Many Shopify store owners are on the search for a Shopify gift card app
as a way to add gift card functionality to their sites without having to pay for a more expensive plan
However, there are no Shopify gift card apps available in the Shopify app store, which is the official source for apps. In addition, there are no other viable options for a Shopify gift card app. While there are some “underground” solutions available, they aren’t the best route.
The main reason is that Shopify doesn’t allow most developers to access the necessary parts of the system to create and redeem gift cards. Because of this, any developers who create gift card apps for Shopify need to do so outside the official Shopify developer guidelines.
Using an app that is outside of these guidelines is risky since it could stop working at any time and there’s also a good chance for errors or bugs that could affect the ability for users to purchase or redeem gift cards. This could prove disastrous to a Shopify store and cause endless frustration for both shoppers and store owners.
Because of this, the best way to add gift cards to your Shopify store is to upgrade to a plan that supports it. The gift cards you sell online will also seamlessly integrate with your Shopify POS if your store, if applicable.
Shopify includes the gift card functionality in the “Shopify” or Pro level of its plans
. Although this plan does cost more per month, not only will you get access to the gift card functionality, but there are many other features that become available:
Adding Shopify gift cards
will cost about $50 more per month, which may seem like a steep investment.
Once you’ve upgraded your Shopify store to include the gift card feature, consider adding the Shopkeeper Gift Card app
. This app, which has a free version version, takes the Shopify gift card functionality a step farther and allows customers to pick from hundreds of gift card designs as well as add a personal note and “from” name.