Last minute Christmas gift emergency? These gift cards are fail-safe, no-brainer, people-pleasers

Giving gift cards is a total win-win: the baffled buyer gets a gift ticked off their list and the pernickety recipient's can choose what they want...

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Gift cards are quite literally the gift that keeps on giving. Whether you're a nervous buyer who finds choosing the perfect present a daunting and high-pressured experience or a picky recipient who hates surprises, the gift of a gift card is a godsend. 

The upside of a gift card, of course, is that you can load any amount on to it and once you place it into a loved one's hands, it's up to them how they choose to use it. You can, of course, go out and buy a physical gift card to hand over to someone but EVEN EASIER is the e-Gift card, which most stores sell, too. So, can send one last minute, and your giftee doesn't have to worry about misplacing it amongst the Christmas wrapping. 

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Amazon Gift Card (opens in new tab)

If Amazon doesn't have it, it ain't worth having. Grab a generic Amazon voucher if you're buying for a colleague or someone you don't know as well, or if you want to personalise the gift card a little more, there are loads of others available on Amazon Prime, such as All Bar One (opens in new tab), Spotify Premium (opens in new tab) and even Uber (opens in new tab)! These gift cards generally allow a value from £20 to £500.

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Anthropologie Gift Card (opens in new tab)

Buy a gift card from Anthropologie with an uploaded value of anything from £25 to £500. Anthropologie is kind of our holy grail for teenage girls who are newly moving into uni homes and want some cute and cosy home comforts to jazz up their place from blankets to personalised mugs. However you can also buy a ton of stuff such as clothes, shoes and beauty and wellness products.

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Argos Gift Card (opens in new tab)

Add any value from £5 to £250 to your Argos gift card, include a personal message and let the recipient enjoy fanning through the catalogue. (Is it just us or does the mere feel of the Argos catalogue make you excited?) Choose from a whole load of options from sports and leisure equipment and clothes to garden and DIY tools. Argos also has really lovely jewellery and a whole load of tech, toys and homeware.

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Currys Gift Card (opens in new tab)

Currys gift cards have a range of designs to choose from and any load value available up to £250 on an eGift and £500 on a Gift card, if you purchase it online. Or, if you're feeling (far too) generous there's actually an option of uploading up to £1000 in store. Currys offers everything a tech-head could want, so whether you're buying for a gamer, a photographer or a cinema buff... this is your best bet. 

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Debenhams Gift Card (opens in new tab)

At Debenhams there are a range of different gift cards on offer. Grab a normal gift card and pop on any value from £10 to £300 or how about a personalised one with a photo or special message on the front? On those you can add anything from £5 to £500. e-Gift cards are also an option, with the possibility of adding any value from £10 to £250. Ooh or buy a beauty box gift card; if you're gifting someone who loves their makeup this could be the perfect buy as it is thoughtful and special whilst also acknowledging that makeup is personal.

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GHD Gift Card (opens in new tab)

Let's be honest, GHD is just the most iconic hair styler (their straighteners are to die for). If you're gifting someone very glamorous in your life but don't know what exactly to get... we promise they will love this gift card; guaranteed to be spent on a luxury product! E-Gift cards available with values of £10, £25 £100, £130, £150 or £250.

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H&M Gift Card (opens in new tab)

H&M is the place to go whether you're in search of a whole load of basics or some glitz and glam to steal the spotlight at a party. Clothes and accessories for anyone from baby to grandpa. Either buy an e-Gift card with a value of between £10 and £100 or a regular gift card with a value of between £10 and £250.

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John Lewis Gift Card (opens in new tab)

A John Lewis gift card ensures your loved one an excuse to indulge in a luxurious buy. Whether they're after a beauty product, something to add to their home, clothes or the only thing that's on their mind is their brand new baby... it covers all bases. However, if one of those things screams their name and you want to make it more personal, you can book a particular experience, including a gift card. (For example, if you've got a fashionista on your hands, book an in-store Personal Styling experience with a complementary glass of Prosecco and a gift card!) Upload any value from £10 to £500.

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M&S Gift Card (opens in new tab)

Upload £10 to £500 onto an M&S gift card and gift it to a loved one who is a sucker for home comforts, cashmere or really good food. M&S gift cards are super Christmassy (there are a load of designs available for the print on your gift card to make it really special). From flowers and lingerie to food and wine, M&S has it all. 

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Next Gift Card (opens in new tab)

Next do gift cards (with the option of uploading £10 to £200) and e-Gift cards (£5 to £500). If you're shopping for someone who has been banging on about wanting a wardrobe revamp, Next has a ton of super nice stuff for everyone from men to ladies and babies, as well as sports gear and lingerie. So, grab one of these gift cards, and check yet another brill buy off your list. Next!

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Smyths Toy Superstores Gift Card (opens in new tab)

Toys, toys and more toys... can you think of a more exciting gift for a little one than to give them access to toys galore with the chance to choose whatever they want (within financial reason)!! Upload any value from £5 to £250 onto a Smyths gift card and place into the hands of a little one or a responsible parent is need of a baby seat or cot and voila! Your Christmas prezzies are sorted. 

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Niamh Quinn

Niamh is a freelance journalist and the Head of Content at Raft Furniture. She is obsessed with all things interior design, with a particular focus on sustainability and city-dweller style. The wooden floorboards and built-in bookcase in Niamh’s rented North London home occupy her daydreams between writing, and after work, she has a knack for finding cheap plane tickets.