Visa, Mastercard and a number of individual retailers all offer personalized gift cards for printing. There are two main types of personalized gift cards: print on demand cards and print at home cards. The website allows customers to order both types of cards, as of 2015.
Print at home options are good for last-minute shopping. The recipient prints the gift card from an email or a social media website and can redeem it at the appropriate store. Some of them have the option of including a personalized photo, design or message. Some companies that have print at home gift card options are Amazon.com, Best Buy, Pier One Imports, Old Navy, Sears, Staples, Home Depot and CVS. Both options allow the sender to specify a dollar amount.
Print on demand gift cards are customizable plastic gift cards that look and work just like regular gift cards. Customers can send in their own photos or choose from a gallery of designs. They may also include a message if they so choose. The gift card company prints the card, codes the magnetic strip with financial information and mails it to the customer. Businesses also have the option of having multiple cards printed for their stores.