During the months of November and December, think twice before buying any gift card without first looking for a deal. Many stores and restaurants will be offering promotions to help you stretch your money. If you happen to be dining out, consider taking advantage of the gift card offer for your own savings!
Read the terms carefully – most bonus cards will have a specific redemption period or expiration date (and they don’t last long). Don’t forget to support small local businesses, too!
2021 Gift Card Bonus Offers: Buy a Gift Card, get a Bonus!
- Abuelo’s – Buy $50 worth of gift cards, get a $10 bonus gift card through 12/31. Bonus card valid 1/1-3/31 only.
- Applebee’s – Buy a $50 gift card, get a $10 bonus gift card. Bonus card expires 2/28. (11/1-1/2)
- BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse – Give $50 in gift cards, get $10; give $100, get $20 + a 20% VIP gift card. Bonus/VIP cards valid 1/1-2/13.
- Benihana – Buy $50 worth of gift cards, get a $10 promotional card; buy $200, get $60 through 12/31.
- Bonefish Grill – Buy $50 in gift cards, get a $10 coupon through 12/27. Coupon must be redeemed by 1/1-2/8.
- Buca di Beppo – Buy $50 in gift cards, get a $10 reward card through 12/31. Reward card valid 1/1-2/28.
- Buffalo Wild Wings – Buy $30 in gift cards, get an eBonus of $5 (limit 4) through 12/31. eBonus can be used 1/1-2/28.
- California Pizza Kitchen – Buy $100 worth of gift cards, get a $20 promotional card through 12/31.
- Carrabba’s – Buy $50 in gift cards, get a $10 bonus card. (11/16-27). Bonus card is valid 1/1-2/6 only.
- Chili’s – Get a $10 e-bonus gift card for every $50 in gift cards purchased.
- Cold Stone Creamery – Get a $15 e-bonus with a $50 gift card purchase through 12/31. Bonus valid 11/22-2/28.
- Culver’s – Buy a $30 gift card, get a coupon for a free regular value basket
- Del Taco – Coming 11/26-11/29
- Denny’s – Buy a $25 gift card, get a $5 bonus card. See store for details. While supplies last through Dec 25.
- DSW – Get a $25 bonus card when you buy $100 in DSW gift cards or $10 bonus when you buy $50 through 11/1-12/24. Redeem Bonus Cards 1/2-1/23.
- El Charro – Buy $100 in El Charro gift cards, get a $20 bonus card (in restaurant through 12/31).
- Einstein Bros. Bagels – $5 bonus gift card for every $25 gift card purchase through 12/25
- Famous Footwear – For every $50 in gift cards purchased through 12/25, get a $10 bonus. Receive up to $30 total in bonus cards, valid for redemption 12/26-1/29.
- Flemings Steakhouse – Buy $100 worth of gift cards, get a $20 bonus gift card through 12/31
- Firehouse Subs – Buy a $25 gift card online, get a free medium sub through the Firehouse Sub app
- First Watch – Buy $100 in gift cards, get $20 in bonus bucks
- Fogo de Chao – $25 Holiday Bonus Card for every $125 in gift cards, $75 for every $300 or $100 for every $400 purchased both online and in-restaurant from 10/25-1/22. Bonus cards can be redeemed from 1/3-3/27.
- Golden Corral – Get $10 Bonus Card with every $50 in gift card purchases
- IHOP – Get a $5 bonus card with any gift card purchase of $25 or more through 1/1. Bonus card expires 2/28.
- J. Baldwin’s or Testa Barra Kitchen & Cocktails (Macomb, MI) – Buy a $50 gift card, get a $5 bonus card. Buy $100 gift card, get a $15 bonus card.
- Jamba Juice – Buy $25 in e-gift cards, get a $5 bonus card.
- Joe’s Crab Shack – Buy $50 in gift cards, get a $10 reward card (all Landry’s restaurants through 12/31). Redeem reward cards 1/1-5/31.
- Lettuce Entertain You Restaurants – For every $100 in gift cards you buy, get a $25 holiday bonus card through Dec 30.
- Logan’s Roadhouse – Buy $50 in gift cards and get a $10 bonus card via email through 12/31. Bonus card valid through 2/13 and is not valid on the day issued.
- Kona Grill – Earn $22 Bonus Dining Dollars for every $100 gift card purchased or $20 Bonus Dollars for every $50 gift card purchased between now and December 31. Bonus cards valid from 1/1-3/31/20; not valid on 2/14.
- Maggiano’s Little Italy – Buy $100 in gift cards, get a $20 eBonus card valid 1/1-2/29.
- McCormick & Schmick’s – Buy $50 in gift cards, get a $10 reward card (all Landry’s restaurants through 12/31). Redeem reward cards 1/1-5/31.
- The Melting Pot – Buy $100 in gift cards, get $100 in four $25 bonus certificates that can be used next year. $100 Bonus certificates are presented in $25 increments valid: Jan-Mar, Apr-Jun, Jul-Sep, & Oct-Dec.
- Noodles & Company – For every $25 in gift cards purchased, get a $5 Bonus Card (through 12/31).
- Outback Steakhouse –Get a $10 bonus card for every $50 in gift cards purchased
- Panda Express – Get a free bowl when you order a $35 in gift cards online
- Panera Bread – For every $50 in gift cards you buy through 12/31, get a $10 bonus gift card. Bonus card valid 1/1-1/31 only.
- Rainforest Cafe – Buy $50 in gift cards, get a $10 reward card (all Landry’s restaurants through 12/31). Redeem reward cards 1/1-5/31.
- Red Lobster – Buy $50 in gift cards, get a $10 coupon
- Red Robin – Get a $5 bonus buck reward for every $25 in gift cards purchased through 12/31. Redeem bonus 1/1-2/28.
- Ruth’s Chris Steak House – through November 30, receive a $40 bonus card for every $200 gift card purchase.
- Subway – Get a fre 6″ sub when you buy $25 or more in gift cards through 12/31
- Taco Bell – Receive 1 free combo for each increment of $25 activated/reloaded on gift cards at the time of purchase (in restaurant or drive-thru). Maximum purchase/reload $50 per day.
- TGI Fridays – Black Friday Bonus! For every $50 you spend in e-gift cards, get $15 in Bonus Bites. (11/27-12/4 ONLY)
More Ways to Save on Gift Cards
- Kroger – Download your Kroger digital coupon and earn 4 times the fuel rewards points on gift card purchases purchased. (This normally runs from the end of November through mid-December.) Kroger store gift cads, airtime cards and more are excluded.
- Meijer mPerks Reward – Spend $50 in select gift cards, get $5 off your next shopping trip. (This digital reward instantly loads to your account when you enter your mPerks number at checkout; you will NOT receive a checkout coupon). Excluded gift cards: Meijer, Amazon, iTunes, Gaming, Hulu, HBO Now, CBS All Access, Spotify, prepaid Debit, Visa, MasterCard, American Express and phone cards.TIP: Use this savings to create deals at ANY store you plan to shop – Toys R Us, Lowe’s, Home Depot, etc. Buy gift cards now, then use them in the coming weeks to pay for your purchases.
- Target – Sometime around the first Sunday in December, Target has offered 10% off Target store gift cards online and in-store. This is a HUGE way to save and something I look forward to every year (not always for gifting, either)! Hopefully it will return.
- Scrip Program – If your school/church/band/organization uses Scrip, don’t forget to keep your eyes open for bonus deals at this time of year. Larger rebates for select cards are common!
Gift Card Bonus Offers: UNCONFIRMED for 2020
Many businesses will not release their gift card offer as late as December. Some may choose to discontinue it completely. These businesses have featured bonus card offers in the past, but have not published any details yet for this year (the details below were from 2019). I will move them to the confirmed section if they change.
- Boston Market – Get a $5 bonus card with every $25 gift card purchase (10/28-12/31), both in-restaurant and online. Bonus cards can be redeemed 11/28/19-1/31/20.
- Barnes & Noble – Buy $100 or more in gift cards or e-gift cards in a single order (through Nov 30 ONLY), get a $10 bonus Reward.
- Green Lantern Pizza – Buy $100 in Green Lantern gift cards, get a free $20 gift card! (12/2-12/31)
- HopCat – Buy a $50 gift card by 12/31, get a $10 coupon for any food purchase from 1/1-2/29.
- Krispy Kreme – Buy $30 in gift cards, get a $5 bonus card. Send by mail or e-mail (redeemable 1/1-1/31)
- Longhorn Steakhouse – Buy $50 in online gift cards, get a $10 bonus card
- Menchie’s – Get a $5 bonus card for every $25 you buy in gift cards in store only (Nov-Dec). While supplies last.
- MOD Pizza – Buy $25 or more in gift cards between 11/15-12/31, get a coupon for a FREE MOD-size pizza or salad and 16 oz Coca-Cola, redeemable in-store in January 2021.
- National Coney Island – Buy a $25 gift card, get $5 Coney Bucks
- O’Charleys – Black Friday/Cyber Weekend only, purchase a $50 gift card for $35 (through 11/30).
- Olga’s Kitchen – Get $50 in gift cards for $39.99 online only (Black Friday-Cyber Monday only). Get $30 in bonus bucks when you spend $100 in gift cards or $5 for every $25 purchased. Bonus bucks valid 1/1-2/28)
- Olive Garden – Get a $10 bonus card for every $50 in gift cards purchased through 12/30. Bonus card valid 1/2-2/9.
- P.F. Changs – For every $100 in gift cards purchased through 12/31, get a $20 bonus gift card. Redeem bonus 1/1-2/29.
- Romano’s Macaroni Grill – Save 25% off all e-gift cards on Cyber Monday only (12/2) at MacaroniGrill.com with the use of code CYBER19.
- Ruby Tuesday – Get a $15 bonus card via email for every $50 in gift cards purchased. Bonus cards valid 1/2-3/5.
- Steak n’ Shake – Buy a $20 gift card, get a $5 certificate
- Tony Roma’s – Get $15 in RomaBucks for every $50 in Tony Roma’s gift cards you buy through 12/31
- Uno Chicago Grill – Get a $5 bonus voucher for every you buy $25 in gift cards
- White Castle – Get a $5 promo card with every $25 in gift cards purchased (while supplies last)
Have you found other BONUS GIFT CARD OFFERS this year? I’d love to add them to the list!
On the IHOP deal, I got an email this morning that said $10 bonus for $30 purchase.