I don’t know how I always mysteriously end up at Target, but my family knows this about me by, supplying me with gift cards for the store around the holidays. 

If there’s one thing I love more than Target, it’s Starbucks, and what do you know - they have one right inside my local Target store!

So, I wondered, “Can I use my Target gift cards at Starbucks here?"

I’m about to share my experience and detail the easiest way to do so!

  • Starbucks in Target does accept Target gift cards
  • Target gift cards can be used on handcrafted drinks, coffee beans, merchandise, and other Starbucks products 
  • Target gift cards can be purchased in-store, in the app, online, and at select other stores.  

Do Starbucks In Target Accept Target Gift Cards?

Yes, Starbucks in Target stores accept Target gift cards. The Starbucks must be inside Target for this to be applicable. Sharing a parking lot doesn’t count.

Why is that the case? Well, the Starbucks within Target stores are either owned by the Target store or co-owned by Target and the Starbucks brand.

Standalone Starbucks locations are considered official Starbucks stores, so Target gift cards obviously don’t apply. 

Target Gift Card Common

What Can I Buy At Starbucks With A Target Gift Card?

At Starbucks within Target stores, you can buy my favorite handcrafted coffee, food, coffee beans, and pretty much anything else the Starbucks has for purchase.  

I use the store locator to find a nearby Target Starbucks, as not all Targets have Starbucks inside. 

Starbucks Stores In Target (Overview)

Target has over 1,900 stores in the United States, and most have a Starbucks.

Recently, there have also been numerous Starbucks Drive-Up services that have launched in over 240 Target Stores in California, Texas, Washington, and more.

With this Drive Up service, I can now do a curbside order pickup and get my Starbucks at the same time.[1]

Starbucks Store In Target

How To Get A Target Gift Card To Use At Starbucks?

There are a few ways to obtain a Target gift card to use at Starbucks, and they're all pretty simple!

In-Store

One of the easiest ways to get your Target gift card is by just buying it at a Target store. 

After purchasing the Target gift card, present it at the in-store Starbucks register and that’s it!

Online

Another way to purchase a Target gift card is through the Target website. Simply click on 'Gift Cards' at the top of the Target web page to head to the 'gift card' section.

Select the value of the gift card, and check out. Once checking out, a confirmation email with the Target gift card number will be sent. 

Make sure to keep this number handy!

Target App On A Phone Screen

Through the App

I personally find buying a card through the Target app to be the easiest method.

To purchase a physical one, simply select the amount, add the gift card to your cart and checkout. The gift card will then be sent to the designated address. 

For a digital gift card, select the amount, check out, and it'll be sent by email.

Other Stores

There are also plenty of other stores where Target gift cards can be purchased. These include:

  • Grocery Stores
  • Drug Stores
  • Department Stores
  • Online at Kroger and Safeway etc.
Target Gift Card and Target App On Phone

How To Use A Target Gift Card At Starbucks?

To use a physical Target gift card at Starbucks, present them the Target gift card when checking out.

The cashier at the location will activate it by scanning the barcode.

For a digital Target gift card, there are a few more steps involved.

First, activate the Target gift card:

  • Access Target account
  • Select ‘Gift Cards’ or head to the ‘Wallet’ tab
  • Click the ‘+’ sign to add the primary gift card, scan the barcode at the back, or enter the gift code number and access code.

Then, add your gift card from the Target account to the wallet. Here’s how you’ll do so:

  • Open the Target App
  • Under the 'Wallet' tab, click on 'Gift Cards'
  • Choose the Target gift card 
  • The Target gift cards selected will be displayed on the screen with the barcode

Once inside the Starbucks, have the barista scan the Target gift card barcode during the payment section.

Here are a few things to take note of when it comes to using a Target gift card at Starbucks:

  • This must happen at a Starbucks inside Target or a drive-through Target Starbucks. Starbucks from the Starbucks app cannot be ordered with a Target gift card.[2]   
  • It does not work for home delivery or pick-up either (unless it's a drive-up).
  • Almost all Target Starbucks accepts the Target gift cards for payment.
  • Starbucks benefits and rewards can also be used. Simply pay through the app and use a Starbucks card (gift cards) within the Starbucks in Target.
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Using Target Gift Cards At Starbucks Questions

Can you use Target gift cards on the Starbucks app?

No, you cannot use a Target gift card on the Starbucks app. Target gift cards must be used at a physical Starbucks location within a Target. 

What can you not buy with a Target gift card?

You cannot buy any prepaid cards or specialty gift cards with a Target gift card.

Why does my Target gift card say invalid?

Your Target gift card says invalid or ‘invalid code’ if there’s an issue with the details or access code. If you're still having problems, speak to Target for additional support.

Do you have to activate the Target gift cards?

Yes, you will have to activate the Target gift card. Digital ones can be done whenever, and physical Target gift cards can be done upon checkout.

Can you use a Target Red Card at Starbucks?

Yes, you can use a Target Red Card inside a Starbucks to get 5% off. Occasionally, the company offers discounts between 10 and 20% for Target card holders.

Conclusion

I’m not saying that I couldn’t find a billion other things I want to get with my Target gift card, but I am saying that anything to help fund my Starbucks addiction helps. 

Knowing that I can use my Target gift card (and in such a convenient way!) is a big help in keeping me happy. 

Pro tip: next time someone asks what you want for a gift, answer ‘a Target gift card’!

References:

1. https://corporate.target.com/press/Fact-Sheets/2022/11/About-Starbucks-with-Target-Drive-Up-Our-New-Fulfi
2. https://www.shopfood.com/grocery-stores/target-starbucks/ 

Karmy Widjaja

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Karmy Widjaja
Karmy Widjaja, holding a degree in Hospitality Administration, combines her academic background with a profound passion for the world of coffee. Her work is enriched with a wealth of insights, not only about the art of coffee making but also about the broader aspects of the coffee industry. Her quest for coffee perfection is a central theme in her engaging articles, as she continues to explore the vibrant coffee scene in Perth. And when it's time for a coffee break? Karmy's all about a laid-back flat white with almond milk – it's her go-to for a tasty coffee kick.

My favorite drink? I'd go with... flat white with almond milk.

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