Create a Gift Certificate button

Note: The Gift Certificate button is discontinued as of February 1, 2017.

Learn how to create a Gift Certificate by using the Create a PayPal payment button page.

1. Required Open the PayPal button creation page.
2. Required Enter payment details
3. Optional Customize button text and appearance
4. Optional Set gift certificate amount
5. Optional Customize the certificate style
6. Optional Associate transactions with your PayPal account

Open the PayPal button creation page

  1. Log in to your PayPal Business or Premier account at

    Your PayPal account Summary page opens.

  2. At the top of the page, select Tools, and then All Tools.

  3. Scroll to PayPal buttons and click Open.

    The My Saved Buttons page opens.

    Tip: To add PayPal buttons to your Tools menu, click the Payment buttons heart on the All Tools page.

  4. Under Related Items on the My Saved buttons page, click Create new button.

    The Create PayPal payment button page opens.

  1. Click the Choose a button type drop-down menu and select Gift certifcates.

Enter payment details

  1. In the Enter the URL where recipients can shop and redeem this gift certificate field, enter the web address (URL) where gift certificate recipients go to redeem their gift certificate.

  2. To change the default currency, click Currency and select a different currency.

    The default currency listed in your Profile, under My Money and PayPal balance.

Set gift certificate amount

(Optional) Allow buyers to choose the amount of the gift certificate from a drop-down list or enter a fixed amount for all certificates.

Under Specify gift certificate amount, determine the amount of the gift certificates available for sale:

  • Choose an amount from a preset list (Default)

    Provides a drop-down menu with preset gift certificate denominations for a given currency. For example, the denominations for USD are $5.00, $10.00, $25.00, $100.00, up to $1,000.00. The gift certificate purchaser will choose the desired denomination from the dropdown menu.

  • Specify an amount of your choosing

    To sell gift certificates for one specified amount, such as $49.95 USD or $20.00 USD, click this option and enter a value in Amount.

Note: A monthly purchase limit for gift certificates equal to $500.00 USD, calculated using PayPal current exchange rates, may apply to some PayPal members.

Customize the certificate style

(Optional) You can choose either a color or a theme for your gift certificates. (Default: A blue background color.)

  1. Click Gift certificate style.

  2. Click Color or Theme, and then select an option from the drop-down menu.

  3. Click Preview gift certificate to view an example of your gift certificate.

Associate transactions with your PayPal account

By default, transactions from your payment button are associated with your PayPal merchant ID. To associate transactions to an email address instead, click Use my primary email address. If your Profile contains multiple email addresses, click the address to use as the primary email address for this button.

For example, you might select the email address of the person in your organization who handles order fulfillment or accounting. All payments are deposited to your PayPal account balance, regardless of which email address is selected. However, only the selected email address will receive the email payment notifications.

Tip: PayPal recommends using the default option so that your email address will not be exposed within the button code.


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