NS&I issues warning to grandparents and relatives buying Premium Bonds for a child

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Grandparents and other relatives may decide to give Premium Bonds to young children

Jessica Sheldon

By Jessica Sheldon

Published: 31/10/2023

- 07:00

Updated: 31/10/2023

- 07:54

Premium Bonds can be bought as a gift but rules do apply

Grandparents and relatives looking to purchase Premium Bonds as a present for a child ahead of the festive season have been issued a warning.

While anyone can buy the savings product for a child under 16, they will need to contact their parent or guardian first.

NS&I issued the alert on its website, explaining this is important as the government-backed savings provider will need to contact them.

NS&I said: “If you’re not the parent/guardian of the child, you’ll need to let them know before buying Premium Bonds as we’ll contact them directly for things like providing evidence of identity and address.”

NS&I saver looks at Premium Bonds results on mobile app

NS&I savers can hold up to £50,000 in Premium Bonds


Before applying for Premium Bonds for someone else’s child, NS&I asks people to ensure the parent or guardian is happy to look after the investment for the child.

They must also agree to the person buying the Premium Bonds gift giving NS&I their personal details.

NS&I will check the identity and address of each person named on the application, and they may need to see documents to prove this.

Therefore, NS&I asks the buyer to let the parent or guardian know that they may be in touch to ask for evidence of identity documents.

To buy Premium Bonds for someone else's child under 16, a person will need:

  • Their address and date of birth
  • The child’s address and date of birth
  • The parent/guardian’s address and date of birth
As with adults buying Premium Bonds, it's possible to buy anywhere between £25 and £50,000 in total for a child.

It's only possible to have a maximum of £50,000 in Premium Bonds.

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A parent or guardian can buy Premium Bonds for their own children online, by post or via telephone


People buying Premium Bonds for someone else's child can do this either online or by post.

If a person buys Premium Bonds for their own child, they can do this online, by post or via telephone.

The same child can have more than one nominated parent or guardian managing Premium Bonds for them, but the child can't have a holding of more than £50,000 in total.

The odds of winning in the Premium Bonds monthly prize draw stand at 21,000 to one for every £1 Bond in the draw.

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