6 gift cards that make for the most thoughtful Valentine’s Day gift ideas

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Just gonna cut to the chase…a lot of traditional Valentine’s Day gift ideas suck. The only conversation we should be having surrounding “conversation hearts” is that no one actually wants them. Yeah, I said it–and you can keep your allergen-filled, doomed-and-dying bouquet of flowers, too. 

Instead, give your valentine something they’ll genuinely be grateful for: a gift card. Sure, it’s unconventional and you could still go and waste your money on a junky box of chocolates or subpar chocolate-covered soggy strawberries. But why would you risk it when you could just give them the freedom to choose exactly what they want? That’s where GiftCards.com comes in. 

GiftCards.com allows you to choose from hundreds of popular brands (including ones you might not automatically think of gifting like Delta and Airbnb) and exclusive offer cards that give your valentine multiple options on where to shop. 

Once you’ve decided on the type of gift card, you can choose how you want to send it: virtually as an eGift card (more on that later), or receiving a physical gift card via USPS. And then the fun part: customizing it. You can either upload a photo (for “personalized” picks only) or choose from the dozens of themed images (and videos for e-gift cards). Finally, load it up (pay for it) and you can decide if you want it shipped to you so you can gift it directly to your valentine. 

Pro tip: It does take some time to prepare physical card orders, so GiftCards.com recommends you factor in 2-3 days for your order to process. 

Thoughtful Valentine’s Day gift ideas

1) Happy You gift card*

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Let your valentine treat themselves to chunky Fila sneakers at Macy’s, an Animal Crossing pre-order at GameStop, dinner at P.F. Chang’s and an AMC movie, game night at Dave & Buster’s, dessert at Cheesecake Factory, and some sheet masks at Ulta–all on one card! 

*Available as a digital gift card only.  

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2) Spafinder gift card

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Give the ultimate gift of self-care with a Spafinder card. Valid on everything from skin and facial treatments to massages and fitness classes, the Spafinder card will give them an excuse to wind down, relax and reflect on how much they’re loved. 

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3) Happy Guy gift card

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What do you get the guy with everything? A Happy Guy gift card, duh. He can use it at all his favorite munchie spots, put it towards a new suit, use it to pay for his next art project or trade it in for an oil change–practicality makes perfect! The Happy Guy cards are redeemable in-store at the following U.S. locations: The Home Depot, Buffalo Wild Wings, Burger King, Dell, McCormick & Schmick’s, Lord + Taylor and Autozone.

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4) Happy Moments gift card

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Whether it be brunch with the girls, a midnight movie date, the desperately needed set of new sheets, hittin’ happy hour with a few coworkers, or splurging on holy grail Korean skincare products, this card lets them do it all without thinking twice. The Happy Moments gift card is accepted at the following retailers: The Cheesecake Factory, Red Lobster, Macy’s Regal Cinemas, Buffalo Wild Wings, Sephora and Bed Bath & Beyond. 

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5) Personalized Visa gift card

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Visa gift cards can be used anywhere Visa cards are accepted, so this card allows for ultimate freedom and flexibility while shopping. But it’s also a favorite because it can be customized with any photo you wish! Before you order, just upload and size the image onto your card and voila–a picture-perfect present. 

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6) Happy Her gift card

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What says “I love you” more than a year’s worth of Peet’s coffee, Godiva, and Panera? A massage and facial appointment set up via Spafinder? Or that Instant Pot set from Macy’s? Maybe a cute Express dress and cozy french terry Under Armour joggers? Whatever the girl in your life loves, the Happy Her card can get. The Happy her card is accepted at the following retailers:  Ulta, EXPRESS, The Cheesecake Factory, Sephora, SpaFinder, Macy’s, Bed, Bath and Beyond, Under Armour, Peet’s Coffee, Godiva, and P.F. Chang’s.

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What are eGift cards?

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Instead of having to go to the store to purchase generic prepaid gift cards or hope that the physical card you ordered shows up in time, eGift cards allow you to do everything online (including card personalization!). And since you’re sending your gift via the internet, you’ll help make the world a greener place and won’t need to pay for pricey postage. All you need is the giftee’s email address.

GiftCards.com knows that everyone has a preferred method of shopping and gifting, which is why it offers versions of both options on site. The only difference between a physical gift card and an eGift card is the plastic format and processing time, so yes, both physical and eGift gift cards can be used in-store and online (unless specified otherwise).

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Marisa Losciale

Marisa Losciale

Marisa Losciale specializes in NSFW culture, audio gear, and photography. A former editorial and photo director for Spoon University at SUNY New Paltz, her work has been featured in the Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies, Post-Trash, the New Paltz Oracle, and the Legislative Gazette.