Free Gifts with Purchase on Shopify with Ultimate Special Offers

by | Jun 6, 2022

This post is part of a series on the offers available from Ultimate Special Offers. To read about other offer types, check out the series homepage.


Many merchants want to offer free gifts with purchase on Shopify, and that’s one of Ultimate Special Offers‘  nine offer types! This post will go over how free gifts work, why you might want to offer a gift with purchase, how to design a free gift offer with Ultimate Special Offers, and some tips to make your gift offer succeed.

What is a free gift with purchase?

This one’s pretty self explanatory! When a customer spends a certain amount of money, they receive a free gift with their purchase.

The nice thing about offering a gift with purchase with Ultimate Special Offers is that you get lots of flexibility in how you set this up, so you can design an offer that will really resonate with your customers. You set the target amount and pick up to 8 product choices for the free gift. You also control the messaging that goes along with the gift.

Why offer a free gift with purchase?

People love free stuff! It’s cliched because it’s true.

Gifts with purchase increase Average Order Value (AOV). By promising a gift with a target cart amount, customers are more likely to spend more to hit the goal and get the free item. This means higher AOV overall.

They offer an opportunity to move merchandise. If you’ve overbought or just have a surplus of an item, it makes a perfect free gift! It’s a great way to clear out some space in your inventory.

They can introduce a product that requires repurchase. Maybe a customer wouldn’t have bought the item on its own, but now that you’ve given it to them for free, they’ll come back and buy when it’s time to refill!

How to set up a Free Gift Offer with Ultimate Special Offers

To set up a Free Gift offer in Ultimate Special Offers, first determine a strategy, then set up the offer in the app admin.

Determine a strategy

The easiest way to decide your approach to your free gift with purchase offer is to consider the following questions:

    • How much does a customer need to spend to receive the gift?
    • How many different gifts will you offer for the customer to choose from?
    • What gift products will you offer?
    • How will you promote this offer to your shoppers?

Set up the offer in the app admin

Our Help Center will walk you through this part step-by-step! Head over to the page Making a Gift offer.

Free gift with purchase offer tips

    Be strategic about the target amount

    Check your Shopify analytics to find out the AOV for your store, and set the spend goal higher than this amount. This ensures the free gift helps to raise your AOV!

    Choose items that require re-purchase

    When you offer gifts, you can view these products as free samples. It’s best to use products that are single use or require repurchase, like cosmetics or food. This way, the customer falls in love with the product and is inclined to return to your store for more!

    Use high-value, low-cost gifts where possible

    The higher the value of the gift, the more likely it is that a customer will want to spend the target amount in order to receive it for free. But if you choose an item that costs you a lot, you’ll be cutting into your margins. Make sure the free gifts have value to the shopper, but not a huge cost to you to ensure that you’re making strong margins on the offer.

    Test variations on the offer

    Try offering different gifts and setting different spend amounts to see which combinations are the most successful. Testing out variations of free gift offers will help you determine what gifts have the most value in the eyes of your customers and what is most effective at raising AOV.

    Free Gift Offer Resources

    To see the Free Gift offer in action, check out the Ultimate Special Offers demo store. The video below also offers info on running a Free Gift offer on Shopify with Ultimate Special Offers.

    Not using Ultimate Special Offers yet? Head to the Shopify App Store to install now!

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