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Gift card bonus deals!

Posted December 14, 2011
Updated December 15, 2011


If you plan on buying any gift cards this holiday season, you can score an extra gift card for yourself if you buy from the right place. There are a number of places offering gift card bonuses when you buy gift cards for their stores. Remember that some of the bonus cards are valid only during specific dates so make sure you read all the fine print on the offers and be sure to use them before they expire. Please post if you know of any other gift card bonus deals.

Applebee’s: Get a $10 bonus card when you buy $50 in gift cards, Participating Applebee's locations only. Not available on Digital Gift Card purchases. Promotional card expires 2/29/2012. Click HERE for more information.

Best Western gift cards: Get a $10 gift card with every $100 gift card purchase. Click HERE for more information.

Carrabba’s Italian Grill: Get a $20 bonus card when you buy $100 in gift cards. Click HERE for more information.

The Cheesecake Factory: For every $25 spent in gift cards, get a free cheesecake slice. Click HERE for more information.

The Children’s Place: Get a $10 e-gift card for every $40 you send. Click HERE to order.

Goodberry’s: $50 gift card for $25. Deal expires Friday, 12/16 at midnight. The gift cards do not expire. According to the ordering page, “Gift cards will be mailed out via USPS on or before December 20. Please allow two days for delivery in the Triangle.” Click HERE to order.

IHOP: Buy a $25 gift card and get $5 off your next visit. Click HERE for more information.

Little Caeser’s Pizza: Get a $5 gift card when you buy a $25 gift card. Click HERE for more information.

Lowes Foods: From December 7 - 20, 2011, buy $75 in participating gift cards at Lowes Foods and get a $10 coupon to spend in your next grocery purchase at Lowes Foods. Participating gift cards include Bath & Body Works, Barnes & Noble, Bass Pro, Applebee’s, Lowes Hardware and Belk. Click HERE for more information.

Maggiano’s Little Italy: Buy $100 in gift cards and get $20 bonus card and Food & Wine Magazine. Click HERE for more information.

Outback Steakhouse: For each $100 in gift cards purchased below receive a $20 Bonus Card. Bonus Card valid 1/1/12 – 2/10/12. Click HERE for more information.

Romano’s Macaroni Grill: Buy a $25 gift card and get a $5 gift card HERE.

Ruby Tuesday: Purchase $50 in Gift Cards, receive a FREE $15 Bonus Coupon and FREE Ground Shipping. Click HERE for more information.

Target: Spend $75 or more in stores and get a $10 Target Gift Card. Promotion runs Friday 12/16 at 5:00 PM – Saturday 12/17 an noon. More information is on the Facebook page HERE.

Texas Steakhouse: Get a $10 giftcard with every $50 purchase. Click HERE for more information.

T.G.I. Friday’s: For every $25 you spend in gift cards, you get a $5 Bonus Bites card for yourself. Click HERE for more information.

Additional gift card deals:

Here is a list of deals folks on the blog have posted as well. I have not verified these so you may want to call your local store to verify your location is participating.  Not every location participates in every promotion. Thanks to everyone who posted these deals!

Lone Star Steakhouse - Buy $25 in gift cards, get a 'coupon' for $5 off your meal in January.

Chipolte $30 card get a free burrito

Moe's $25 card get a $5 bonus certificate for yourself

Jason's Deli $50 card get a $5 card for yourself

Cafe Carolina get a $20 card get a $5 card for yourself

Firebirds Restaurant at The Streets at Southpointe has a Gift Card deal as well. For every $50 Holiday Gift Card purchase, receive a $10 free Gift Card valid from Jan 1st thru Feb 9th 2012.


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  • MissMyTripod Dec 15, 2011

    Taco Bell: Buy a $20 gift card, get a Chicken Flatbread Sandwich Combo free (comes with chicken flatbread, 2 tacos & a large drink). Pretty good deal. You could buy the gift card & get the combo, then use the gift card on the rest of your family's meal.

  • jbk13 Dec 15, 2011

    Noodles & Co.: Buy a $25 gift card and receive a coupon for a free soup/salad combo.

  • Big Daddy Cain Dec 15, 2011

    I have received $10 gift cards from Target 3 times now, and one time, I got an extra $5 coupon printed out. My last visit, I spent $20 of my own money for $50 worth of Xmas stuff for the kids. And I compared many a price, same as Wal-Mart or EVEN LOWER.

    And I didn't have to wait in line behind 15 other people, which made it even better!

  • bridgetlassiterphotography Dec 15, 2011

    At Subway, if you purchase a giftcard for $20, they give you a free 6 inch sandwich. Pretty good deal if you are going to eat there anyway.

  • happy2.0 Dec 15, 2011

    Buffalo Wild Wings has the best deal yet. If you send in a SASE with your name, address, age and telephone #, they will mail you back a giftcard in donation of anywhere from $5 - $100. I heard about it on and didn't believe it so I wrote to BWW and they promptly wrote back verifying the legitimacy. Better, you can send 4 seperate requests. Good till qty's run out.

    I dropped mine in the mail yesterday!

  • jbk13 Dec 15, 2011

    Received an email that stated: "Get a $10 Money Card* when you purchase an AE (American Eagle) gift card" (in store or online)

    *Offer valid through December 24, 2011 at 11:59 PM PST or while supplies last. Receive a $10 Money Card with the purchase of a Gift Card. This offer is not applicable on either E-Gift Cards or Mobile Gift Cards.

    It doesn't specify a minimum amount.

  • arlenecook Dec 15, 2011

    Also at Texas steakhouse, you get (2) 10.00 coupons for every 50.00 dollars in gift cards on fridays only.. i did this last friday. must be purchased at store.

  • Nanny113 Dec 15, 2011

    We purchased a $50 gift card at Rue 21 for our daughter-in-law and they gave us 2 $5OFF cards and a $10 off card with next purchase all good starting on December 26th.

  • quantumnarumi Dec 15, 2011

    Faye, can you please add any current iTunes gift card deals to this list?

  • HappyGirl08 Dec 15, 2011

    I've done the spend 50.00 @ target and get a 10.00 GC twice now. Since I'm done w/my Christmas shopping and won't need any household items for a while I'll miss out on the current deal. I do love it when those catalinas print out for $$ off your next order though. I've gotten the 5.00 off 50.00 before and when my SIL and I were there on Black Friday she checked out ahead of me and got one. Since she knew she wouldn't use it before it expired she handed it to me to use right then. Ching! 5.00 more bucks off! I love target. :-)