This is my favorite time of year to buy gift cards. We actually budget money throughout the year to save for buying restaurant gift cards at the holidays that we then use to eat out throughout the rest of the year.
So many restaurants offer bonuses when you buy gift cards during the holidays (usually around 20%), that it pays to buy gift cards for places you normally eat out at and then use them for your family during the coming months. Does that make sense?
I’m sure this list is not exhaustive (& please let me know if you find a deal not listed here), but I’ve tried to compile all the offers from my inbox and around town of the places offering a bonus when you buy gift cards between now and Christmas.
Holiday Gift Cards
Amerigos: Get 10% back with your $100 gift card purchase
Applebees: Buy $50 in gift cards, get a $10 bonus card
Ben & Jerry’s: Get a FREE scoop of ice cream when you spend $10 or more on gift cards
Cantina Laredo: Buy $50 in gift cards, get a FREE $10 guest card
Carrabas: Purchase $100 in gift cards and get $20 in Bonus bucks back
Chick-fil-A: Get a Free Calendar (with TONS of FREE coupons in it) when you buy $25 of gift cards
Chilis: Get 10% off your gift card purchase of $100 or more
Maggianos: Now through December 31, when you purchase $100 or more in Maggiano’s e-gift cards you’ll receive a $20 bonus card and a year’s subscription to “Food & Wine” magazine.
Moes: Get $5 Moe’s Bucks for every $25 of gift cards you buy
O’Charleys: For every $25 gift card you buy, get a $5 card for yourself.
Olive Garden: Free Shipping
Outback: For each $100 in gift cards purchased, receive a $20 bonus card
Red Robin: Buy $25 in gift cards and get $5 bonus bucks for yourself
Ted’s Montana Grill: You will receive a $20 bonus card for every $100 in gift cards purchased.
Whole Foods: For every gift card purchased online in December, we’ll donate $1 to the “No Kid Hungry” Campaign.