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2010 gift card comparison table

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Editor's note: This story has been updated. See the 2013 gift card survey and accompanying chart.  

Even when the economy's bad, gift cards are always popular. The chart below breaks down dozens of the nation's most popular gift cards available in 2010 so you can make a smart choice when buying during the holiday season.

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Retail stores
   
Kmart
yes
yes
yes

yes
yes
yes
yes
   
Meijer
yes
yes
yes

yes
new for 2009
yes
yes
   
Target
yes
yes
yes
 
yes
yes
yes
yes
   
Wal-Mart
yes
yes
yes
 
yes
yes
yes
yes
   
Bed, Bath & Beyond
yes
yes
yes
 
yes

yes
yes
   
Marshall's/TJ Maxx
yes
yes

 
yes


yes
   
Supermarkets
   
H-E-B
yes
yes
yes
     

yes    
Kroger
yes
yes
 

yes
 
new for 2009
     
Publix
yes
yes

 
yes
   
yes
   
Department stores
   
Bloomingdale's
yes
yes
yes
 
yes
yes
yes
     
JCPenney
yes
yes
yes
 
yes
yes
new for 2009
new for 2009
   
Kohl's
yes
yes
yes
 
yes
yes
yes
new for 2009
   
Macy's
yes
yes
yes
 
yes
yes
yes
new for 2009
   
Dillards's
yes
yes
yes
 
yes


new for 2009
   
Sears
yes
yes
yes

yes
yes
yes
yes
   
Saks 5th Avenue
yes
yes
yes

yes
yes
yes

   
Nordstrom
yes
yes
yes

yes
yes
yes
yes
   
Convenience stores
   
7-Eleven
yes
yes


yes
 
yes
     
Pilot Travel Center
new for 2009
 

 
yes
 
new for 2009
     
Clothing
   
Banana Republic
yes
yes
yes

yes
 
yes
yes
   
Gap
yes
yes
yes

yes
 
yes
yes
   
Old Navy
yes
yes
yes

yes
 
yes
yes
   
Restaurants
   
McDonald's
yes
yes
yes
 
yes
 
yes
     
Outback Steakhouse
yes
yes

 

 
yes
     
Taco Bell
yes
yes
yes
 

 
yes
     
Pizza Hut
yes
yes
yes
 
yes
 

     
Olive Garden
yes
yes
   
yes
 
yes
     
Chili's
yes
yes
yes
 

yes
yes
     
Panera Bread
yes
yes
yes
 
yes
 
yes
     
Red Lobster
yes
yes
   
yes
 

     
Starbucks
yes
yes
yes
 
yes
 
yes
yes
   
 
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Pharmacies
   
CVS
yes
yes
yes


new for 2009
yes
yes
   
Rite Aid
yes
yes
yes
     
yes
     
Walgreens
yes
yes
yes
 
yes
   
yes
   
Electronics
   
Best Buy
yes
yes
yes

yes
 
yes
yes
   
Radio Shack
yes
yes


yes


yes
   
Home improvement
   
Home Depot
yes
yes
yes

 
new for 2009
new for 2009
yes
   
Lowe's
yes
yes
yes

yes
yes
yes
yes
   
Office supply
   
Staples
yes
yes
yes
 
yes
 
yes
yes
   
Office Depot
yes
yes
 

yes
 
yes
yes
   
Books
   
Barnes & Noble
yes
yes
yes

yes
yes
yes
     
Borders
yes
yes
yes
   
yes
 
yes
   
Toy stores
   
Toys R Us
yes
yes
yes

yes
new for 2009
yes
     
Bulk
   
Costco
yes
yes

 
yes
yes
yes
     
Online-only
   
Amazon.com
yes
yes

 

yes
yes
yes
   
eBay.com
yes
yes
yes
 

yes
yes
yes
   
iTunes
yes
yes

 
yes
yes
yes
yes
   
Overstock.com
yes
yes

 


yes
yes
   
Spafinder.com
yes
yes

 

yes


   
General purpose
   
American Express
yes
new for 2009
yes
     
yes
 
yes
 
Discover
yes
 
yes
   

yes
yes
yes
 
Fifth Third Bank MasterCard    
yes


   
yes
 
yes
 
Harris Bank MasterCard  
yes
yes
     
yes
 
yes
 
KeyBank MasterCard
yes
 
yes
yes
       
yes
 
Chase Visa    
yes


   
yes
 
yes
 
U.S. Bank Visa    
yes

   
yes
 
yes
 
Wells Fargo Visa  
yes
yes


   
yes

 
yes
 
 
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Source: Joint CreditCards.com/Bankrate.com survey. 

See related: Gift cards 2010: Cards get friendlier

Updated: November 18, 2013


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