If you want to save money or earn a little extra, check out all the holiday gift card promotions. Buying gift cards with promotions is a great way to stretch your money a bit further!
Gift cards a very popular gift option. I don’t know about you, but I love getting gift cards as gifts, and giving them too. My family and I are spread out across the United States so it is easier (and cheaper with postage costs!) to mail gift cards instead of physical gifts.
Most of the time, I buy gift cards through our school Scrip program. They sell gift cards and we earn a percentage back towards our tuition. It’s a way to get gift cards that I will already use and earn a bit of money for school fees.
Some times, I buy the occasional gift card at Kroger when they are running their 4x fuel rewards on gift card purchases. This allows me to pick up a gift card when I am shopping for groceries – and earn additional money off my gas.
Of course, I earn free gift cards throughout the year by quickly clicking on emails and participating in a couple rewards programs. You can learn more about how I quickly earn free gift cards here.
At the holidays, I take advantage of all the great holiday gift card promotions and buy my gift cards directly from retailers. Why? Christmas is a time when many retailers (especially restaurants) offer great rewards for purchasing their gift card.
For the past couple years, we have been big fans of the Culvers gift card promotion. Their promotion is simple. When you buy $30 worth of gift cards, you get a couple for a free value meal. You can buy 1 gift card for $30 or 3 gift cards for $10 – or however you choose to divide it. As long as you buy $30, you will get a coupon for a free value meal. If you buy $60, you get two free coupons.
We eat at Culvers (with coupons) throughout the year, so it only makes sense to purchase some gift cards for our own use and earn a couple free value meals too. We now save some of our budget money particularly for this purpose and buy our gift cards during the holiday season. By setting aside our eating out money like this, it actually helps us save money – and get a bit more for our dollar!
We have done this with other restaurants, particularly when buying gift cards for grandparents. If there is a bonus, you can give it to the recipient or keep it for yourself. We’ve done both at various times. It really is up to you.
This year, I started paying attention to the deals that were running and went looking for the best holiday gift card promotions. This gift card promotion list is current for 2020.
I was amazed at how many restaurants offer various gift card promotions! Most start in the middle of November and run through the end of December. Some start later and some end earlier. Some give you free food coupons and others give you an actual gift card to use later.
You should know that all of the bonus rewards have an expiration date of some point. The gift cards, of course, do not expire. The bonuses do. Remember to use your bonuses before they expire so the promotion was actually worth your time!
If you are going to eat at a particular restaurant anyway, why not buy a gift card (or two) to save yourself some money?
If you are going to give a gift card to someone, why not take advantage of a holiday promotion to do so?
I went to many restaurant websites in search of the current, best holiday gift card promotions. The following is a list of the best ones I found.
This is not an exhaustive list but it is a list for 20 of the most popular restaurants and those with the best gift card promotions. I listed the dates of the sale, as well as when the bonus expires to make it easy for you. I also included direct links to the sale sites. Most have the fine print easily available there for you to read.
One interesting item of note? Many of these restaurants are starting to double their rewards on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. It is too late for that deal now, but be aware of this fact for next year. If you have a favorite restaurant, check their gift card promos as part of your Thanksgiving weekend shopping deals!
These are some of the best holiday gift card promotions.
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Applebee’s – Buy $50, Get $10 in Bonus
Buy $50 in gift cards and get a $10 bonus gift card. Promo offer runs November 2 to January 3. Bonus card expires February 28, 2021. Bonus gift card may not be redeemed on day of purchase. (Promo doubled to $20 on Black Friday & Cyber Monday.)
Blaze Pizza – Buy $25, Get a Free Pizza
Purchase a $25 Blaze Pizza gift card and get a certificate for a free pizza. Promotion runs from November 23 to December 31. Pizza coupon is valid between January 1 and February 28, 2021.
Bob Evans – Buy $50, Get $10 Bonus
Buy $50 in gift cards and receive a $10 bonus gift card. Promo offer runs until December 31. Bonus gift card valid between January 1 and February 28, 2021.
Buffalo Wild Wings – Buy $25, Get $5 E-bonus
Purchase a $25 in Buffalo Wild Wings gift card and get a $5 e-bonus. Promo offer runs until December 31. Ebonus coupons are valid between January 1 to February 28, 2021. Limit 4 Ebonus certificates per person.
Carrabba’s Italian Grill – Buy $50, Get $10 Bonus
Purchase $50 in Carrabba’s gift cards and get a $10 off bonus. Promo offer runs until December 31. Bonus $10 gift card valid between January 1 and February 7, 2021.
Cheesecake Factory – Buy $25, Get a Free Slice of Cheesecake
Buy $25 in Cheesecake Factory gift cards and receive a coupon for a free slice of cheesecake on a later visit. Promotion runs until December 31. Free cheesecake coupon valid between January 1 and March 31, 2021. (Promo doubled to 2 slices of cheesecake on Black Friday and Cyber Monday.)
Chili’s – Buy $50, Get $10 E-Bonus
Purchase $50 in Chili’s gift cards and receive a $10 e-bonus. Promo offer runs from November 1 to December 31. Bonus coupons valid between January 1 to February 11, 2021. (Promo doubled to $20 on Black Friday and Cyber Monday.)
Culver’s – Buy $30, Get a Free Value Meal
When you purchase $30 or more in Culver’s Gift Cards (in any denomination or combination), you’ll get a Free regular value basket coupon to use on a future visit. Order gift cards online or purchase in store. Promotion runs November 16 to December 27. Value basket certificate expires February 28, 2021.
Dunkin’ – Buy $50, Get $10 Bonus
Buy $50 in Dunkin’ gift cards online and receive a $10 bonus gift card. Promo offer runs from November 27 to December 24. Bonus gift card expires January 31, 2021.
Fazoli’s – Buy $20 Online, Get $5 Off Coupon
Purchase $20 in Fazoli’s gift cards online and get a $5 coupon off a future purchase. Bonus coupon valid November 1 to March 31, 2021.
Firehouse Subs – Buy $25 Online, Get a Free Medium Sub
Buy $25 in Firehouse Subs gift cards online and receive a free medium sub reward. Must have the Firehouse Rewards app for this reward. Promo runs from November 30 to December 27. Free medium sub promo expires February 15, 2021.
Granite City – Buy $25, Get $5 Bonus
Receive a $5 bonus eGift for every $25 in Granite City Gift Cards purchased. Bonus card is redeemable between January 1st and March 31st, 2021. (Promo doubled to $10 bonus on Black Friday and Cyber Monday.)
Krispy Kreme – Buy $30, Get $5 Bonus
Purchase $30 in Krispy Kreme gift cards and receive a $5 bonus. Bonus valid January 1-31, 2021.
Logan’s Roadhouse – Buy $50, Get $10 Bonus
Buy $50 in Logan’s Roadhouse gift cards online and receive a $10 bonus. Promo offer runs through December 31. Bonus gift card valid through February 13, 2021. Bonus gift card may not be redeemed on day of purchase. (Promo doubled to $20 on Black Friday and Cyber Monday.)
Moe’s Southwest Grill – Buy $25, Get $5 E-Bonus
Purchase $25 in Moe’s gift cards and receive a $5 E-bonus reward. Any combination of gift cards may be purchased to reach $25. Must have Moe’s app to redeem bonus. E-bonus is valid between January 1 and February 28, 2021.
O’Charley’s – Buy $25 Online, Get Instant $5 Off
Purchase a $25 O’Charley’s gift card online and receive an instant $5 discount at checkout. This allows you to purchase a $25 gift card for $20. (On Black Friday, Promo increased to Buy $50 for $35.)
Panda Express – Buy $30 Online, Get a Free Panda Bowl
Buy $30 in Panda Express gift cards online and receive a coupon for a free panda bowl. Promo offer runs from November 18 to December 13. Free panda bowl is only redeemable online and expires January 31, 2021.
Panera – Buy $50, Get $10 Bonus
Purchase $50 in Panera gift cards and receive a $10 bonus card. Promo offer runs from November 11 to December 31. Bonus gift card must be redeemed between January 1-31, 2021.
Red Robin – Buy $25 Online, Get $5 Bonus Buck Reward
Purchase $25 in Red Robin gift cards and receive a $5 bonus buck certificate. Gift cards must be purchased online for this promo. Promo offer runs November 3 to December 31.
Subway – Buy $25, Get a Free 6″ Sub
Buy $25 in Subway gift cards and receive a coupon for a free 6 inch sub. Promo runs in November and December. Free sub coupon valid January 1 to February 13, 2021.
Taco Cabana – Buy $25, Get $5
Buy $25 in Taco Cabana gift cards and get a $5 bonus customer appreciation gift card. Promo runs November 1 through December 31. Bonus appreciation card is valid through March 31, 2021.
Texas Roadhouse – Buy $30 Online, Get $5 E-Bonus
Buy $30 Texas Roadhouse gift cards online and get a $5 e-bonus gift card.
These are some of the best holiday gift promotions in 2020. Do you have another favorite promotion that didn’t make this list? Let me know in the comments! And I would love to know…Do you buy gift cards during the holiday season?