You can now buy Aldi gift cards for the first time – how to get them

ALDI has launched gift cards in all of its UK stores for the first time.

The contactless and plastic free cards can be bought at Aldi's 950 UK branches.

Aldi shoppers can find the vouchers near the greeting cards section in store.

You just have to take a card to the till and ask for it to be topped up with the amount of your choosing – up to a maximum of £500.

We have asked Aldi whether there is a minimum top up amount or expiration date.

The recipient should present their gift card when paying for their shopping in store and the amount will be deducted from the total.

It's not clear whether the gift cards can be redeemed online or through third-party operators such as Deliveroo. We will update this article when Aldi has confirmed.

Julie Ashfield, managing director of buying at Aldi, said: "The Aldi gift card is the perfect present for any Aldi fan, whether it goes towards their food shopping or that must-have item from our Specialbuys aisle."

Vouchers can make handy gifts but they do come with risks that could see the entire value of the card wiped.

Gift cards often expire or are lost before they can be used – so if you're given one make sure to look after it and check when it runs out.

If you have a gift card and the retailer goes bust then they are completely worthless – but this is extremely unlikely in Aldi's case.

Aldi's physical gift cards follow the launch of digital vouchers last year.

Those were created to allow people to buy groceries for friends and family during the first national lockdown in April 2020.

There are two types of digital gift voucher – "orange" and "blue" – and they can be used for everyday essentials, with a few restrictions.

The "orange" vouchers can't be used to buy alcohol, while neither of them can be used on lottery tickets.

Aldi also gave shoppers without a printer the option to buy vouchers to be delivered directly to their doors.

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