Buying gifts for people living in Portugal or that are coming to Portugal can be difficult but, thankfully, more and more companies now offer gift cards that can be used here. And, let’s be honest: a gift card is a present that’s actually going to get used.
Gift cards are especially great for people that are difficult to buy for (dads basically). Can’t decide what to get them? Don’t spend time worrying about it: let them pick what they want.
Gift cards are also something that you can often give to people at the very least minute – the last second even – as most can be delivered by instantly by email.
So, with all of that in mind, here are some of the companies that offer gift cards that can be used in Portugal.
Experience gift cards
Adrenaline Hunter offers experiences all over Portugal including skydiving, quad biking, paragliding, stand up paddleboarding, and kitesurfing.
It’s not just limited to Portugal either: the recipient will be able to use the card to book more than 7,000 experiences all over the world.
Tinggly has a whole catalogue of experiences all over the world, including many experiences in Portugal. This includes dolphin and whale watching tours, kayaking, and helicopter tours.
Gifts can be purchased for couples or individuals, and can be used in more than 100 countries around the world.
Algarve Food Experience
For foodies based in the Algarve (or visiting the Algarve), Algarve Food Experience offers some unique food tours and experiences that you won’t find elsewhere. These include a chance to visit an orange farm, a black pig farm, and a cataplana cooking class.
Odisseias offers experience and hotel vouchers that can be used throughout Portugal. Experiences include spa days, romantic meals, outdoor activities, and wine tasting.
Travel gift cards
Like an Amazon gift voucher, a hotel gift voucher is something that’s definitely going to get used.
HotelGift works with thousands of hotel chains in Portugal and around the world like Mariott, Radisson, Sana, Vila Gale. In Portugal, they have participating hotels in most cities but it can also be used in Spain or anywhere around the world.
Pestana hotels might not be a well-known name outside of Portugal but, in Portugal, they manage hundreds of great hotels, including hotels in former castles and palaces.
It’s perfect for someone living in or visiting Portugal, and great for milestone birthdays or special occasions.
Mr and Mrs Smith
Mr and Mrs Smith is synonymous with luxury and boutique hotels and so this is an ideal gift card for couples or to give as a wedding gift.
Mr and Mrs Smith work with a number of great hotels and villas in Portugal in several parts of the country including the Algarve, Lisbon, and the Douro Valley.
TAP is Portugal’s national airline, and it offers many routes from Portugal to destinations around the world including New York, London, and Rio de Janeiro.
Gift vouchers can be purchased from FlyTap.com, and sent to any email address.
Easy fallback options
Amazon (.es) Gift Card
From books to electronic appliances, we’ve all been eyeing up something on Amazon so an Amazon gift card is always going to be appreciated.
Amazon gift vouchers are normally sent by email to the recipient by there is an option to get a voucher sent by mail either (normally there’s a postage fee for Portugal). Alternatively, you could send it to yourself, print it out, and stick it in a card.
Note: Amazon doesn’t have a HQ in Portugal, so people living here usually shop at Amazon Spain as it normally delivers the fastest, and has the best postage rates.
Netflix gift cards
Know someone who doesn’t have a Netflix membership yet? A Netflix gift card could be an easy gift to get them.
Netflix has hundreds of great TV shows and movies. It’s much cheaper than getting satellite television, and you can use your Netflix subscription in many countries around the world.
iTunes & app gift cards
A Netflix subscription makes a great gift, but:
- Lots of people already have Netflix subscriptions
- Netflix only has a limited number of films and TV shows.
An iTunes gift card, on the other hand, gives you access to a lot more films & TV shows, as well as music and apps (for iPhone and iPad users). It’s a great gift for people who already have Netflix or some other streaming service as there’s always a movie or TV show we’ve been wanting to watch but can’t seem to get our hands on.