The Best eGift Cards from Top Stores and Restaurants

A ranking of the personalization features of the best eGift cards from nationwide stores, restaurants and apps in 2017.

Originally published by Gift Card Girlfriend on November 2, 2017.

As egift cards are becoming an increasingly popular choice for last-minute, impromptu and “just because” gifts, I am always looking for features that make egift cards more personal. So a couple of years ago, I reviewed egift cards from top stores and restaurants to see which ones would allow me to personalize the digital delivery with a choice of egift card designs, personal photos or even video messages. I also wanted to know which egift cards would allow me to schedule delivery and choose a custom dollar amount. After launching that first review of the best egift cards available, I discovered that customers had two more basic questions. They want to know what an egift card looks like and where (how) it can be used. So I looked for those things too.

Given that digital delivery is a relatively new gifting style, it makes sense that people want to know how it all works and what the recipient experience will be. For this reason, merchants that offer customers an egift card preview and accept egift cards both in their stores and online rank higher (for me) than those that don’t.

Below is a list of top merchants and how they rank on the digital gift card features that I believe are most important.

  1. Best Buy
  2. Sephora
  3. JCPenney
  5. Bed Bath & Beyond
  6. The Home Depot
  7. American Eagle
  8. Gap
  9. Journeys
  10. Old Navy
  11. Michaels
  12. Toys R Us
  13. Williams-Sonoma
  14. Banana Republic
  15. Chico’s
  16. QVC
  17. Regal Cinemas
  18. Yankee Candle
  19. Domino’s
  20. Dunkin’ Donuts / Subway