17 Unique Ways to Get Free Gift Cards

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Gift cards make great gifts to give and receive. They are the next best thing to getting actual cash.

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

Some of the most popular brands are Amazon, Target, Sephora and good old pre-paid Visa credit cards.

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How to Get Free Gift Cards

If you are looking to get gift cards for free, here are several easy ideas that you can try.

1. Survey Junkie

Another way to earn gift cards is to take online surveys. Some survey companies will reward you with straight cash. However, others will let you receive gift cards.

A reputable survey company to consider is Survey Junkie.

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 or shopping habits, to what you eat for your meals.

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

Trustpilot: 4.5/5

Read our full Survey Junkie review here.

2. Rakuten

Okay, Rakuten works a bit differently than some of the other sites here. But you can still use the site to get free gift cards.

Rakuten is a cash back shopping portal. When you sign up for Rakuten using the link below in the box, they’ll give you a signup bonus after you make your first purchase.

After that, you’ll earn additional dollars every time you shop and buy online using the Rakuten shopping portal.

Rakuten partners with over 2,000 stores.

Each store offers a cash back bonus through Rakuten for every purchase you make. The cash back bonuses can range anywhere from 1% to up to 40% of your purchase.

You’ll accrue a cash balance in your Rakuten account, and Rakuten sends the balance to you every quarter. They’ll either pay you via PayPal or by mailing a check; whatever you prefer.

Then you can use the money you get to purchase gift cards from the store of your choice.

If you’re shopping online anyway, you may as well get some cash back or free gift cards out of the deal.

Trustpilot: 4.3/5

Read our full review here.

3. Swagbucks

If you know anything about rewards programs, you’ve probably heard of Swagbucks. Notably, Swagbucks has been in the business of giving out free gift cards since for over 30 years.

They are currently offering a $10 bonus!

Here’s how it works. You earn points (called Swagbucks) by completing a variety of online activities.

Some of the options for online activities you can choose from include:

  • Watching videos
  • Browsing the web
  • Taking surveys
  • Playing games

And more. Oh, and they’ll give you Swagbucks when you shop through their online portal and buy from one of the Swagbucks retail partners, too.

One cool thing about Swagbucks is that they payout when you earn as little as $3. To be sure, there are only certain retailers that participate in giving gift cards of that small amount.

But it’s nice to know you don’t have to earn a lot to cash in.

Swagbucks has paid out over $517 million dollars in gift cards and cash to date.

Bonus: If you’d rather have cash, you can exchange your Swagbucks for a PayPal deposit instead of getting a gift card.

Hint: Want to earn even more money? Look for discount sales on selected gift card offerings.

Sometimes Swagbucks will let you cash in your earnings for gift cards that are discounted up to 20%. See the site for details on that.

Trustpilot: 4.3/5

Read our full review here.

4. Honey

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

Unlike other cashback 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 4.3/5

Read our full Honey review here.

5. MyPoints

MyPoints is another rewards site that will help you earn free gift cards.

As with Swagbucks, there are several ways you can earn points with MyPoints.

MyPoints will give you points for activities such as:

  • Taking surveys
  • Watching videos
  • Searching the net
  • Playing online games
  • Taking advantage of deals

And there’s more. They’ll give you points when you shop online through the site as well.

MyPoints will give you points when you shop with coupons too. After you’ve accrued the minimum number of points, you can trade your MyPoints in for gift cards to your favorite retailers.

You can also use your points for online purchases at hotels, airlines and more.

The value of the gift card you can get with your points varies with each retailer. Keep that in mind when you go to redeem your points.

Trustpilot: 4.4/5

Read our MyPoints full review here.

6. instaGC

Like other platforms in this section, instaGC lets you earn free gift cards (and other rewards as well) through the most common method of completing paid survey opportunities.

You can also earn by watching videos, shopping online and surfing the web.

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, but they also offer PayPal that is instant as well. These are both great reasons alone to consider instaGC.

Trustpilot: 3.5/5

Read our full InstaGC review here.

7. Fetch Rewards

Did you know you can get gift cards just for taking pictures of your receipts? Yes, it is that simple with Fetch Rewards. Just add the Apple or Android app to your phone and start earning points towards gift cards.

The app is super easy to use. It will show you how many points you have earned and what gift cards or other items you can reward yourself with.

To earn points, simply take a picture of your receipts. The app gives you bonus points towards inviting friends (typically 4,000) and buying specific products. Roughly 1,000 points is equal to $1.

You can also connect your app to your Amazon or email where it will search for online purchases and then apply those purchases into points.

To cash in your points, simply select your reward. For example, after 3,000 points earned you can reward yourself with a $3 Amazon gift card. Select that reward then copy the claim code and paste into the Amazon redeem a gift card on your account.

Fetch Rewards does a great job with instructions on how to use their app. This is a must have for anyone that shops and gets receipts.

Trustpilot: 2.9/5

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.

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

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

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: 2.7/5

9. Grindabuck

Grindabuck is one of the most flexible sites to earn free gift cards. It is possible to earn rewards points while you listen to music, watch videos, take surveys and view advertisements.

Also, you can complete micro-tasks, download paid apps and games, win contests and take advantage of mobile offers.

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 3.8/5

10. InboxDollars

Want to get paid for the 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. Besides, they pay with cash or with gift cards.

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

Trustpilot: 4.2/5

Read our InboxDollars review here.

11. Amazon Trade-In

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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 by 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 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 a payment within ten 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.

12. Shopkick

Shopkick is a rewards app for shopping activities (both online and in-person). It is available on Android and iOS. Get a $5 new user bonus using the code WALLET5.

Head over to the website to learn more about Shopkick and how they’ll pay you to shop.

Trustpilot: 3.6/5

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 like Ibotta (available on both iOS and Android) to save extra money on groceries, 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 cashback when you spend at other online partners like iTunes, Groupon, Jet and Boxed.

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

Also, Ibotta offers many creative ways to earn like sweepstakes aned giveaways.

Trustpilot: 4.0/5

Read our full Ibotta review here.

16. Sell Textbooks

Selling used textbooks for in-store credit (which similar to a gift card) 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.

Trustpilot: 2.5/5

17. Request Gift Cards as a Gift

Just ask for cards. 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 where you usually spend your 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.


Getting free gift cards can be a great way for you to save money. You can get gift cards to big box stores like Walmart and use them to get free groceries. Or you can sell your gift cards for cash.

There’s no limit to the number of ways you can earn free gift cards. Nearly anyone can earn points toward free gift cards by taking surveys on their phone or browsing the net in their spare time.

So, if you’ve got free time on your hands, think about using that extra time to get gift cards!



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    • Wow indeed! I’m glad you stopped by, and I hope you can begin earning more free gift cards soon!

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

    • 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.

      • Thanks for the insight

        • I love it

  3. 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. 🙂

    • That’s great to hear! I hope some of them pay off for you!

  4. 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.

    • It’s not a scam. I wish you luck in trying to reach your goals to get a couple of gift cards.

      • Did you find any?

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

    • Try some of these ideas and you may get one! I hope it works out for you.

      • Hi, I’m Christine. How do I get a free gift card?

        • Hey Christine! Check out some of the ways suggested above. Best of luck!

  6. I just wanted to get my family a gift card.

    • Then this post is for you! It has several ways you can do that.

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

    • I hope you do too! Thanks for dropping by to comment.

  8. I really need a gift card.

    • Then this post is for you! I hope you get one! 🙂

      • Okay sounds good

  9. I really want to know how to get free WiFi and free Xfinity WiFi and free gift cards as well. ????????????????‍♀️????‍♀️

    • 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. 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. ????

    • 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.

    • I received a survey from Amazon (I thought) to receive a $100 Amazon gift card. I filled out page after page, and finally they said I was almost “there.” The next thing they showed was a trial for some marketing product I never heard of.

      Never heard from them again. Does Amazon every check these fraudulent schemes?
      I am very disappointed, as Amazon is my favorite, and I use them all the time.

  11. 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!

    • 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. I would like to have a gift card, please.

    • Try using the links in this post to get one. I wish you luck!

  13. 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. 😉

    • I’m glad to hear you found an app you like that pays you well! Thanks for mentioning them. 🙂

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

    • Yes, that’s true. It also helps during the middle of the month! Thanks for dropping by to comment.

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

    • Sign up for Swagbucks using the links in this post. Then, complete their surveys, etc. to get one. 🙂

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

    • Thanks for mentioning that as another way to get gift cards. 🙂

  17. 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.

    • 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. 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!

    • 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. 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.

    • 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.

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

    • 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!

  21. Is there a place to find free steam gift cards?? I need $180 for a friend can anyone help?

    • Research through the suggestions in the list! Some of them could offer Steam gift cards!

  22. MobileXpressions is a great app to earn free gift cards! You just install it on your phone and let it run in the background – that’s it!

  23. Great list of ideas. Thank you for putting this together. It’s a shame that the… “People” above can’t take the time to actually read and take your advice. makes me want to smash my head against the keyboard. Nothing is ever totally free its gonna cost either, money, time, or effort.. besides I’d rather do even a little something & feel like I at least earned something makes me appreciate everything that much more, and like a contributing member of society. I don’t usually ever comment but I felt that your efforts were being dismissed and you were being disrespected by so many loafs with their lazy hands out. So I’m sorry for the above comments that dont give you the credit you deserve. Know that your talent & time is not going un noticed. Thank you again for this list a few sites I had never used I’m going to go check them out as well as more stuff on this site. Take care!

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