As a company, we are committed to reducing our use of plastics and our carbon footprint. Since 2018, our standard National Book Tokens gift cards have been printed on FSC-certified board rather than plastic, and are printed in the UK.

FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certification allows you to identify, purchase and use paper products produced from well-managed forests and/or recycled materials. 

You may still find older plastic National Book Tokens gift cards in shops as we encourage bookshops to use all remaining gift cards rather than destroy them. Both board and plastic National Book Tokens gift cards can be topped-up and used rather than thrown away.

In 2022, we reduced plastic in our packaging even further by supplying gift cards to our retailers wrapped in paper bands, rather than plastic. 

Our gift cards

National Book Tokens are the only gift cards accepted in all major bookselling chains and independents across the UK and Ireland, including WHSmith, Waterstones, Blackwell's, Easons, John Smith, Foyles and all good independent bookshops. 

Designed by booklovers for booklovers, our range of gift cards designs and products offer something for every reader, and for every occasion.

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Buying a gift card

There's a National Book Token for every reader. Choose from our range of beautiful, bookish gift cards, e-Gift cards and monthly book tokens, and give a booklover a gift beyond words. Buy from hundreds of bookshops across the UK and Ireland, and online.

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Spending a gift card

Using a gift card

National Book Tokens are the only gift cards which can be spent in hundreds of bookshops in the UK and Ireland. Find your nearest shop, check your balance, add your gift card to an online wallet, or get a replacement for an expired card.

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Whether you need to check the status of an order or find out where to spend your gift card, find all the answers to your questions on our help pages. Browse by category, or find out how to get in touch with our friendly customer service team.

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