In March 2020, as part of its efforts to help small businesses during the coronavirus pandemic, Shopify announced that it was enabling the gift card feature on “Basic Shopify” plans. This previously required the “Shopify” plan or above (also known as “Advanced”).
Shopify has not announced a firm end date to how long gift cards will be available to Basic Shopify customers, but has implied that it is an opened ended benefit.
Later, Shopify clarified and said that store owners will be given at least 30 days notice to when the free feature will be removed from Basic Shopify plans. Store owners wanting to keep the full gift card feature would then need to upgrade.
However, Shopify also has stated that any gift cards issued during the free period will still remain functional; store owners just won’t be able to sell new ones or issue free gift cards anymore.