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Coinstar Gift Giving - Give a Great Gift With Your Spare Change. With Video How-To-Guide.

Updated on December 18, 2012

A Great How-To Get An eCertificate Using Coinstar Video.

"It's the thought that counts" is often the adage attached to gift giving of all kinds.

Whether it be large or small; monetary or not; finding a gift that will please the recipient is always the goal of the giver.

Gifting on a budget however, can make gift giving quite a challenge.

Coinstar® - a company that "develops, owns and operates a network of automated, self-service coin counting and processing machines which provide consumers with convenient means to convert loose change into cash" - has taken some of the challenge out of gift giving by teaming up with over ten major brands to turn that loose change into a gift card or eCertificate.

While there is a nominal coin counting fee ("9.8 cents per dollar counted") involved when converting loose change into cash; converting your change is FREE when you load the value of it onto a gift card or eCertificate.

This is the perfect option for those looking for a great gift on a limited budget and time frame.

The Process

The process of converting your loose changed into a gift card or eCertificate is extremely simple.

According to the

  1. Press the “Cash in Coins” button and then the "Free Coin Counting" button
  2. Select the major retail brand of your choice
  3. Pour your loose change into the tray
  4. In a matter of minutes, you’ll receive your fully loaded gift card or eCertificate right from the machine

To give consumers a greater incentive to convert their loose change into a gift card or eCertificate, until 12/31/10 ( ends 12/22/10) Coinstar® is adding an extra $10 on top of each $40 dollar change conversion you make.


  1. Visit your local Coinstar® machine locator to find the nearest participating Coinstar® machine.
  2. Bring in your coins and cash them in at a minimum of $40.
  3. Choose a gift card from the major brand of your choice.
  4. Look for your $10 promo code at the bottom of your Coinstar® receipt.
  5. Visit and enter your promo code and the rest of the information the screen prompts you to.
  6. Your $10 gift card will be mailed to you to spend or gift.

Participating Merchants

There are over ten participating merchants that have joined up with Coinstar® to help make gift giving a little easier. These merchants include but are not limited to: 1.), 2.) Borders, 3.) CVS Pharmacy, 4.) GAP, 5.) Old Navy, 6.) Banana Republic, 7.) iTunes, 8.)JCPenny, 9.) Lowe's, 10.), 11.) REGAL Entertainment Group, and 12.) Starbucks Coffee.

Most of these merchants offer a choice of redeeming these certificates for merchandise either in-store or online, and most certificates or gift cards have no expiration date and no dormancy or inactivity fees attached to them.

Five Coinstar® Quick Facts

  • Though Coinstar® was founded by Jens Molbak in 1991, an actual Coinstar® machine was not ready to be tested in the real world until the following year.
  • The first Coinstar® machines were installed in the San Francisco Bay area.
  • Coinstar® accepts any quantity of unsorted coins in your local currency (make your dollars count though since there is a processing or counting fee).
  • A Coinstar® machine counts up to 600 coins per minute!
  • Coinstar® vouchers can be redeemed not only for cash but for groceries as well.

While the gift card and eCertificate brand selections varies by location, with your loose change in hand and the use of a Coinstar® machine, choosing to give a great gift with your spare change is as easy as 1-2-3.

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    • Veronica Allen profile imageAUTHOR

      Veronica Allen 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      Hi glad to hear from you. Thanks for stopping by. Yes...coinstar is a really great tool to cash in all of that change that is lying around and perfect for gifting cool gift cards.

      Love and Peace to you and yours as well.

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      7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Thanks for writing this. I never knew about coinstar before. I am glad to know this from you. I give my vote to you. Keep on writing. Happy New Year!

      Love and peace,

    • Veronica Allen profile imageAUTHOR

      Veronica Allen 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      THanks for stopping by fastfreta. I think it is so neat that this counting machine can be used in this way. Thank you for reading and commenting.

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      Alfreta Sailor 

      7 years ago from Southern California

      How interesting Veronica, I never knew you could use the machine for that purpose. It really comes in handy when I have an emergency, now knowing I can give it as a gift is very good. I'll have to bookmark this hub to refer to later. Thanks for the info.

    • Veronica Allen profile imageAUTHOR

      Veronica Allen 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      You are so right Hello,hello. I think this is a great idea for those who know others who don't mind gift cards, and for those who don't quite know what to give. I for one love gift cards since they give them power to decide what I want to purchase or what I need to purchase - though I am very grateful for what anyone gives me. Thanks for stopping by, reading and commenting.

    • Hello, hello, profile image

      Hello, hello, 

      7 years ago from London, UK

      By the best of will it is sometimes hard to find the right thing. Well written hub.

    • Veronica Allen profile imageAUTHOR

      Veronica Allen 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      Thank you so much creativeone for stopping by. Thanks for the rating up!

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      benny Faye Douglass 

      7 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Thank you Veronica for that great Idea, I give you an up, and very useful idea. Godspeed. creativeone59


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