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christmas treeIf you’re a bargain shopper like me, then I’m sure you appreciate the holiday gift card deals offered by retailers, like buy a $50 gift card and get a $10 gift card free. It’s like a little bonus. A thank you for shopping. A way to treat yourself—or someone else—to a nice gift.

But there is little unknown secret. One that will make you want to give yourself a high five and then giggle about it. No matter where you go to shop or eat, ask if they have a gift card promotion. If they do, purchase the gift card BEFORE you shop or eat. Then turn around and use that same gift card to pay for your purchase. Consider the bonus gift card as a tip, for yourself, for being so thrifty!

As an alternative, you can shop at GiftCards.com for discounted gift cards, up to 25% off, plus you can even customize your gift cards with photos! Did I forget to mention that you can sell your gift cards too?

Below you will find an ongoing list of all stores and restaurants that are offering holiday gift card deals for 2012. Expiration dates and restrictions are included, if applicable. If you hear of a gift card deal that’s not listed, please let me know!

Last updated 12/16/12

Retail Stores

  • Barnes & Nobleicon: Get a $10 promotional gift card when you buy $75 in Barnes & Noble gift cards through 12/2.
  • Dell: Buy a $400 eGift card, get a free $75 promo eGift card through 11/27.
  • Half Price Books: $5 Bonus Card with $25 Gift Card purchase through 12/31.
  • L.L. Bean: Spend $50 in merchandise get a $10 gift card thru 12/24.
  • The Children’s Place: For every $40 worth of eGift Cards purchased, get a $10 eGift Card through 12/31. You will receive one eGift Card based on your total purchase.

Restaurants

  • Applebee’s: Buy $50 in Applebee’s digital gift cards and you’ll get a free $10 digital bonus gift card. For physical gift cards, go into the restaurant for your bonus offer.
  • Arby’s: Buy a $10 Gift Card, get a Free Peppermint Stick Swirl Shake or any other dessert.
  • Baker’s Square Restaurant & Pies: Buy a $25 Gift Card, Get a $5 Bonus Card.
  • bd’s Mongolian Grill: Buy $25 in Gift Cards and get a $5 Thank You Card.
  • Ben & Jerry’s: Free Scoop of Ice Cream when you spend $10 or more on Gift Cards in store.
  • BeniHana: Buy a $50 Gift Card and get a $10 Gift Card free through 12/31.
  • Black Angus Steakhouse: Get $5 Bonus Bucks with every $50 in gift cards purchased through 12/31.
  • Bonefish Grill: Buy $100 worth of gift cards and get a free $20 bonus card.
  • Boston Market: Receive a $5 bonus gift card for every $25 gift card purchased.
  • Bravo! Cucina Italiano: Receive a $20 bonus gift card with every $100 gift card purchase.
  • Brio Tuscan Grille: Receive a $20 Gift for every $100 Gift Card purchased through 12/31.
  • Bucca di Beppo: Get a $10 reward card with every $50 gift card purchase.
  • Buffets, Inc (Ryan’s, Country Buffet, Hometown Buffet, Old Country Buffet, Fire Mountain, Granny’s Buffet): Purchase $25 in gift cards, get a VIP card for a free meal.
  • California Pizza Kitchen: Purchase $100 in gift cards and get a $20 rewards card.
  • Carl’s Jr: Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich coupon with $5+ gift card purchase.
  • Carrabba’s Italian Grill: For each $100 in gift cards purchased, receive a $20 bonus card through 12/31.
  • Cha Cha’s Tacos & Tequila: Buy a $100 gift card get a $20 bonus gift card.
  • Cheeseburger in Paradise: Get a $10 Bounce Back Gift Card that you will receive for every $50 in gift cards purchased.
  • Cheesecake Factory: Free slice of cheesecake for every $25 gift card purchase through 12/25.
  • Chevys Fresh Mex: Buy a $50 gift card, get a $10 certificate to use towards your next meal.
  • Chili’s Restaurant: Buy at least $100 in gift cards and save 10% off the purchase.
  • Chipotle: Buy $30 or more in gift cards at any US Chipotle restaurant through 12/31, then bring in your receipt before 1/31/13 for a FREE burrito, bowl, or order of tacos.
  • Chop House: Free Gourmet Steak Seasoning with every $100 Gift Card Purchase. $50 Dining Voucher with every $500 Gift Card Purchase.
  • Claim Jumper: Free $10 Rewards Card with every $50 gift card purchase through 12/24.
  • Cold Stone: Buy $30 in Gift Cards, Get a $5 Bonus Card.
  • Cosi: $10 Bonus Card with every $50 you spend on CosìCard gift card purchases in-store or online through 12/31.
  • Cotton Patch Cafe: Free $5 gift card with purchase of $25 gift card through 12/19.
  • Crisper’s (Florida): Buy $50 gift card, get $10 gift card free.
  • Culver’s: Free Double Deluxe Value Basket with every $25 in gift cards purchased through 12/30.
  • Del Taco: Buy $25 Gift Card, Get 1 Free Combo Meal coupon; Buy $50 Gift Card, Get 2 Free Combo Meal coupons plus a deck of Del Taco Playing Cards; Buy $100 Gift Card, Get 4 Free Combo Meal coupons plus a deck of Del Taco Playing Cards and a Del Taco Party Pong Game; Get a BONUS $25 Del Taco Gift Card w/ purchase of a $100 Del Taco Black Gift Card (not eligible for Combo Meal coupons).
  • Denny’s: Purchase $25 Worth of Gift Cards and Receive a $5 Denny’s Bonus Card.
  • El Torito: $15 Bonus Card when you purchase a $75 Gift Card; $20 Bonus Card when you purchase a $100 Gift Card; ends 12/31.
  • Elephant Bar: For every $25 in gift cards get a $5 bonus gift card.
  • Famous Dave’s: For every $25 in gift cards get a $5 bonus gift card.
  • Fazoli’s: Free $5.00 off purchase card when you buy a $20.00 gift card.
  • Finley’s American Grill: $5 free with every $25 gift card purchased through 12/31.
  • First Watch: Receive $20 in bonus bucks when you purchase $100 worth of Gift Cards.
  • Flat Top Stir Fry Grill: Buy $50 in gift cards get s $15 bonus gift card.
  • Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar: Receive a $20 bonus card for every $100 in gift cards you purchase through 12/31.
  • Gibson’s Restaurant Group (Chicago) – Gibsons, Quartinos, Lux Bar, Hugo’s Frog Bar: $25 virtual Lunch Card with every $100 in gift card purchased.
  • Jamba Juice: Through 1/2/13, purchase 1+ gift cards worth $25+ and receive one a Sixteen size smoothie or a coupon for one (1) free Sixteen size smoothie.
  • Lettuce Entertain You Restaurants: Receive a $25 bonus certificate for every $100 in gift cards you buy through 12/30.
  • Logan’s Roadhouse: Receive $5 Logan Bucks for every $35 in gift card purchase.
  • Longhorn Steakhouse: Buy $25 gift card in store and receive $5 off your next purchase.
  • Maggiano’s Little Italy: For every $100 worth of gift cards purchased, receive a $20 off $50 coupon and a one year subscription to Food And Wine Magazine through 12/31.
  • MaggieMoo’s: Buy $25 in gift cards and get a $5 gift card free.
  • Marie Callender’s Restaurant & Bakery and Callender’s Grill: Purchase $25 or more in gift cards, receive $5 Bonus Card.
  • Max and Erma’s: Get a $5 Bonus Holiday Card for every $25 in gift cards.
  • Mellow Mushroom: Free $5 bonus gift card on every $25 gift cards purchased.
  • Mitchell’s Fish Market: For every $100 in gift cards you purchase, you receive a $25 bonus gift card through 12/30.
  • Morton’s Steakhouse: Purchase $250 in Morton’s gift cards and receive a $50 reward card through 12/24 (gift cards cannot be purchased and redeemed the same day).
  • Ninety-Nine Restaurants: Buy $25 in gift cards get $5 bonus gift card.
  • Old Spaghetti Factory: Buy$25 in gift cards get a $5 bonus gift card.
  • Olga’s Kitchen: $25 gets you $5, $50 gets you $10, $75 gets you $15, $100 in Gift Cards, get $30 in Bonus Cards.
  • Olive Garden: Buy $25 in gift cards and get a free $5 coupon through 12/31.
  • Outback Steakhouse: For every $100 purchased receive a $20 bonus card through 12/31.
  • The Palm: Through 1/15, you’ll receive a $50 Palm Thank You Card for every $250 spent on Gift Cards.
  • Panda Express: Buy a $25 dollar gift card, get a free 2 entree meal on your next visit.
  • P.F.Chang’s: Receive a $20 PFChang’s Bonus Card when you purchase $100 in PFCh gift cards through 12/31.
  • Pizza Ranch: Purchase $50 in gift cards, receive a free $5 card through 12/31.
  • Potbelly Restaurant: Free sandwich when you buy $25 in gift cards.
  • Qdoba: $5 gift card free with $25 gift card purchase (or reload).
  • Red Lobster: $5 Off Bonus Coupon When You Purchase a $25 Gift Card.
  • Red Mango: Free $5 Red Mango “Share The Love” card for each $25 Red Mango gift card purchase.
  • Red Robin: For every $25 in gift cards get $5 bonus gift card or 20% discount on every $500 gift card purchase.
  • Rita’s Italian Ice: Free regular Italian Ice, frozen custard, gelati, blendini, misto or milkshake when you buy a $10 gift card.
  • Romano’s Macaroni Grill: For every $25 in gift cards get a $5 bonus gift card.
  • Roy’s Restaurant: Buy $100 in gift cards and get a $20 bonus gift card.
  • Ruby Tuesday: Purchase $50 in gift cards, receive a $15 bonus coupon plus free ground shipping through 12/31.
  • Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse: Receive a bonus gift card in the amount equal to 10% of your gift card purchase over $250.
  • Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza & Grill: For every $50 gift card purchase, receive a $10 Sammy’s Certificate through 12/31.
  • Shula’s: 10% Bonus Gift Card on Gift Card Purchases over $250; 10% Bonus Gift Card + Free UPS 2nd Day Shipping + Bottle of Shula’s BBQ Sauce with Gift Card Purchases over $500. Gift Cards must be ordered online for offer to be valid.
  • Sonny’s Real-Pit BBQ: Buy $50 in gift cards get a $10 bonus gift card.
  • Souplantation: Free meal with $50 gift card purchase.
  • Steak N’ Shake: Buy $25 in Gift Cards at restaurant and get a $5 Bonus Card.
  • Stir Crazy Fresh Asian Grill: Purchase $100 in Stir Crazy gift cards and receive a $25 bonus card through 1/6.
  • Subway: Free 6″ sub when you buy or reload a $25 gift card.
  • Taco Bell: Buy a $20 Gift Card, get a free item.
  • Taco Bueno: Free $5 bonus card when you buy a $20 gift card.
  • Texas de Brazil: Purchase a $70 gift card for $60 or a $125 gift card for $100 (online only).
  • Texas Roadhouse: Get a $5 bonus eGift Card for a future visit when you order $30 or more in Gift Cards online.
  • Texas Steakhouse and Saloon: For every $50 in gift cards get a $10 bonus gift card.
  • TGI Friday’s: Buy $25 in Gift Cards and Get a $5 Bonus Bites Card.
  • Tony Roma’s: Bonus $15 in RomaBucks for every $50 gift card purchase.
  • Uno’s Chicago Grill: For every $25 in gift cards get a $5 bonus voucher.
  • White Castle: Get a free $5 promo card with purchase of $25 in gift cards.
  • Wood Ranch BBQ: Get a free $10 promo card with purchase of $50 in gift cards.
  • Yard House: $10 Bonus Card with Every $50 Gift Card Purchase.

Other Places

  • Rave Cinemas: Purchase a $25 gift card at the box office and get an additional $5 card free through 12/31. 8 per person per visit, 24 per household.
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6 Responses to 2012 Holiday Gift Card Deals

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  3. rebeccasinclair76 says:

    Wow thanks for this awesome list! We do get a lot of gift cards for Christmas so this will be a help!

  4. MelanieB says:

    This is awesome!!! Thanks for putting it all together :)

  5. Stephanie66 says:

    Thank you for sharing, that is a very good idea.  I plan on keeping an eye on your page for other good gift card bonuses!

  6. AmHengst says:

    These are great deals. Its like buying  a gift card for a Christmas gift and also getting a gift for yourself too. So many restaurants listed so there are lots of choices to choose from. Or buy one and also having one for the mail carrier or someone else .

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