Gift certificate Amazon: How does it work?

After reading my article on how Amazon works, you, as well as many other users, started shopping at the well-known portal of E-commerce. Talking then with a friend of mine about it, he found out about the existence of Amazon vouchers and if you are here now and are reading these lines, it seems clear to me that you would like to know more about it.

Sorry? That is exactly how things are and you would like to know if I can give you more information. Of course yes, that is exactly what I intended to do with this tutorial. If you give me a few minutes of your precious time, I can explain to you, in general, what a Amazon gift certificate e how does it work.

However, before giving you all the explanations of the case, it seems necessary to make a clarification. Amazon gift vouchers can be redeemed personally or gifted to others, or purchased for yourself. Conversely, you can also receive them from other users and associate them with your account. Whatever your needs, you don't have to worry - it's easy in all cases. Now stop chatting and let's get to the heart of the matter. Make yourself comfortable and read the information that I am going to give you carefully. You'll see, in the end you will have perfectly clear ideas.

  • What is an Amazon gift certificate
  • Redeem a gift certificate
    • From the Web
    • Of the application
  • Give a gift certificate
    • From the Web
    • Of the application
  • See the balance
  • Expiration date, limitations and other information

What is an Amazon gift certificate

Let's first try to understand in detail what a gift voucher for the Amazon is. It is essentially a kind of gift card associated with a bar code composed of 14-15 alphanumeric characters (eg. S25-NJZ1JX-CZCP5 ) which, once redeemed, allows you to charge the credit to your account.

The credit obtained with the Amazon voucher It can be used to make purchases of any kind on the famous site founded by Jeff Bezos without having to use additional payment methods. In addition, it is not mandatory to spend the entire voucher at once. If a purchase balance remains, it can be used later and, if it is not enough to fully cover the costs of new purchases, it can be added to the payment method established by default.

As I said a few lines, an Amazon gift certificate can be redeemed (when, for example, it is received as a gift from a third party) that sent to other people ... (perhaps to make a gift for birthday, Christmas, etc.) or, again, it can be purchased to be used personally (for example, to avoid having to use the balance of the credit card linked to the account).

In all cases, the Amazon gift voucher is available at different formats selectable and sufficiently customizable at the discretion of the buyer. In fact, there are digital ones, those that are printed, those that are in the form of greeting cards and those that are in box format.

With regards to court The choice is very personal and may vary depending on the selected / obtained format. Ranges from a minimum of 15 cents to a maximum of 200 euros.

Redeem a gift certificate

Now that you have a clearer idea on the subject, you are ready to take the next step: redeem an Amazon gift voucher. The steps to follow are those.

Depending on your needs and preferences, as well as the means you have, you can do it from both computers, that is, from Amazon's web version, and from mobile phones and tablets, that is, using the official application of the service to Android e iOS. To learn more, keep reading, you will find all the explanations you need right here.

From the Web

Want to redeem an Amazon gift voucher from the web? Then go to the main page of the service and if necessary enter your account and move the cursor to the element Hi. Login to which is in the upper right corner, by pressing the button Login to attached to the menu that appears and in which the necessary data (email address and password) are entered.

Once connected, click on the link Gift vouchers at the top, select the item Add a gift certificate present right, bottom Your account and write, in the empty field below the Enter the Gift Certificate code the code attached to the Amazon gift voucher you received, and then click Add to my account. Et voila!

Of the application

If you are interested in how to redeem an Amazon gift voucher received through the official service application available for mobile phones and tablets, launch it on your device and log into your account if necessary, then press the button three horizontal lines which is in the upper left, stage of the voice Gift vouchers attached to the menu you have opened, scroll down the displayed screen and select the item Do you already have a gift certificate?.

Now, write the code of your gift certificate in the empty field or scan it using the camera of your smartphone or tablet by pressing on Scan your gift certificate. Then press the button Add to my account and it's done. Pretty easy, right?

Give a gift certificate

Do you want to give an Amazon gift voucher to a friend, relative or colleague, or do you want to give yourself a gift voucher (in this case you will have to replace the recipient's email or address with your own)? Then follow the ad hoc instructions given below, it is all very simple.

Even in this case, the operations in question can be carried out from the Web, then using Amazon from a computer, or through applications, then from a smartphone or tablet.

From the Web

If you want to gift an Amazon gift voucher to someone you know, the first step is to go to the service home page and log into your account (if necessary) by moving your cursor to the Hi. Login to which is in the upper right corner, by pressing the button Login to attached to the menu that appears and in which the necessary access data (email address and password) are entered.

At this point, select the type of voucher you want to give away. Clicking on Digital You can give an Amazon gift voucher by sending it by email or by courier, selecting For, print You can adjust a voucher by printing the template on paper to be delivered by hand, selecting In a greeting card You can buy the voucher in greeting card format and then receive it by courier like any other purchase on Amazon (in this case you will have to hand-deliver it to the recipient or you will have to specify during the ordering process that it is a gift that will be delivered to the reference person), while clicking In a coffin You can receive or have the gift voucher delivered (similar to what I just indicated for greeting cards) in the form of a gift box.

Once you have made your choice, please indicate which of the various available models you intend to give away by scrolling down the displayed page. There is something for all tastes and occasions. If you cannot find at first glance what you think is best for you, you can also enable the category view by choosing the one that interests you from the section Occasion at the top or you can activate the filters using the appropriate items on the left.

At this point, if you have chosen a digital voucher, select your style and design, indicate the quantity, specify if you want to deliver it by email or by courier and in the first case also indicate the recipient's email address and name, write your message, the quantity and specify the delivery date. Then click the button Buy now. right and you're done.

Afterwards, if you have chosen to send the email, it will be delivered to those who have to follow the instructions specified in the order. If you have chosen messaging, you will be provided a link that you can share with the person you want through WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, etc. to redeem the voucher.

If, on the contrary, you had chosen to buy a voucher to be printed, in greeting card format or in the form of a gift box, select the desired quantity in the corresponding menu, select the style and / or design and then click on the button Add to Cart which is on the right. Then go to your shopping cart by clicking on the appropriate item at the top of the Amazon pages and complete your order.

In the specific case of the voucher to be printed, you will have to click the button Proceed to order and once the payment is made you will receive the PDF of the voucher in ticket format to your email address that you must print, fold as indicated and hand deliver to the recipient.

In the case of greeting cards and boxes, you must indicate whether you want to receive the gift voucher at your home address (in which case you must deliver it to the person for whom you are making the purchase) by clicking on Proceed to order or if you send it directly to the recipient's address by checking the box This order contains a gift pressing the button to continue and providing the shipping address of the person to whom you want to send the voucher. For more information on the purchase process, you can refer to my guide on how to buy on Amazon.

Regarding the possibility of giving yourself a gift voucher, the steps to follow are the same as the previous ones, but in the case of the digital voucher you will have to address yourself, in the case of the paper voucher you will have to keep it for yourself himself and in the case of "physicists" you will have to, for obvious reasons, have it delivered to your address.

However, instead of putting this practice into practice, I advise you to restore balance from your account by accessing the Gift vouchers on Amazon as I explained a few lines, and then moved on Top up your account Select the amount and the form of payment you want and then click the button below to confirm the execution of the operation.

Of the application

If you want to give someone an Amazon gift voucher through a mobile phone and a tablet app, all you have to do is start the Amazon gift voucher on your device, log into your Amazon account (if necessary), press the button with the three horizontal lines located in the upper left corner and select the item Gift vouchers from the menu that opens.

On the screen that you will see below, choose how and what type of gift certificate you want to send from the various options available: By email, To print, In a coffin, In a greeting card o Originals. As you can see, the options are more or less the same as I told you a few lines above, which I explained how to proceed from the computer, except the last one that allows you to send Amazon vouchers in the form of packages, bookmarks and other original variants.

Once you have made your choice, the steps you must take regarding the selection of the voucher design, its amount, the date (if necessary) and the delivery address are practically the same as those seen together in the lines above, nothing changes except that you have to replace the "taps."

The same happens with the delivery of a voucher once you have accessed the Gift vouchers of the application, the steps to follow and the instructions to follow are similar to what has already been explained in the previous lines.

See the balance

After redeeming an Amazon voucher, to view your account balance from the web, simply click on the item Gift vouchers present at the top of the site and select the link See the balance placed on the left, below Your account. On the page of Internet that will open later, you will find your current balance under the item Current balance: on the left. Below are the latest transactions, including the redemption of the voucher.

Like a mobile, instead, you have to press the button with the three horizontal lines top left, you have to cover Account and then Top up account then you have to scroll the displayed screen to the base and select the item View your account balance. You will find the current balance indicated in the section Current balance:…in fact.

Expiration date, limitations and other information

But how does the Amazon gift certificate work for the validity ? I will answer you right now! An Amazon gift voucher can be used for the next 10 years from the date of issue. It can be used not only on Amazon.com but also on other localized versions of Amazon (eg Amazon.uk, Amazon.de, Amazon.com, etc.).

It cannot be used to purchase other vouchers and cannot be reloaded, resold, converted to cash, or transferred to another account. For more details, please refer to the terms of use from the service attached to the Amazon website.

If, on the other hand, you need more generic information, I suggest you consult the page attached to the section assistance of the Amazon website dedicated specifically to gift certificates.

In case you need to contact the famous site's customer service, you can follow the instructions I gave you in my article on how to contact Amazon.