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Free Gift Cards and Certificates

You can sometimes get a free gift card from well known brand name stores by filling out forms, signing up for free offers, etc. You can also join services that let you complete surveys, answer trivia, signup for free trials and in return, you earn points toward gift certificates at major brand retail stores. We list offers here when we find them.

Our Take

It’s nearly impossible to spend an hour online without being bombarded with offers for “ABSOLUTELY FREE GIFT CARDS!” While most of us take these pop-ups for face value, thousands of people a year fall for gift card scams that ultimately cost them time and money. While it’s definitely true that there are some legitimate ways to obtain gift cards online, here are a few of the things you should be aware of the next time you’re confronted with a “TOTALLY free BEST BUY Walmart McDONALDS giftcard!”

1. They really aren’t just givin’ ‘em away. There’s no such thing as a totally free gift card.

It’s not impossible to get a gift card offline without ever inputting your credit card information – that’s the good news. The bad news is, if you want that card you’re going to have to work for it…and probably pretty hard. The most common way to receive an online gift card without shelling out any dough is by taking online surveys since retailers really do need consumers’ help in determining what’s going on with customer service, user experience on a website, etc. Typically, you’ve got to first sign up for a survey site then wait until you’re requested to take specific surveys which can in and of itself be a long and arduous process. If you’re willing to put in the time to accrue enough survey points that you earn a gift card, well my friend, you’ve found the online gift card loophole – remember, though, once you spend your precious time chasing after them, those gift cards aren’t really free.

2. Brands are better. The sketchier the site is, the less likely they’re going to have a free gift card to give you.

As with all things on the internet, it’s important to use your good judgment. If you click on a link (and, disclaimer, if that link was hidden in a flashing “You’re the 1,000,000 visitor, congratulations!” banner you’re already way off track) and it takes you to a site offering hundreds of free gift cards for the taking, be suspicious. Manufacturers and the brands themselves are the most likely candidates to actually be offering gift cards, so a link to, say, www.Kangaroo.com/freegascardoffer is a lot more trustworthy than www.billybobsfreegiftcards.com/wowican’tbeliveyouclickedonit. If a site looks spammy and offers dozens of free gift card options, it’s probably not trying to give you a gift card, it’s trying to up its visit count or scam you into buying something. Run.

3. Online gift cards do exist…but they usually come at a price.

Depending on what you’re willing to shell out, you can get a “free” gift card online. For example, some retailers offer free gift cards to customers willing to sign up for a promotional credit card while some offer gift cards as an incentive for spending a certain amount on the site. These offers are usually far more believable than the idea that someone out there is sitting on a MOUNTAIN OF FREE GIFT CARDS that they want to give you YOU for no reason whatsoever. Free gift card offers are particularly reliable if you see them advertised offline as well, like in a Sunday circular or featured in a commercial – there’s a lot more regulation and less tolerance for the ol’ bait and switch in the offline world so if you hear about a singular deal somewhere else, it may be worth checking out.

4. The best “Free Gift Card” is a discounted free gift card.

Say what? There are some very reputable sites out there such as PlasticJungle.com offering gift cards for sale at a discounted rate and while these cards aren’t free, they’re a great way to score a deal just by being at the right place at the right time online. Sites like this work by allowing consumers to trade in unwanted gift cards in exchange for cash or PayPal credits then you get to sweep in and reap the rewards in the form of a cheap gift card. It’s like a pawn shop for gift cards and it’s a win-win, really. If you use a site like this make sure it’s fraud protected and has some sort of guarantee since it’s easy to get these sites confused with their less scrupulous peers, so be alert and proceed with caution.

Just like in the real world, asterisks, fine print and scams make every online deal worthy of doubt. It’s possible to score some great free gift card deals online with a little due diligence as well as a little bit of hard work…however, the adage is right: nothing is free. If you’re willing to take surveys or spend some money online you may just find yourself in possession of a great brand name gift card – just remember, the closer to the source, the better. If you’re entering in your credit card information you’d better ask yourself the question, “where is this retailer getting these gift cards?” If it’s the brand themselves, that’s a no brainer, but if it’s some super obscure third party, you may be halfway down Rip-Off Lane.

Gift cards are evolving into a type of online currency, but just like real money, no one’s just throwing them out of proverbial helicopters for people below to scoop up. If you need that gift card you’re going to have to give that online merchant what they want and if they claim they don’t want anything you should ask yourself what they have to gain from handing over the equivalent of plastic cash. Get out there and get your free gift cards but use your head – if it sounds too good to be true online, it is.

Emory Rowland

I'm editor and keeper of the flame at Clickfire. I consider myself a fanatical blogger, entrepreneur and builder of Internet things from way back. My love for social media and success with organic search led me to start a SEO consulting venture. Apart from the Internet, I could be considered pretty worthless. More...

30 comments

  1. Lyssion

    I love gift cards so if you have one please send it to me I am in need

  2. moh hasan basri

    i need card for free! can you help me

  3. kourtney

    hi my name is kourtney and i am trying to help my family out in the best way possible i only have one parent working and it still isnt enough to meet our needs. please help me in any way possible

  4. viki

    where is the gift card

  5. philip

    I am in need of a free card for my best friend who is clebrating his birthday.

  6. JAYANTA

    sir, i need giftcard for amazon and ebay shopping. plz send to my email addsess a 150 usd giftcard number. plz

  7. jamie

    thanks for the card

  8. bella

    hello its my mums 40th birthday on the 3rd of June and her mum and sister both passed away 4months apart of each other. my nan passing away first in September 2009 i would really like to give her a brilliant birthday but i am on the sick for depression and see a bereavement councilor so i am not on a income and struggling to buy her presents and as its her 40th it would have been super to be able to give her a nice birthday as this year is going to be her first birthday with out them . this isn’t a sob story its real and all i ask is if you can help me out it would be more appreciated than you could possible imagine thank you

    • Emory Rowland

      bella, did you sign up for the offer?

  9. Alemayehu

    i need gift cards for free, can u send me pls?

  10. Helen

    Hi I will be three years with my husband, we are full time students, we are in the second year of the dental school, but we don’t have money at all….I know that he has a gift fot me but I don’t, please how can I get one of these free cards to buy him a present? please let me know. Thanks bye =)

  11. Dason

    i stole my uncle’s best buy card number and bought something and i need 70 dollars by july 13 so he won’t beat my butt for stealing his card and he wants to buy college football 10 on july 13 so plzz give me a best buy card number and the online pin number im in need of it plzz

  12. kal

    send free gift cards

  13. anna houston

    my name is anna houston and i am interested in applying for a free gift card for my mom who has stood by me thru thick and thin

  14. Anonymous

    Do you guys really think someone will send you a gift card just by posting a comment? XD

  15. Shania

    Hello,
    It is my sisters 18th birthday this Saturday (tomorrow) and I haven’t been getting any money because I have trying to sp up port my two kids so with all of my money spent over christmas I don’t have much left. Could you please send me a gift card for her.

    Thankyou:)

  16. KC

    I need a gift card for CSS !! i wanna buy some pink grip tape. Please ! I’m broke ! I was gonna give the grip tape to my step sister. It’s only $5 .. But I don’t have enough !! I just thought I could do some good before life becomes to short.

  17. anime

    where can i get a free gift card? its my best friend’s birthday in like a week and she loves OW so much. could i get a card plz?

    • Emory Rowland

      Did you try any of the offers listed on this page? How was the response?

  18. uyjk

    HOW…?

  19. maryann parker

    well i have believed every email i have been sent about free gift cards, and every last one of them i would have to purchase something in order to receive. so no don’t believe everything you hear or read when it comes to something being giving away for free. all the long hours i have sat. my fingers and tush hurts..lol

  20. Elle

    I get free gift cards online, ranging from $5 – $100 using Facebook. The trick is liking freebie sites on FB and companies. I just received a free $25 Amex card for being one of 30,000 people to sign up. It will take time and patience because you and 100,000+ other people are trying to one as well.

    There is so much free stuff out there. Food, clothing, GC’s, toys, household items…etc.

  21. mzparka

    well, i have done this already myself… i stayed til 3 a.m one night. and even though it said that i have not had it happen to me! YET!

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  23. mzparka

    Like everyone else i too feel for the FREE GIFT CARD scam….lol joke on me!…but i love free stuff so its hard not to fall for it…

  24. mzparka

    so i posted a comment, and NOTHING….UUUUUUUUURRRRRRRRRRRHHHHHHHHHH!!…lol silly me

  25. maria

    hi i have 3 children and couldnt buy no presents for christmas. i really need one thanks

  26. SANDRA

    AM DISABLE 54-YEARS OLD LOW INCOME AM IN NEED OF HELP FOR CHRISTMAS I HAVE 3 GRAND KIDS AGES 7,8,11,
    SO PLEASE IF YOU HAVE ANY FREE GIFT CARDS TO GIVE TO A NEEDY FAMILY FOR CHRISTMAS PLEASE HELP US

  27. claude

    Trying to rebuild from a loss from a theft of my laptop. need a gift card. – It could help.
    Student thank you !

  28. martin

    Hello ..it would be so awesome to get a gift card.

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