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Gift card bonus deals

Posted December 8, 2010

If you are planning to buy gift cards for anyone on your gift list, make sure you check out these gift card bonuses. In some cases you get an additional gift card when you buy a certain amount of gift cards. In other cases, you get a % off your total purchase when you buy a specified amount of cards. The links to all the details for each store can be found in the coupon box to the left.

Make sure you read all the fine print, especially for the bonus gift cards. Many can only be redeemed for a short period of time. Some are only good starting in January.

If you find any other bonus deals, please post them here!


Applebee's: $10 bonus gift card when you buy $50 in gift cards

Cheesecake Factory: Receive a free eSlice of cheesecake for every $25 you spend on Gift Cards.

Chili's: 10% off all gift card orders of $100 or more

Denny's: $5 bonus gift card when you buy $25 gift card

Macaroni Grill: Get a $5 bonus gift card with every $25 gift card purchase

Outback: Get a $20 bonus gift card for every $100 in gift cards purchased

Group Buying Sites

With group buying sites, you buy a coupon which is usually 50% off or more of the retail cost for a restaurant, hair salon, kids play space, etc. Then, when you use the coupon, you get the full value of the service or product, but you only paid half. There are sure to be a number of restaurant group buying deals between now and December 25th. These coupons make great gifts because they only cost you 50% of the coupon, but the recipient gets to use the full value. There are also other deals, not just for restaurants, so check them out each day. Links for each site can be found in the coupon box above.

Additional Gift Card Bonus Offers:

Borders: Buy $50 in gift cards, get a free $10 bonus coupon. Special offer good through only.

AMC movie theaters: Free $10 concession card for every $50 you buy in gift cards. Offer not available onine. Only available in stores.

LL Bean: Get a Free $10 gift card with purchase of $50 or more

Food Lion: Save $5 on your next grocery visit by purchasing $50 in participating gift cards. Offer valid through 12/19/10. Coupon expires 2 weeks after date of gift card purchase. The ad shows a picture of a number of different gift cards including iTunes, TGI Fridays, Applebee’s and Bass Pro Shops. (details were listed in the 12/8 ad for Raleigh area stores)

Kroger: Spend $100 on gift cards, save 40 cents per gallon on a fill up (which for my car is around $7 savings). Offer valid through December 11. (details were listed in the ad for 12/5 for Raleigh area stores)



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  • Oxymoron02 Dec 12, 2010

    Crabtree Tavern (thanks for the Groupon again Faye, we really enjoyed our belated anniversary dinner) near the Crabtree Mall has all their gift cards on sale for 30% off through 12/23. We bought some after eating to give (yeah, that's it, give) to people for Xmas.

    They have a pool table, lots of TVs (though fewer than I'd say most sports bars), an assortment of local and national beers and some outstanding food.

  • Oxymoron02 Dec 10, 2010

    Re: the fee on cards ... usually it's only the MC/Visa type cards that have fees like that. Regular GCs don't.

    ajaustin, did you buy a specific store GC or a MC/Visa card?

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Dec 10, 2010

    Thanks jbest!

  • jbest2 Dec 10, 2010

    Crystal Palace Chinese Buffet 4011 Capital Blvd, Raleigh 27604
    Get a $5 Holiday Bonus Certificate with every $25 In Gift Cards purchased - some restrictions - check website or restaurant for details.

  • plwatsonnc Dec 10, 2010


    email. . . .

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Dec 9, 2010

    That is ridiculous, ajaustin! Thank you for letting us know. I know where I will NOT be buying any gift cards.

  • ajaustin30 Dec 9, 2010

    The fee at Kroger per gift card is $5.95 -- I just purchased one this week....I was shocked!

  • Oxymoron02 Dec 9, 2010

    I was in Staples today and they have a gift card offer on display. Buy $100 in GCs from a specific list of retailers (it caught my eye because Marriot was one and we'll be staying at a Marriot over the holidays) and submit for a $10 Visa rebate, limit 2 per person/household/address. Barnes and Noble, Kohl's and Bass Pro-shops were a few of the others. Don't remember them all.

    I'll be getting a bonus for my holiday travel! Yeehah!

    Offer expires 12/11.

  • hihuwatlu Dec 9, 2010

    check your credit cards bonus offers. I know with Discover if you use your cash back rewards on partner gift cards, you usually get a bonus. Some of the partners double your money so you get a $40 gift card by spending $20.

  • LAXMom12 Dec 9, 2010

    plwatsonnc - where was the Texas bonus deal advertised? I see that they are doing the $5 bonus for $25 but I haven't seen the two $5 bonus deal.