Some supermarkets let you buy gift cards so a volunteer can do your shopping on your behalf. The volunteer can only spend up to the amount of money that is on the gift card and only at the shop named on the card. They might not be able to spend it online.
Sometimes you can also get the gift card sent directly to your volunteer’s home address (if you choose a physical card) or email address (if you choose an ‘e-gift card’).
This minimises the face-to-face contact you need to have with your volunteer which is especially useful if you’re worried about infection or coronavirus.
During the coronavirus pandemic, some supermarkets also offer priority ‘slots’ for online shopping if you’re vulnerable.
Be careful when buying gift cards as you can lose the money when they expire, if you lose the card or if the shop goes bust. Find out more about your rights with gift cards on the Which? website