Restaurants are hosting the biggest crowds they’re likely to see all year, as holiday shoppers stop for much-needed sustenance and companies treat their employees and clients to festive Christmas parties. For many of you that will be the perfect occasion to do some holiday shopping. Gift cards giving is on the rise and many eateries are upping the ante with bonus deal and free meals for the buyers.
To help you take advantage of the bonus deals that restaurants are offering here’s o012 roundup of gift card specials for the holidays:
Applebee’s buy a $50 gift card online and get a $10 bonus card. More details on the website.
Ben and Jerry’s buy a $10 gift card and get a free scoop of ice cream. More details on their website.
Bonefish Grill buy a $100 gift card and get a $20 bonus card. You can order online or instore. You will also be entered into a contest to win $5,000 when you order. More details and an order form on the Bonefish website.
Bravo Cucina and Brio Tuscan Grille buy a $100 gift card and get a $20 bonus card. More details on website.
Carrabba’s Italian Grill buy a $100 gift card and get a $20 bonus card. Also this will enter you in a $5,000 sweepstakes. More details and an order form on website.
Chappy’s Tap Room Grille – Buy any combination of gift cards totally $50 you will receive a $10 gift card FREE. Offer good through December 23rd.
At Chili’s spend at least $50 on gift cards and get free shipping. More details at website.
Chipotle spend at least $30 on gift cards and geta free burrito, bowl, order of tacos or salad. More details at website.
Fleming’s Steak House buy a $100 gift card and get a $20 bonus card. Details and an order form on website.
Hardee’s Buy a $20 gift card, and get a free Quarter-pound Little Thickburger- more info here.
Hooters Spend $25 on a gift card; get a $5 bonus card. Throw down for a $50 card; get a $10 bonus card valid from January 2 through February 29, 2012.
Max & Erma’s Spend $25 on git cards, get a $5 bonus card.
McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant has two $50 gift cards on sale at Costco for $79.99, a 20% discount. Details and ordering information on the Costco website.
OinkADoodleMoo Spend $25 on git cards, get a $5 bonus card or buy a $100 gift card and get $25 free.
Outback for every $100 purchase of gift cards, you’ll get a $20 Bonus Card. Details and ordering info on website.
Piada Spend $25 on git cards, get a $5 bonus card, or get $10 bonus card during Happy Hour 3-5pm daily
Ruby Tuesday buy $50 in gift cards and get a free $15 bonus coupon; also get free shipping. More details on website.
Red Robin Get a $5 bonus bucks card when you purchase a $25 gift card *Redeemable Jan.1-Feb. 28, 2013. More details on their webiste.
Steak n Shake get a $5 reward card for every $20 gift card purchase. More details and ordering info on website.
Subway Get a free 6-inch sub on the spot with every $25 Subway card purchase in stores.
The Caroline in Troy Purchase $100 in gift cards and receive a complimentary gift card for a 10 oz. House Steak Dinner or Maple Glazed Salmon Dinner.
The Cheesecake Factory Spend $25 on gift cards and receive a “Slice of Joy Card,” redeemable for a free piece of cheesecakein stores between December 26 and March 31, 2012.
The Melting Pot Get $100 in gift certificates when you in gift cards – ends 12/31* check local restaurant-not available online*
The Pub at The Greene Receive a $10 Bonus Certificate for every $50 Gift Card Purchase.
Uno’s Chicago Grill Get a $5 Voucher when you buy $25 in Gift Cards – valid thru Jan 1 2013.
White Castle Bell buy a $25 gift card and get a $5 bonus card. More details on website.
I know a lot of our local restaurants will be offering deals, and I’ll post more as I hear from them. If you know of any we’ve missed, please feel free to add in the comments below!