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Bonus gift card offers December 2015: UPDATED

Posted December 20, 2015

Now is the time to buy gift cards for yourself and your loved ones!

Many retailers and restaurants are offering bonus cards to use in January when you buy a gift card in December. If you are buying gift cards to give as gifts, why not get a free bonus gift card for yourself?!

If you go to any of these places regularly, you may want to consider getting a gift card for yourself and then you'll also get the bonus to use starting in January.

Here is an updated list of offers for area businesses. If you know of any others, please share in the comments section. The list will continue to grow each week through Christmas.

Keep in mind that for most offers, the bonus card is not valid until January.

Applebee’s: Get a free mystery value bonus card up to $25 when you purchase $50 in gift cards. Promotion runs through 1/3/16. Mystery value card expires 2/28/16. See the details on their website.

Bahama Breeze: Get a $10 bonus gift card when you buy a $50 gift card. Bonus card valid through 2/9/16. See the details on their website.

Buffalo Lanes Bowling Centers: Purchase a $40 Gift Card and receive a $10 Gift Card FREE or purchase a $20 Gift Card and receive a $5 Gift Card FREE. Offer valid 11-27-2015 through 1-1-2016. Gift Card valid for open play, shoe rental & snack bar only. Can NOT be used for league fees and/or Proshop. See the details on their website.

Buffalo Wild Wings: Buy $25 in holiday gift cards to use on a future visit and get a Blazin’ Bonus card (worth $5 to $100 – but most are $5). See the details on their website.

Burlington Coat Factory: Get a $5 bonus gift card with every $50 gift card purchase. You have until 12/24/15 to get the offer. The bonus cards are valid from 12/26/15 - 1/30/16. See the details on their website.

Carrabba’s: Get a $10 Bonus Card with every $50 in gift cards purchased. Bonus Card valid 1/1/16 – 2/10/16. See the details on their website.

Chili's: Get a $10 Bonus Card when you buy $50 in Chili's gift cards. Gift caractivatiodelayed by 4 hours. See the details on their website.

City Barbeque: $5 bonus card with every $25 gift card. According to reader VLynn, on 12/8/15, you can get a $10 bonus for every $25 gift card.

Denny’s: Get a free $5 Denny’s coupon for every $25 Gift Card purchase. You can redeem the $5 coupons 1/16 through 3/31/16. $10 min. gift card purchse and there is a $1.95 S & H fee for each order. See the details on their website.

Einstein Bros Bagels: Buy a $25 Holiday Gift Card and get a $5 Bonus Card for free. Bonus card valid January 1 – February 29, 2016. While supplies last. See the details on their website.

Golden Corral: Get a $5 bonus card for every $25 in gift card purchases. Bonus card valid 1/1/16 - 2/10/16. See the details on their website.

Hooters: Buy a $25 gift card and get a $5 coupon. Bonus coupon valid 12/31/15 - 2/28/16. See the details on their website.

Krispy Kreme: Get a $5 bonus gift card when you buy $25 worth of gift cards through 12/24. Bonus gift card is valid from purchase date through January 31. 2016. See the details on their website.

Logan's Roadhouse: Get a $5 Bonus card with the purchase of a $25 gift card. Expires 12/24/15. See the details on their website.

Longhorn: $5 Bonus Card when you buy $25 in online gift cards. Bonus offer valid 1/1/16 – 2/7/16 with purchase of 2 adult entrees. See the details on their website.

Macaroni Grill: Get a $5 bonus card for every $25 gift card purchased through December 31, 2015. Bonus coupons valid 1/1/16 - 2/10/16. See the details on their website.

Maggiano's Little Italy: Purchase $100 or more of Maggiano's E-Gift Cards, and you will get $20 Bonus Card and a 1 year subscription to Food & Wine Magazine. See the details on their website.

McCormick & Schmick Gift Cards: Receive a $20 reward card (valid through May) when you purchase a $100 gift card. Offer valid through 12/24/15. See the details on their website.

Menchie's frozen yogurt: Buy $25 in gift cards and get a free $5 bonus card. See the details on their website.

Milton's Pizza & Pasta in Raleigh: Buy $100 in gift cards to receive a free bonus $20 gift card!

Noodles & Co: Receive a $5 Gift Bonus Card for every $25 gift card purchased until 12/31/15. Bonus cards valid 1/1/16 - 1/31/16. See the details on their website.

O'Charley's: Get a $5 bonus card when you buy a $25 gift card. Bonus card valid 1/1/16 - 2/13/16. See the details on their website.

Olive Garden: Get a $10 bonus card when you buy a $50 gift card through 1/3/16. Bonus cards are valid 1/4/16 - 3/31/16. See the details on their website.

Outback Steakhouse: Receive a $10 bonus card for every $50 in gift cards that you purchase. Bonus cards valid January 1, 2016 - February 10, 2016. See the details on their website.

Papa Johns: Pay $25 for a $25 Papa John's voucher AND get two free large one-topping pizzas ($55 value!) through the deal on Groupon.com. Once you buy this deal, you will receive three separate emails including one with the $25 voucher and two with the promo codes for a large one-topping pizza. The $25 voucher can be used as a payment type at any Papa John’s restaurant and online at papajohns.com. The $25 voucher does not expire. The free pizza promo codes do not have to be redeemed in the same order. Promotional value expires Jan 24, 2016. Limit 2 per person. Get the deal and details at Groupon.com here.

If you go to the Papa John's website for a gift card, you will get a free large 1-topping pizza when you buy $25 in Papa John’s gift cards through 12/27/15. Free pizza offer code expires 1/24/16. See the details on their website.

Panera Bread: For every $100 in e-gift cards you purchase, you will receive a free $20 e-gift card. See the details on their website.

Penn Station Subs: Buy $25 worth of Penn Station Gift Cards and get a free gift card good for a 6" sub on your next visit. Offer valid until December 25th.

P.F. Chang's: Get a $20 bonus gift card when you buy $100 in gift cards. See the details on their website.

Red Hot & Blue: Get a free $10 bonus card for every $50 you spend on gift cards. Bonus card redeemable 1/1/16 - 2/11/16. See the details on their website.

Red Lobster: Get a free appetizer or $10 off coupon when you buy a $50 gift card. Gift cards must be purchased online until 12/31/15. Bonus coupons valid 1/4/16 – 1/31/16. See the details on their website.

Red Robin: Get a $5 Bonus Card when you buy a $25 - $45 gift card. Bonuc card valid 1/1/16 - 2/29/16. See the details on their website.

Rita's Italian Ice: Get a free regular size treat for every $15 gift card you purchase. See the details on their website.

Ruby Tuesday: Buy $25 in gift cards and get $5 bonus coupon or get a $15 bonus when you spend $50. Onus cards arrive via e-mail in 2 days after ordering. See the details on their website.

Taco Bell: Receive 2 free Doritos Locos Tacos and a large drink when you buy a gift card of $20 or more. See the details on their Facebook page.

Texas Roadhouse: Earn a $5 bonus eGift card for every $30 you spend on Texas Roadhouse Gift Cards. Maximum bonus is $100. Delivered via Email within 48 hours of purchase.Some Texas Roadhouse locations are offering an additional incentive if you buy a $100 gift card including a gift basket. See your store for details.

The Cheesecake Factory: Buy $25 in Gift Cards in a single transaction and you will receive one electronic Slice of Joy Card. The eSlice of Joy Card can be used on a future visit from 1/1/2016 - 3/31/16 for one free slice of either cheesecake or layer cake. See the details on their website.

TGI Friday's: For every $25 you spend on e-gift cards you'll get a $5 bonus card. See the details on their website.

Drug Store and Grocery Store Gift Card Offers

Costco

Costco has a number of gift card offers for various retailers including:

Cold Stone Creamery: Pay only $69.99 for four $25 Cold Stone gift cards

California Pizza Kitchen: Pay $79.99 for two $50 CPK gift cards

McCormick & Schmick’s restaurant: Pay $79.99 for two $50 gift cards

See all the discounted gift card offers on their website.


Family Dollar

These offers are valid Tuesday 12/15/15 thru Sunday 12/20/15.

$2 off selected gift cards including Wendy's, Burger King,Dairy Queen and Dunkin Donuts

No purchase fee on American Express gift cards

Food Lion

Movie Ticket promotion: Buy 5 participating products in the store and get a voucher for a free movie ticket through their Hollywood Holiday promotion. Valid through December 22, 2015. See the details on their website.

Visa gift card offer: Buy $150 or more in Visa gift cards and get $10 off your next shopping order. Valid 12/16 – 12/22/15. Limit 1 per transaction.

Kroger

Get an iTunes $40 multipack for $36 at Kroger through 12/22/15.

Check out the Kroger digital coupons at Kroger.com for multiple discounts on gift cards.

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  • jdouglas13 Dec 21, 2015

    Luvs2Q, thanks for the info on Texas Roadhouse. Back when we were driving/moving cross country seemingly every year for a while, there was a steak chain we'd stop at that had really good steak, but I could never remember which one it was. In fact, it was where my DW actually first proposed to me. I will definitely have to check them out again!

    LAXMom, I am no expert on gift cards, but it seems logical that you should be able to use the promo card with the purchased card? Especially if they are both in gift card form?

  • LAXMom12 Dec 21, 2015

    For the bonus cards most have, can you use it with the gift card during the dates it is valid?

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Dec 20, 2015

    GJan1 - it looks like the $25 GC and the 2 free pizza vouchers both go to the e-mail address you sent the gift to. When I go to the deal and click on Send as Gift, it shows a card with "One $25 Voucher and Two Large One-Topping Pizzas" written on it. So I would say it all goes to them. You'll just have to let them know to wait to enjoy at least some of the pizza for the next time you visit. :-) And thanks for supporting the economy here in the Triangle!

  • GJan1 Dec 20, 2015

    Just purchased the Papajohns gift card and sent as gift to son and grandsons in Holly Springs (I live in Lexington NC but sure do a lot to support your local economy lol). When I go to "My Groupon" (on app) it says "view voucher" and then "redeem your groupon voucher". It shows that it was gifted to my son. Question: Does he get $25 gift and I get 2 free pizzas or are they all going to him? I did not push the redeem button yet??? Either way would be fine but, I need to know to use mine (if they are mine) before they expire. Thanks.
    Merry Christmas to all or Happy Holidays if you prefer.

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Dec 17, 2015

    observant - thanks!

  • observant Dec 17, 2015

    Family Dollar ad ( valid Tuesday 12/15/15 thru Sunday 12/20/15) :
    $2 off selected gift cards ( Wendy's ,Burger King,Dairy Queen and Dunking Donuts )
    and
    $0 purchase fee on American Express gift cards .

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Dec 17, 2015

    Aprel - thanks for the Red Hot & Blue info! I just added it (and a number of other offers) to the list.

  • aprel Dec 17, 2015

    Red Hot & blue also has a deal. You buy a $50.00 gift card and you get a $10.00 bonus card to use between January 1-February 11th

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Dec 16, 2015

    Updated the list again with grocery store offers that started today.

    Thanks LuvstoQ!

  • luvstoQ Dec 14, 2015

    Texas Roadhouse has an excellent GC incentive. Buy $100 GC - get a $20 meal voucher, also a gift basket with 3 additional $5 cards, 1 appetizer card, 2 steak knives (nice, like they use in their restaurant), bottle of their steak sauce, dry seasoning bottle, bag of roasted peanuts, and all comes in a metal pail (all free coupons can be used at 'any' time through 3/31/16 - one per visit). We have purchased two the last couple weeks - they have the best steak we have purchased out - ( it's also where some of our good Texas ranchers friends eat when wanting steak out!! ;-)
    Can also purchase a $150 GC (split into any $ amount cards) and get a $30 Meal voucher! That's what we did, and we'll have 'no' problems redeeming any of them!!
    And, no, we 'do not' have any financial incentive for promoting this LOL ;-}

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