As one of the first retailers to offer shoppers plastic gifts cards 20 years ago, Best Buy led one of the hottest trends in gift-giving.
Back then, our wallet-sized plastic cards replaced cumbersome paper gift certificates.
It took a while for shoppers to embrace the concept of gift cards, but today they’re one of the most popular items for gift-givers and gift-receivers. In fact, the National Retail Federation expected total spending on the cards to reach $25.9 billion in 2015.
There have been more than 300 designs for Best Buy gift cards over the years. Here’s a look at a few of our favorites.
Gift Card No. 1
The first Best Buy gift card simply sported a photo of a storefront and came in set denominations like $15 or $25.
Recipients could make some noise with this gift card, which doubled as a portable speaker pairable with MP3 players.
This was a gift card you could plug in — it came with a string of USB-powered lights.
This trendy (of its time) slap bracelet card was interactive and let recipients show off their gift card.
The stocking with green flocking was a manufacturing challenge and required several train cars of material.
This is one of 11 colorful designs for the 2015 holiday season. Gift cards are printed on recycled plastic material.