How do I buy and send a digital gift card through PayPal?
With PayPal Gifts, you can buy and send gift cards to friends and family from a wide selection of top brands, such as iTunes, Lowes, Dominos Pizza, Best Buy and more.
We sell gift cards both through the PayPal.com (US), our store on eBay (US) or our store on Facebook Marketplace. If you choose to buy from us via eBay or Facebook, you’ll need an eBay US or Facebook US account, respectively.
You can purchase gift cards for yourself, but not for others, on the Facebook Marketplace store. You can send gift cards to others with the Facebook digital birthday card.
Follow the steps below:
- Visit our store where you can see the range of gift cards we sell
- Select the gift card you’d like to buy and the value loaded onto it
- If you’re buying the gift card for someone else, you’ll be asked to enter the recipient’s email address, your name and a short message to be sent along with your gift
- You can then log into PayPal to complete your purchase
The gift card comes in the form of a code that’s used to redeem the gift card. We’ll email it to you (if you’re buying it for yourself) or your recipient (if you’re gifting it). Our email will also include instructions for redeeming the gift card.
When will I receive my digital gift card?
We’ll process your order and email you or your recipient (if you’re sending it as a gift) a link to your gift card. It will usually be sent within a few hours, but it can take up to 24.
If you or your recipient haven’t received your gift card after 24 hours, first check your email spam folder. Remember that gift cards you’ve purchased for yourself via eBay will be sent to the email account registered with your eBay account (not the email address registered with PayPal--if these are different).
If you still can’t find the gift card from us, please contact our support team.
Do I need an account with PayPal to buy a gift card?
Yes, for purchases via the PayPal US site or our store on eBay US. You don't need an account with PayPal to purchase a gift card from our store on Facebook Marketplace.
Does my recipient need to have a PayPal account?
No. We only need your recipient’s email address to send your gift to them.
Can I buy multiple gift cards in one transaction?
Yes, but only via the PayPal US site or our store on eBay US. On our store on Facebook Marketplace we currently only support buying a single gift card at a time, although you can make multiple purchases. Note that limits may apply to the amount and number of gift cards you can buy.
Can I buy gift cards from a PayPal Gifts store for another country?
Generally, no. Gift cards purchased on the US PayPal Gifts store are redeemable only within the US.
When does a gift card expire?
Gift cards purchased in the US and Canada have no expiration date. In other countries, the expiration policy will vary. For example, in Australia, gift cards will expiration after three years.