Sears Heroes at Home Wish Registry – Free Sears Gift Certificate for Active Duty

Note: Registration is today, August 29, 2013 only! You read that correctly – Registration will be open only from 1pm to midnight CST, Thursday, August 29, or until 20,000 registrations are received, whichever comes first. Registration is on a first come, first serve basis. Visit

The 2013 Sears Heroes at Home Wish RegistrySM is an annual event from Sears which provides Sears Gift Certificates to active duty military members and their families to thank them for their sacrifices and help defray the costs of the holidays. Last year, Sears provided $1.1 million dollars worth of gift cards to over 20,000 active duty military members and their families. The program relies upon donated funds at Sears stores and distributes 100% of the funds back into the military community.  To register, you must be an active duty member.

Sears Heroes at Home Wish Registry

Sears Heroes at Home Wish Registry

Who is Eligible for The Sears Heroes at Home Wish Registry

The 2013 Sears Heroes at Home Wish RegistrySM is only available for active duty members and their families (one application per family). This promotion is not open to retirees or veterans. Individuals must be at least 17 years old and on active duty between 29 August 2013 and 3 December 2013, in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, or Reserves.

How To Register for The Sears Heroes at Home Wish Registry

Simply visit the Sears Heroes at Home Wish Registry website and fill out the registration form (the link does not go live until registration opens). When registering, be sure to use the military member’s name and date of birth exactly as recorded by the US Department of Defense (this is to verify applicants are active duty military members). Do not register using a different family member’s name or information.

2013 Sears Heroes at Home Wish Registry – additional information

The Sears Heroes at Home Wish RegistrySM will evenly distribute all donations to registered members in the form of an electronic Sears Gift Card, which can be used at any Kmart, Sears, Great Indoors or Lands’ End merchandise online, in-store, by phone, or through the Wishbook catalog. Registrations close at midnight on August 29th, or whenever 20,000 registrations have been received, whichever occurs first. Electronic gift cards will be distributed on or around December 2nd, 2013.

Tips for Submitting Your Application

This is an extremely popular program and the 20,000 slots fill up very quickly. To increase your odds of getting a gift card, it helps to go to the sign up page as closely to the opening time as possible, and refresh the page if it doesn’t load. There is usually a huge rush of people trying to log in at once, and the servers may have trouble processing all applications at the same time. So it can take patience (I spoke to several people last year who said it took them about 20 minutes of trying before they were able to get accepted). Congratulations if you get a card, and if not, then best of luck with it next year!

Thanks to Sears for supporting the military community!

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Date published: August 29, 2013.

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Ryan Guina is the founder and editor of this site. He is a writer, small business owner, and entrepreneur. He served over 6 years on active duty in the USAF and is currently serving in the IL Air National Guard. He also writes about money management, small business, and career topics at Cash Money Life. You can also see his profile on Google.


  1. Alexzandra Levasseur says

    The links are not working to register. I have been trying calling and emailing to get on the list as well REALLY need this this yr. Our 3 children might not have anything otherwise and we cant seem to get help from anyone on the registering.

    • lyssabugsmommy says

      Alexzandra- Remember this program is here as a thank you to service members. If you need help during Christmas, the military offers programs through the FRG or Operation homefront. You can also go to the Red Cross for assistance as well.

  2. judy dianne tubbs says

    dear sirs, my son is a diabled vet, who has two small children, and has recently found a growth in his neck, we don’t know from what…he is in desperate need of a refrigerator, his door fell off his….he is not one to ask and if I could afford, I would buy, my husband is unemployed and I make minimum wage…your help would be appreicated…

  3. Meg B says

    The wesite claims that registration is closed for 2010.
    But didn’t it just open today? I’m confused. If anyone knows anything please answer. Thanks! :-)

      • says

        The Sears page lists an update – there were over 25,000 applications in less than 24 hours, so they shut down the registration so they can verify the applications.

  4. richardson says

    Thank you for doing this to my children, this was the only hope i had to get them something for xmas and now you did it like that. i bet a lot of people they have enough money get the checks. i have to work all day and i get punished now for not sitting on my computer at home.

    really sad

  5. Jarhead says

    I was lucky this year. I read this site on a daily basis for your insight and deals for the Military as it come is really handy. I was lucky enough to see this post right before the registration was opened up. I passed the information on to a few co-workers as well as some of my junior Marines and some were able to take advantage of this. Unfortunately Sears is unable to help all families as they want to be able to actuaclly help some out there. If they took applications and approved everybody on active duty then people would only get a few dollars and that would be more of a letdown than not making the registration deadline. Fortunately there are other organiziations and groups out there that will help military families when the holidays come around whether it be a charitable organization, church, or just the local community helping out when and where they can.

  6. Gabby says

    I was able to register on the 1st but got the message that we has to reregister. Unfortunately the website never worked for me today and as I was trying for about 40 minutes, I got the message on the screen that it closed. Not fair!!!

  7. John says

    I am active duty military. My wife attempted to regester on the date that it was open in the beginning of Sep. Not realizing it, there was a glitch and I am not sure if we made it into the regestry or not. We did not recieve an email, so I think that it may have been the latter. Is there any way to rectify this due to the technological glitch that was going on?

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