All the Holiday Gift Card Deals That Get You Free Food This Year

Buying gift cards around the holidays can get you some freebies.

You may hope that since you’re giving out holiday gifts, you will get some gifts in return. If you, however, are short on patience, you can grab a little something for yourself before the exchange of gifts takes place.

There are tons of restaurants and even some retail stores that use the holidays as the one time of year when they hook you up with some perks when you buy a gift card. For dozens of places, if you buy a gift card, you will get a bonus gift card on the house. That extra card could be a little something for yourself, a thank you for being so generous with your gifts to others. You’ll find that offer from places like California Pizza Kitchen, White Castle, Grimaldi’s Pizzeria, and many other restaurants.

Here are the best gift card deals you'll find around the holidays. Check back often. This list will be updated regularly all the way through the holidays.

Gift Card Deals for the Holidays

California Pizza Kitchen
The deal:
Purchase $100 in gift cards and get a bonus card worth $20.
When: Through December 31

Grimaldi's
The deal:
Get a free $10 bonus gift card when you buy a $50 gift card. You can also get a bonus $20 card when you buy a $100 gift card. The bonus cards will expire on January 31, 2023.
When: Through December 31

Pieology
The deal:
Spend $25 on a gift card to get a $5 bonus card.
When: Through December 31

White Castle
The deal:
Grab a free $5 bonus card when you spend at least $25 on gift cards. The bonus cards are valid through February 28, 2023. 
When: Through December 31

Potbelly Sandwich Shop
The deal:
Take $5 off the purchase of a $25 gift card.
When: Through December 31

Carrabba’s Italian Grill
The deal:
Purchase a $50 gift card and get a $10 bonus card for free.
When: Through December 27

BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse
The deal:
Purchase a $50 egift card online and get a $10 bonus card. Spend $100 on a card and get a $25 bonus card and a VIP card that gets you 20% off a purchase. The bonus card can be redeemed from January 3 to February 6, 2023.
When: Through January 1, 2023

Panda Express
The deal:
Buy three or more Panda Express gift cards ($30 minimum), and you'll get 20% off your next purchase. 
When: December 12-25

Panera Bread
The deal:
Spend $50 on gift cards and get a $10 bonus card. 
When: Through December 31

The Cheesecake Factory
The deal:
Spend $50 on a gift card online and get a $15 bonus card that can be redeemed from January 1 to February 28, 2023. 
When: Through December 31

Chuck E. Cheese
The deal:
Spend $50 on a gift card and get a $10 bonus card that will be valid from January 1 to February 28.
When: Through December 31

Moe's Southwest Grill
The deal:
Drop $25 on gift cards to get a free $5 gift card. They can be purchased online or in-store.
When: Through December 28

Noodles & Co. 
The deal:
Buy a $25 gift card to get a $5 bonus card on the house. 
When: Through December 31

Jamba
The deal:
Buy $25 in gift cards and get a free $5 gift card for yourself. 
When: Through December 25

Peter Piper Pizza
The deal:
Get a $5 bonus gift card when you spend $25. You can increase the bonus up to $20 for a $100 gift card. But you have to purchase the cards online to get the bonus.
When: December 7 - January 1

Fuzzy's Taco Shop
The deal:
Spend $25 on a gift card and you'll get a bonus card worth $5. That bonus card is valid from January 1-31, 2023. 
When: Through December 31

Miller’s Ale House
The deal:
Snag a $10 bonus card when you buy a $50 gift card. That bonus card is valid from January 1 to February 28.
When: Through December 31

Farmer Boys
The deal:
Get a $5 scratch-off coupon when you purchase a $25 gift card. Or you can grab $25 in scratch-off coupon cards when you buy $100 in gift cards.
When: Through December 31

Pollo Campero
The deal:
At select locations, get a bonus $5 gift card when you purchase a $25 gift card.
When: December 19-25

Smoothie King
The deal:
Spend $25 on gift cards and get $5 back in Smoothie King dollars for Healthy Rewards members. 
When: Through December 26

Juice It Up!
The deal:
Grab a $25 gift card in-store to get a free $5 bonus card and a free small Classic Smoothie. 
When: Through December 31

Dickey's Barbecue Pit
The deal:
Buy a $30 gift card online and you'll get a $10 Bonus 'Cue Card. 
When: December 16-24

Local Restaurant Gift Card Deals for the Holidays

Jester Concepts - Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota
The deal:
Spend $100 on gift cards and get a $25 gift card for free. That is available for all of Jester's restaurants, including Borough, Parlour Mpls, Parlour St. Paul, Monello, Constantine, and PS Steak.
When: Through December 15

Revival - Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota
The deal:
Spend $100 on a gift card and get a $25 bonus card on the house. 
When: Through January 1

Want more food deals?

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 offersfood delivery offersalcohol delivery deals, and perks for getting your vaccination against COVID-19. 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.

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