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How To Exchange Your Amazon Gift Card for the One You Actually Want

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Did you know that through Amazon, you can buy gift cards to all kinds of different stores, restaurants, and even airlines? The online delivery service really is a one-stop-shop.

We put together a list of our favorite cards to cash in on this holiday season.

And if you get those universal gift cards (like the Mastercard one) that you can spend anywhere, sometimes you can boost your buying power by flipping it for an Amazon gift card deal.

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Our friends at Lifehacker have also explored the power and potential of flipping gift cards.

Travel

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Lyft - Great for spontaneous adventures, Lyft is available all around the world and is perfect for your post-COVID traveling needs. This gift card can be loaded right into the app and used as needed, wherever your next trip may take you.

Hotels.com - With accommodations available in 200 countries, Hotels.com is a great resource to find the perfect place to stay on your next dream vacation. And to boot, Hotels.com Rewards is an easy way to earn free nights.

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Southwest - A favorite budget airline known for its “pick your own seat” model and free bags, Southwest seems to always be having sales. Southwest Airlines fly across the US to Mexico and the Caribbean.

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Food

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Cheesecake Factory - A popular full-service restaurant, the Cheesecake Factory is known for, as it is named, cheesecake. Beyond dessert, this dining option also has an extensive menu spanning American classics like burgers and fish fry, pasta, steaks, and copious cocktails and appetizers.

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Panera - Do you crave a good old fashioned soup and bread bowl? Panera has got you covered. You can also get coffee, salads, and sandwiches, whether you’re on the way to work or looking to switch up your quarantine routine.

Door Dash - Get nearly any cuisine delivered to you via the Door Dash site or app. For a small fee, you can even access local restaurants that don’t offer direct delivery and even fast food deliveries.

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Olive Garden - Ever since Haim and Taylor Swift had that song referencing Olive Garden, I’ve been having some serious cravings. And it makes perfect sense, the chain has a list of award-winning wines and a list of simple, delicious dishes inspired by Tuscany. And as a bonus, you can redeem this card for in-restaurant dining and online to-go.

Safeway - The pandemic isn’t going away anytime soon, so we’re all going to be spending a lot of time at the grocery store for the foreseeable future. Grab a gift card for Safeway to prepare for your future buying trips.

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Home

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Bed Bath and Beyond - Shopping for a new home or a friend’s bridal registry? Bed Bath and Beyond has everything you need to turn your place into a home. They offer nearly every upscale dining, bedroom, kitchen, and household item you ever want or even imagine.

Petco - While Amazon is super convenient for buying pet supplies, sometimes I love treating my fur baby to a trip to our local Petco. Grab a gift card, and pick up treats and toys that your pet will love!

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Lowe’s - We’re all in that special place of our quarantine slump, where we feel the special urgency of home renovations. For all of your DIY needs, we recommend the Lowe’s gift card. And if you’re really feeling averse to leaving the house, you can even redeem the card for online purchases, in addition to in-store ones.

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Michaels - Whether you’re in the craft game or hunting for the perfect holiday decorations, it’s impossible to beat Michaels. It’s one of the few stores that parents can enjoy just as much as the kids while staying on a budget.

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Clothing and Makeup

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Gap - The Gap gift card is a great gift for a loved one or even if you’re just looking to show yourself a little love. The best part about it is that it can be used at Old Navy, Banana Republic, and Athleta, in addition to Gap.

Adidas - Are you feeling your Sporty Spice this season? If so, a trip to the Adidas virtual store may be for you. You can cash in on all sorts of apparel, from shoes to masks and pants.

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Ulta - The makeup store of all makeup stores, Ulta is known for carrying both high end and drug store makeup brands. They even have a salon where you can get your hair cut and a facial, among other services.

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Sephora - I don’t know about you, but quarantine has me nostalgic for afternoons spent sampling makeup products at Sephora. In preparation for their eventual return, we’re bringing you the Sephora gift card. Not only is it redeemable at Sephora locations and online, but you can also even cash it in at Sephoras inside JCPenny stores.

Tech

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Apple - If you’re plotting a big tech purchase in the future, such as a new iPhone, Apple Watch, MacBook, or iPad, you can exchange your Amazon gift card for an Apple gift card, and buy your gadget direct from the source.

Nintendo eShop - Are you addicted to your Nintendo Switch? If so, you can grab new games at Nintendo’s eShop. Amazon is currently selling gift cards between $10 and $99.

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PlayStation Store - PlayStation console owners can snag a PlayStation Store gift card to put towards digital game purchases, movie and TV rentals, and other content on their device.

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Best Buy - Whether you’re shopping for a new television or are troubleshooting an issue with your new laptop, Best Buy has your technology needs covered. And if you order the card through Amazon Prime, you’ll receive the physical card in no time.

This story was originally by Chaya M Milchtein on 09/09/2020 and updated with new information by Juliana Clark on 01/18/2021. 

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Chaya Milchtein is an automotive educator, freelance writer, and empowerment speaker who's made it her mission to engage and empower people in her community and beyond.

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