'Tis the season for holiday shopping and millions are expected to buy at least one gift card, maybe more.
Many restaurants are offering a bonus when you buy a gift card. You can use the bonus card for yourself or as another gift. One note though, sometimes the bonus card says bonus card and it can only be used certain days, so that makes it a better gift to keep for yourself, than to give.
As always, double check all the rules before purchasing a gift card and if you plan to buy it in store, check that the store has cards available and is offering the deal.
Here's a list of some of the gift card bonuses I've found so far:
- Applebee's. Buy $50 in Applebee's gift cards and get a free $10 bonus card.
- Carrabba's. Buy $100 in gift cards and get a $20 bonus card. Gift cards on sale until Dec. 31. Bonus card valid Jan. 1-Feb. 10, 2014.
- Chili's. Buy $50 in gift cards online and get a $10 bonus card. Bonus card valid Jan. 1-Feb. 10, 2014.
- Del Taco. Buy a $25 gift card, get a free combo meal. Buy $100 in gift cards and get 5 free combo meals. Free food coupons expire Feb. 28, 2014. Gift card special available online only.
- Einstein Bros Bagels. Buy a $25 gift card, get a $5 bonus card that may be used Jan. 1-Feb. 28, 2014. Must purchase in store.
- Hooters. Buy a $25 gift card, get a $5 Santa's Bucks bonus card redeemable in 2014.
- Jamba Juice. Get a free small smoothie when you buy gift cards totaling $25 or more. Get free smoothie on the day of the purchase. Offer available until Jan. 2, 2014 at participating stores.
- Landmark Theaters is offering a free medium popcorn when you buy a minimum of $50 in Gift Card purchases. However, the offer ends December 12.
- Mad Greens. Get a $5 gift card when you buy $25 in gift cards.
- Maggiano's. Buy $100 or more in online gift cards and get a $20 bonus card and a 1 year subscription to Food & Wine magazine. Gift cards available online until Dec. 31. Bonus card redemption allowed from Jan. 1-Feb. 28, 2014.
- Olive Garden. Purchase $50 or more in gift cards before 12/25 and you'll receive a $10 bonus offer for yourself. Bonus offer is $10 off the purchase of two entrees and is valid Jan. 1-Feb. 9, 2014.
- Outback Steakhouse. Get a $20 bonus card for every $100 in gift cards purchased. Bonus card valid Jan. 1-Feb. 10, 2014.
- Panera Bread. Get a free $10 eGift Card when you purchase $100 in Gift Cards or eGift Cards.
- Pei Wei. Buy $25 in gift cards and get a free small entree. Entree coupon redeemable Jan. 7-Feb. 2, 2014. Offer ends Dec. 24.
- P.F. Chang's. Buy $100 in gift cards and get a $20 bonus card. Bonus card redeemable Jan. 1-March 31, 2014.
- Qdoba. Order a Q-Cash Card with $30 or more loaded on it and get a Free Entrée. Offer available now until 12/31/13 at participating Qdoba locations and on all orders placed on qdoba.com.
- Red Robin. Get a $5 bonus buck reward when you buy a $25 gift card. Or get a 20% discount on all purchases over $250 online.
- Red Lobster. Get a $5 off coupon when you buy a $25 gift card online. The $5 off coupon is valid on two entrees from Jan. 1-Feb. 9, 2014.
- Ruby Tuesday. Buy a $25 gift card, get a $5 bonus card. Spend $50, get a $15 bonus card. Cards available in store and on-line. Bonus coupons valid Jan. 2-Feb. 28, 2014.
- Smashburger. Get a $5 in smash cash for every $25 gift card purchased. Smash cash valid Jan. 1-Jan. 31, 2014.
- Taco Bell. Buy a $20 gift card and get two free Doritos locos tacos and a large drink. Free offer available at time of gift card purchase. Limited time offer.
- Village Inn. Buy a $25 gift card, get a $5 bonus card. Website says bonus card valid until March 31, 2013 (2013, not 2014), so double check the rules when you buy the gift card.
If you see a deal, e-mail me Debbie (Debbie@thedenverchannel.com).