Once again, gift cards are at the top of many people’s wish list this holiday season. Gift cards are always an efficient and convenient way to check off your holiday shopping list. Best of all, it pays to give gift cards because of the bonus offers, this time of year.
Most of the gift cards must be purchased by December 31, in order to receive the bonus — some promos end earlier, so check first.
In addition, some bonuses are available online or in-store only, while others are available either way. (For true savings, it’s better to buy the gift cards in-store, rather than pay any potential shipping charges.) However, always check first, especially if you’re ordering gift cards online. Once you hit the “buy” button, you may be out of luck.
Make sure you review our tips on how to maximize the promos at the end of the list.
Here’s a round-up of bonus offers from popular national restaurants and retailers. If you know of any local Myrtle Beach deals, please leave a comment below:
Restaurant/Business – Minimum Gift Card Purchase = Bonus Offer
Applebee’s: $50 = $10 Bonus Card
Barnes & Noble – $75 = $10 Reward Card — bonus offer ends Nov. 19
Bonefish Grill: $50 = $10 off coupon
Buffalo Wild Wings – $25 = $5 Blazin’ eBonus
Carrabba’s Italian Grill – $50 = $10 Promo Card
Children’s Place: $50 = $10 Bonus Card / $75 = $15 Bonus Card / $100 =$20 Bonus Card
Chili’s: $50 = $10 Bonus Card
Denny’s: $25 = $50 in Denny’s coupons
IHOP: $25 = $5 coupon
Longhorn Steakhouse: $25 = $5 Bonus Card
Olive Garden: $50 = $10 Bonus Card
Outback Steakhouse: $50 = $10 off coupon
Panera Bread: $50 = $10 Bonus Card
Taco Bell: $10 = FREE Regular Crunchy Taco
Texas Roadhouse: $30 = $5 Bonus eGift Card
Wendy’s: $2 Frosty Key Tag = FREE Jr. Frosty with any purchase in 2019
Remember, price and participation may vary by location. It’s also important to note that most (if not, all) of the offers are for “bonus cards” — not gift cards. Review the fine print for limitations, including minimum purchase requirements, date restrictions or menu exclusions first. Also, many businesses don’t allow you to combine multiple bonus cards in a single transaction. Plus, most (if not all) bonuses are not valid until Jan. 1, 2019.
Who says gift cards have to be gifts? If you have a favorite restaurant or merchant offering a gift card bonus, “pre-pay” for goods and services now…and “gift” yourself the bonus.
Plus, 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) — so there’s no need for multiple transactions. As always, clarify first before purchasing, especially because gift cards are typically non-refundable.