Consumers' Gift Card Preferences in the Digital Age


Although consumers now favor the purchase of physical gift cards, digital gift-card purchases are becoming increasingly popular, according to recent research from Blackhawk Network.

The report was based on data from a survey of 3,000 consumers age 18 and older who live in the United States.

Just over half (55%) of respondents say they are interested in giving or receiving digital gift cards that can be added to a mobile app or online wallet.

Some 69% of Millennial respondents say they are interested in giving digital gift cards; 67% of Millennial respondents say they are interested in receiving digital gift cards.



Gift cards are most popular with married/common-law consumers, Millennials, loyalty program members, consumers who earn more than $40,000 per year, and households with children under the age of 18, the researchers found.

Only 42% of consumers surveyed say they immediately use the gift cards they receive.

Some 59% of consumers surveyed say they usually spend more than a gift card’s value.

Some 60% of consumers age 18-34 say they would be interested in receiving a gift card through a social media platform such as Facebook, and 54% say they would be interesting in giving a gift card through a social media platform.

About the research: The report was based on data from a survey of 3,000 consumers age 18 and older who live in the United States.

Ayaz Nanji is an independent digital strategist and a co-founder of ICW Content, a marketing agency specializing in content creation for brands and businesses. He is also a research writer for MarketingProfs. He has worked for Google/YouTube, the Travel Channel, AOL, and the New York Times.

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Twitter: @ayaznanji

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