Friday, December 9, 2011

Holiday Gift Idea for CVSer: CVS Plastic or E-Gift Cards from

The ultimate gift for the CVSer on anyone's shopping list is a CVS gift card.  I have gotten these in my stocking often over the years and my family knows it is always on my wish list.  I have also given them to Sarah. and CashStar make it a breeze to give a gift card to a fellow CVSer or even to order one for yourself.

CVS offers both the traditional plastic CVS gift card thru mail order or a CVS E-card powered by CashStar sent to a recipient's inbox.  You can choose the design for the E-card or upload your own personal design and you can also add a personal message.  You can choose the amount you
want the gift card to be in either option.

To Use a CVS E-gift card:
  • Print it off from the link they send you.
  • When you are ready to pay give it to the cashier.
  • They will choose "gift card" on their screen and scan the bar code.  It will deduct the amount just like on a regular gift card.
  • There are instructions at the bottom if the cashier doesn't know how to use it.
  • Be sure and get it back--I have read of cashiers wanting to keep it like a coupon.
  • When I first started using them, or when I run into a new cashier, I simply say "this is an e-gift card.  There are instructions at the bottom on how to scan it if you are not familiar with them." I have never had any problem.  Sometimes I'll mention they can be purchased online at if they look like they think it is not a real thing.

Check out all of the CVSer Holiday Gift Idea posts.


Anonymous said...

I ALWAYS have problems using my e-gift cards. I've leaned to keep a plastic gift card in my wallet as a back-up for the cashiers that can't figure it out. I even make sure to tell them there are instructions on the bottom, but that usually don't help.

Cheryl @ Simply Shoeboxes said...

How frustrating. I get blank stares at times, but when I point out the instructions they always have been able to do it.