The older you get, the more you can appreciate a nice gift card as a present. Once you are over the fleeting thrill of tearing open wrapping paper, that “thick card in an envelope” feel lets you know you’re going to be picking out exactly what you want very soon.
A gift card to Aldi would give any foodie something to cheer about. But does Aldi sell gift cards, both for their own company and for other retailers? Here’s your answer below.
Does Aldi Sell Gift Cards?
Aldi does sell gift cards, both for their own stores and for other retailers, although the latter isn’t available all year round. Aldi gift cards can be purchased and loaded with up to $100 per card, while price points on gift cards for non-Aldi retailers vary.
To learn much more about Aldi gift cards and to find gift cards for other retailers, as well as where you can use them and whether you can redeem them online, read on!
How Much Can You Put On An Aldi Gift Card?
Aldi gift cards can be loaded with up to $100 and no more; if you want more than that, you will have to purchase several. There is also a minimum: just five dollars.
Additionally, per the Aldi website, increments must be in sets of five dollars, so unfortunately, you can’t be super-specific and put $52 or $89. But at least you’re not locked into increments of 10.
Can You Buy An Aldi Gift Card Online?
Aldi gift cards can only be purchased in stores, so if you see a website purportedly selling them, it’s a scam.
Unfortunately, unlike an Amazon gift card, you cannot ‘virtually” send someone an Aldi gift card.
Do Aldi Gift Cards Expire?
Provided you maintain a balance over zero on the card, it will not expire, and you will not lose your gift card money.
So if you do find an old gift card in a jacket pocket, check the balance! If there is a balance, you can still put it toward your next Aldi haul.
However, if the gift card hits a zero-dollar balance and it’s not reloaded within 30 days, it will be automatically deactivated, and you’ll have to purchase a new card.
How Do You Use An Aldi Gift Card In-Store?
Using your gift card at Aldi is very simple. At check-out, tell the cashier you have a gift card. They will take it and scan it; if your funds are insufficient for the entire bill, they will have you cover the rest with a debit or credit card.
When your order is processed, your cashier should tell you the amount left on the card. If not, the amount is located at the bottom of the receipt (some cashiers will even circle that for you).
Does Aldi Sell Gift Cards From Other Stores?
This is a tricky question with some caveats, but yes, Aldi does sell gift cards to other retailers.
However, my research has shown me that these other gift cards generally only hit the floor during special seasons, such as the winter holidays.
Typically, right about the beginning of November (at the start of the gift-giving melee) is when the special third-party gift card displays appear.
Some of the gift cards available might include restaurants like Applebee’s, Buffalo Wild Wings, Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Outback Steakhouse, Panera Bread, Red Lobster, Starbucks, and Subway.
You might also find movie/tv and gaming cards, like AMC Theaters, Hulu, Xbox, and Steam.
And general/apparel retailers like Amazon, American Eagle, Barnes & Noble, Cabela’s, GameStop, The Home Depot, Kohl’s, Old Navy/Gap, Sephora, and Ulta could appear.
Aldi will also sell prepaid debit/credit cards so that the recipient can truly be at liberty to buy what they want.
These cards come in a mix of set prices or variable amounts (you pick the amount).
Please note: This list is by no means definitive and is intended only as an example of the types of gift cards you might find. Stock will vary.
Where Can You Find The Gift Cards At Aldi?
Aldi’s own gift cards are located at the registers. As you’re standing in line, you should be able to find them above the conveyor belt. If you don’t see them or aren’t sure, just ask an employee.
Third-party retailer gift cards tend to sit in their own display carousels near the registers. You can always ask an employee or manager if they are available or when they might be.
Can You Use An Aldi Gift Card Online?
Unfortunately, you cannot use an Aldi gift card online. There is nowhere to use it, as Aldi itself does not have any sort of online shopping feature.
Can You Buy Alcohol With An Aldi Gift Card?
Rejoice – you can use your Aldi gift card to buy alcohol! Unless it states otherwise, you can use your Aldi gift card to buy whatever you find in-store, including a $2.50 bottle of Winking Owl or a $12 pack of Vista Bay hard seltzers.
However, there are some Aldi gift cards designated for food only. Those are only applicable for food purchases, not alcohol.
How Can I Find Out My Aldi Gift Card Balance?
Finding out your Aldi gift card balance is simple and easy, and you can do it one of two ways.
First, you can visit Aldi’s helpful balance-finding website here; enter the number and security code, and your balance should pop right up.
You can also take the card with you into the store and ask an employee to check. They can do this while you’re shopping or at the register before you check out.
Aldi does sell their own gift cards, exclusively in stores, as well as third-party gift cards for other retailers around the winter holiday.
While an Aldi gift card might not be the first thing that pops into your head as a present, only consider how far $40 or $50 gets you in this store, plus how truly crave-worthy the Aldi Finds aisle is!