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Nov 18, 2021

2021 Holiday Gift Card Deals and Specials

For those who like to get something free for themselves while getting a holiday gift for someone else, I've put together a list of 2021 holiday gift card deals and specials.

For the most part, the deals offer a bonus card that can only be used early next year, but some notable deals include a free pizza from Blaze (which is basically a $10 bonus for a $25 gift card purchase) and a 10 percent gift card discount from Taco Bell. A few chains also tend to offer a Black Friday or Cyber Monday deal so keep an eye out for those. Keep in mind that while gift cards generally don't expire, bonus cards are not gift cards and are more like coupons.

As usual, I'll try and update if more deals come in. Without further ado, here's this year's list:

- Applebee's - Through January 2, 2022, get a $10 bonus card with every $50 gift card purchase. Bonus card expires February 28, 2022.

- Auntie Anne's - For every $25 in Auntie Anne’s gift cards purchased in-store and online through December 31, 2021, you get $5 in Pretzel Perks. The $5 reward is valid one-time-only, exclusively in the Auntie Anne’s Pretzel Perks app, from the date of purchase through March 27, 2022.

- Benihana - Through December 31, 2021, get a $10 bonus card when you buy $50 in gift cards. If you buy $200 in gift cards, you get $60 in bonus cards instead. Bonus cards valid 1/2/22 through 3/31/22.

- BJ's Brewhouse - Through January 1, 2022, get a $25 bonus card and a 20 percent off card when you buy $100 in e-gift cards (or you can get a $10 bonus card when you buy $50 in e-gift cards). Bonus cards and 20 percent off card valid 1/1/22 through 2/13/22. The 20 percent off card can be used multiple times before it expires but cannot be used with other discounts, including the bonus card.

- Blaze Pizza - Buy a $25 gift card in-store, get a coupon good for a free 11-inch pizza that can be redeemed from 1/1/22 to 2/28/22.

- Blimpie - Through December 31, 2021, get a $15 bonus e-card when you buy $50 in gift cards online. Bonus card good from 11/22/21 to 2/28/22.

- Bonefish Grill - Through December 27, 2021, get a $10 bonus e-card with every $50 gift card purchase. Bonus card valid 1/1/22 to 2/6/22.

- Brugger's Bagels - Through December 31, 2021, get a $5 bonus card with every $25 gift card purchase. Bonus card is valid January 1, 2022 through February 28, 2022.

- Buca di Beppo - Through December 31, 2021, get a $10 bonus card with every $50 gift card purchase. Bonus card is valid January 1, 2022 through February 28, 2022 (except February 14, 2022).

- Buffalo Wild Wings - Through December 31, 2021, get a $5 bonus card with every $30 gift card purchased online. They also have a similar in-bar promotion but you get a random bonus card that can range from $5 to $100. Bonus card is valid January 1, 2022 through February 28, 2022.

- California Pizza Kitchen - Through December 31, 2021, get a $20 bonus card when you purchase $100 in gift cards.

- Carl's Jr. / Hardee's - Through December 31, 2021, get a free Famous Star with Cheese or Hand-Breaded Chicken Sandwich when you purchase a $25 gift card.

- Chili's - Through December 31, 2021, get a $10 e-bonus card for every $50 gift card purchased online. Bonus card redeemable 1/1/22 through 2/11/22.

- Chuck E. Cheese - In-store - Buy a $25 gift card, receive 250 E-tickets through December 25, 2021. E-ticket redemption valid from 12/26/21 to 2/28/22.

  Online - Buy a $50 gift card, receive $10 bonus card through December 25, 2021. Bonus card redemption valid 12/26/21 to 2/28/22.

  Online - Black Friday through Cyber Monday deal (11/26 - 11/29) - Buy $50 gift card, receive $15 bonus gift card. Bonus card redemption valid 12/26/21 to 2/28/22.

- Culver's - For a limited time, get a coupon good for a Regular Value Basket when you buy $30 in gift cards. Coupon expires 2/28/22.

- Del Taco - *Black Friday & Cyber Monday deals* From 11/26/21 through 11/29/21, you can get two coupons good for free small size combo meals when you buy $30 in gift cards online at DelTacoGiftCards.com or you can get 8 coupons good for free small size combo meals when you buy $100 in gift cards.

- Denny's - Through December 25, 2021, get a $5 bonus card when you buy a $25 gift card at participating locations, while supplies last. Bonus card redeemable 01/02/22 through 03/05/22.

- Dickey's - Through December 31, 2021, for every $25 e-gift card purchased, you can get a free $5 bonus card.

- Dunkin' - Through December 24, 2021, get a $5 bonus card when you buy $25 in gift cards online. Bonus card expires 1/31/22.

- Earl of Sandwich - Through December 31, 2021, get a $5 digital rewards card, when you buy $25 in gift cards. Bonus card redeemable 1/1/22 through 2/28/2022.

- Einstein Bros - Through December 31, 2021, get a $5 bonus card with every $25 gift card purchase. Bonus card is valid January 1, 2022 through February 28, 2022.

- El Pollo Loco - *Black Friday Deal* Through November 25, 2021, get a $10 bonus card for each $50 gift card you purchase online. Bonus Card valid until 2/27/2022.

- Firehouse Subs - Through November 21, 2021, get a coupon good for a free medium sub in the Firehouse Subs app when you buy $25 or more in gift cards online. Coupon good through 1/26/22.

- Fleming's - Through December 31, 2021, get a $20 bonus e-card when you purchase $100 in gift cards. Bonus card redeemable 1/1/22 through 2/6/22.

- Friendly's - Get a $5 bonus gift card with purchase of $25 in gift cards for a limited time.

- Fogo de Chao - Through January 2, 2022, get a bonus card of $25, $75, or $100 when purchasing $125, $300, or $400 in gift cards, respectively. Bonus cards redeemable January 3, 2022 through March 27, 2022 for dine-in only.

- Houlihan's - Through December 31, 2021, get a $10 dining certificate for every $50 gift card purchased. Certificate can be used 1/1/2022 through 2/28/2022 (excluding 2/11/2022 - 2/14/2022). 

- IHOP - *Black Friday Deal* Through November 29, 2021, get a $10 bonus card when you purchase $30 or more in gift cards online.

- Islands - Through December 31, 2021, get a $5 bonus e-card for every $25 in Gift Cards purchased. Bonus cards are good from 1/1/22 through 2/28/22.

- Jamba - Through December 28, 2021, get a $5 bonus card when you buy $25 in gift cards. Bonus cards are valid from 1/3/22 through 2/14/22.

- Lawry's Restaurants - Through December 31, 2021, receive a $25 bonus card with every $125 in gift cards purchased. Bonus cards are valid January through March 31, 2022.

- McAlister's Deli - Through December 31, 2021, get a $5 bonus card when you buy $25 in gift cards. Bonus card valid 1/1/22 through 2/28/22.

- Moe's Southwest Grill -  Through December 31, 2021, receive $5 in Moe Rewards for every $25 in gift cards purchased at participating locations. $5 Moe Reward can be redeemed 1/1/22 to 2/28/22.

Morton's - Through December 31, 2021, get a $50 bonus card when you buy $250 in gift cards. Bonus card valid 1/1/22 to 5/31/22.

- Outback Steakhouse - Through December 27, 2021, get a $10 e-bonus card when you buy $50 in gift cards. Bonus card is valid 1/1/22 to 2/6/22.

- Panda Express - Through December 13, 2021, get a free Panda Bowl when you purchase $35 or more in Panda Express gift cards online at GiftCards.PandaExpress.com. Free Panda Bowl expires 1/31/2022.

- Panera Bread - Through December 31, 2021, get a $10 bonus card for every $50 in gift cards purchased or reloaded in-cafe or online. Bonus card is valid online or in-cafe at participating bakery-cafes from 1/1/22 to 1/31/22.

- Pieology - Through December 31, 2021, get a $5 bonus card when you purchase $25 in gift cards. Bonus Card good through January 31, 2022.

- Red Lobster - Through December 31, 2021, get a bonus coupon good for $10 off $30 purchase when you buy $50 in gift cards. Coupon can be redeemed from 1/1/22 through 2/28/22 (excluding 2/14/22). 

- Red Robin - Through December 31, 2021, get a $5 Bonus Buck reward for every $25 on gift cards you buy online or in-restaurant.

- Rubio's - Through January 4, 2022, get a $5 bonus card with every $25 in gift cards purchased both online and in-restaurant at participating locations, while supplies last. Bonus card good through 1/31/22.

- Ruth's Chris - Through December 21, 2021, you can get a $40 bonus card with every purchase of a $200 Ruth’s Chris gift card. The bonus card is valid for redemption between 1/1/22 to 3/31/22.

- Subway - Through December 31, 2021, for every $25 in gift cards purchased in store or online, get a bonus card for a free six-inch sub of your choice, redeemable from January 1, 2022 – March 1, 2022. You can get up to four bonus cards.

- Taco Bell - Through December 25, 2021, buy $25 in E-Gift cards online and get 10% off your gift card purchase. Alternatively, they also have an in-store promotion where you can get a combo meal when you buy $25 in gift cards at participating locations.

- Texas Roadhouse - Through December 31, 2021, get a $5 bonus card for every $30 in gift cards purchased. The redemption period for the bonus card is unclear.

- TGI Fridays - On Fridays through December 31, 2021, get a $15 bonus e-card when you buy $50 in e-gift cards. On days other than Friday through December 30, 2021, you can get a $10 bonus e-card instead. Bonus card valid 1/01/22 to 2/28/22.

- The Cheesecake Factory - Starting November 22, 2021, get a $15 bonus e-card with every $50 gift card purchased from www.thecheesecakefactory.com through December 31, 2021. Bonus e-card can be redeemed from 1/1/22 to 3/31/22.

WOWorks Restaurants - Get a $5 Bonus Gift Card with every $25 gift card purchase through the end of December 2021. The $5 bonus gift card for Saladworks, Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh, and The Simple Greek can be redeemed between 1/1/22 and 2/28/22. The $5 bonus gift card for Frutta Bowls can be used between 1/1/22 and 3/31/22.

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