Where you can buy Amazon gift cards, and how to customize them to make the perfect gift

  • With millions of products for sale and dozens of services offered, an Amazon gift card is as good as cash, but perhaps even easier to spend.
  • You can purchase physical Amazon gift cards at many brick-and-mortar retailers, if you want an actual item to give as a gift.
  • Internet-based Amazon gift cards make the gifting process even easier: You can purchase an "eGift" card online and have it delivered right to your recipient's email inbox.
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When you give someone an Amazon gift card, you're giving them the gift of clothes, food, fishing gear, cat litter, AA batteries, or any of the other millions of products sold via this massive online retailer.

In short, if something is not available on Amazon, it's probably not available on earth. So don't feel bad about the impersonal nature of a gift card — you really are helping its recipient get whatever he or she wants.

But where do you get Amazon gift cards? The answer is almost anywhere. The list of retailers that sell Amazon gift cards is staggering — there are more than 26 stores whose names start with the letter "B" that sell Amazon gift cards. There are 48 stores with a name that starts with the letter "S" that sell them. And there's even a "Z" store: Zip Zone Express Inc.

A few of the best-known stores that sell Amazon gift cards are Barnes and Noble, Safeway, and 7-11, and you can always check Amazon's list to see everyone involved.

But the easiest place to get an Amazon gift card — which come in preset $10, $25, $50, and $100 amounts (though you can create a custom gift with a value anywhere between $25 to $500) is from Amazon.com itself.

From Amazon's website, you can choose to order three different types of gift card:

eGift cards: These are delivered right to the recipient via email and can be redeemed directly through their Amazon account.

Print at home gift cards: As the name suggests, these can be printed and tucked into an envelope for a slightly more personal touch.

Mail gift cards: You can order an Amazon gift card online and have a physical card delivered the very next day, with no extra charges and no cost for shipping.

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