20+ AWESOME Ways to Creatively Give a Gift Card

I am so EXCITED to share with you…
the Ultimate Guide to Giving Gift Cards Creatively!
Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Teacher Appreciation,
Weddings, Birthdays, Christmas, and Valentine’s Day!


I’ve been asking family, friends, and even strangers…what they think is the BEST GIFT EVER!  The overall consensus is the best gift to receive is GIFT CARDS!  Most of us have closets full of chachkies that we need to list on craigslist or ebay already and would much rather a gift card that will allow us to be selective in what we bring into our home!  As great as gift cards are to receive {and in my opinion, to give}, adding a special touch to the gift card is a wonderful way to make the receiver feel TOTALLY loved!!


1. Home Decor Store Gift Card.  Take the covers off of vintage books found at thrift stores and garage sales and wrap them with twine a gift card.  Above picture is a Potterybarn Knockoff from Juniper.

2. Whole Foods Gift Card.  These stores also sell a few household items.  Picking up some measuring spoons or a whisk and attaching it to a farmer’s market or whole food’s gift card with ribbon is a great way to personalize a gift card and we could all use an extra gadgets in our kitchen!

3. Coffee Shop Gift Card.  When you pick up a gift card, ask for an empty cup, too.  Inside the cup, place a gift card and some wedding mints because they taste great and coffee!  The above picture is from Starbucks.

4. Pedicure/Manicure/Spa Gift Certificate.  A bottle of Nail Polish or a pair of flip flops, tied with a bow attached to a gift certificate from your local spa is a great touch and continue being enjoyed beyond the pampering appointment.

6. Book Store Gift Card.  Find a used classic book at a thrift store for a few bucks and create a vintage-looking library pocket to insert a gift card.  Pull ribbon around all four sides of the book and tie a bow in the middle.  The books above are from Juniper.

7.  iTunes Gift Cards.  Using a mason jar or any jar you have around the house and shred some sheet music or print a free music sheet pdf and shred it.  Place the shredded music and iTunes gift card inside the mason jar, add the lid and tie with a pretty bow.
8. Body Care and Home Fragrance Gift Cards. Attaching a gift card to a travel lotion or dish soap like the one above from Bath and Body Works, makes the gift seem more thoughtful.  You can often find these on sale for $2ish.

9. Beauty Supply Store Gift Cards.  I love to pick up cosmetic bags when I see them on clearance.  They’re the perfect wrapping for beauty supply store gift cards and personally, I love a new pouch for my purse to store my lipsticks in…too many uh oh…the lid came off moments for me!  The pencil bag above is from Target, you can find them at Forever 21 and Dollar Stores for great prices, too.  OR, if you’re big on those cosmetic gifts, you may have a drawer full that you’ve never even used!

10. Office Store Gift Card.  Pour a little paint inside a mason jar, swirl the paint around, being sure to cover the entire inside surface, pour the excess paint out, the let the jar dry completely.  As shown above by Kootut Murut, fill the jar with pens and pencils.  Use a flower pick card holder from the grocery store to add a gift card to the mix.  OR you can always pick up a journal or notepad from Hobby Lobby for pretty cheap!

11. Favorite Store Gift Card.  For cute presentation, roll a tote from the store like you would a sleeping bag, place the gift card on top roll and secure tightly with a curly ribbon.  I always love the totes at World Market and they often have promotions where you can get a free tote with a minimum purchase, full price they’re usually under $2.
12. Hardware Store Gift Card.  Grab two sample paint chips from wherever paint is sold.  Place the two back sides together and sew or glue three of the sides together, leaving a pocket on the top for you to stick a hardware store gift card inside!  OR simply purchase an expensive paintbrush to attach to the gift card.
13. Craft Store Gift Card:  Target and Michaels dollar spots often have mini-Craft Punches similar to the above picture from Amazon.  A gift card and punch tied with a bow is a great gift!
14. Sonic Gift Card.  When you pick up a Sonic gift card, ask for an extra cup and lid!  Fill the cup with the gift card and some of Sonic’s peppermint candies, top it with the lid and tie a bow around it!  Instantly the card becomes a gift!  Above picture is from OkieOLIO.
15. Prepaid Credit Card. Wrap a prepaid credit card in a cute wallet or clutch.  This wallet is from Brighton and both my mom and mom-in-law use it and L.O.V.E. it to pieces!

16. Wine.com Gift Card.  Place the a wine gift card on top of a stack of coasters all tied with a cute bow.  This set is about to be released from Anthropologie, but I see darling coasters everywhere!

17. Movie Theater Gift Card.  You can purchase popcorn containers sometimes in the dollar section at Target and always at party stores!  They come in plastic and paper varieties.  Fill this with a movie theater gift card and a box or two of movie-size candy, which is often just a dollar at your corner pharmacy.  Tie a bow and you have a perfect gift!

18. Plant Nursery Gift Card. Wrap a bow with the card around some Herbs in Galvanized Pots.   I love this ridiculously inexpensive set from Save on Craft.  Another great place to buy galvanized pots is feed stores.  Any potted plant combined with a Nursery Gift Card is perfect for any green thumb!

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19. Etched Envelopes for Money.  Use Martha’s templates or make your own pattern drawn on graph paper.  Use thumb tacks to punch holes and create a design.  You could also use these envelopes to create a beautiful sachet by filling it with your favorite fragrant of dried flowers, lemon peels and shavings.  Seal the envelope with a glue stick.

20. Toy Store Gift Card.  Fill a sand pail with bubbles, jump rope, shovels and a toy store gift card!  This large sand pail is from Amazon, but I see them at the Dollar Tree, and dollar sections of stores for very inexpensive all the time!

21. Jewelry Gift Card.  Either glue a piece of lace and ribbon around a mason jar or sew the two ends of a strip of lace together and make a sleeve for a mason jar.  Fill the jar with rose petals or chocolates, and a gift card to a jewelry store or any favorite store for your sweetie.  I love Design, Dining + Diapers example above.  Every girl loves a mason jar!  You can find them brand new at any craft store or even Walmart.  Finding vintage mason jars at antique stores are always a treat, too.

22. Sports Store Gift Card wrapped in a wristband.  The one picture above is from Amazon, but you could pick one up where you purchase the gift card for just a few bucks.

23. Assortment of Gift Cards using, Family Fun flower printables, you can make a gift card bouquet! Perfect if you just can’t narrow it down to one favorite spot or when a few families are wanting to contribute their own personal gifts!

Okay, your turn!!!
Where is your favorite place to gift a Gift Card?!!?
And what’s your favorite Gift Card to receive!?!?

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  1. Derek Russell says:

    These are so fun and inventive! Thanks for sharing your inspiration

  2. donna says:

    For Christmas time, i like to purchase a fake little three dimentional christmas tree from the dollar store. t have been buying my adult children many gift cards so they can buy what they need or want. I take a paper hole puncher to the corner of each gift card and take an ornament hook and hook the cards on the tree like ornaments. This way they’re all in the same place so they don’t get lost and its just a nicer and more creative way to give the cards instead of just putting it in a card

  3. Christine says:

    Thank you for the great ideas! I enjoy upscale restaurant gift certificates (because I normally wouldn’t go), a gift certificate from my local salon and an amazon gift card.

  4. Sherry says:

    Lots of creative and great ways to give these! Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home!

  5. Steph @ Crafting in the Rain says:

    What fun ideas! I’m loving the books and the paintbrush ideas 🙂

  6. Natalie says:

    Those are some great ideas, thanks for sharing.

  7. Taryn @ Design, Dining + Diapers says:

    Great Ideas! Thanks for my mason jar shout out! 🙂

  8. Sarah says:

    These are some great ideas! Thanks for sharing!

  9. VIivan says:

    For graduates, I either put a gift card inside the Dr. Seuss book “Oh the Places You’ll Go” or I buy a small memo board and put several gift cards – starbucks, macdonalds, target, walmart, etc. – all places a college student might go. They have been a big hit!

  10. Nat and Holly says:

    Great ideas! Just pinned 🙂 I am going to have to do this for Mother’s Day for sure!

  11. Crafty Mischief says:

    Oh you! You’re always full of great ideas! With mother’s day, father’s day, teacher appreciation day, ect I’ve been racking my brain to try and come up with the perfect ideas. Maybe a gift card is just what I need! Thanks!

  12. DIY Show Off says:

    So many clever ideas. I do the same thing – create a theme around a gift card instead of just giving plain. Love some of these ideas! 🙂

  13. What a fantastic way to give a gift card! Makes a gift card seem so much more personal all of a sudden.:)

  14. Nelly@DGInnovations says:

    Great ideas! I personally love gift cards to the mall and target the most! Also love old navy. I have a hard time giving them but with these cool ideas it’s alot easier. I always felt I’m just too creative to give a gift card. But seriously, these ideas are creative and I will SO use some of them!