In addition to big-ticket items for spouses, kids and other loved ones, we’re expected to pick up gifts for coworkers, teachers, trainers, neighbors and, of course, that hard-to-nail-down Secret Santa.

Gift cards are a wonderful option for any number of recipients. (They’re never the wrong size!) And many restaurant chains are sweetening the pot by giving you some Do-Re-Mi to spend on yourself when you buy one. 

View the growing list below and check back for more updates in the weeks to come.

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Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

With every $50 gift card purchase at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema through Dec. 18, get a free $10 Snack Pass.


Through the end of 2022, get a free $10 Applebee’s gift card with the purchase of a $50 gift card.


Spend $50 in gift cards at Benihana and get a $10 promo card for yourself. If you up that to $200 in gift cards, you get $60 to spend on yourself at the Japanese steakhouse chain.

BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse

Through New Year’s Day, when you purchase a $50 online gift card at BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse, you get a $10 bonus card. Spend $100 and get a $25 bonus card — plus a VIP card that gets you 20% off any purchase. 

Black Angus Steakhouse

Spend $50 on gift cards at Black Angus through Dec. 31 and get $10 in Bonus Bucks. 

Boston Market

Boston Market gift card

Boston Market

Buy a $50 Boston Market gift card by Christmas Day and receive a $15 bonus card for yourself to use between Dec. 26, 2022, and Jan. 31, 2023.

Buca di Beppo

Bucca di Beppo gift cards

Spend $50 in gift cards at Buca di Beppo and get two $10 reward cards.

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Through New Year’s Eve, buy a $50 Buca di Beppo gift card and get two $10 reward cards valid from Jan. 1 to Feb. 28, 2023.

Buffalo Wild Wings

Buffalo Wild Wings order

Spend $25 in Buffalo Wild Wings gift cards and get a $5 coupon.

Buffalo Wild Wings

Spend $25 in Buffalo Wild Wings gift cards and get a $5 coupon that’s valid from Jan 1 to Feb 28, 2023 on food and non-alcoholic beverages.

California Pizza Kitchen

Through Dec. 31, spend $100 on gift cards at California Pizza Kitchen and get a bonus $20 gift card.

Carrabba’s Italian Grill

Buy a $50 gift card at Carrabba’s Italian Grill through Dec. 27 and get a $10 bonus card.

The Cheesecake Factory

The Cheesecake Factory gift card

Score $15 back when you spend $50 on Cheesecake Factory gift cards.

The Cheesecake Factory

Buy a $50 gift card at The Cheesecake Factory by Dec. 31 and get a $15 bonus eCard for yourself.  Your bonus eCards must be redeemed between Jan. 1 and Feb. 28, 2023. 


Through Dec. 31, get a bonus $10 e-card when you buy $50 in Chili’s gift cards.

Cold Stone Creamery

Coldstone Creamery gift card

Get $15 back when you spend $50 on Cold Stone gift cards

Cold Stone Creamery

Spend $50 on Cold Stone Creamery gift cards before New Year’s Eve and get a $15 bonus e-card for yourself.


With every $25 gift card purchase at Denny’s, get a free $5 card.

First Watch

This holiday season, spend $100 on First Watch e-gift cards and get $20 back in Bonus Bucks.

Fun fact: The name of this Florida-based breakfast chain references the first shift aboard a ship, since First Watch restaurants are open only from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Grimaldi’s Pizzeria

Through Dec. 31, get a $10 Grimaldi’s gift card when you buy a $50 gift card or get a $20 card when you buy a $100 gift card.

Don’t forget about it, though — the bonus card expires on Jan 31, 2023.

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Through Jan. 2, 2023, get a $5 rewards card when you spend $25 in gift cards for IHOP.


Buy $25 in Jamba gift cards before Christmas Day and get a free $5 gift card for yourself.


Spend $100 on Maggiano’s gift cards and get a $20 bonus card back, through Dec, 31.

McAlister’s Deli 

Get $5 in eRewards for every $25 purchased in McAlister’s gift cards online or in-store through Dec. 31.

Moe’s Southwest Grill

For every $25 spent on a Moe’s gift card through Dec. 28, you’ll receive $5 in Moe Rewards, which can be redeemed Jan. 1 through Feb. 28, 2023.

Noodles & Company

Through Dec. 31, Noodles & Company is offering Noodles Rewards members a $5 bonus with the purchase of a $25 gift card.

The Old Spaghetti Factory

Through Dec. 24, receive a $5 bonus certificate for every $25 gift card purchase made at The Old Spaghetti Factory. Bonus can be spent between Jan. 1 and Mar. 3, 2023.

Outback Steakhouse

Outback Steakhouse gift cards

Spend $50 on Outback gift cards by Christmas and get two $10 cards to use yourself in 2023.

Outback Steakhouse

Through Dec. 27, get two free $10 bonus gift cards when you spend at least $50 in Outback Steakhouse gift cards.

The bonus cards are valid from Jan. 1 to Feb. 6, 2023.

Panda Express

For every three Panda Express gift cards you buy through Dec. 25, you get 20% off your total, with a minimum of $30 in cards required. 

Panera Bread

Through Dec. 31, for every $50 in gift cards purchased online or in a cafe, Panera guests receive a $10 Bonus Card.

Peter Piper Pizza

Through Jan. 1, 2023, spend $25 on Peter Piper Pizza gift cards and get a $5 bonus card for yourself.

If you buy a $100 card, the bonus goes up to $20.

Pei Wei Asian Kitchen

Pei Wei feast

Pei Wei gives back $5 on every $25 gift card.

Pei Wei Asian Kitchen

With every $25 Pei Wei gift card you buy, get a bonus $5 card.


Buy a $25 gift card from Pieology by Dec. 31, and get a $5 gift card for free. 


Get $5 off a $25 Potbelly eGift Card through Dec. 31.

Red Lobster

Through Dec. 31, when you buy $50 worth of Red Lobster gift cards you get two coupons for $10 off for use in January and February 2023.

Red Robin

For every $25 you spend on Red Robin holiday gift cards, you get $5 Bonus Bucks for yourself.

A $100 eGift Card is just $14 ans includes never-expiring dining discounts ranging from $5 to $100 accepted at thousands of local restaurants nationwide — plus national chains like IHOP, Señor Frog’s and House of Blues.

Ruth’s Chris Steak House

filet steak

Receive a $40 bonus card for every $200 gift card purchased through New Year’s Eve.

Ruth’s Chris Steak House

Through Dec. 31, receive a $40 digital bonus when you purchase $200 in Ruth’s Chris Steak House gift cards online.


Through Jan. 16, every $25 spent on a Schlotzsky’s gift card, gets you a $5 eReward. 

Shake Shack

Shake Shack is offering $5 back on every $25 you spend on a gift card through Dec. 28.

That bonus card is valid until March 29, 2023.


Through Jan. 2, 2023, for every $25 in gift cards purchased at Smashburger, you receive $5 Smash Cash in return.

Smash Cash rebates can be redeemed between Jan. 3 and Feb 28, 2023. 

Smoothie King

Through Dec. 26, Healthy Rewards members who spend $25 on gift cards at Smoothie King get $5 back in Smoothie King dollars. 


Get a free six-inch sub with every $25 Subway gift card.

TGI Fridays

TGI Fridays gift cards

Buy $25 worth of TGI Fridays gift cards and get $5 to spend in the restaurant yourself.

TGI Fridays

Receive $5 in Bonus Bites when you spend $25 on TGI Fridays gift cards, or $15 when you spend $50.

White Castle

Spend at least $25 on White Castle gift cards through the end of this year and get a free $5 bonus card valid between Jan. 1 and Feb. 28, 2023.

Read more: Best E-Gift Cards for a Foodie

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