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2020 restaurant and retail gift card deals

The holidays are the best time to buy gift cards for loved ones or even yourself — especially for popular restaurants and retailers. Not only are gift cards at the top of many people’s wish list every season, but, because there are so many bonus offers this time of year, they’re an even better choice because of the savings. 

The extra savings make gift cards an efficient, convenient, and frugal way to check off your holiday shopping list.

Plus, who says gift cards have to be gifts? If you have a favorite restaurant or retailer offering a gift card bonus, pre-pay for goods and services now…and gift yourself the bonus.

It’s important to note that most, if not all, of the “bonus cards” are not gift cards. They have completely different terms and conditions. For example, unlike a gift card, the restaurant bonus cards may have minimum purchase requirements, date restrictions, or menu exclusions. For many bonus offers, you will have to wait until Jan. 1, 2021, to redeem them. Review the fine print for limitations before you purchase. 

Tips for getting the best holiday gift card deals

Here are some more things to look for as you review the best gift card bonus offers:

The gift card bonuses are available at participating locations, while supplies last. 

Most of the gift card bonus offers are available through Dec.  31. However, some of the promotions end earlier, so check first.

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Most bonus offers are either available online or in-store only. However, some may be available both online and in-store. If you’re ordering online, be sure it qualifies for the bonus offer. Once you click “buy,” you may be out of luck as most gift card sales are final. (For maximum savings, purchase gift cards in person, so as to avoid any potential online shipping charges.) 

National and regional chains aren’t the only businesses in the gift-giving mood. You may find local restaurants or businesses in your neighborhood with bonus gift card offers, so stop by your favorite spots for more potential savings. Gift card purchases are a great way to support local businesses.

As with any promotion, bonus card offers may have limits or restrictions. Therefore, do the math first. You may get more bonuses by breaking down a large purchase. For example, if the bonus is for a $25 (or more) gift card and you’re buying a $50 gift card, why not purchase two $25 gift cards in separate transactions instead? You just doubled your bonus. However, many businesses give you a bonus for each gift card purchased at a specified amount (usually $25 or $50.) As a result, there may be no need for multiple transactions. 

Finally, review our tips on how to maximize the value of your gift cards.

Restaurant gift card deals for 2020

Here’s a round-up of restaurant gift card bonus offers from popular national chains:

Restaurant: Minimum Gift Card Purchase = Bonus Offer

Abuelo’s: $50 = $10 VIP card

Arby’s: $25 = FREE sandwich

Applebee’s: $50 = $10 bonus card

bellagreen: $50 = $10 e-gift card

bartaco: $50 = $10 bonus certificate

Benihana: $50 = $10 promo card / $200 = $60 / $400 = $120 

Bonefish Grill: $50 = $10 bonus card

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. – $50 = $10 reward card 

Buca di Beppo: $50 = $10 reward card

Buffalo Wild Wings – $25 = $5 eBonus

Carrabba’s Italian Grill – $50 = $10 bonus card 

The Cheesecake Factory – $25 = FREE Slice of Joy voucher

Chili’s: $50 = $10 eBonus

Chompie’s: $50 = $10 gift card

Cold Stone Creamery – $50 = $15 Bonus Card

Corner Bakery: $25$5 bonus card

Del Taco: Online$30 = FREE small combo meal coupon / $100 = Four (4) FREE small combo meal                                                                                                                                                                                                 coupons

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                   In-store$15 = Two (2) FREE grilled chicken tacos / $25 = Four (4) FREE grilled chicken                                                                                                                                                                                                       tacos 

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit: $25 = $5 bonus card$50 = $10 bonus card

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar: $100 = $20 bonus card

Flower Child: $50 = $10 bonus card

Fogo de Chão: $125 = $25 bonus card / $300 = $75 bonus card / $400 = $100 bonus card

Grimaldi’s Coal Brick-Oven Pizzeria: $50 = $10 bonus card / $100 = $20 bonus card

Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant: $50 = $10 bonus card

Jamba – $30 = Two (2) $5 Reward Cards

Kona Grill: $50 = $10 Dining Dollars / $100 = $25 Dining Dollars

Ledo Pizza: $25 = $5 bonus card

Logan’s Roadhouse: $50 = $10 bonus card

Maggiano’s Little Italy: $100 = $20 bonus card

Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt: $25 = $5 bonus card

Metro Diner: $50 = $10 Bonus Bucks

Modern Market: $25 = $5 bonus card

Morton’s The Steakhouse: $250 = $50 reward card

Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom: $25 = $5 bonus card

Olga’s Kitchen : $25 = $5 Bonus Bucks / $100= $30 Bonus Bucks

On the Border: $50$10 bonus card

Outback Steakhouse: $50 = $10 off

Panera Bread: $50 = $10 bonus card

Pie Five Pizza: $25 = FREE large 1-topping pizza

Portillo’s: $50 = $10 promo card

Red Lobster: $50 = Two (2) $10 coupons

Red Robin: $25 = $5 Bonus Buck Reward

Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery: $50 = $10 bonus card

Ruth’s Chris Steak House: $250 or more = 10% bonus card 

Seasons 52: $500 = 10% additional in gift cards

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Shake Shack – $25 = FREE shake

Subway: $25 = FREE 6″ sub

STK Steakhouse: $50 = $10 Dining Dollars / $100 = $25 Dining Dollars

Taco Bell: Online$10 = $2 eGift Card / In-store$10 = Two (2) FREE seasoned beef crunchy tacos

Taco John’s: $25 = $5 bonus card$100 = $20 bonus card

T.G.I. Friday’s: $25 = $5 Bonus Bites

Retail gift card deals for 2020

These popular retail establishments are offering extra savings on gift card purchases:

Business: Minimum Gift Card Purchase = Bonus Offer

The Children’s Place: $50 = $10 bonus card / $75 = $15 bonus card / $100 = $20 bonus card

DSW (Designer Shoe Warehouse): $50 = $10 bonus card / $100 = $25 bonus card

Massage Envy: Buy one 60-minute service at the non-member rate and receive one FREE 60-minute service voucher / $80 = $20 voucher / $150 = $50 voucher

2020 Black Friday and Cyber Monday restaurant gift card deals

These restaurants offered extra gift card bonuses for purchases made on Black Friday through Cyber Monday 2020 (now expired):

Restaurant: Minimum Gift Card Purchase = Bonus Offer

Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom: $25 = $10 bonus card

Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery: $50 = $20 bonus card

Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant: $50 = $20 bonus card

Gift card fine print

Remember, price and participation may vary by location. Review the fine print for limitations, including minimum purchase requirements, date restrictions, or exclusions first. Also, many businesses don’t allow you to combine multiple bonus cards in a single transaction. Most (if not all) bonuses are not valid until Jan. 1, 2021.

Looking for more gift card tips? Read these articles: 

Maximize the value of your gift cards

Using gift cards to budget (and to save even more money)

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