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Holiday Gift Card Guide


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.