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Tips for creating random codes for Gift Card or Vouchers

Trying to create a unique code for a voucher or a gift card?

If you need a roughly random string of letters or numbers my suggestions are:

  1. Use all capital letters (reduced confusion from customers when reading your codes).
  2. Don’t use letters that can be confused with number, so I, L and 1 are out, as well as 0 and O.
  3. Remove vowels – we don’t want to accidentally create words that might go against our brand. e.g. cuss words.

This leaves us with this list:

characters = 'BCDFGHJKLMNPQRSTVWXYZ23456789'

Python code to create a random code that is twelve letters long is:

import random

code = ''.join(random.choices(characters, k=12))

Now lets add some spacing in the code so it’s not a long line of letters and numbers.

import random

characters = 'BCDFGHJKLMNPQRSTVWXYZ23456789'
code_parts = [''.join(random.choices(characters, k=4)) for _ in range(3)]
code = '-'.join(code_parts)

We get some codes like this:


Very nice! We can then use those codes and give them to customers who will have no trouble entering them into your application.


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