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Give & Get: The Best Gift Card Freebie Deals for the Holidays

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With Black Friday and Cyber Monday having come and gone, and the Big Day rapidly approaching, you may still have a few hard-to-buy-for family members to cross off your list. Luckily for you, your loved ones, and your purse strings, there's still time to nab some of these gift card freebies.

Lots of our favorite stores continue to offer free gift cards with the purchase of select gifts, meals, and even other gift cards! So, to help you grab the best of these freebies, we've rounded up the brightest no-cost baubles.

Be sure to bookmark this page and check back often, as we'll be adding still more gift card freebies as we come across them. Note that deal expiration dates are included when advertised.

  • Applebee's: Get a a mystery value gift card worth up to $25 for free with every $50 spent on gift cards (1/3)

  • Benihana: Buy $50 in gift cards, get a $10 gift card for free (12/31)

  • Bonefish Grill: Buy $50 in gift cards, get a $10 gift card for free (12/31)

  • Bravo Cucina Italiana: Buy $100 in gift cards, get a $20 gift card for free (12/31)

  • Buca di Beppo: Buy $50 in gift cards, get a $10 gift card for free

  • Buffalo Wild Wings: Buy $25 in gift cards and get a free Mystery Gift Card worth at least $5 (12/31)

  • California Pizza Kitchen: Buy $50 in gift cards, get a $10 gift card for free (12/29)

  • Capriotti's Sandwich Shop: Buy $25 in gift cards, get $5 in Cap Cash for free (1/31)

  • Carl's Jr. & Hardee's: Get a free Original Six Dollar Thickburger for every $20 spent on gift cards (12/27)

  • Carrabba's Italian Grill: Buy $50 in gift cards, get a $10 gift card for free (12/31)

  • Chili's: Buy $50 in gift cards, get a $10 gift card for free (12/31)

  • Claim Jumper: Buy $50 in gift cards, get a $10 gift card for free (12/24)

  • Cold Stone Creamery: Spend $30 on gift cards, get a $5 gift card for free

  • DSW: Buy $50 in gift cards, get a $5 gift card for free (12/26)

  • Duffy's Sports Grill: Buy $100 in gift cards, get a free $20 gift card (12/31)

  • Einstein Bros. Bagels: Buy a $25 holiday gift card, get a free $5 gift card

  • Fogo De Chao: Get a $25 gift card for free with every $150 spent on gift cards (12/31)

  • Golden Corral: Get a $5 in bonus bucks with every $25 spent on gift cards

  • Half Price Books: Buy $25 in gift cards, get a $5 gift card for free (12/24)

  • Jamba Juice: Buy $25 in gift cards, get a smoothie or juice for free

  • Joe's Crab Shack: Buy $25 in gift cards, get $15 Bonus Bucks for free

  • L.L.Bean: Spend more than $50, get a free $10 gift card (12/24)

  • Landry's:Buy a $50 gift card, get a free $10 gift card

  • Ledo Pizza: Buy $25 in gift cards, get a $5 gift card for free (in-store only)

  • Lettuce Entertain You: Buy $100 in gift cards, get a $25 gift card for free (12/30)

  • Lone Star Steakhouse: Buy $50 in gift cards, get a surprise reward card worth up to $20 for free (12/31)

  • LongHorn Steakhouse: Buy $25 in gift cards, get $5 off two adult entrées

  • Maggiano's Little Italy: Buy $100 in gift cards, get a $20 gift card and a Food & Wine Magazine 1-year subscription for free

  • Max and Erma's: Buy $25 in gift cards, get a $5 gift card for free

  • Morton's Steakhouse: Purchase $250 in gift cards, get a free $50 gift card (12/24)

  • O' Charley's: Buy $25 in gift cards, get a $5 gift card for free

  • Olive Garden: Buy $50 in gift cards, get a $10 bonus

  • Outback Steakhouse: Buy $50 in gift cards, get a $10 gift card for free

  • P.F. Chang's: Buy $100 in gift cards, get a $20 gift card for free (12/31)

  • Papa John's: Buy $25 in gift cards, get a free large 1-topping pizza (12/31)

  • Pei Wei: Buy $25 in gift cards, get a $5 gift card for free (12/24)

  • P.F. Chang's: Buy $100 in gift cards, get a $20 gift card for free (12/24)

  • Qdoba: Load $30+ on a Q-Cash Card, get a free entree (12/31)

  • Red Lobster: Buy $25 in gift cards, get a $10 off coupon or free appetizer for use on a future purchase

  • Red Robin: Buy $25 in gift cards, get a $5 bonus buck (worth up to $10)

  • Rita's: Get a free treat certificate with every $10 spent on gift cards (12/31)

  • Romano's Macaroni Grill: Get a free $5 gift card with every $25 spent on gift cards (12/31)

  • Roy's Hawaiian Fusion Cuisine: Buy $100 in gift cards, get a $20 gift card for free

  • Ruby Tuesday: Buy $25 in gift cards, get a $5 gift card for free, or buy $50 in gift cards and get a $15 gift card for free

  • Smith & Wollensky: Buy $100 in gift cards, get a $25 gift card for free

  • Souplantation/Sweet Tomatoes: Buy $50 in gift cards in-store, get a meal pass for free

  • Steak 'n Shake: Spend $20 on gift cards, get a $5 certificate for free (12/31)

  • Texas de Brazil: Buy a $50 e-certificate, get an additional $10 for free, or buy a $100 e-certificate and get an additional $25 for free

  • Texas Roadhouse: Buy $30 in gift cards, get a $5 eGift card for free

  • TGI Friday's: Buy $25 in gift cards, get a $5 Bonus Bites card for free

  • The Cheesecake Factory: Buy $25 in gift cards, get a free slice of cheesecake

  • The Children's Place: Buy $40 in gift cards, get a $10 off coupon for use on a future purchase

  • The Chop House: Buy $50 in gift cards, get free gourmet steak seasoning or buy $500 in gift cards, get a $50 gift card for free

  • Tony Roma: Buy $100 in gift cards, get a $15 in Roma bucks

  • White Castle: Buy $25 in gift cards, get a $5 gift card for free

  • Yogen Früz: Buy $20 in gift cards, get a $5 gift card for free

While a gift card for everyone on your Christmas list is certainly an appealingly easy option, you'll find that some people would rather have something to unwrap. In that case, check out our best Editors' Choice deals for the best savings on the hottest gifts, and consider subscribing to the DealNews Select Newsletter to have the gift ideas come to you.


Senior Features Writer

Stephen Slaybaugh is a Brooklyn-based writer with more than 20 years experience. In addition to his work for DealNews, he publishes The Agit Reader music webzine and has written for The Village Voice, Paste, The Big Takeover, and many other publications.
DealNews may be compensated by companies mentioned in this article. Unless marked as a "Sponsored Deal," the opinions expressed here are those of the author and have not been reviewed or endorsed by the companies mentioned. Please note that, although prices sometimes fluctuate or expire unexpectedly, all products and deals mentioned in this feature were available at the lowest total price we could find at the time of publication (unless otherwise specified).
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@leslie1980

You're correct, it looks like Red Lobster changed that deal. Sorry for the inconvenience, and thanks for pointing it out.
leslie1980
I went to buy a $25 gift card for Red Lobster based on deal listed, but after completing order I noticed you have to buy $50 in gift cards not $25...