14 Gift Card Promotions for Holiday 2017
Do you know what gift tops most Americans’ wish lists? Gift cards.
According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), more than six in 10 Americans would like to get a gift card as a holiday gift this year. Of that, seven in 10 women are asking for a gift card versus half of all men. Clearly, gift cards are a gift that women enjoy receiving.
What about the giving of gift cards? The numbers are nearly the same.
Six in 10 are planning on giving gift cards—clothing is the only gift that people will give more than gift cards. Broken down by gender, the numbers are nearly identical. More women will give gift cards (62 percent) than men (57 percent). Only women will give clothing more. With men, clothing and gift cards are tied as the most popular gift to give.
The NRF says gift card purchasers plan to buy an average of four cards, worth roughly $45 each. Total gift card spending this holiday season is expected to reach $27.6 billion.
Given how many people will be buying gift cards this holiday season, wouldn’t it be great if you could find deals on them? Lucky for you, I did.
Gift Card Deals for the Holidays
Like I did in 2016, I’ve tracked down companies that are offering free gift cards or bonus gift cards when you buy gift cards. This freebie kicks in when you purchase a certain amount in gift cards at one time.
Perhaps you already took advantage of some of these deals that were offered exclusively over Black Friday weekend. The good news is plenty of places continue to have gift card promotions—many through the end of the year.
Below is an alphabetical list of 14 companies I found and chose to include in this list. They are all offering a free gift card when you buy gift cards. Unless noted otherwise, to qualify for this gift card promotion, you must buy your gift cards by December 31, 2017.
1. Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar
You’ll get a $10 bonus card for each $50 spent on Bad Daddy’s gift cards. You can use the bonus cards through February 28, 2018.
2. Boston Market
You’ll get a $5 bonus card for every $25 in gift cards purchased in-restaurant or online. Use your bonus card immediately or through January 31, 2018.
3. Darden Restaurants
Get a free $20 Darden gift card with every $100 in gift cards purchased! Darden owns Olive Garden, Longhorn Steakhouse, Seasons 52, Bahama Breeze and Yard House.
4. El Fenix
5. Fogo de Chão
This Brazilian steakhouse is offering a $25 holiday bonus card for every $150 in gift cards purchased. Those bonus cards can be used between January, 2, 2018 and March 30, 2018.
6. Hickory Tavern
For every $50 in Hickory Tavern gift cards you buy, you get a $10 bonus card. You can spend the bonus gift card between January 2, 2018 and February 28, 2018.
7. Lombardi Family Concepts
Through January 3, 2018, for every $100 you spend on gift cards, you’ll receive a complimentary $20 gift card. Lombardi Family Concepts brands include Bistro 31 and Taverna.
8. Massage Heights
When you buy three (3) $50 gift cards at participating locations, you’ll receive a free $50 gift card. Gift cards must be purchased in person.
9. Noodles & Company
At Noodles & Company, you’ll received a $5 “Gift Giver Bonus Card” for every $25 in holiday gift cards purchased, either in person or online. You can use that bonus card immediately and through January 16, 2018.
10. Ono Hawaiian BBQ
Buy $30 in gift cards, and get $10 back in a bonus gift card. This bonus card is valid from January 1, 2018 to March 11, 2018.
11. Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille
Spend $125 on Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille gift cards, and you’ll receive a $25 reward card. That reward card is valid January 2, 2018 through June 30, 2018 (excluding Valentine’s Day, Easter, Mother’s Day & Father’s Day).
When you buy $25 in Shoney’s gift cards, you’ll get a $5 bonus card. That bonus gift card is good to use through February 28, 2018.
13. Showcase Cinemas
For every $25 worth of gift cards purchased online and in theatres, you’ll receive a $5 bonus card. The bonus card is valid January 17, 2018 through April 11, 2018.
14. Zinburger Wine & Burger Bar
For every $50 Zinburger gift card purchased, you’ll receive a $10 bonus card. The bonus cards can be used from January 1, 2018 through February 28, 2018. The gift cards can be purchased at any of Zinburger’s 15 East Coast locations as well as online. New for 2017: Zinburger is offering bulk purchases, perfect for large groups and big spenders.
- Buy $1,000 in gift cards, receive $250 in bonus
- Buy $2,000 in gift cards, receive $500 in bonus
- Buy $3,000 in gift cards, receive $750 in bonus
- Buy $4,000 in gift cards, receive $1,000 in bonus
The bulk offer is only available in restaurant.
About Ono Hawaiian BBQ
Ono Hawaiian BBQ is a fast casual restaurant concept with locations in California and Arizona, serving up “aloha in every bite” through their Hawaiian-inspired plate lunches and island specialties. Every Ono Hawaiian BBQ dish is created with fresh ingredients using authentic Hawaiian recipes, and made-to-order in each restaurant. Ono Hawaiian BBQ operates 65 restaurants throughout their two states of operation, with plans to open more in 2017.