IKEA gift cards are an obvious solution for hack-happy family members come Christmas, but you might not want to face queuing at a store just to buy one. However, there are ways to buy one online and save the hassle.
As with most things IKEA in Australia, what you can do differs depending on whether you're in the eastern states (NSW, Victoria and Queensland) or further west (SA and WA), as the two areas operate as independent organisations. That extends to not accepting each other's gift cards, so plan carefully if you're thinking of sending one interstate. Here's what you can do to score one without a store visit.
East: IKEA Family
IKEA recently began selling gift cards online, but only to members of its IKEA Family loyalty scheme. This is free to join, and probably worthwhile if you're a regular IKEA shopper, given that you can score discounts on other products and get a free hot drink whenever you visit. (Of course, that also gives IKEA more data on your buying habits, which is an issue to consider with any loyalty card scheme.)
IKEA Family members can order gift cards on the scheme's site. Denominations on offer are $50, $100, $150, $200 and $250, with a maximum of three cards per order. Postage is $4 per order.
West: By Email
IKEA SA & WA has a more flexible approach to card denominations: you can get a gift card for any value up to $500, and postage is $3.70. However, there's no proper online order system: instead, you send an email to the Perth store and it contacts you by phone to confirm the order. That's very ecommerce circa 1996, but I guess it's better than nothing. The site has further details.