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Gift Cards that can be used in both US and Canada?

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Oct 18, 2007
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Gift Cards that can be used in both US and Canada?

Need to do some last minute shopping for friends in US. Do you know of any Restaurants or Store gift cards I can purchase in Vancouver Canada that can be used in both United States and Canada?

So far I only know of Starbucks, Whole Food Market... any others? Maybe Costco too? Thanks!
Thread Summary
Cross border working

Alaska Airlines (USD, all flights priced in USD regardless of origin)
Air Canada
American Eagle
Applebee's
Banana Republic/GAP/Old Navy
Bed Bath & Beyond/buybuybaby
Burger King
Costco (Jan 21 2020 Bank of Canada 1.3067, Costco USD to CAD 1.3048)
Delta (USD, may originate from anywhere)
Disney
Eddie Bauer
Fairmont
H&M (Canadian issued physical only)
Home Depot
Hyatt
lululemon
Marriott (Jan 7 2020 Bank of Canada 1.3009 Marriott USD to CAD 1.2974)
Sephora
Starbucks (Nov 26 2019 Bank of Canada 1.3288 Starbucks USD to CAD 1.3272)
Subway (physical card only, uses corporate exchange rate from previous day)
Tim Horton's
Vanilla Prepaid Visa/MC (2.5% forex fee)
Wendy's
Whole Foods (Oct 9 2019 Bank of Canada 1.3324 Whole Foods USD to CAD 1.3291)


Does not work
Amazon
American Airlines (USD giftcards must originate in US)
Best Buy
eBay (restricted to USD and must ship to US address)
Google Play
H&M (Canadian eGift and US physical)
IKEA (Canadian cards can't be used in the US, but can be used in Europe + Australia with 3% forex fee)
iTunes
McDonald's
Metabank US Prepaid Visa/Mastercard
Nordstrom
Staples
TOM'S
Uber
Walmart/Sam's Club
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Home Depot (at least a US card worked in CA.) I'd imagine Wal-Mart works cross-border.

And then, of course, there's Timmies ;)
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You can use Banana Republic gift cards in purchased in Canada in the US.
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Old Navy

Eddie Bauer..maybe but they have lots of US stores.

Sephora?

or get a E gift certificate to somewhere?

amazon.com?
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Nov 17, 2009
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Check out American Eagle Outfitters, Gap And Old Navy...

These works across borders...
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bwot wrote: Need to do some last minute shopping for friends in US. Do you know of any Restaurants or Store gift cards I can purchase in Vancouver Canada that can be used in both United States and Canada?

So far I only know of Starbucks, Whole Food Market... any others? Maybe Costco too? Thanks!
Depending on where you are, you could also pop across the border and buy them there. I was in Blaine this evening and saw a whole wall of GCs at the Cost Cutter. That may be more variety for you.
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Aug 23, 2009
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Walmart is NOT international. Canadian and U.S. cards can only be used in their respective countries. > :(
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Dec 7, 2015
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Saving_spree wrote: Check out American Eagle Outfitters, Gap And Old Navy...

These works across borders...
Can I use TOMS US gift card across the boder or hello fresh
Newbie
Dec 7, 2015
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May I ask if you can use A TOMS US gift card in both US and Canada
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Costco works in US & Canada
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Can confirm Costco works. Downside is that it is a gamble with exchange rates.

I would go for Amazon.COM GCs. That way you know how much they will get.
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Dec 7, 2015
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I know you cloud just check the balance of the gift card if your going to keep it or in that case sometimes you could buy a new gift card after scratching off the back to check the balance to you see What I mean!
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subway and starbucks work at both I think

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