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All the Best Gift Card Deals Available From Your Favorite Restaurants

Major restaurant chains all across the country almost always have some sort of gift card deal you can take advantage of to save some cash.

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There are arguments to be had about whether or not gift cards are a good present. Sure, some people like getting them. But the reality is that we often have to buy things for people we just don't know that much about. Maybe they're no more than an acquaintance or coworker. Maybe you just realized that you don't pay attention when they talk and have no clue about their interests. That's a problem to be solved another time. Their birthday is tomorrow, and you need the damn gift right now. 

Whether or not you like gift cards, it's worth knowing where you can get the most bang for your buck. There are constantly offers that will give you little kickbacks if you know where to look. This post, which is updated regularly, will help you know where to look. 

Here are the best deals on gift cards you can find right now. 

Gift Card Deals

Cousins Subs
The deal:
Buy a $25 gift card and you'll get a gift certificate for a free 7.5-inch sub in a bowl. 
When: Through December 31

BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse
The deal:
Treat others how you'd like to be treated yourself. Buy a $50 gift card for a loved one and BJ's will give you a free $10 gift card. Make it $100, and your freebie is worth $25 and you'll also get a 20% off VIP card. The bonus cards are valid from January 1 to February 13, 2021.
When: Through January 1

Grimaldi's Pizzeria
The deal:
Pass along the gift of future pizza to a loved one. You'll get a $10 bonus card when you buy $50. Though, the cards aren't valid at Grimaldi's Pizzeria To-Go locations.
When: Through December 31

Juice It Up!
The deal:
Buy a $25 gift card and you'll get two free smoothies for yourself.
When: Through December 31

Del Taco
The deal
: Spend $30 on Del Taco gift cards to get two free combo meal coupons. Or if you spend $100 on gift cards, you'll get eight free combo meal coupons. 
When: November 30 - December 1

Chili's
The deal:
Drop $50 on a gift card and you'll get a free $10 bonus card. The bonus cards are valid from January 1 to February 11, 2021.
When: Through December 31

The Cheesecake Factory
The deal:
Spend $25 on gift cards and egift cards to get a Slice of Joy Card, which is good for a free slice of cheesecake from January 1 to March 31, 2021.
When: Through December 31

Red Lobster
The deal:
For every $50 you drop on gift cards, you'll get two bonus coupons that can be used in January and February. The first is for $10 off two adult dinner entrĂ©es, and the second is for $10 off any To Go or delivery order of at least $30. Though, that delivery order has to be placed through RedLobster.com. 
When: Through December 31

Noodles & Company
The deal:
Drop $25 on a gift card and you'll get a $5 card for free. 
When: Through December 31

Cousins Subs
The deal: 
Buy a $25 gift card and you'll get a gift certificate for a free 7.5-inch sub in a bowl. 
When: Through December 31

BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse
The deal:
Treat others how you'd like to be treated yourself. Buy a $50 gift card for a loved one and BJ's will give you a free $10 gift card. Make it $100, and your freebie is worth $25 and you'll also get a 20% off VIP card. The bonus cards are valid from January 1 to February 13, 2021.
When: Through January 1

Juice It Up!
The deal:
Buy a $25 gift card and you'll get two free smoothies for yourself.
When: Through December 31

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Taco John's
The deal:
For every $25 you drop on gift cards, you'll get a $5 bonus gift card. There's no limit on the number of bonus cards. That's a whole lot of potato olés.
When: Through December 31

Shake Shack
The deal:
Get a free shake voucher when you drop $25 on gift cards. You'll be able to buy those online and in-store. 
When: November 27 - December 31

Grimaldi's Pizzeria
The deal
: Pass along the gift of future pizza to a loved one. You'll get a $10 bonus card when you buy $50. Though, the cards aren't valid at Grimaldi's Pizzeria To-Go locations.
When: Through December 31

Pieology
The deal: Buy someone else a $25 gift card and you'll get a free pizza bonus card that can be used anytime through January 31, 2021. Though, the bonus card isn't valid on the same day as the purchase.
When: Through December 31

Fogo de ChĂŁo
The deal:
You've got a few levels of bonuses at Fogo. Drop $125 on gift cards, and you'll get a bonus of $25. That rises to $75 when you spend $300, and $100 when you spend $400. The bonus cards are valid from January 4 to March 28, 2021.
When: Through January 3, 2021

Carrabba's Italian Grill
The deal:
Buy a $50 card to get a $10 bonus card for free. Pretty straightforward. You'll be able to redeem the bonus card from January 1 to February 7, 2021. 
When: Through December 31

Bonefish Grill
The deal:
A $10 card will wind up in your pocket when you buy a $50 gift card. That freebie will be valid from January 1 to February 7, 2021. 
When: Through December 31

McAlister's Deli
The deal
: For every $25 you drop on gift cards, you'll get a $5 reward card that can be redeemed in January and February of 2021. 
When: Through December 31

On the Border
The deal:
You get a $10 bonus card when you buy $50 or more in gift cards. That's available online and in-restaurant. The cards can be redeemed from January 1 to February 13, 2021, and it's only valid if you spend at least $20 on that order.
When: Through December 31

Logan's Roadhouse
The deal:
Spend $50 to get $10. Though, you can't get this offer at locations in North Carolina, South Carolina, or August, Georgia. Weirdly specific, but true.
When: Through December 31

Dickey's Barbecue Pit
The deal:
Snap up a free $5 gift card for every $25 you spend on gift cards.
When: Through December 31

Pie Five Pizza
The deal:
When you buy a $25 gift card, you're going to get hooked up with a free large one-topping pizza. Though, it's only good when you place the order in-store. That free pizza can only be redeemed in January. 
When: Through December 31

bartaco
The deal:
A $10 bonus is headed your way when you spend $50 on a gift card. The bonus is valid throughout 2021. 
When: Through December 31

STK Steakhouse
The deal: A $50 gift card purchase will land you a $10 bonus (called Dining Dollars), and a $100 gift card purchase will get you $25 Dining Dollars. Those bonuses are valid from January 1 to March 31, 2021. Though, you can't use the bonus cash on Valentine's Day in 2021.
When: Through December 31

Kona Grill
The deal: Grab $10 Dining Dollars (like at STK) for every $50 gift card you purchase, and $25 Dining Dollars for every $100 gift card you purchase. Also like at STK, you can use the bonus cash from January 1 to March 31, 2021, with the exception of Valentine's Day.
When: Through December 31

Piada Italian Street Food
The deal:
Put $25 on a gift card and you'll get a coupon for a free entrĂ©e to use on your next visit. 
When: November 17 - January 4, 2021

Newk's Eatery
The deal:
Buy a $25 gift card from the Mississippi-based fast-casual chain to land yourself a free $5 bonus gift card. 
When: Through December 31

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
The deal:
Grab a free regular size drink when you buy $30 worth of gift cards. 
When: Through January 5, 2021

Fuzzy's Taco Shop
The deal:
For every $25 you drop on gift cards, you'll get a $5 bonus card that's valid on purchases in January 2021. 
When: Through December 31

Panda Express
The deal:
You'll grab a free bowl for yourself when you buy a $30 gift card. You can only grab the deal when you buy online, though. 
When: Through December 31

Miguel's Jr.'s
The deal:
Take home a $5 bonus card with every $25 card you buy in-store or online. 
When: Through December 31

Abuelo's Mexican Restaurant
The deal:
Get a $10 card for free when you buy $50 worth of gift cards. 
When: Through December 31

Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom
The deal: A $25 gift card purchase will result in you getting a $5 bonus card. 
When: Through December 31

Bennigan's
The deal:
A $50 gift card purchase will get you $10 on a bonus card that you can use on your next visit. 
When: Through January 4

Corner Bakery
The deal: Buy either $25 in gift cards or $19.99 in baked goods to get a free $5 gift card that can be used from January 1-21, 2021. 
When: Through December 31

North Italia
The deal:
 It'll set you up with a $20 complimentary bonus card when you buy $100 worth of gift cards. Plus, 2% of the proceeds on gift card purchases through October 31, 2021, will be donated to FoodCorps. 
When: Through December 31

Flower Child
The deal:
 A $10 bonus card is coming to you when you buy a $50 gift card to the restaurant that caters to vegetarians, vegans, and those with gluten restrictions.
When: Through December 31

Ledo Pizza
The deal:
You'll snag a free $5 return when you buy a $25 gift card. 
When: Through December 31

North Italia
The deal:
It'll set you up with a $20 complimentary bonus card when you buy $100 worth of gift cards. Plus, 2% of the proceeds on gift card purchases through October 31, 2021, will be donated to FoodCorps. 
When: Through December 31

Flower Child
The deal:
A $10 bonus card is coming to you when you buy a $50 gift card to the restaurant that caters to vegetarians, vegans, and those with gluten restrictions.
When: Through December 31

More Gift Card Deals?

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Want More Free Food?

Here's our huuuuuuuge running list of all the free food you can get right now, as well as the best pizza dealsreward programs, birthday freebiesgift card offersdeals on food for kids, food delivery offers, and alcohol delivery deals you'll find. If you want a little more than, say a free taco, we also have you covered with a long list of meals you can get at fast food chains under $5. You're welcome.

Additionally, we've put together a list of places offering free food to healthcare workers and first responders during the COVID-19 outbreak. 

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Dustin Nelson is a Senior Staff Writer on the news team at Thrillist. Follow him @dlukenelson.