easy ways that you can start doing today.

1. Join Swagbucks

Swagbucks is one of the most flexible rewards programs you will find online and it has a high Trustpilot score of 4.3/5. You can earn points (bucks) by completing a variety of online tasks.

Some of the ways you can accumulate points is by taking surveys, watching videos, playing games, surfing the web, review product samples, and shopping from a Swagbucks retail partner.

Swagbucks giftcard redeem options

You will like Swagbucks because it is possible to get gifts cards for as little as $3 in value for your favorite stores like Amazon, eBay, and Dunkin Donuts.

You can also exchange your points for PayPal cash as well which is a cash gift card deposited directly in your PayPal account.

Swagbucks even periodically puts gift cards on sale making it possible to get anywhere from a 1% to 20% discount on select cards.

Currently, Swagbucks hands out over 7,000 gift cards daily and over $344,876,194 cumulatively in gift cards.

With so many options to earn points and being able to get gift cards to so many of your favorite shops and restaurants, it is no wonder why Swagbucks is popular.

2. Survey Junkie

Another way to earn free gift cards is to take online surveys. Some survey companies will reward you with straight cash. For many others, you can also earn gift cards.

A reputable survey company to consider is Survey Junkie. This company has a strong Trustpilot score of 4.7/5.

Survey Junkie offerings with amazon gift card as an option

With Survey Junkie, you can cash out your points for gift cards once you receive 1,000 points ($10 value).

You will be able to share your opinion on a variety of topics ranging from politics, shopping habits, to eat you eat for your meals.

They will match surveys with your interests to maximize the experience and survey results.

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3. Rakuten

Another favorite way to get a free gift card is by shopping with Rakuten. This is a one-time deal in terms of free gift cards, but, you can continue getting cash back from nearly any online purchase.

When you first sign-up for Rakuten, you can choose to receive a $10 Walmart gift card or a $10 Rakuten cash bonus.

You receive the bonus after making your first $25 purchase with Rakuten.

It is possible to earn cash back from over 2,000 online stores and at over 30 brick and mortar retailers too. Your free gift card will ship once you complete your first purchase.

Otherwise, Rakuten will send your cash back rewards by mail or PayPal on a quarterly basis each time your cash back balance reaches $5.

4. Honey

Honey is another cash back app that allows you to earn Amazon gift cards. Honey has a cash back rewards program called Honey Gold that can give you 0% to 100% cash back at select stores.

Unlike other cash back portals that give a flat rate on your entire purchase, the reward rate is a mystery with Honey.

After completing the purchase at a participating retailer with Honey, you will find out if any of the products you purchased are eligible for cashback that can be redeemed for an Amazon gift card.

If you constantly shop at Amazon, you should strongly consider this app.

It can save you money at Amazon by comparing prices of third-party listings to the Amazon price and gently alert you when a savings opportunity is available.

You can also save money at Amazon, and all other online stores, as Honey will automatically enter every known discount code to help save you additional money.

Trustpilot score of 4.7/5

5. MyPoints

Another rewards app is MyPoints that has been around since 1996. MyPoints primarily allows you to earn rewards points by shopping online.

mypoints Giftcard information

You can earn bonus points when you purchase a featured deal like 4,000 points when you switch to Verizon or 3,000 points by riding with Uber.

But, you can also earn points by watching videos, reading e-mails, performing web searches, playing games, buying gift cards, and shopping with coupons.

Gift cards are available to over 75 different retail partners including airlines. You can redeem your points for gift cards starting at $5 in value.

As an example, you can get a $5 American Eagle gift card for 700 points and a $10 Amazon card for 1,590 points.

Each merchant has different point requirements for the gift cards as opposed to a flat-rate system that other sites employ such as 1,000 points will get you a $10 gift card to any retailer.

As an example, you can get a $5 American Eagle gift card for 700 points and a $10 Amazon card for 1,590 points.

Each merchant has different point requirements for the gift cards as opposed to a flat-rate system that other sites employ such as 1,000 points will get you a $10 gift card to any retailer.

Trustpilot score of 4.4/5

6. instaGC

Like other platforms in this section, instaGC lets you earn free gift cards (and other rewards as well) through the most common methods of completing paid survey opportunities, watching videos, shopping online, and surfing the web.

Instagc Giftcard options to convert from points

There are over 350+ redemption options for gift cards, and you can begin receiving gift cards with only a $1 balance! Also, all gift cards are instantly received which means once you redeem your points for one there’s no wait! You’ll immediately receive the gift card code details.

Not only are these gift cards instant, they also offer PayPal that is instant as well. These are both great reasons alone to consider instaGC.

Trustpilot score of 3.1/5

7. Microsoft Rewards

If you have a PC and are looking for gift cards to the Microsoft Store, one of the best ways is to use Microsoft Rewards.

Microsoft rewards redeem giftcards page

You can earn rewards each time you perform a web search through Bing on your computer or smartphone and earn bonus points by taking a daily quiz and other quick and fun activities that test your brain and help break up the daily monotony you might experience at the office or home.

Gift card options are very limited. You can redeem your Microsoft Rewards points for gift cards to the Microsoft Store for the next time you need to make a purchase like your Office 365 subscription, app, movies, and games.

8. Gift Card Granny

If you buy discounted gift cards online, you might consider shopping at Gift Card Granny. With their rewards program, you earn points for free gift cards in no time.

Giftcard Granny Gifcard options page

In addition to earning points for each gift card you buy, you can also earn five points each day by reading their daily newsletter and downloading their Chrome extension.

If you have a coupon or gift card deal to share with Gift Card Granny, you can earn even more points.

In addition to earning points for each gift card you buy, you can also earn five points each day by reading their daily newsletter and downloading their Chrome extension.

What also makes Gift Card Granny unique is that they search the price listings of several other gift card discounters like Raise and Giftcard Zen.

Not only does Granny give you points for shopping but she finds the best deals for you as well.

Trustpilot score of 4.4/5

9. Grindabuck

Grindabuck is one of the most flexible sites to earn free gift cards. It is possible to earn rewards points by listening to music, watching videos, taking surveys, viewing advertisements, completing micro tasks, downloading paid apps and games, winning contests, and taking advantage of mobile offers.

grindaBuck rewards store page

You can earn 100 grindabucks, a $1 value, just for signing up. Reward points (grindabucks) can be redeemed for gift cards or Bitcoin. Some of the gift card redemption options include Amazon, Walmart, and GameStop.

Trustpilot score of 3.5/5

10. InboxDollars

Want to get paid for stuff you already do online? Now, you can.

InboxDollars will pay you for small tasks that you currently do or even for other activities that require little time.

You can get paid for:

So far, InboxDollars has paid over 50 million dollars in prizes. They pay with cash or with gift cards.

One downside is that the minimum payout is $30 which is is higher than most online survey sites. But, you do get a $5 bonus just for signing up.

Trustpilot score of 4.2/5

11. Coins Rewarder

Another app that allows you to exchange rewards points for free gift cards is Coins Rewarder. You earn points by watching videos, downloading apps, and completing surveys. Rewards points can be redeemed for gift cards to Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, and PayPal.

The redemption options are much more limited than some of the other sites mentioned in this article, but, they are still very functional to many online shoppers.

12. Amazon Trade-In

Amazon Giftcard icon

Trade-In your old technology, books, video games, and belongings to Amazon Trade-In to receive Amazon gift cards. You will know if Amazon is willing to buy your items searching product listings. A trade-in box with the current value will be displayed if they are looking to acquire used inventory.

Amazon will also browse your purchase history and show you the potential trade-in value of qualified items too on their trade-in screen. Even items you didn’t buy at Amazon can be exchanged for gift cards. Shipping is free for all the items you trade-in to Amazon and you will receive payment within 10 business days from the date they receive your shipment.

If Amazon rejects your items, you will not receive a gift card, but, they will ship them back free of charge.

13. Refer-a-Friend to Amazon Prime

Do you shop with Amazon Prime? Get a free $5 Amazon gift card for each friend you refer to Amazon Prime after their first $5 purchase.

With exclusive discounts, unlimited streaming, and 2-day shipping, why wouldn’t you want to help your friends join Amazon Prime?

14. Ibotta

If you use an app to save money on groceries, like Ibotta, you can turn those rewards into gift cards. By shopping at one of 341 participating merchants and snapping a picture of your receipt, Ibotta will give you cash on select activated before checking out. You can also earn cash back when you spend at other online partners like iTunes, Groupon, Jet, and Boxed.

Get real cash or giftcards on ibotta

Once you have accumulated $20 in rewards, you can receive payment in PayPal, Venmo, or gift cards from Best Buy, Amazon, or Starbucks.

Trustpilot score of 3.2/5

15. Sell Textbooks

Selling used textbooks for in-store credit can be an easy way to maximize your profit if you still have future textbook purchases to make.

One site to check out is Bookscouter to sell your old books. Their in-store credit rates are higher than their cash payments. You can then turn around and use that credit to buy or rent the textbooks you will need for future classes.

16. Request Gift Cards as a Gift

Gift card icon with bow

We have all done it before. Gift cards are an easy solution to figuring out what to give your friend or family member a gift for Christmas or their birthday. As part of your wish list, tell your friends and family some of the places you usually spend money.

That way you might not receive gift cards to an obscure restaurant or store you will never visit and likely “re-gift” to one of your other friends.


Free gift cards can be just as valuable as cash. You can even sell your gift cards for cash.

It is also possible to earn gift cards in many different ways from playing games, answering surveys, shopping online, or even surfing the web. By doing what you do in everyday life, you can probably start earning gift cards without changing your routine.

Have you gotten gift cards for free in the past? Tell me how in the comments below!


41 responses to “16 Clever Ways to Get Free Gift Cards in 2019”

  1. Mary says:

    This is really an amazing post of free gift cards. You can also visit Instant Forex Support Forum.

  2. perky says:

    How can I get gift cards? What site has them?

    • Josh Patoka says:

      All of these are legitimate. I personally use Ebates and Microsoft Rewards on a frequent basis. Swagbucks is another fun way if you want to get paid for doing what you might already be doing online.

  3. daniella flores says:

    These are some awesome ways to get free gift cards. I have never heard of them before! My favorite way has got to be Ebates, though. Thanks for sharing! I have so many new apps and stuff to try now. πŸ™‚

  4. Harlene sullivan says:

    I am less fortunate and I need these gift cards. They will come in handy for the holidays so I can enjoy myself over the holidays. I don’t like sitting nowhere and be isolated over the holidays. It’s not healthy and it’s not good. It is always good to be out there to enjoy yourself, spend time with people, and have good holiday spirit in your heart. That is why I need a couple of gift cards, and I hope this is real. I hope this is not a scam. This year I’m going to pray on this. I hope it works out for me.

  5. Jodie Wiggins says:

    I would like to win a free $100 Amazon card without going to store to get one.

  6. Arianna says:

    I just wanted to get my family a gift card.

  7. Ayani Dargin says:

    Thanks. I will try to follow them and I hope I get a gift card.

  8. Christopher says:

    I really need a gift card.

  9. Saskia Park says:

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    • Deacon says:

      For free gift cards, use this post. We may have some others you can check out as well. For WiFi, we have a post to get cheaper WiFi hotspot plans as well as ways you can get internet free. I think it’s great that you’re looking for ways to be frugal! Every little bit that you can save in your budget lets you pay off debt and invest for your future!

  10. Jackie Amos says:

    Where are you suppose to pick up the $1000 gift card that my friend won? He filled out questions and it said he won a $1000 card, but we haven’t seen anything. I also won a $1000 card, so they said. I was filling out my email address and then everything disappeared and I was on Facebook. I tried to find where I was suppose to be, but can’t find it anywhere. Mine was a game. I spun a wheel and the jackpot was a Walmart card. What a great deal, I thought. But it was not so. 😒

    • Deacon says:

      Well, it depends on what game you were playing. If you know what the game was or what website you were on, I would send them a message about it. However, it kind of sounds like you might have been scammed.

  11. Jeremy Paddock says:

    Swagbucks is trash! I ordered a gift card and it never came. They took my points, but I never got the gift card. I’ll stay with Very Dice!

    • Deacon says:

      Did you double check your spam folder of your email? Some companies send electronic gift cards rather than physical ones. Also, if you haven’t contacted them about it you should try to do so. I hope you can get the situation resolved.

  12. suzanne says:

    I would like to have a gift card, please.

  13. William says:

    You should add TreasureTrooper to this list! They’ve been around since 2005. Gift cards aren’t instant, but it’s perfect for people who like to save them up. You can get them like Swagbucks for completing offers, only TreasureTrooper actually pays you when you finish. πŸ˜‰

  14. Luraemorgan says:

    Extra cash can always help at the end of the month.

  15. Ibrahima says:

    I’d like to get a Swagbucks gift card. Hi, Deacon. Can somebody help me to get that?

  16. Shi says:

    Guys, try out SurveyMonkey to earn free Amazon gift cards. I redeemed $15 so far. This actually works and it’s not a scam.

  17. Sammi-Jo says:

    I use Swagbucks religiously. Over the last several years, I’ve used their redeemable Visa gift cards to pay bills such as my cell phone, internet, and even the power bill! These earned gift cards have saved my cooked goose more times than I can count. I wouldn’t wish disability or the autoimmune diseases and damages they’ve caused to me on anybody, even my worst enemy. The constant scrambling to pay bills, cover medicine co-pays, and even buy groceries is horrible. Give Swagbucks a shot. I highly recommend Swagbucks. It’s legit and easy to use with options enough for everyone to benefit.

    • Deacon says:

      I’m glad Swagbucks has been so helpful to you, although sorry to hear of your health issues. Thank you for posting of your Swagbucks successes and for your opinions. We appreciate you sharing!

  18. Sammi-Jo says:

    Hi. SurveyMonkey is great! I had forgotten about after getting my new phone this past year (it was a gift from a family member so I could talk to an in-law who had to be moved to a nursing home. Her health deteriorated to such an advanced degree she couldn’t be cared for at home with out more help than any of us could afford). Over the years, I’ve used them and instead of doing the gift cards, I had all my earnings donated to the school that provided my transportation, room, board, meals, and service dogs these last 25 years! It hasn’t been a whole lot of money, but I’ve earned enough that they’ve received a few hundred dollars from me over the years. I wish I could do more for the school that has done so much for me, but I’m in a rural area with no public transit, which is why I spent so many years telecommuting until my health went too far south to allow me to work. Every dime they get is well worth it and the school’s administrators stretch every dime!

    • Deacon says:

      Thanks for mentioning this as another survey option. I’m glad you’ve also had success with them. It sounds like the school has appreciated what you’ve given back.

  19. Ayi says:

    Most of these sites don’t work in my country. I live in Nigeria. Swagbucks and InboxDollars also don’t work. I need a legit site that works worldwide. Thanks.

    • Deacon says:

      That’s too bad that they don’t work in Nigeria. However, we do have lots of other posts about ways to make money or get free gift cards on this site. Check them out. Maybe you’ll find something that works for you.

  20. Josh says:

    I have the same issue most the sites are saying Nigeria is banned.

    • Deacon says:

      I’m sorry to hear that. I know some of these sites are trying to expand their availability to more and more countries. I hope you find something that can work for you!

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