The holiday gift guide series continues this week with gift card deals!

It’s time for the annual list of the best deals on restaurant and retail gift cards. Buy cards to give as gifts or to lock in a discount on your favorite chain restaurants.

Use credit cards offering cash back on restaurants (Upromise World MasterCard offers 4% at participating restaurants) to increase your savings. And if you use your gift cards yourself, make sure to pair them with coupons for even MORE of a discount on your favorite meals!

Use your bonus cards as an extra inexpensive gift for someone on your list, a coworker or teacher, a Secret Santa gift or a special treat for yourself! Make sure to check the fine print on each offer – some restaurants limit the number of bonuses you can earn, and most bonus gift cards can be used for a limited time.

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Restaurant Gift Card Deals

  • ApplebeesBuy $50 and get $10 bonus card.
  • BJ’s Brewhouse: Receive a free gift with the purchase of $50 or more in gift cards and a free gift plus a surprise bonus gift card with the purchase of $75 or more in gift cards.
  • Benihana: Receive a $10 Promotional Card with the purchase of $50 in Gift Cards. Buy the card before 12/31/13 and the promotional card is valid through 3/31/14.
  • Boston Market: For every $25 in gift cards purchased by 12/31/13, get a $5 bonus card.
  • Chili’s: Free $10 Holiday Buck Bonus Card with every $50 in gift cards purchased.
  • California Pizza KitchenPurchase $100 in gift cards by 12/29/13, get a $20 rewards card. Rewards card can be used starting January 14, 2014.
  • Jamba Juice: Buy $25 in gift cards before 1/2/14 and receive a free small smoothie.
  • Macaroni Grill: For every $25 in gift cards purchased by 12/31/13, get a $5 gift card redeemable 1/1/14 – 2/12/14.
  • Outback: Buy $100, get $20 free (online or in-store). Purchase by 12/31/13 and use bonus card between 1/1/14 and 2/10/14. May receive up to 10 bonus cards.
  • Red Robin: Get $5 bonus card for every $25 of gift cards purchased. Or, get a 10% discount on any orders over $250.
  • Taco Bell: If you buy $20 in gift cards, receive 2 free Doritos Loco Tacos and a large drink.
  • Taco Cabana: Receive $5 when you buy $25 in gift cards.
  • T.G.I. Friday’s: Buy $25 in gift cards and receive a $5 Bonus Bites card for yourself.
  • Uno Chicago Grill: Receive a $5 voucher for every $25 in gift cards. Bonus voucher valid 1/2/14 – 2/13/14.

Other Shopping Gift Card Deals

  • Barnes and Noble: Buy $75 of gift cards on by 12/3/13, get a $10 e-certificate for use online only. One bonus per mailing address, must have account to receive bonus.
  • The Children’s Place: Buy $40 in e-gift cards at The Children’s Place by 12/31/13 and receive a $10 one for yourself.

More Places to Find Gift Card Deals

  • Discount Gift Card Sites: You can also purchase gift cards at a discount from places like Cardpool or Gift Card Granny.
  • Costco: A reader Shelley also found lots of gift card deals at Costco. She found a $100 gift card to one of her local restaurants for $69.99.

iTunes Card Deals

  • iTunes Bonus: Get a $100 iTunes Gift Card for $85 at Best Buy for a limited time.

More Holiday Gift Ideas

If you don’t see anything you like, you can always check our list of gift card alternatives or check out more inexpensive gift ideas in our gift guide series:

What other gift card deals have you found this holiday season? Feel free to add them to the list below!

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Comments to Gift Card Deals for Restaurants, iTunes and Shopping

  1. I’m not a big fan of gift cards – but I do like iTune’s because I can get books to listen to on trips. Pretty awesome!


  2. Thanks for sharing these deals. You can also buy discount at places like Costco where they have both local and national deals. For example, my Costco has an $100 gift card to one of our local restaurants for $69.99. I am planning to buy one and use it myself! You can’t beat the savings!

    Shelley Hunter

    • Wow, that is a great deal! I will have to check ours – I usually only see chain discounts, like $75 of Outback giftcards for $65 or something like that. But your deal is an excellent one.


  3. You can also buy gift cards at a discount on the web. I just a bought a PetSmart card for 16% of face value. ($84 for $100 card)


  4. Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill: Get a $5 “thank you” to use after the new year with every $25 in gift card purchases November 4th through December 29th.

    Holiday Parties: receive a $25 gift for every pre-booked holiday party valued at $250 or more.

    Smokey Bones

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