FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Purchasing & Sending
Are there any fees associated with IKEA Gift Cards or eGift Cards (“Cards”)?
No. There are no fees associated with Gift Cards. You will only be charged the face value of the Gift Card and shipping (for plastic Gift Cards).
Can I change the value of a Card after I've paid for it?
Not at this time.
How do I cancel the purchase of a Card?
If you chose a delivery date that is in the future and has not yet occurred, you can cancel your purchase by contacting Customer Support. If the delivery date is today or in the past, your purchase cannot be cancelled.
Which credit cards do you accept?
VISA, MasterCard, American Express and Discover.
What is a credit card Security Code and why is it required?
In order to protect you from unauthorized transactions, we require your credit card's Security Code
- MasterCard, VISA, and Discover: The Security Code is the 3-digit number printed on the signature panel on the back of your card. It immediately follows the account number.
- American Express: The card Security Code (also referred to as the CID number) is printed above the imprinted card number on the front of the card (on either the left or right). **
** Please note, there are a small percentage of "plastic-less" card accounts for American Express - Corporate and Purchasing Card accounts. If you have one of these accounts with no AMEX card, please enter 5555 as your card security code.
When is my credit card charged for my purchase?
Your credit card is charged at the time of purchase. This purchase will appear on your credit/debit card statement as IKEA GIFT CARD.
When will my recipient receive their IKEA Card?
eGift Card: Your eGift Card will be sent via email on the delivery date you choose, with rare exceptions for processing delays. For same-day delivery, most eGift Cards are sent within an hour of the purchase transaction. For purchases made after 6pm Eastern Standard Time, the eGift Card email notification may not be sent until the next day. Please allow up to 24 hours for eGift activation and delivery before contacting us. For future delivery, eGift Cards are sent on the morning of the scheduled delivery date. Please see the "eGift Cards" section below for more about eGift Cards.
Plastic Gift Card: Delivery times are determined by the Shipping Method selection. Orders are generally shipped within 1-2 business days. Once your Gift Card is shipped, you will receive an email with a tracking number, with which you may access the current shipping status of your gift.
What are the shipping options?
eGift Card: eGift Cards will be sent via email. Please see the "eGift Cards" section below for more about eGift Cards.
Plastic Gift Card: You can choose our standard shipping free of charge, or for an additional fee you can choose to expedite your order. You can make your selection under the Shipping Method option. Depending on when your order is placed, it may take 1-2 business days to process order.
How do I check my order status and delivery?
Once your Gift Card is shipped, you will receive an email with a tracking number, with which you may access the current shipping status of your gift.
Where can I ship my order?
Gift Cards may be shipped to valid street addresses within the United States. For your protection, we do not ship to Post Office Boxes.
Can I buy an eGift Card for myself?
Yes. To do so, go to the "Email" tab underneath "How would you like to deliver your eGift Card?" On this tab, enter your own email address in the "To" and "Confirm Recipient" fields. You should also enter your own name as the "recipient name" in the eGift Card preview area at the top of the page. Complete the transaction normally. When you receive your eGift Card alert via email, follow the instructions in this message to retrieve and redeem your eGift Card.
I want a printed eGift Card to present to someone as a gift. How do I do this?
Simply personalize the eGift Card for your recipient, have it sent to yourself and then print it. To do this, go to the "Print" tab underneath "How would you like to deliver your eGift Card?”. On this tab, enter your own email address in the "Your Email" and "Confirm Your Email" fields. Enter your recipient's name and your personal message on the eGift Card preview, and complete the transaction normally. You will receive an eGift Card alert via email. Follow the instructions in this message to retrieve your eGift Card and then choose "Click to print this page." The resulting printout may be presented as a gift to the recipient.
Can I send two (or more) eGift Cards to two (or more) different people who share an email address?
Yes. If you send separate eGift Cards to Aunt Mary and Uncle Jim at their shared email address, they will receive two messages with the subject "[Sender] sent you an eGift Card from IKEA with your name in place of [Sender]. Within the text of the emails, each message will be addressed to the respective recipient, using the name you entered in the purchase process, for example: "Mary Smith, John Jones sent you a $XX eGift Card from IKEA.
Receiving & Redeeming
Where can I use my Card?
You can use your Card only for purchases of merchandise, services, food, and beverages at participating IKEA locations in the USA and online at www.IKEA-USA.com. Terms and conditions apply to the use or redemption of the Cards (“Card Terms”). Please visit www.IKEA-USA.com/terms for complete Card Terms, which may be amended by IKEA North America Services, LLC at any time.
Does the Card expire?
There is no expiration date on your Card. We recommend that you redeem it soon after you receive it, so you don't forget.
Can I reload my Card after I've redeemed some or all of the full value?
Not at this time.
What exactly does the recipient receive when I send an eGift Card?
An eGift Card is an electronic Gift Card that is sent via email. On the delivery date you choose, a message is sent to the recipient informing them of your gift, with a link to retrieve it online. The link in the email goes to a page showing the eGift Card you created (the design you selected, with your recipient's name and your personalized message), its value and code number. This page also gives simple instructions for redeeming the eGift Card, including printing instructions. Sometimes, special offers and promotions are listed on the page.
How do you prevent the eGift Card email from getting lost as spam?
We adhere to all industry best practices to ensure successful delivery of the eGift Card via email. Still, there is a chance that the email will be treated as spam or the recipient didn't notice it in their email inbox. You will receive an email message confirming delivery of the Gift Card alert email, and a message notifying you that the eGift Card has been viewed. If the eGift Card goes un-viewed for 15 days after delivery, you will receive a message with options for resolving the issue.
How do I know the recipient actually received the eGift Card I sent them?
You will receive an email message confirming delivery, and a message notifying you that the eGift Card has been viewed. If the eGift Card goes un-viewed for 15 days after delivery, you will receive a message with options for resolving the issue. You may also contact CashStar’s Customer Support with the order number from the email you received confirming your purchase, and we can tell you if the recipient has viewed their eGift Card.
Do I need to print my eGift Card in color? Do I need a special printer?
No and no. Most standard office and household printers are equipped to print eGift Cards, and you do not need to print in color. Some printers produce great results, and older printers sometimes don't print certain images well, but the most important thing is that the Card Number is clear. If it is not, you may need to install a new ink cartridge.
What if someone makes a copy of my printed eGift Card?
Our state of the art technology inhibits fraud, but you must safeguard your eGift Card for your own protection. If someone makes a copy of your Gift Card and redeems it for the full amount, your copy will have no value. No matter how many copies are made, the value of the eGift Card is tied to the Gift Card number. When that number is used, the value of the purchase is deducted from the eGift Card. If you suspect that someone has copied or stolen your eGift Card, contact CashStar’s Customer Support immediately.
Security & Reliability
Is my order secure?
All personal and financial information is transmitted using the https protocol over a Secure Sockets Layer (SSL), utilizing state of the art technology for consumer protection. Behind the scenes, your web browser is sending all personal and financial information over SSL. The Gift Card purchase process is fully PCI compliant. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact CashStar’s Customer Support.
What if I lose my IKEA Gift Card?
The value of any lost or stolen Cards will not be replaced.
Who is CashStar?
CashStar is a Maine-based company specializing in Digital Gifting that allow consumers and businesses to securely order and send Gift Cards over the internet. CashStar's focus is on developing a secure payment technology platform and service dedicated to bridging the digital and physical divide. CashStar is fully PCI compliant.
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