Xbox Gift Cards are essentially Microsoft Gift Cards, as they can be used to purchase just about any digital content on the Windows 10 ecosystem. Whether it's music, movies, TV shows, apps, or games, both the Windows 10 Store and the Xbox Store has you covered.

Here's a look at some of the best ways you can spend that Xbox Gift Card as of right now.

How do I redeem my gift card?

The easiest way to redeem and view your Microsoft Account balance is directly on Microsoft's website. Head to and sign in. Right in the bottom left-hand side of the dashboard you can view your current account balance, redeem gift cards, and even send gift cards of your own!

1. Buy Xbox One Games!

Naturally, the best way to spend that Xbox Gift Card is undoubtedly on Xbox One games. There's a sale taking place right now, meaning several games are priced lower than usual, and even then, there are hundreds of games from the console's extensive catalog that are either affordable or worth combining with everyday money towards something more expensive. Here are just a few of some of the best games you can pick up at varying price points.

Battlefield 1

We crowned Battlefield 1 our official Windows Central 2016 game of the year for a good reason — it's just so damn good.

DICE's recreation of WW1 scenery, technology, weaponry, and sheer brutality makes Battlefield 1 one of the most immersive and rewarding multiplayer shooters on the market today, and certainly worth your consideration.

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The Flame in the Flood

I crowned The Flame in the Flood my personal game of the year for 2016, for its twisted artwork, tremendous sound track, punishingly rewarding gameplay, and sobering atmospherics.

Taking place in a post-societal America, players must guide Scout downriver on a procedural survival adventure that will keep you on edge near-constantly. This is a fantastic indie game available for a low price, and well worth your time.

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Gears of War 4

Gears of War 4 is worth picking up for its sheer value alone, comprising piles of game modes which culminates in a lengthy and cinematic campaign.

For a limited time, Gears of War 4 owners can also receive Gears of War 1, 2, 3 and Judgment for Xbox One backwards compatibility, granting even more bang for your buck.

Gears of War 4 is playable in split-screen co-op play too, making it a great family title (for older gamers, of course), and is just as fun playing online either co-operatively in Horde mode, or competitively in Versus mode. Gears 4 is a great choice for any Xbox One owner.

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Dragon Age Inquisition: Game of the Year Edition

Dragon Age Inquisition is one of the best RPGs on Xbox One, and it's available for an incredibly affordable price.

Dragon Age Inquisition is the third game in the series but is completely self-contained. It's a tactical game that can be played either in real-time or with commands issued via a pause menu. The game also allows you to customize your character completely, and also select different dialogue choices which can vastly alter the outcome of the story. Dragon Age Inquisition is a great game for teens and up, highly recommended. And this version comes with every shred of DLC, granting dozens, maybe over a hundred hours of gameplay.

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Other games!

There are dozens of great games for all sorts of players, from RPGs, to shooters, for kids, and beyond. We've rounded up some of the best on Windows Central over the last few months, and you can find even more purchasing ideas below!

2. Buy media on Movies & TV

Microsoft is running some great deals on film and TV shows right now, and the licenses carry across all your Windows 10 devices. On Windows 10 PCs and phones you can even sync movies and shows offline for viewing while traveling, making Microsoft Movies & TV a good option for frequent flyers. Here are a few suggestions available at fabulous prices on the Windows and Xbox Stores.

Inside Out

Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions – Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley's mind, where they help advise her through everyday life.

As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley's main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school.

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The Martian

During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive.

Millions of miles away, NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring "the Martian" home, while his crewmates concurrently plot a daring, if not impossible rescue mission. As these stories of incredible bravery unfold, the world comes together to root for Watney's safe return.

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The Wolf of Wall Street

Revered filmmaker Martin Scorsese directs the true story of New York stockbroker Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio). From the American dream to corporate greed, Belfort goes from penny stocks and righteousness to IPOs and a life of corruption in the late 80s.

Excess success and affluence in his early twenties as founder of the brokerage firm Stratton Oakmont warranted Belfort the title – "The Wolf of Wall Street."

Money. Power. Women. Drugs. Temptations were for the taking and the threat of authority was irrelevant. For Jordan and his wolf pack, modesty was quickly deemed overrated and more was never enough.

See at Windows Store

3. Pick up music with Groove!

Alas, you can't use Microsoft Account credit on an all-you-can-eat Groove Music Pass, but if you don't listen to too much music, it might be more cost-effective to buy albums straight from the store anyway. Here are a few personal picks from 2016 to get those ear drums buzzing.

DOOM OST by Mick Gordon

What better way to celebrate the holidays than through the fist-pounding tones of Mick Gordon's official DOOM soundtrack!

Few games were as awesome as DOOM in 2016, and the game had a suitably brutal soundtrack to go with it. It's available now on Groove Music for an excellent price, and is a great purchase for metal fans everywhere.

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A Moon Shaped Pool by Radiohead

Radiohead returned to the fore with A Moon Shaped Pool in 2016, with a briefer, more understated album comprised of tracks both familiar and fresh. A Moon Shaped Pool is not to be underestimated, however, as it is among Radiohead's most moving, most evocative, and occasionally, most unnerving.

A Moon Shaped Pool is a tremendous album for alt-rock fans, offering an album that grows the more you listen, and it's available now.

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The Flame in the Flood OST by Chuck Ragan

One of the greatest things about The Flame in the Flood was its somber soundtrack, penned by folk rocker, Chuck Ragan.

Each track on this wonderful album accentuates the game's desolate world. Abandoned, solitary, and always moving — but never without hope, which rises in every tone. This is a great album for a great game, and both deserve to be celebrated.

See at Windows Store

Over to you!

How have you spent your holiday vouchers this Christmas? Have you purchased any new Xbox games? Or perhaps movies and shows on Movies & TV? Let us know your suggestions in the comments!

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