The holidays are a great time to buy gift cards for special people on your shopping list. Many restaurants and retailers are offering bonuses this time of year so they’re an even better choice because of the additional savings.
Every year, we see articles and posts that try shaming us into believing gift cards are impersonal, boring holiday gifts for the special people on our list.
Whoever said that doesn’t know the joys of finding a forgotten gift card tucked way in your wallet as you’re contemplating a purchase.
They also haven’t experienced the hassle of exchanging or returning Christmas gifts. Even worse, the guilt of shoving something in the back of your closet only to put it in a garage sale later.
Here at Kansas City on the Cheap we believe in getting the most out of your money. If you’re going to spend time and money to get someone a gift this holiday season, why not make it something they’ll make use of – a gift card.
Even better, why not get a little extra out of the deal for yourself.
Here is a list of available gift cards that come with bonuses right now. Most of these are chain restaurants, but we’ve done some digging to find a variety, including some from local businesses.
There are a few chains that don’t have a location in Kansas City, but we’ve included them anyway. Many businesses allow you to get the gift card holiday bonus even if you’re shopping online. These can be helpful options for your friends and family in other places.
It may seem that a few of these are getting away from our frugal mindset by requiring a higher amount purchase to receive a bonus. We figure if you’re splurging on someone special or buying multiple gift cards from a single place, you should still know how to get the best deal for everyone, yourself included.
If your business is offering a gift bonus, send us details at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll add it to our list for free.
2021 Holiday Gift Card Bonus Offers for Kansas City Shoppers
These 2021 holiday gift card bonus offers are listed in alphabetical order so keep scrolling until you find something you like. Check back because we’re seeing more of these pop up and we’ll add them here.
Follow the links and read the fine print carefully before your purchase. Many of these gift card holiday bonus offers have restrictions and rules. Many have date restrictions, menu exclusions or can’t be used with another offer. Pay attention and be sure you know what you’re giving and getting.
Abuelo’s: Receive a $10 VIP card for every $50 spent on gift cards.
Another Broken Egg Cafe: Spend $50 in holiday gift card joy, get $10.
Applebee’s Gift Card Bonus: When you purchase a $50 Applebee’s Gift Card for someone in your neighborhood, you’ll receive a $10 bonus card you can use for yourself.
Barley’s Brewhaus: Spend $50 on holiday gift cards and get $10 bonus card. Locations in Shawnee and Overland Park.
Benihana Bonus: Share the Benihana restaurant experience with friends and family. Buy $50, get $10 promo card or get $60 when you buy $200.
Blue Moose: Spend $50 on holiday gift cards and get yourself a $10 bonus card.
Bonefish Grill Holiday Gift Card Bonus Deal: Receive a $10 e-Bonus Card for every $50 purchased in gift cards now through December 27, 2021.
Bravo Italian Kitchen Offer: Receive a $10 Bonus Card for every $50 purchased in gift cards now through December 31, 2021.
Buca di Beppo Italian Restaurant Gift Card Special: Purchase a $50 gift card by Dec. 31, 2021 and receive a $10 reward card. Offer available in restaurants and online.
Buffalo Wild Wings Bonus Gift Card: Pick up a $30 BWW gift card for a special wild and crazy person in your life and you can get a Blazin’ Bonus for your self worth $5, $15, $25 or $100.
BurgerFi: Get a $5 Bonus Gift for every $25 BurgerFi gift card you buy through December 31, 2021.
Carrabbas Italian Grill Gift Card Bonus Offer: When you buy $50 in gift cards from Carrabbas through December 31, 2021, you’ll get a $10 bonus.
Char Bar Special: Buy a smokin’ hot $50 gift card and get a $10 for yourself. Offer available only in store.
Chili’s Holiday Bonus Offer: Buy $50 in gift cards and get a $10 ebonus card from Chili’s.
The Cheesecake Factory Treat: Buy a $50 Cheesecake Factory gift cards online by December 31 and you’ll be eating FREE cheesecake in the new year with a $15 promo eCard.
The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf: Spend $25 in gift cards and get a $5 Bonus Card from The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf.
Cold Stone Creamery: Buy $50 in gift cards and enjoy a tasty treat for yourself with a $15 bonus eCard.
Del Taco: Get a FREE small size combo meal when you buy $30 in gift cards. Get four FREE small size combo meals when you buy $100 in gift cards.
Denny’s: Denny’s is (almost) always open making a great gift. Buy a $25 gift card, get a $5 bonus card.
Dickey’s Barbecue Pit: Dickey’s Barbecue Pit will offer a $5 Bonus Card with $25 gift card purchase.
Einstein Bros. Bagels: Carb up with a $5 Bonus Card when you buy a gift card for $25.
FOGO de CHAO Holiday Bonus Card Offer: The more you give from FOGO de CHAO, the more you receive. Get $25 for every $125 you purchase; $75 for every $300 and $100 for every $400.
Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers: Give (and receive) the flavors of Freddy’s. When you buy a $25 gift card, you’ll score a $5 bonus card.
Fuzzy’s Taco Shop: Deck the halls with good taste from Fuzzy’s. Get a $5 bonus with a $25 gift card purchase.
Gordon Biersch Brewery: Say cheers to two $10 Bonus eCards for every $50 in gift cards you buy by December 2.
Half Price Books: Purchase a $25 gift card in store online through December 24 and get a $5 coupon for your first $25 purchase of the new year.
Houlihan’s Offer: Buy $50 in gift cards, get a $10 dining certificate. Offer good through December.
Jamba: Get a $5 reward card when you buy a $25 gift card or enjoy a 50% off smoothie reward with a tumbler purchase.
Kona Grill Dining Dollars Deal: Earn $25 Bonus Dining Dollars For Every $100 Gift Card Purchased OR $10 Bonus Dollars For Every $50 Gift Card Purchased.
Logan’s Roadhouse: Get two $10 bonus eCards when you buy $50 in gift cards by December 2.
Maggiano’s Little Italy Special Offer: Get $20 when you purchase $100 in Maggiano’s gift cards.
Martin City Brewing Company: Get a FREE $20 gift card when you purchase $100 in gift cards from Martin City Brewing Company. Get a FREE $50 gift card when you purchase $200 in gift cards. Gifts cards are available and redeemable at any MCB location.
Massage Envy Bonus: Get a FREE $20 promo card when you purchase $100 in gift cards OR a FREE $40 promo card when you purchase $150 in gift cards. Offer available in-location only, now through December 31, 2021.
O’Dowd’s Gastrobar: Spend $50 on holiday gift cards and get yourself a $10 bonus card.
Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom: Get two $10 bonus eCards when you buy $50 in gift cards by December 2.
On the Border: Spend $50 or more on a gift card and get a $10 bonus card.
Outback Steakhouse Gift Card Bonus: $50 for them, $10 for you with this Outback Steakhouse gift card bonus deal.
Panera Bread Gift Card Bonus: For every $50 in Panera gift cards you buy, get a free $10 bonus card.
Pei Wei Asian Kitchen: Get a $5 bonus card for every $25 in gift cards purchased through December 31.
Red Lobster: For every $50 spent on Red Lobster gift cards purchased in-restaurant or online, guests will receive a $10 coupon.
Red Robin Bonus Buck Reward: Get a FREE Red Robin $5 Bonus Buck Reward for every $25 gift card purchase.
Ruth’s Chris Steak House: For every $200 in Gift Cards purchased, earn a $40 Holiday Bonus Card.
Seasons 52 Holiday Bonus: Buy $500 in Seasons 52 gift cards and enjoy a 10% bonus gift card.
Shake Shack: Buy $25 in gift cards and get a FREE shake voucher. Get two FREE shakes if you spend $50.
Subway: Get a FREE six-inch sub when you buy a $25 gift card through December 31.
Story Gift Card Offer: Spend $100 and get a $20 bonus from Story.
Stroud’s: Who doesn’t like a family style fried chicken meal from Stroud’s? Get a $10 bonus card when you buy$50 in gift cards.
Tabard’s Kitchen Bonus: For every $25 in gift cards you buy at Tabard’s Kitchen, you get a $5 voucher good for food or beverage in January and February.
Taco Bell Holiday Gift Card Promo: Buy $25+ online and get 10% off. If you buy $25 in stores, you’ll get a FREE combo meal.
TGI Friday’s: Receive $150 Bonus Bites eCard when you buy at least $50 in gift cards from TGI Friday’s.
Third Street Social: Buy gift cards and get a little joy for yourself as well. $50 = $10, $100 = $25, $500 = $150.
Torchy’s Tacos: Buy a $25 card at Torchy’s Tacos and get a $5 bonus for yourself.
Get in the Holiday Spirit with Plenty of Other Seasonal Fun in Kansas City:
2019 Holiday Gift Card Bonus Offers for Kansas City Shoppers
Abuelo’s Gift Card Fiesta Through December 31st Abuelo’s is giving you a $10 VIP card for every $50 spent in gift card purchases. VIP cards are redeemable January through March 2020. Baker’s Square Gift Card Offer Purchase $25 in Baker’s Square gift cards by Dec. 31, 2019 and get a Free $5 Coupon Card valid Jan. 1 through Feb. 7, 2020. This offer is valid in restaurants and online. BurgerFi Gift Card Extras For every $25 in gift cards spent by Dec. 31, receive a $5 bonus card that can be redeemed Jan. 1, 2020 through Feb. 29, 2020. Guests can register each bonus card through BurgerFi’s website for a chance to win prizes, including FREE BurgerFi for a year. Digital gift cards can also be purchased online or via the BURGERFI app to redeem the bonus cards (and automatically enter the sweepstakes). Cheesecake Factory FREE Slices Get two FREE slices of cheesecake for every $25 gift card you buy at the Cheesecake Factory Nov. 29-Dec. 2, 2019. Coupons for a FREE slice of cheesecake or layer cake can be redeemed on a future visit Jan. 1-March 31, 2020. Check here for details. Chicken N Pickle Free Play Offer Purchase $100 in Chicken N Pickle gift cards and get $20 of FREE open play. There is no limit on how much credit for open play you can earn. Gift cards need to be purchased by Jan. 5, 2020. Don’t forget, in addition to the current Northland location, Chicken N Pickle plans to open an Overland Park, KS location in the fall of 2020. Chipotle Gift Card, Free Entree Deal This is one of the better gift card bonus deals we’ve found so far. Available in-restaurant only, purchase $30 or more in gift cards through Dec. 24 and return with your original receipt on your next visit to receive a buy-one-get-one FREE entrée. More details here. Culver’s Gift Card Treat Spend at least $30 on Culver’s gift cards and get a certificate for a FREE Regular Value Basket for your next visit. You’ll need to buy your gift cards by Dec. 29, 2019. The FREE Regular Value Basket certificate is good though Feb. 29, 2020. Dunkin’ Donuts Einstein Bros. Holiday Bonus Card Get a FREE $5 bonus card when you buy a $25 gift card for the best brother in your life. Details here. Freddy’s Frozen Custard Favorites Offer For a limited time, receive ONE free Freddy’s Favorites with your $25 gift card purchase. Choose from: Freddy’s Famous Seasoning (SEASON), Freddy’s Famous Fry Sauce (REGSAUCE), Freddy’s Famous Jalapeño Fry Sauce (JALSAUCE). Fuzzy’s Taco Shop Bonus Deal For each online and in-store gift card purchase of $25 or more, Fuzzy’s Taco Shop will make the case that “it’s better to receive” by giving each purchasing guest a $5 bonus card, valid during the month of January 2020. More info here. Half Price Books Gift Card Deal Buy your favorite bookworm a $25 gift card by Dec. 24, 2019 and get a $5 bonus card you can redeem in stores during the month of January 2020. Find out more here. HopCat KC Gift Card Promotion When you buy a $50 gift card before the end of 2019, you’ll get a $10 coupon for any food purchase from January 1, 2020 thru February 29, 2020. You can buy a new card online as well, but the coupons only apply to in-store purchases. More info here. HyVee Grocery Gift Card Special On Black Friday (Nov. 29, 2019) only, you can get a $20 HyVee gift card when you purchase at least $150 of select gift cards from a HyVee store. We haven’t been able to find a link to the 2019 gift card offer, but here’s a picture of the weekly ad that arrived in the mail on Monday, Nov. 25, 2019. Terms and conditions for the 2018 offer are here. We’ll update this information as soon as we can find something. Logan’s Roadhouse Bonus Card When you spend $50 on Logan’s Roadhouse gift cards, you’ll receive a $10 bonus card to use later! There is no Logan’s Roadhouse location in Kansas City, but this deal is good on physical gift cards or e-gift cards. If you have out of town friends or family who enjoy eating there, you could give them the $50 card and the $10 bonus. It’s sure to land you on Santa’s nice list. Here are the details. Longhorn Steakhouse Gift Card Bonus Receive a $10 bonus card when you buy a $50 (or more) gift card from Longhorn Steakhouse. Here’s the offer. The Melting Pot Buy $100, Get $100 Special Buy $100 in Melting Pot gift cards and receive four (4) $25 gift cards that can be used in 2020. More details here. Olive Garden Christmas Gift Card Bonus Promotion Give the gift of Italy Olive Garden says! Most budgets don’t allow for that, but a taste of Olive Garden might work. Get a $10 gift card with every $50 of Olive Garden gift cards purchased. Offer available until Dec. 30, 2019 and bonus gift cards valid Jan 2-Feb. 9, 2020. More information here. Outback Steakhouse Gift Card Bonus Have a good day with this bonus deal. Buy a $50 gift card as a gift, get $10 for yourself. The bonus deal is available through Dec. 31, 2019. The $10 bonus card is valid Jan. 1-Feb. 9, 2020. See full terms and conditions. P.F. Chang’s Gift Card Bonus Give the gift of good fortune. Receive a $20 bonus reward with every $100 P.F. Changs gift card purchase through Dec. 31. Learn more here. The Roasterie Gift Card Special For every $25 you buy in Roasterie gift cards, you’ll receive a $5 drink voucher for you. Stop by any Roasterie Café location to purchase. Ruby Tuesday Gift Card Extra Stuff your own stocking with a $15 bonus card from Ruby Tuesday for every $50 in gift cards you buy. Your bonus cards last a bit longer than most, as they’re good Jan. 2 through March 5, 2020. See more details here. Smoothie King Freebie There’s no problem swallowing this holiday special from Smoothie King. Get a free 20 oz. Smoothie for the new year with a $25 gift card purchase. Smoothie bonus card is valid January 1 – February 29, 2020. Tom’s Town Tom Pendergast wouldn’t have let his friends drink poor quality liquor and you shouldn’t either. Buy $50 worth of Tom’s Town gift cards and get a $10 card FREE. You can buy gift cards and other merchandise online or in person at the distillery at 1701 Main, Kansas City, MO.