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Gift cards are an option for getting around 2021's shipping delays and mail delivery slowdowns. Getty Images

You've heard it before: Shipping delays, supply chain bottlenecks and more issues are threatening the 2021 holiday shopping season. So what if you can't find that perfect gift on store shelves? 

This year, consider a gift card. One of the biggest merchants out there, Amazon, currently has a gift-card deal that's not to be missed: When you buy $50 worth of Amazon gift cards, you get a $10 Amazon credit two days later. That's free money in your pocket this holiday season. (Note that you'll need to be signed in to your Amazon account to see and cash in on the deal.)

There aren't supply-chain issues with gift cards -- e-cards can be sent virtually without relying on UPS or the post office. And other gift cards are on sale, too, offering smart shoppers credits or cash back.

If you don't want to deal with mail delivery slowdowns and supply chain issues, gift cards are a great gift choice in 2021. Consider the gift cards, from Walmart, Amazon and more, ahead.

Amazon gift card deal: Buy $50, get $10 back

Amazon gift card
Amazon

Here's a really sweet deal for gift card shoppers: You'll get a $10 credit to your Amazon account when you spend $50 on an Amazon gift card now. (This deal is limited to first-time gift-card buyers only, and you need to be signed in to your Amazon account to view it.)

Amazon gift card


Personalized Visa gift cards

personalized visa gift card
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Gift cards can feel impersonal sometimes, but not this one. You can put the photo of your choice on a Visa gift card at GiftCardMall.com. You can choose any dollar amount between $10 and $250 to put on the personalized card.

Personalized Visa gift card


Thrive Market gift card

Thrive Market eGift Card
Thrive Market

Anyone can shop organic food, home and beauty brands at wholesale prices with a Thrive Market gift card. Gift them a shopping credit from $25 to $200, a one-year membership, or both.

Thrive Market gift card


Territory Foods gift card

territory foods
Territory Foods

They can get healthy pre-made meals by local chefs, delivered to their door, with a Territory Foods gift card. Territory Foods has meals for a variety of dietary preferences, and the menus rotate regularly to guarantee zero food boredom. Choose from five meals ($65), 10 meals ($130), 15 meals ($195) or a custom amount.

Territory Foods gift card


Mejuri gift card

Mejuri gift card
Mejuri

Everyday fine jewelry brand Mejuri has both digital and physical gift card options from $25 to $500.

Mejuri gift card


Sorel gift card

sorel gift card
Sorel

Let them pick their own new pair of winter boots this year with a Sorel gift card. Choose from $25 to $500 in a digital or plastic gift card.

Sorel gift card


Sunbasket gift card

sunbasket gift card
Sunbasket

Allow them to try a subscription meal delivery service with a Sunbasket gift card. You can load it with as much money as you'd like and email it to its recipient, or print it at home.

Sunbasket gift card


Bandier gift card

bandier gift card
Bandier

Give the gift of luxury activewear with a digital Bandier gift card. Select amounts ranging from $25 to $1,000 in this card, redeemable in stores or online.

Bandier gift card


Discounted Starbucks gift cards

Starbucks gift card
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A Starbucks gift card is a classic gift for a coffee lover. If you want to save a few bucks on your purchase, consider buying your gift cards on CardCash -- the site is currently offering up to 4.1% off on Starbucks card purchases. (You can get even bigger discounts at CardCash on other coffee and coffee-adjacent franchises, such as Dunkin Donuts, The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf and Krispy Kreme.)

Starbucks gift card


Nordstrom gift cards

Nordstrom gift card
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Walmart is a good one-stop shop for new gift cards, especially if you want a selection of multiple retailers. Choose from $25 or $50 gift cards to spend at Nordstrom -- or whatever your recipient's favorite department store is.

Nordstrom gift card


Sephora gift cards

Sephora gift card
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Shopping for a makeup lover? Pick from a plastic or e-gift card, plus choose the amount you'd like to put on it at GiftCards.com. You can even schedule the delivery of your Sephora e-gift card for now or later.

Sephora gift card


Discounted Uber Eats gift cards

Uber Eats gift card
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Raise is another smart option for discounted gift cards: You can get 2% in Raise Cash when you buy one, plus there are even more discounts available for first-time buyers. Find $25, $50, $100 and $200 gift cards to spend on Uber Eats, or other brands.

Uber Eats gift card


Retail therapy choice e-gift card

Retail Therapy Choice eGift Card
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This e-gift card is a good choice because it can be spent at Ulta, Lululemon, Wayfair, Gap, Macy's or Nordstrom Rack. Choose how much you'd like to put on it and schedule its delivery for now or in the future.

Retail therapy choice e-gift card


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