The Best Ways to Get Last-Minute Gifts and Earn Cash Back

The holidays are nearly here, and you haven’t finished your shopping. No judgment from us! We’re here to help with some useful tips and tricks to finish your shopping while earning sweet, sweet Cash Back. After all, you deserve a reward for all the shopping you’ve done for others.

Look for In-Store Pickup

Online shopping can be tricky this close to Christmas because shipping may take too long. Thankfully, many stores on Rakuten will allow you to pick up your order in-store — sometimes the same day. Most stores that offer in-store pickup still allow Cash Back, but check the Cash Back terms to make sure it doesn’t list it as an exclusion.

In-Store Cash Back

Rakuten is not only a destination for online shopping. You can also get Cash Back for shopping in-store at more than 100 merchants. You first need to add a credit card (Visa, AmEx, or MasterCard) to your account in My Wallet, then link an In-Store Cash Back offer to the participating store. Your card is now linked, and you can shop in-store as you normally would.

Events and Concerts

Not all gifts need to be physical objects. You could instead give someone tickets to an event or concert. Maybe your child’s favorite band just announced a new tour. You can get them a ticket and have it sent digitally with some of our online ticket sites, such as Ticketmaster, SeatGeek, StubHub, and Vivid Seats. All four retailers offer Cash Back!

Rakuten Gift Card Shop

If you’re unsure what to get someone on your list, then a gift card may do the trick. At the Rakuten Gift Card Shop, you can buy e-gift cards for more than 150 stores and restaurants. You’ll even have the option to send the card immediately to your recipient’s email.


If you know someone else who’s doing some last-minute shopping, spread some holiday cheer and refer them to Rakuten. You already know how awesome Cash Back is, so why not let friends and family know as well? Head to the Refer & Earn section of the site or app to send your referral link. You’ll both receive a bonus, so it’s a win-win!


Last-minute shopping doesn’t have to be stressful. Using these helpful tips, we’re certain you’ll still be able to find something for everyone on your list — from your great-aunt to your neighbor’s dog — while still earning Cash Back. We hope you have a great holiday this year with family and friends. Happy shopping!

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