Ibotta’s Guide to Holiday Shopping 2020

We know, you get it. The holidays will be different this year. 

So, let us tell you about one thing that will probably be the same: holiday shopping. According to a recent consumer survey by the National Retail Federation, Americans plan to spend an average of around $1,000 on holiday gifts, food, decorations, and “non-gift” purchases for themselves and their families. 

If you think that sounds a bit steep, you’re not alone. Luckily, when you crush your holiday shopping with Ibotta, you’ll earn cash back on everything from the perfect gifts to festive decor and more. Here are three ways to save this holiday season. 

1. Save on groceries

Whether you’ve got a big household to feed or you’re planning a cozy dinner for one or two, you can enjoy more for less when you shop for groceries with Ibotta. Before you head to the grocery store, browse and add cash back offers from your shopping list in the free Ibotta app. After you shop, just upload your receipt and cash back on qualifying items will be added to your Ibotta earnings. Or, opt for convenience and use the Ibotta app or browser extension to order your groceries for pickup or delivery. 

Where to shop online for grocery pickup and delivery:

What’s better than earning cash back on your holiday dinner? Earning 100% back on your holiday dinner! Ibotta has teamed up with Walmart to give you a free Thanksgiving dinner when you shop with the Ibotta browser extension – that’s right, 100% cash back on turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and more. Only at Walmart, while supplies last.

Need more Thanksgiving essentials? You’ll also earn cash back on grocery pickup and delivery with Instacart, Shipt, Target, Albertsons, Safeway, and H-E-B. 

Where to shop for groceries in-store: 

You can use the Ibotta app to earn cash back on in-store purchases at hundreds of grocery retailers, from natural food grocers like Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods Market, and Sprouts Farmers Market; to food giants like Kroger, Aldi, Food Lion, Meijer, ShopRite, Wegmans, and Hy-Vee; to membership-based discount stores like Costco, BJ’s and Sam’s Club. And don’t forget to grab a bottle of wine, a six-pack of seasonal beer, or spirits for your favorite holiday cocktail at Total Wine & More!

2. Shop for gifts online

Find gifts for friends and family online and earn cash back using the Ibotta app or browser extension. Just remember to shop early: the U.S. Postal Service recommends shipping gifts by December 15 (via Retail Ground service) to ensure they make it to recipients by the 25th. Cutting it close? Many Ibotta retailers offer in-store or curbside pickup, so you can order online, pick up in-store and skip the wait for shipping!

Where to shop for gifts online:


If you’re aiming to check off everyone on your list in one online shopping trip, Amazon is the place to do it. Earn cash back when you shop via the Online Shopping category in the Ibotta app. 


Kids and kids-at-heart will love anything from the shopDisney store, from classic Mickey Mouse merch to favorites from Frozen, Star Wars, and Marvel. Earn cash back in the Ibotta app and browser extension. 

Clothing Stores

2020 is the year of loungewear and workout gear — and now you can earn cash back on comfy fits for the whole family! Save big at Macys.com, Kohls.com, H&M, Gap, Victoria’s Secret, JCPenney.com, Saks Fifth Avenue, Burlington, Ann Taylor, LaneBryant.com, Belk, Levi’s, UnderArmour.com, OldNavy.com, Michael Kors, and American Eagle, as well as footwear from DSW, Zappos.com, Foot Locker, Nike.com, adidas.com, and New Balance.

Electronics Retailers

Help your loved ones take working or schooling from home to the next level with upgraded computers and electronics from BestBuy.com, Samung, HP, Office Depot, and Staples.com. Or, go for something to help them unwind with the latest games and gaming consoles from GameStop!

Pet Stores

Save on gifts for your furry family members at PetSmart.com and Petco.com when you shop with the Ibotta app or browser extension. Plus, you can treat them all year long with a subscription to BarkBox or Super Chewer and earn cash back when you start in the Ibotta app.

Cosmetics and Personal Care Companies

Know someone who always wants to look their best on Zoom? Gift makeup and body-care connoisseurs with goodies from Ulta.com, Sephora.com, Bath & Body Works, The Body Shop, and Glossier. 

Recreation and Sporting Goods

Hunting, fishing, running, biking, camping, golfing — whatever their favorite sport, recreation, or hobby, you’ll earn cash back on the best gifts for outdoor enthusiasts online at REI, DicksSportingGoods.com, Cabela’s, Bass Pro Shops, Backcountry, Columbia, and Academy Sports + Outdoors.  

3. Treat yourself (and loved ones) with Ibotta gift cards

Sharing a little joy with others by giving gift cards is what makes the holidays the “most wonderful time of the year.” But there’s no harm in treating yourself while you’re at it! In fact, Gretchen Rubin, bestselling author of The Happiness Project, writes, “When we give ourselves treats, we feel energized, cared for, and contented.” And isn’t that exactly what we need during the hectic rush of the holiday season? 

Of course, you won’t feel peaceful and content if you go over budget, and that’s where Ibotta comes in. While you’re shopping for others, treat yourself with Ibotta gift cards and earn instant cash back on your purchase. Three things we’re treating ourselves to this year? New holiday decor, cozy home goods, and food and drinks to fuel our holiday shopping. 

Holiday Decor

If this Halloween’s Home Depot giant skeleton craze taught us one thing, it’s that going all out on holiday decor is a great way to beat the pandemic blues. Both Home Depot and Lowe’s also offer inventive yard decor for the winter holidays, including LED reindeer and inflatable characters like Olaf and The Grinch. You’ll also find plenty of holiday decorations to deck your halls at Michaels and Christmas Tree Shops. For holiday decor with global appeal, visit Cost Plus World Market, or find a signature holiday home scent a Yankee Candle. Shop these retailers in-store or online and earn cash back when you pay with an Ibotta gift card! 

Home Goods

You’re likely spending more time at home than ever, so why not make your space somewhere you want to be? Feather your nest with new furnishings, home decor, bedding, and more from Bed Bath & Beyond, Crate and Barrel, The Container Store, and Kirkland’s, where you’ll earn cash back both in-store and online when you use an Ibotta gift card at checkout. Or plan a virtual home makeover with Wayfair online. 

Food and Drink

Sometimes the best treat is one you eat! Whether you’re grabbing a cup of joe on the go while running holiday errands or picking up a full family meal to eat in front of the fireplace, you’ll earn cash back when you pay with an Ibotta gift card at coffee shops like Starbucks and Peet’s Coffee and restaurants like Chipotle, Jersey Mike’s, Panera Bread, Olive Garden, Steak ‘n Shake, Subway, Yard House, Chili’s, Burger King, and many more. 

Got some hard-to-shop-for names on your list this year? Give them a gift card to their favorite shops and restaurants and save them a trip to the returns counter. With more than 100 retailers to choose from, Ibotta’s got something for everyone – and instant cash back for you.

However you shop this holiday season, don’t forget to start with Ibotta and get yourself some extra holiday cash. Shop, earn, and be merry!

*Offer only valid for new users and excludes grocery purchases and purchases made on the Ibotta mobile app. May take up to 90 days to receive credit.