Can these gift cards be ordered by mail with free shipping? My local staples is closing and the closest one is several miles out of the way.
Unfortunately not. As stated in the OP, this is an in store only offer.
Actually, they might ship free (or for a nominal amount), but they won’t have the Activation Fee waived, rendering the deal moot (unless you have MrV’s 20% Chase CB offer of up to $13).
There’s also an AMEX offer (YMMV) of $10 back on a $40+ purchase @ Staples.