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Give a free gift certificate to everyone you know

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Rick.Broida)
at 9:11AM Tuesday December 4, 2012
under Stuff We Like

If you're anything like me, your gift-giving holiday spirit is often at odds with your gift-giving budget.
In other words, much as you'd love to buy a little something for every friend, family member, and co-worker, you just can't afford it.

Or maybe you can. is offering a free $10 gift certificate to anyone and everyone on your list. Seriously. No limits. No strings attached. 

All you do is sign into your account (or sign up for one, which is also free), type a greeting, then choose one or more recipients from your Facebook, Google, Messenger, and/or Yahoo accounts. You can also enter individual e-mail addresses if you're not connected to any of those services, or your intended recipients aren't.

Click "Send" and presto! Every person on your list gets a $10 gift certificate, which can in turn be redeemed at any participating local restaurant. (There may be some fine print involving a minimum purchase or the like, but ultimately it's still $10 off the total bill.)

This Feed It Forward promotion runs through the month of December. Questions? Check out the Feed It Forward FAQ page.

I realize this sounds almost too good to be true, but this is the fifth year has run this promotion, and I can attest it's totally legit--and totally awesome. My only complaint is that the gift certificates must be delivered electronically; there's no option to print them. So much for using this as your Secret Santa gift at the office.

Even so, this is a great way to spread some holiday cheer without spending a dime. Heck, you can even send a gift to yourself. Or, you know, your favorite blogger.

Veteran technology writer Rick Broida is the author of numerous books, blogs, and features. He lends his money-saving expertise to CNET and, and also writes for PC World and Wired.