A Guide to All the Gift Cards Sold at Walmart
Which Gift Cards Are Sold at Walmart? Find a Card for Every Occasion
In this article, we’ll go through the basic types of Walmart gift cards and show you where and how to redeem them. We’ll even throw in pointers for getting a free gift card by using Mode Mobile’s top-notch products!
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What Gift Cards Are Sold at Walmart?
Walmart has a massive selection of different types of gift cards. The company sells store-only and multi-store gift cards in both digital and physical formats. You can choose from countless reputable brands and find items for every occasion—from weddings and anniversaries to national holidays.
The following table shows some of the gift cards carried by Walmart sells:
Gift Card Type
Walmart Retail Gift Cards
Walmart Gaming Gift Cards
Walmart Entertainment Gift Cards
Walmart Gas Station and Travel Gift Cards
As per the store’s gift card policy, Walmart gift cards are non-returnable, meaning there are no refunds or cashback opportunities (unless mandated by the National Conference of State Legislatures).
The gift cards are meant to be given as personal and business gifts and shouldn’t be repurposed, exchanged, or resold. Once you purchase a Walmart gift card, it’s yours to hold forever, seeing as there’s no expiration date.
Does Walmart Sell Restaurant Gift Cards?
If you want to treat your loved ones to some fine dining, Walmart offers restaurant gift cards. With a Go Eat Walmart gift card, you and your family can enjoy:
- Seafood specials in Red Lobster
- Traditional southern cuisine in Cracker Barrel
- Specialty desserts in The Cheesecake Factory
- Artisan bread and rolls in Panera Bread
Go Eat gift cards can be redeemed at the appropriate location within the United States. These gift cards don’t have an expiration date, so you can use them for birthdays, anniversaries, and other special occasions year-round!
You can also purchase separate third-party gift cards for countless dining establishments nationwide, including fast-food joints (McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Burger King, etc.), popular coffeehouses (Starbucks), and theme restaurants (Hard Rock Cafe). The $25 Dander eGift Card alone covers eight top-notch restaurants—Olive Garden, Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen, Yard House, Season 52, LongHorn Steakhouse, and Bahama Breeze.
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Does Walmart Sell Prepaid Gift Cards?
Currently, there are three prepaid gift cards available at Walmart:
- American Express Gift Card
- Vanilla Visa Gift Card
- Vanilla Mastercard Gift Card
Prepaid gift cards are accepted everywhere in the United States for both in-store and online purchases. These gift cards are meant for one-off payments rather than membership fees and other recurring payments. It’s best to use them to pay your bills, buy groceries, or make someone’s day with a thoughtful gift!
Keep in mind that withdrawing funds from the card or transferring the balance to another account is prohibited.
Can You Get an Amazon Gift Card from Walmart?
Sadly, no. You cannot get an Amazon gift card at Walmart as they are marketplace competitors who’ve spent the last 15+ years fighting for the title of the world’s largest retailer. The two companies dominate different spaces—one being an e-commerce conglomerate, the other an established brick-and-mortar retail—but share the same customer base, especially after the launch of Walmart’s website in 2000.
Given the head-to-head competition, the companies don’t exactly push each other’s products. While Walmart sells certain Amazon items, such as the Amazon Echo Dot, they don’t issue or accept gift cards. Similarly, you can’t use a Walmart gift card for your Amazon Shopping Cart.
Besides Amazon, Walmart doesn’t sell gift cards for the following retailers:
- Trader Joe’s
- Giant Eagle
- Rite Aid
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Where Are Walmart Gift Cards Sold?
Authorized gift cards are issued only by Walmart, Sam’s Club (Walmart's subsidiary), and PayPal. You cannot get them from a third-party marketplace, such as Amazon or eBay. Customers were able to buy, store, and redeem Walmart gift cards using Gyft, a digital gift card wallet, but as of 2014, that’s no longer the case.
Keep in mind that a gift card purchased from a non-authorized retailer could be invalid and therefore unredeemable. If you bought your gift card from a reseller and suspect foul play, contact the Federal Trade Commission at ReportFraud.
Walmart gift cards are available both in-store and online, depending on the type. You can get a physical gift card from your local Walmart or a Sam’s Club warehouse in your area. It’s also possible to order a plastic card from Walmart’s website and have it delivered via mail.
You can also purchase a Walmart eGift Card via PayPal—the only authorized third-party provider. Here’s how:
- Open the Gifts section on your PayPal account and select Walmart
- Choose the desired gift card amount
- Click This is for me if you’d like the card to be sent to your email
- Select This is a gift if you want to send it directly to the recipient
Is There a Fee for Walmart Gift Cards?
Walmart doesn’t charge an additional fee for gift card purchases. That means that you won’t have to pay for shipping or card maintenance. The only initial cost you can expect to pay is a small activation fee for plastic cards above $250 and bulk orders of 25+ gift cards.
Prepaid gift cards—American Express, Visa, and Mastercard gift cards—can include additional costs. Depending on the company, you may have to pay a monthly maintenance fee for inactive cards, i.e., gift cards that haven’t been used in 12 consecutive months.
Each prepaid card requires a small activation fee. Check out the table below for an approximate cost:
Prepaid Gift Card
Is There a Way To Get a Free Walmart Gift Card?
You can get your hands on a free Walmart gift card via:
- Walmart’s Trade-in Program—Trading old electronics for free eGift Cards
- Giveaways—Enter the annual Walmart Sweepstakes giveaway and win free gift cards
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How To Redeem a Walmart Gift Card
Walmart gift cards with over $250 can’t be redeemed without activation. The same rule applies to bulk orders of more than 25 gift cards. The reason behind this is security—if the activation wasn’t necessary, anyone would be able to use the gift card. Luckily, the activation process is pretty straightforward—follow these steps to activate your digital gift card online:
- Open the email that contains the gift card information
- Click on the activation link
- Insert the number on the gift card, PIN, and activation code
To activate your plastic gift card, you need to visit the store or contact Walmart’s customer support at 1-800-411-7942. After the gift card is activated, you can redeem it via the website or in person.
You can redeem your gift card in person in all Walmart stores, as well as at Walmart gas stations, Walmart grocery pickups, and Sam’s Club. All you have to do is go to the store and ask an employee to redeem it for you. Keep in mind that users without a Sam’s Club membership will have to pay a 10% service fee to redeem the card.
For in-store purchases with an eGift card, you’ll need to bring a printout of the email containing the card number, PIN, and activation code.
To redeem your gift card online, here's what you should do:
- Visit the official Walmart website and log into your account
- Select the items you want to purchase
- Add the items to your cart and proceed to checkout
- Choose Gift Card as the payment method
- Click Add New Gift Card and type in the four-digit PIN (you should have received the PIN code via email after purchasing the gift card)
- Choose Apply Gift Card to transfer the funds
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