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South Florida restaurant & retail gift card deals for 2021

The holidays are the best time to buy gift cards for loved ones or even yourself — especially for popular restaurants and retailers.

Not only are gift cards at the top of just about everyone’s wish list every holiday season, they’re an even better choice because of all the bonus offers. 

The extra savings make gift cards an easy and quick way to check off your holiday shopping list, while maximizing your holiday budget. 

And who says gift cards have to be gifts? If you have a favorite restaurant or retailer offering a gift card bonus, “pre-pay” for goods and services now…and enjoy the bonus for yourself. 

It’s important to note that most (if not, all) “bonus cards” are not gift cards. They have completely different terms and conditions. Unlike a gift card, bonus cards usually have a minimum purchase requirement, date restrictions and/or menu exclusions. Many bonus cards can’t be redeemed until after the holidays, starting on Jan. 1, 2022.

Be sure to always review the fine print on the bonus offer, before purchasing the gift card — especially because most gift cards cannot be returned. 

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Tips for getting the best holiday gift card deals

The gift card bonus is only available at participating locations, while supplies last. 

Most of the gift card bonus offers are available through Dec. 31. However, some of the bonus promotions end earlier, so check first.

Most bonus offers are either available online or in-store only. However, some may be available both online and in-store. Always check for any additional fees online, including shipping or activation fees. The easiest and quickest way to get gift cards is to purchase digital gift cards online.

Check the terms of the purchase requirement for the bonus. In some cases, you may get more bonuses by breaking down a large gift card purchase. For example, if the bonus is given for a gift card purchase of $25 or more and you’re buying a $50 gift card, why not purchase two $25 gift cards in separate transactions? You just doubled the bonus! However, many businesses offer a bonus for every $25 purchase (or some other specified amount) in gift cards. As a result, there’s no need for multiple purchases — just be sure you purchase gift cards in the proper amount for the most bonuses.


National and regional chains aren’t the only businesses in the gift-giving mood. You may find local restaurants or businesses in your neighborhood with bonus gift card offers, so stop by your favorite spots for more potential savings. Gift card purchases are a great way to support local businesses.

Finally, review our tips on how to maximize the value of your gift cards.

Restaurant gift card deals for 2021

Here’s a round-up of restaurant gift card bonus offers from popular national chains:

Restaurant: Minimum Gift Card Purchase = Bonus Offer

Another Broken Egg Cafe$50 = $10 Bonus Gift Card

Applebee’s$50 = $10 Bonus Card

bartaco$50 = $10 Bonus

Benihana$50 = $10 Promo Card / $200 = $60 Promo Card

BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse$100 = $25 Bonus Card + 20% off VIP Card

Bonefish Grill$50 = $10 eBonus Card

Buca di Beppo$50 = $10 Reward Card

Buffalo Wild Wings$30 = Blazin’ Bonus worth $5$15, $25 or $100

BurgerFi$25 = $5 Bonus Gift

Carrabba’s Italian Grill$50 = $10 eBonus Card 

The Cheesecake Factory$50 = $15 Promo e-Card

Chili’s$50 = $10 eBonus

Chipotle BOGO entree with eligible purchase, read restrictions

Cold Stone Creamery$50 = $15 Bonus e-Card

Denny’s$25 = $5 Bonus Card

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit$25 = $5 Bonus Card

Einstein Bros. Bagels: $25 = $5 Bonus Card

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar$100 = $20 Bonus Card

Fogo de Chão$125 = $25 Bonus Card / $300 = $75 Bonus Card / $400 = $100 Bonus Card

Fuzzy’s Taco Shop$25 = $5 Bonus

Grimaldi’s Coal Brick-Oven Pizzeria$50 = $10 Bonus Card $100 = $20 Bonus Card

Jamba$25 = $5 Reward Card

Maggiano’s Little Italy$100 = $20 Bonus Card

Outback Steakhouse$50 = $10 off coupon

Panera Bread$50 = $10 Bonus Card

Pei Wei Asian Kitchen$25 = $5 Bonus Card

Red Lobster$50 = $10 Bonus Coupon

Ruth’s Chris Steak House$200 $40 Holiday Bonus Card

Seasons 52$500 or more = 10% bonus gift card

Shake Shack$25 = FREE shake

Subway$25 = FREE 6? sub

STK Steakhouse$50 = $10 Dining Dollars / $100 = $25 Dining Dollars

Taco BellOnline – $25 or more 10% off / In-store – $25 = FREE combo meal

T.G.I. Friday’s$50 = $15 Bonus Bites eCard

Retail gift card deals for 2021

Business: Minimum Gift Card Purchase = Bonus Offer

The Children’s Place$50 = $10 Gift Coupon / $75 = $15 Gift Coupon / $100 = $20 Gift Coupon

DSW (Designer Shoe Warehouse): $50 = $10 Bonus Card / $100 = $25 Bonus Card

Massage Envy$100 = $20 Promo Card

Gift card fine print

Remember, price and participation may vary by location. Review the fine print for limitations, including minimum purchase requirements, date restrictions, or exclusions first. Also, many businesses don’t allow you to combine multiple bonus cards in a single transaction. Most (if not all) bonuses are not valid until Jan. 1, 2021.

This article first appeared on our parent site, Living On The Cheap. Used here with permission.

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