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A Complete Guide to Buying and Using Kroger Gift Cards

Kroger gift cards make an excellent gift for anyone who loves shopping at Kroger family of stores. They’re treated like cash, and you can buy thousands of products Kroger offers. Kroger also has a large selection of other gift cards and prepaid cards available to purchase online and in Kroger banner stores.

Kroger physical gift cards or eGift cards never expire and can only be used for in-store purchases at Kroger banner stores. Kroger does not accept gift cards for pickup, delivery, or online ship orders. In addition, while Kroger physical gift cards can be used for gas, eGift cards cannot be used at Kroger gas stations.

Kroger gift cards come with some limitations and require several simple steps before they can be used. In this guide, we’ll explain all you need to know about buying and using Kroger gift cards.

Where Can I Buy Kroger Gift Cards?

You can buy Kroger gift cards in Kroger banner stores or online on their website. They come as physical or eGift cards and in set denominations ranging from $10 to $250.

Only physical Kroger gift cards are available to purchase in Kroger stores. However, both physical and eGift cards can be purchased online, and you can choose from various card designs.

To purchase a Kroger gift card online, choose the dollar amount of each card and quantity, then select whether the card is for yourself or a friend.

If it is for a friend, enter the recipient’s name and information to customize the gift before adding it to your cart.

Confirm your order in the cart and choose your preferred delivery method for physical cards.

Then click on “Proceed to Checkout” to fill in payment and shipping information as well as any promo codes you may have.

When you’re done, click on “Place Order,” and your gift card will be delivered to the physical address or the email address entered.

Where Can I Use Kroger Gift Cards?

You can use Kroger gift cards at any participating Kroger family of stores. Kroger gift cards are treated as cash, but they cannot be exchanged for cash. In addition, multiple Kroger gift cards can be used per purchase.

Kroger banner stores are stores that are part of the Kroger Family of Companies. Banner stores that accept Kroger gift cards include:

  • Kroger
  • Barclay Jewelers
  • Baker’s
  • City Market
  • Copps
  • Dillons
  • Food 4 Less (*In So. CA, IN and IL only)
  • Foods Co.
  • Fred Meyer
  • Fred Meyer Jewelers
  • Fresh Eats
  • Fry’s Food and Drug
  • Gerbes
  • Jay C
  • King Soopers
  • Littman Jewelers
  • Mariano’s
  • Metro Market
  • Owen’s
  • Pay Less Supermarkets
  • Pick ‘n Save
  • QFC
  • Ralphs
  • Smith’s Food and Drug
  • Turkey Hill Experience

Keep in mind that Kroger gift cards cannot be used to purchase lottery tickets, money orders, Kroger Co. gift cards, or other items prohibited by law.

Can You Use Kroger Gift Cards Online?

Unfortunately, Kroger gift cards can only be used for in-store purchases at participating Kroger banner stores and cannot be used to make purchases online.

You must present the card to a cashier to make a purchase using your Kroger gift card, and the remaining balance will be printed on your receipt.

Kroger makes it easy to shop online for pickup, delivery, or shipped orders. However, only credit or debit cards are accepted for Kroger online orders. In addition, Kroger accepts SNAP/EBT for pickup orders.

Can You Use Kroger Gift Cards for Gas?

Kroger physical gift cards can be used for gas at Kroger gas stations; however, they are not eligible for 2X or 4X fuel rewards. On the other hand, Kroger eGift cards cannot be used for gas or products sold at Kroger Fuel Centers or kiosks.

Kroger physical gift cards can be used at all Kroger banner stores, including gas stations.

However, Kroger eGift cards are only valid for goods purchased in-store at participating Kroger banner grocery stores.

Kroger physical gift cards can also be used with your Kroger shopping card to earn fuel points.

These fuel points can be used at Kroger and Shell gas stations when making in-store purchases. However, note that fuel points cannot be earned for purchasing Kroger Co. gift cards.

How to Activate a Kroger Gift Card

A Kroger gift card needs to be activated before it can be used. You can activate a Kroger gift card online using the card UPC, the barcode number, and your email and billing information. You can also activate Kroger gift cards in stores or by calling their customer support at 1-844-600-7765.

Kroger gift cards can be activated online on the Kroger website with the following steps:

  1. Go to Kroger gift card activation page
  2. Enter the 11 or 12-digit UPC number found on the back of the card
  3. Enter the gift card’s barcode number
  4. Enter your email address
  5. Enter your billing information
  6. Confirm the activation of your card.

After confirming the activation, your Kroger gift card will be ready to use. You will receive a confirmation email shortly after the card is activated.

If you have trouble activating your card, you can call Kroger Customer Support at 1-844-600-7765, and a representative will help you complete the activation process.  

How to Check a Kroger Gift Card Balance

The balance on your Kroger gift card will be printed on your receipt after each purchase. However, if you want to check your gift card balance without a receipt, you can request it from Kroger cashiers in-store, check it online using Kroger’s gift cards balance page, or call Kroger gift cards customer support at 1-866-822-6252.

The remaining balance will be printed on your receipt after using your Kroger gift card for in-store purchases.

There are several other ways to check the balance of your Kroger gift card before you shop.

If you are already in a Kroger banner store, simply ask a cashier or Customer Care associate for a balance inquiry using your PIN.

You can also check your gift card balance by phone or online. Find your gift card balance on the Kroger mobile app at or by calling 1-866-822-6252.

Do Kroger Gift Cards Expire?

Kroger gift cards are treated like cash and never expire. However, Kroger gift cards are not reloadable, refundable, or replaceable when lost or damaged.

Kroger encourages customers to protect their gift cards as they would protect cash.

If your Kroger gift card gets damaged, destroyed, lost, or stolen, the value on that card is also lost and cannot be refunded or replaced.

There are no additional fees for Kroger gift cards, only the cost of their value.

What Gift Cards Are Available at Kroger?

In addition to Kroger gift cards, Kroger carries a large inventory of other gift cards and prepaid cards in stores and online. Prepaid cards include Visa and MasterCard debit cards as well as phone cards.  

Kroger also carries physical and eGift cards online from popular retailers for all needs and occasions. The gift cards that are available to purchase online at Kroger include:

  • 1800 Flowers
  • Ace Hardware
  • Adidas
  • Airbnb
  • AMC Theaters
  • AutoZone
  • Baby Gap
  • Barnes & Noble
  • Bath and Body Works
  • Black Angus Steak House
  • Boston Market
  • Burger King
  • Claire’s
  • Dave & Buster’s
  • Dick’s Sporting Goods
  • Dollar Shave Club
  • eBay
  • Fandango
  • GrubHub
  • Home Chef
  • Hulu
  • J. Crew
  • Lyft
  • Nintendo
  • On the Border
  • Peet’s Coffee
  • Red Lobster
  • REI
  • Round Table Pizza
  • Sephora
  • Shutterfly
  • Smashburger
  • StubHub
  • TJ Maxx
  • Twitch
  • Victoria’s Secret
  • Yankee Candle
  • Zappos
  • Zaxby’s

Fuel points can be earned for purchasing gift cards for retailers that are not part of the Kroger Family of Companies. To earn fuel points, enter your Kroger shopping card number at checkout.

Does Kroger Sell Amazon Gift Cards?

Kroger sells physical Amazon gift cards in stores and online. There is a $0.10 additional fee for Amazon gift cards ordered at Kroger online for store pickup, but there is no fee for purchases made in Kroger banner stores.

Amazon Gift cards purchased at Kroger online for store pickup come with zero balance and must be activated online. A balance of $25 to $500 can then be added to the card.

You can call 1-844-600-7765 for assistance activating or loading a balance to Amazon gift cards received at pickup.

There are no additional fees for Amazon gift cards purchased in-store, but there is a small fee of $0.10 for cards purchased online for pickup.

Whether the Amazon gift card is purchased online or in Kroger stores, it is eligible for 4x gas points once activated.

Does Kroger Sell Walmart Gift Cards?

Unfortunately, Kroger does not sell Walmart gift cards in-store or online for pickup or delivery. However, Kroger does carry gift cards for hundreds of other retailers, which makes it easy to search for gift cards online.

Gift cards can be searched by category, alphabetically, or by using the search bar and filtering the results. Categories to choose from include:

  • Entertainment
  • Kids & Baby
  • Occasions
  • Pet
  • Restaurants
  • Travel
  • And more

To search for gift cards, first type “gift cards” into the search bar at the top.

This will pull up all available gift cards at Kroger, which can then be filtered by the following:

  • Ways to shop
  • Departments
  • Brands
  • Nutrition

Each gift card listed will have the available ways to shop in bold letters at the bottom of the card description.

You can also select different “Ways to Shop” from the drop-down menu on the left side to filter gift cards by available shopping options.


Kroger gift cards never expire and can be used at any participating Kroger banner store. You can buy them in-store, online for pickup, or get them shipped to an address. eGift cards can also be purchased online and delivered directly to your or another recipient’s email.

And if Kroger gift cards are not what you’re looking for, you can buy gift cards from hundreds of other retailers at Kroger.

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Last Updated: November 12, 2022

About the Author

Lana Kisner is a writer on the team with more than 15 years of experience in the food service industry.

In her free time, she enjoys traveling, exploring new restaurants, listening to live music, and hiking with her dog.