When you’re just not sure what to get someone for a present, a gift card is the perfect option, especially because they’re widely available and usable for a number of places and items.
As one of the leading retailers in the world, Walmart is a great place to pick up a gift card. But what kinds of gift cards does Walmart sell? If you’d like to find out, keep reading!
Gift Cards At Walmart In 2023
Walmart sells approximately 100 different types of gift cards, including Walmart-brand and third-party gift cards for restaurant and dining, entertainment, travel, prepaid debit and mobile communication industries as of 2023. Stock and card denominations differ from store to store, and Walmart also sells gift cards online as eGift cards.
So what gift card brands can you expect to find at Walmart? Can you buy Amazon gift cards through Walmart, and if so, how do those eGift cards work? If you have these and other questions, keep reading for more facts!
What Gift Cards Does Walmart Sell?
Walmart is one of the best places to buy gift cards, because as a larger, established retailer, their selection is often full of variety.
Whether you want to help pay for someone’s lunch or give them a prepaid card so they can use the money for anything (without worrying about cash), Walmart has you covered.
Let’s take a look at some of the most common gift cards you can expect to find at Walmart, neatly categorized for your browsing pleasure:
- American Eagle
- Banana Republic
- Barnes & Noble
- Bass Pro Shops
- Bath & Body Works
- Bed Bath & Beyond
- Best Buy
- Blaze Pizza
- Crate & Barrel
- DICK’S Sporting Goods
- Famous Footwear
- Foot Locker
- Forever 21
- Go Play Golf
- Home Depot
- Home Goods
- Hot Topic
- HP Instant Ink
- MLB Shop
- NBA Store
- NFL Shop
- Old Navy
- REI Co-op
- Saks Fifth Avenue
- Sam’s Club
- Sportsmans Warehouse
- J. Maxx
- Total Wine
- Urban Outfitters
- Victoria’s Secret
Restaurants & Takeout/Delivery:
- 99 Nine Restaurant
- Bahama Breeze
- BJ’s Restaurant
- Bob Evans
- Bonefish Grill
- Brenner’s Steakhouse
- Buca di Beppo
- Buffalo Wild Wings
- Burger King
- California Pizza Kitchen
- Caribou Coffee
- Carrabba’s Italian Grill
- Cheesecake Factory
- Chuck E. Cheese’s
- Cold Stone Creamery
- Cracker Barrel
- Dairy Queen
- Dunkin’ Donuts
- Famous Dave’s
- Freddy’s Custard & Steakburger
- Golden Corral
- Gordon Biersch
- Hard Rock Café
- Jersey Mike’s
- Krispy Kreme
- Legal Sea Foods
- Little Caesars
- Logan’s Roadhouse
- Longhorn Steakhouse
- Miller’s Ale House
- Macaroni Grill
- Morton’s The Steakhouse
- Old Chicago
- Olive Garden
- On the Border
- Outback Steakhouse
- Panda Express
- Panera Bread
- Papa John’s
- Peet’s Coffee
- Pei Wei Asian Kitchen
- F. Chang’s
- Raising Cane’s
- Red Lobster
- Red Robin
- Rock Bottom
- Ruby Tuesday
- Saltgrass Steakhouse
- Smash Burger
- Sonic Drive-In
- Steak ‘n Shake
- Taco Bell
- Taco Time
- Texas Roadhouse
- TGI Fridays
- Tijuana Flats
- Uber Eats
- Village Inn
- White Castle
- Yard House
- Alamo Drafthouse Cinema
- Apple Store
- CBS All Access
- Dave and Buster’s
- Fox Nation
- Google Play
- Jagex RuneScape
- Larry Miller Group Mega Plex
- Main Event
- Paramount Plus
- PlayStation Store
- Regal Cinemas
- Rosetta Stone
- Showcase Cinemas
- Sirius XM
- Sling TV
Travel & Transportation:
- Delta Airlines
- Holland America
- Jiffy Lube
- Princess Cruises
- Southwest Airlines
- Ntelos Frawg
- Straight Talk Wireless
- Total Wireless
Prepaid Debit/Credit Cards:
- Prepaid American Express
- Prepaid Vanilla Mastercard
- Prepaid Vanilla Visa
Some of the above cards come with pre-set amounts (e.g., $5, $50, $100), while others leave the amount up to the purchaser.
For most gift cards, denominations of five are the norm, though sometimes you will see a card for one brand set with $25, then the next highest is $50.
For Walmart gift cards specifically, you can find a variety of different patterns and graphics – some to celebrate birthdays, others for weddings, major holidays, etc.
Walmart gift cards can be purchased in a set amount, or you can choose your amount in increments of $5.
The most you can put on a single Walmart gift card is $1,000, but if you need to give someone more, you can buy multiple cards.
However, bear in mind that each Walmart location’s stock will be different. While it’s likely each store will have many of the brands listed above, there’s no accounting for demand or the supply chain.
Of course, the best way to circumvent having to head to the store at all is to purchase your gift card online at Walmart.com, which is discussed in more detail below.
Does Walmart Sell Gift Cards For Other Companies?
Walmart sells gift cards for many other companies, though the company tends to stick to popular national or regional chains, rather than small, local businesses.
You can find numerous restaurants, apparel stores, sporting goods, home goods, amusement and entertainment, travel and transport, mobile plans, and more.
Additionally, Walmart carries prepaid debit/credit cards from financial giants like American Express, Visa, and Mastercard.
What Gift Cards Doesn’t Walmart Sell?
Another big brand missing from the above list is Target. Though Target represents much less of a threat than Amazon, they are still competing in the discount wares market with Walmart, thus accounting for their missing space on Walmart’s gift card rack.
Walmart also doesn’t carry grocery store gift cards, because grocery stores have been chasing after Walmart’s sales for years. In fact, Walmart holds an entire quarter of the total grocery market shares in the U.S.
As well, in areas where there is even less competition, Walmart could be the only grocery store for miles.
So, Walmart isn’t going to be selling gift cards to national chains like Kroger, Costco, Trader Joe’s, and Aldi, or more regional chains such as BJ’s, Wegmans, Giant Eagle, and Meijer’s.
Finally, one major disruptor in the grocery game, Instacart, is also not represented in the list of Walmart’s gift cards.
Not only does Instacart partner with many of Walmart’s grocery competitors, it partners with their retail competitors, too, like Target, Rite Aid, and Family Dollar.
Rather, Walmart wants customers to sign up for their Walmart+ membership program, which features same-day delivery from a local store.
Overall, Walmart isn’t likely to encourage people to stick with or turn to Instacart for same-day deliveries rather than the Walmart-brand delivery service.
Where Can You Buy Walmart Gift Cards?
You can purchase Walmart gift cards (or gift cards sold by Walmart) either in stores or online, depending on the card.
For in-store shopping, if you want to make sure that the card you seek is available, you can always search for it on Walmart’s website with the “Pickup” filter and your location turned on.
As well, you can purchase eGift cards on Walmart.com, which get emailed to the recipient, or you can buy physical gift cards online and have them shipped to you.
How Do Walmart E-gift Cards Work?
To purchase an E-gift card from Walmart, whether it’s a Walmart card or for a different retailer, you’ll navigate to Walmart’s gift card page.
If you scroll down the gift card page, you can find a subsection titled E-gift cards. Click on “Shop all” just to the upper right corner (aligned with the subheading). This method is the easiest for filtering card options so that just the digital ones are visible.
The site includes helpful filters at the top so that you can search by brand type, so if you know you want to buy a Netflix card, for example, you can click on “Entertainment eGift Cards.”
Or, if you’re not sure what you want, you can just scroll through the options.
Once you pick the card you want, pay close attention to whether there’s an “Options” button or an “+Add” button.
Options mean that there are several different amounts to choose from. The +Add button means that the price listed is the price you get, so if you want a different amount, keep looking.
For Walmart E-gift cards, you have the option to choose a background (or even an animation), plus enter the recipient’s email, name, and an optional note. Afterward, add it to your cart.
Once the card of your choice is in your cart, you can proceed to check-out (double-check that all the information is correct, especially the recipient’s email).
After you hit “Place Order,” Walmart will process the transaction. Afterward, when the money has gone through, your E-gift card will be on its way.
At check-out, you can either have the card sent to your email or send it to the recipient.
Does Walmart Buy Gift Cards?
In 2014, Walmart began partnering with CardCash to buy gift cards from over 200 different retailers and brands.
In return, customers receive a Walmart gift card worth the (depleted) value of the card they want to exchange.
So, for example, if you purchased a Starbucks gift card from Walmart but no longer want to give it away, you can “exchange” it for a Walmart gift card instead.
However, the gift cards are valued at a lesser rate than the amount on the card, so you won’t get the full balance.
Can You Get Cash Back From A Walmart Gift Card?
These states include the following:
- New Jersey
- Rhode Island
However, if you don’t live in one of those states, then you can’t request the remaining balance of your Walmart gift card in cash and be guaranteed cashback.
It’s also worth noting that even if you do live in one of the states listed above, the amount might have to be under a certain threshold (like $10) for the cash return to be permitted.
Can You Return A Gift Card To Walmart?
Walmart, unfortunately, doesn’t accept returns on gift cards, no matter if it’s one of their own or a different brand.
So, when you go to purchase a gift card– especially in a large denomination – make sure it’s what you really want, otherwise, you could end up losing money.
However, if you bought a gift card from Walmart and no longer want it, you can try a few other avenues.
First, you can try to sell it for the exact amount on an online marketplace such as Facebook or Craigslist.
As well, you can trade cards in with sites like CardCash.com, though you will lose money from the transaction.
Ultimately, though Walmart accepts many different types of returns, gift cards are not among them. Therefore, be sure of your purchase before you buy a gift card at Walmart.
Can You Transfer Money From A Walmart Gift Card To Your Debit Card?
If you’ve received a Walmart gift card, or you have one you don’t want to use, transferring the money is not an option.
Sadly, though we’re told to “treat this gift card like cash,” it’s non-transferrable like cash, so you cannot move the balance to your checking account.
As well, you can’t purchase a prepaid Visa debit card with a Walmart gift card. While this would allow you to use the funds in many more locations, the purchase is prohibited.
Walmart sells over 100 different branded gift cards from major retailers, restaurants and others, in a variety of denominations, and customers can make these purchases in-store or online.
While you can’t return a gift card to Walmart, the company does have a gift card purchase program, so you can trade in an unused card for a Walmart one.