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About Sainsbury's gift card

Sainsbury’s gift cards can be used to purchase products in all Sainsbury's stores, including TU clothing and homeware, as well as Sainsbury’s coffee shops. Our gift cards cannot be redeemed online or in any in-store concession.

Our gift cards are the perfect gift for all those special occasions including birthdays, weddings and anniversaries. It's also great for those hard-to-buy-for occasions like thanking your child's teacher at the end of the term.

Take the card of your choice to the checkout in store and load any amount from £1 to £750. The card user can spend all the money on their card at once or part of the balance - the remaining balance can be saved for a future shop as funds are available for up to 2 years from the last transaction. The cards are re-useable and can be reloaded as often as you like!

Sainsbury's gift cards can be used to purchase most products in stores. As part of our terms and conditions, the following products and categories cannot be purchased with a Sainsbury's gift card:

  • Branded Gift Cards
  • All lottery related products
  • PayPoint products and services
  • Stage 1 Infant Formula milk
  • Tobacco and related products
  • Postage stamps
  • All in store concessions
  • Petrol and Diesel
  • Mobile phone top ups
  • Online delivery charges
  • Travel Money


Meal Ticket Cards

Family off to uni? There’s an easy way to make sure they’re eating properly when you’re not there to cook them something healthy. A Student Meal Ticket from Sainsbury’s means they’ll always have funds to buy food – not to mention all those non-food essentials like cutlery, crockery and bedding! The Meal Ticket gift card is the perfect start for student life (and peace of mind for you!).

How does it work? 

The Sainsbury’s Meal Ticket comes in two-card parts. One card for the student to stock up on groceries and homeware and one for you to reload with funds. It’s easy to use:

  • Pick up a Meal Ticket in store – you'll find them on the main gift card fixture in most supermarkets
  • Load the card with the desired amount at the till and keep the 'Parent' card
  • Give the 'Student' card to the recipient to spend in any Sainsbury's store
  • Reload the card at any time in-store
  • The Meal Ticket is not a credit or debit card so your child can only spend what's on the card

For more information please call 0800 636262

Sainsbury's Christmas Gift Cards

Do you get a headache just thinking about what gifts to buy for Christmas? Then here’s an instant remedy. The Sainsbury’s Christmas gift cards are the perfect choice for friends and family alike – whatever their age. The cards can be used to buy anything from books and DVDs to clothing and gadgets. With thousands of products to choose from in-store, you can ensure they get the present they really want at Sainsbury's.

Branded Gift Cards:

Why not shop the entire high street next time you’re in Sainsbury’s? The range includes Argos, Next, Debenhams, Google, Sony PlayStation, iTunes, Nandos and dozens more. Ideal if you’re looking to bag the perfect present, but don’t have time to trawl the high street! To find your nearest gift card shop click here for the store locator.

Business Direct Cards:

For all information relating to our business direct cards visit our dedicated website.



When you register your Sainsbury's gift card, you will have access to an online account facility where you will be able to manage your gift card online with the following functions:-

  • Balance enquiry
  • Transaction history
  • Block your card if lost or stolen

You'll need to have your Sainsbury's gift card to register your card and this can be done via this link, and manage your card via My Account.

There are two methods of redeeming your E-Gift Card;  In Store and Online at www.sainsburys.co.uk 

When redeeming in store, you can present your E-Gift Card on a smart phone device or print this out and take into store. Each E-Gift Card has a unique code which will be accepted by the cashier as full or part payment 

When redeeming online, there is a £50 maximum that you can redeem in a single transaction. To use our grocery online delivery service you must be registered and agree to the Sainsburys.co.uk Terms and Conditions and privacy policy. A valid payment card (for example Visa or Mastercard) must be linked to your account at the time of registration and the minimum order value is £25. Online delivery fees do apply but you are unable to use your E-Gift Card to pay for delivery charges. 

When redeeming online, you will need to convert your E-Gift Card into a coupon by entering the 19 digit card number and 4 digit pin at the checkout. You will be asked how much you would like to convert, if you only convert part of your E-Gift Card the remaining balance will be remain to be used instore or online. If you convert the E-Gift Card full value, your outstanding balance will be held online can be found in your voucher wallet at checkout. 

Yes, giftcards can now be purchased through self-checkouts. 

Sainsbury’s gift cards can be redeemed at Smart Shop, however gift cards cannot be purchased using Smart Shop.

We cannot offer refunds on gift cards. This is on the terms and conditions, which you'll find on the reverse of the gift card. Further details can be found by visiting our terms and conditions page here.

Unfortunately, we can't offer you a change in cash. You'll need to spend the remainder of the balance instore within 24 months from the last transaction

It may not have been activated. Please call customer service on 0800 636262 or speak to a member of staff in-store.

Yes, no problem! Just take the item, your receipt and your gift card to the customer service desk.

No, but there's a selection of envelopes for sale on the main gift card fixture in most supermarkets.

Once you've purchased something with your card, you'll be given a till receipt and a gift card statement that will show your opening and closing balance. You can also ask someone at a Sainsbury's till or customer service desk to swipe your card to find out the balance. You can also check your balance at any till or manage online at My Account

No, you can't pay off your Credit Card with a gift card.

Yes, you can. The remaining balance will remain on the card for 24 months from the last transaction.

Unfortunately not.

Yes you can.

Yes, simply by calling us on 0800 636262.

Unfortunately not – but you do get your discount when you use the card to purchase goods.

For a list of corporate gift card FAQs please click here. (These are gift cards you have received from work or a membership scheme). For further information please contact our corporate sales team on 0370 0101 351.


Full T&C's can be found here.

T&C's for B2B and B2C can be found here.

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