What do you do when you need a gift for someone who literally has everything? You might try to guess at the perfect gift, or you might decide to go for a gift card. Gift cards have it all – they are tokens of your love and appreciation, without presuming too much about the recipient. 

7-Eleven gift cards are no different: you can purchase one last-minute on the way to your nephew’s birthday party, and still come out the hero. The bonus? 7-Eleven has such an eclectic mix of goodies, you can’t go wrong no matter who you’re buying the card for.

How 7-Eleven Gift Cards Work

Gift cards work a lot like credit cards, only they’re pre-paid and meant for a specific store. So if you receive one for 7-Eleven, you can pick out items from the store and pay for them using the money stored on the card. 

Gift cards for the popular convenience store are available in increments of $5-$100. You can buy them in any 7-Eleven store, though at this point you can’t buy them on the website. The card can then be used to buy many of the store’s offerings – from Slurpees to magazines to milk. 

Gift cards aren’t to be confused with the points you earn with your 7 Rewards account. Rewards are earned with qualifying purchases, whereas gift cards are loaded up with money that can be spent at 7-Eleven stores. 

You can’t earn rewards when you buy a gift card, and you can’t purchase gift cards using your rewards points balance.

How to Use Your Gift Card

You can use your gift card to purchase most of the items 7-Eleven sells: toys, beverages, and snacks. You can’t, however, use the gift card to buy gas or other gift cards. 

Not sure what the balance is on your 7-Eleven card? No problem. You can call the number on the back of the card for customer service. Read your card number to the representative to get your balance. You can also visit a store to find out how much is left on the card. Ask the person working the til or make a purchase and see your balance printed on the receipt. 

All done with your gift card? There are many places you can sell your gift cards online, and get a good portion of the value back in your pocket. Check out Cardcash.com or GiftCardGranny.com, for instance, to offload your card to someone who might use it. Similarly, you can visit those same card exchange sites to find 7-Eleven gift cards at a discount. 

7Rewards Program 

If gift cards aren’t up your alley, you can try 7-Eleven’s loyalty program, 7Rewards, to earn rewards, free coffee, and discounts on some items sold in the store. 

Here’s how it works: sign up in-store and use a 7Rewards card to collect points. Simply show your card checkout each time you buy qualifying items (you’ll earn 10 points for each dollar you spend). Then sign in to your account to check your 7Rewards points balance and see what you’ve earned. When you’re ready to redeem, you’ll get a barcode you can scan at checkout.

Or download the 7-Eleven app for opportunities to collect even more points by playing games and participating in activities when you’re not at the store. Through the mobile app, you can earn extra points by buying bonus points items, or by shopping on consecutive days.  Through the app you can also earn free coffee through the 7th cup program – buy 6 coffees, and get a free cup!

7-Eleven also offers “Punch” programs, which you’ll hear about in-store, or by the email or phone number associated with your rewards account. Through the program, you can earn Punch rewards (a certain free product) by buying a set number of other items. 

How Will You Spend at 7-Eleven?

Whether you’re the lucky recipient of a 7-Eleven gift card, or you’re a regular customer looking to boost your experience at the store by earning free goodies, you’ve got plenty of options to cash in. With so many 7-Eleven stores all over the country, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to find a last-minute gift, fill up your gas tank, and energize for the day with a coffee and snack.

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