Craft the Perfect Gift Certificate for Any Occasion

Timely gift certificates make gift-giving a stress-free affair. With Canva, you can now design this go-to gem yourself with just a few clicks.

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Design a gift certificate nobody would want to wrap up

How many gift-giving occasions are there in a year? A lot. But they don’t all have to provoke a mad rush to the mall and a look-through all of its stores. Just select your recipient’s favorite shop, purchase their gift certificate, and say goodbye to mismatched gifts for life!

With Canva’s tools and wide selection of professional layouts, now even non-designers can craft one of these gift favorites! Add your own photos or choose from our well-equipped picture library with over a million high-quality images. Now anyone can breathe new meaning to the phrase: “it’s the thought that counts.”

How to make a gift certificate

  1. Launch Canva

    Open Canva on your desktop or launch the app to get started. Log in or sign up using Google or Facebook then search for “Gift certificates” to start designing.

  2. Browse templates

    Find a beautifully crafted gift certificate template for the right occasion. Choose from various themes, holidays, colors and styles then click to start customizing.

  3. Customize your design

    Customize your gift certificates to suit the occasion or receiver with our easy drag-and-drop design tools. Change text, fonts and colors in just a few clicks.

  4. Add more design elements

    Get even more creative by trying out a variety of shapes, frames, stickers and grids on your design. Browse and use millions of images, illustrations and stickers from our massive media library.

  5. Print or share

    Once you’re satisfied with your design, download it as a JPEG, PNG or PDF file that’s ready to print. You can also share your designs online straight from Canva. Remember you can always go back and edit your design anytime.

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Easily customize your gift certificate to match your brand

If just the thought of designing from scratch makes you cringe, take that chill pill and let us help you out.

With our selection of design elements, photos, and layouts you will most likely find ones that match your brand or the look that you’re going for. Customize with your brand’s colors and add all the details that you need: amount, validity dates, a space for names, or even a short message for the recipient. Whatever the look and feel of your brand – you can easily achieve it in Canva.

Beautiful gift certificates anyone can design

Whether you’re creating a gift certificate for a loved one’s birthday or rushing to meet a delivery date for your store, with Canva’s ready-to-use designs and simple tools you’d finish all your requirements in no time!

You may choose from our range of beautiful ready-to-use layouts, over 1 million stock images, illustrations, and icons! No worries if design is not your forte, we have a user-friendly interface that will allow you to layout easily according to your market’s personality and the look you have in mind. Your gift certificate will be saved in your Canva account for future use or you may revisit your design any time for any variations.

Easily collaborate with your whole team

Allow your marketing team to collaborate seamlessly with our interactive design platform. Everyone gets a chance to lend their design expertise and integrate their own ideas for the whole team’s review and input.

Just tap on the share button and send out an editable link to your team. Not only will they have access to Canva’s complete set of tools, they would also be able to upload their own photos or move around the design elements with ease. In Canva, all members of your team–writers, photographers, or even accountant–can be a designer.

Share your gift certificate online or print it out in stunning high resolution

Do you want to upload your gift certificate on your website for online purchase or send it printed via snail mail? No need to furrow your brow, Canva’s nifty download button lets you do just that!

After designing your heart out, simply send your design straight to Canva Print! We’ll print your designs and deliver them right to your doorstep. And voila! Now you’ve got awesome gift certificates to give out to your most loyal clients.


A gift certificate should include:

  • The recipient’s name
  • The amount awarded
  • The expiration date
  • An authorized signature
  • Contact details
  • Any other relevant information

You may want to include Terms of Use on the back of the certificate, or any other details that specify how the certificate should be used.

Gift certificates are usually in landscape orientation, around 8 x 3.75 inches in size. Larger certificates are 8.5 x 4 inches, and smaller ones are 3.5 x 2 inches. Gift certificates are larger than gift cards and printed on paper or thicker card stock.

Many people use sans-serif for gift certificates as it’s clear and easily legible. You may choose whichever typography suits your theme, but keep in mind that too many fonts or fancy styles may make your certificate look busy. Stay simple, clean and straightforward.

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