I shop online all day long with Savings.com, and occasionally I actually leave the house to buy things locally. But from Thanksgiving till Christmas I try to avoid the crowds at the stores as much as possible. And let's face it, there are plenty of people in this modern world who are not really friends or family members but who you feel compelled to get gifts for.
Gift cards are the perfect gift for these folks, and if you buy the right ones you can get a free lunch or more on top of the gifts for your acquaintances.
Ben & Jerry's
will give you a free scoop of ice cream with purchase of a $10 gift card.
offers a $10 bonus card with purchase of a $50 gift card.
has a $5 bonus deal with $50 card. On top of that orders of $75 or more get an extra $5 and free shipping.
will give you a coupon for a free "Six Dollar Burger" when you buy a $20 gift card.
will give you a free lunch on your next visit when you buy a $30 gift card.
has a selection of cards available, with two $50 gift cards costing just $79.99 for California Pizza Kitchen
, McCormick & Schmick
and/or Wolfgang Puck's
also offers a $20 bonus with a $100 card bought on their site.
will give you two free tacos with a $10 gift card, two soft tacos with a $15 card, a free combo meal with a $25 card, two free combos and a Frisbee with a $50 card and four free combos, a Frisbee and a hat with a $100 card.
offers a $5 bonus with every $25 gift card you buy. As does Hooters
, Joe's Crab Shack
, Red Robin
, TGI Fridays
, and Uno Grill (Pizzeria Uno)
is basically Carl's Jr little brother, they give you a Little Thickburger with a $20 gift card. I think that's the same as the Six Dollar Burger.
Little Italy is giving away a $20 bonus and a subscription to Food & Wine magazine with a $100 card.
Morton's Steak House
has a $50 bonus with any $300 gift card, or a $100 bonus with a $500 card.
offers a $20 bonus with every $100 card you buy.
Rubio's Baja Grill
gives you a $5 with a $50 gift card purchase.
will sell you a $50 gift card and give you a $15 bonus, plus ship it to you for free right from their website.
Ruth's Chris Steak House
offers a 10% bonus for any gift card order of $250 or more, and this would be a nice gift, even for people like in-laws, as long as they aren't vegan.
requires you to use your Visa card, but then when you buy 4
e-Gifts you will get a $5 bonus gift card.
will give you a free meal with any $50 gift card.
Starbucks requires you to use your Visa card, but then when you buy 4 e-Gifts you will get a $5 bonus gift card.
will give you a free Chicken Flatbread Combo with a $20 gift card, or $5 off a future visit with a $25 card.
Tony Roma's Ribs will give you an extra $15 bonus with any $50 gift card order.
Some of these deals are available online exclusively, or in store only. You'll have to check out the websites for specifics. Looking at some of these offers, I think I can check all my extended family of aunts, uncles, cousins, in-laws, co-workers and office friends off my list in one fell swoop. Buy about a dozen Starbucks cards to cover anyone you forgot, or didn't realize you were supposed to get a gift for, including your mail carrier, building super, and/or landlord, and use any left-over's yourself.
I am working my way to a holiday shopping season in which I can do all my shopping this way. Everyone I know will get gift cards or products featuring "As Seen on TV" as a selling point.
Know of any other restaurant or retail gift card bonus offers, list them in the comments.