How to buy visa gift cards

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Gift cards are convenient when it is difficult to select the appropriate gift for the recent graduate, birthday celebrant, or newly married couple. The process of purchasing a Visa gift card is straightforward. It involves loading a balance onto the card and entering the recipient's shipping information. Visa gift cards are available online or from select banks and retailers close to you.

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  1. 1

    Visit Visa's "Prepaid and Gift Cards" page (see Resources below). Select "Visa gift card" from the list of cards.

  2. 2

    Click the "In person" link if you wish to purchase a gift card from a local retailer. This will take you to a page with a list of local retailers as well as a map showing their various locations. You can also use this map to obtain driving directions.

  3. 3

    Click "Online" to make your purchase online. Choose from the list of online retailers. You will be taken to the relevant page on the retailer's web site.

  4. 4

    Select a card design where applicable. Some retailers offer several face designs for the card from which you can choose.

  5. 5

    Enter the amount you wish to place on the card. You can select whole number amounts from £16 to £650.

  6. 6

    Enter the name and address of the recipient. You may also have to enter the recipient's e-mail address and telephone number.

  7. 7

    Proceed to checkout. Select shipping method and shipping speed where applicable. Enter your name, address, and payment information to complete the transaction.

Tips and warnings

  • Some participating banks will reduce the service fees if you pay for the transaction with the bank's credit card.
  • You will be charged a service or purchase fee when you purchase a Visa gift card.
  • Some retailers insist on mailing the gift card to your address if the amount exceeds a certain limit. This limit varies by retailer.

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