Ah the gift card: Sometimes people judge this little piece of plastic (or e-card) too harshly.
Gift cards make the perfect gift for those hard-to-buy-for loved ones, and many stores offer freebies and coupons with a gift card purchase. We rounded up the best gift card freebies for shoppers in the Columbus area, so even if you’ve waited until the last minute, you can still get rewarded yourself. (Most of these offers have terms and conditions that apply and are only valid at participating locations or online. Please check with the merchant for details).
From now until Jan. 6, you can get a $10 bonus Applebee’s gift card when you complete a $50 gift card purchase. The bonus card is good until March 3.
Buy a $50 BJ’s Restaurant gift card between now and Jan. 1, and you can get a $10 bonus gift card and a VIP card good for 20% off your next meal. Or, you can buy a $100 BJ’s gift card and get a $25 bonus gift card plus the VIP card! Bonus gift cards are valid between Jan. 1 and Feb. 13.
Until Dec. 31, you can get a $10 gift card from Bonefish Grill when you buy a $50 gift card. The bonus gift card can be used anytime between Jan. 1 and Feb. 10.
Purchase a $50 from now until New Year’s Eve and get a $10 reward card. The reward card is valid between Jan. 1 and Feb. 28.
If you buy $100 in gift cards from California Pizza Kitchen before Jan. 1, you can get a $20 gift card good from Jan. 7 until Feb. 24.
If you purchase $50 of Carrabba’s gift cards from now until Dec. 31, you can receive a $10 off coupon good for your next visit between Jan. 1 and Feb. 2.
When you purchase a $25 gift card from the Cheesecake Factory between now and Dec. 31, you can get a Slice of Joy card for a complimentary slice of cheesecake on a future visit. Slice of Joy cards are valid between Jan 1. And March 31.
For every $50 worth of gift cards purchased at Chili’s, you can get a $10 bonus card you can use on a visit between Jan. 1 and Feb. 6.
If you purchase a $50 Dave & Busters’ gift card, you’ll get a $10 coupon for gameplay and you can also get additional $10 gameplay coupons for every $50 spent. Your gameplay coupons are valid from Jan. 7 until March 31.
While you’re getting your pastry and coffee fix, you can get a $10 bonus card if you purchase at least $25 in Duncan Donuts gift cards. Terms and conditions apply. This offer is only good until Christmas Eve or while supplies last.
You can get a $5 for every $25 Einstein Bros Bagels gift card purchase. The bonus card is valid between Jan. 1 and Feb. 28.
When you make a $25 Longhorn gift card purchase, you can get a $5 bonus card. The bonus card is good for $5 off the purchase of two adult dinner entrees between Jan. 1 and Feb. 3. This offer only applies to online gift card purchases.
For every $25 crave card purchase until New Year’s Eve, you can get a $5 bonus card. The bonus card is valid until Jan. 15 for in-restaurant purchases only.
For every $50 Outback Steakhouse gift card you buy, you can get a $10 bonus card. The bonus cards are valid between Jan. 1 and Feb. 10.
When you buy $50 in Panera Bread gift cards, you’ll get a $10 bonus card from now until Dec. 31 while supplies last. Bonus cards are valid from Jan. 1 to Jan. 22 at participating locations.
Get a bonus card to use on a future visit to Red Lobster for every $50 spent on Red Lobster gift cards. The bonus card is valid from Jan. 1 until Jan. 31.
Buy a $50 Aeropostale gift card and get a free $25 cash card good for $10 off purchases of $50 or more from Dec. 26 to Jan. 31.
Buy a $150 gift card from Brooks Brothers from now until Dec. 24 and you’ll get a $25 bonus card good for your next purchase between Dec. 26 and Jan. 31. Terms and conditions apply.
Get $5, $20 or $30 in bonus cards when you buy $50, $100 or $150 DSW gift cards from now until Dec. 26. Bonus cards can be redeemed between Jan. 4 and Jan. 26.
For all the musicians out there, you can get a $20 Guitar Center promo e-gift card for every $100 you spend on Guitar Center e-gift cards. The promo card is valid from Dec. 26 through Jan. 31.
When you buy a $25 Half Price Books e-gift card online from now until Christmas Eve, you can get a $5 coupon good from Jan. 1 until Jan. 31.
For every $50 Marcus Theatres gift card you purchase, you can get a $15 Snack Cash voucher good for use toward the purchase of any food or beverage item. Vouchers are valid from Jan. 15 through March 31.
For every $50 you spend on Regal Cinemas gift cards, you can get a $10 concessions bonus card. This promotion runs until Dec. 31 and the bonus card is valid between Jan. 1 and Feb. 28.