17 Gift Cards Sold at JCPenney

Along with its own gift cards, JCPenney sells a variety of third-party gift card brands (restaurants, other retail stores, and more).

Knowing which gift cards are available before you head to the store can save you time -- and let you know whether you need to go somewhere else to find your favorite brand.

Entrance to a JCPenney store inside of a mall

Below, I’ve compiled the list of third-party gift cards you can find at most JCPenney stores, as well as which gift cards it doesn’t sell.

Note that there are generally no additional fees when purchasing gift cards at JCPenney, with the exception of Visa gift cards. These come with an activation fee of around $3 to $6.[1][2]

The List

JCPenney sells the following gift card brands in stores. Third-party gift cards aren’t available online.[3]

I contacted JCPenney locations in Kansas, Vermont, and Washington to confirm this information.

Availability may vary by location and what’s in stock.[3] It’s a good idea to call in advance if you want to buy a specific brand.

Also, be aware that returns aren’t available for JCPenney or third-party gift cards.[4]

  • Amazon
  • Applebee’s
  • Barnes & Noble
  • Buffalo Wild Wings
  • Chili’s
  • Fandango
  • GameStop
  • Google Play
  • The Home Depot
  • IHOP
  • LongHorn Steakhouse
  • Olive Garden
  • Outback Steakhouse
  • Panera Bread
  • Starbucks
  • Visa
  • Xbox Live

Tip: You can purchase gift cards with the JCPenney credit card, as well as other credit cards, debit cards, personal checks, or cash. However, you can’t use a gift card to buy another gift card.[3][1]

Gift Cards JCPenney Doesn’t Sell

JCPenney doesn’t sell the following popular gift card brands.

Note that you can select the linked company names to find out where to buy these gift cards.


If JCPenney doesn’t sell the particular gift cards you’re looking for, there are similar stores where you may be able to find them.

Kohl’s, Target, and Walmart are a few of the options most similar to JCPenney.

Each of these stores sells a wide range of items other than gift cards — such as clothing and home goods — so you can get a lot of shopping done in one trip.

Find out more about these options in the list of places that sell gift cards.


Is there a limit when purchasing gift cards at JCPenney?

You can put up to $500 on customizable JCPenney store gift cards, with a daily purchase limit of $10,000.[1][5] There are no purchase limits for third-party gift cards.[3]

Where can you buy a JCPenney store gift card?

You can purchase a JCPenney store gift card in any of its stores or on the JCPenney website.[6][1] You can also find JCPenney gift cards at some other stores, such as Albertsons, Kroger, and Rite Aid, though availability may vary by location.[7][8][9]

Can you use a JCPenney store gift card at the JCPenney salon or for portrait services?

Yes, you can use these to pay for salon and portrait services at JCPenney where available.[5][1]

In Summary

You can buy several third-party gift card brands in-store at JCPenney, along with the department store’s own store gift cards.[3][1]

There are generally no additional fees, except that Visa gift cards come with activation fees ranging from $3 to $6.[3][1]

You can’t return gift cards to JCPenney and availability may vary by location, so if you have a particular gift card in mind, it’s best to call ahead.[3]

You’re welcome to add questions, experiences, or comments regarding gift cards at JCPenney in the comments section below.

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  2. https://www.vanillagift.com/catalog[]
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  4. https://www.jcpenney.com/m/customer-service/gift-cards-e-gift-cards[]
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  6. https://www.jcpenney.com/m/customer-service/gift-cards-e-gift-cards[]
  7. Albertsons store customer service representatives[]
  8. Kroger customer service via live chat[]
  9. Rite Aid store customer service representatives[]

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