Before using a Home Depot gift card, you must activate it. You can't register the gift card to protect your balance. But you can avoid theft by purchasing Home Depot gift cards online, or by selecting a card that still has the PIN masked. Some thieves jot down the number and PIN of a gift card, then wait for the user to add money to the card. Once they detect a balance, they use the gift card information to make purchases online.
Specify what amount you want on the Home Depot gift card. If you're purchasing the gift card in a Home Depot store, tell the cashier how much money you want to add to the gift card. If purchasing online, enter your credit card or debit card number in the corresponding fields.
Pay for the gift card at the check stand or online.
Allow the cashier to activate the gift card. If you purchased this Home Depot gift card online, the card is activated when the order is processed and before it is mailed to the recipient.