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 donate it to Goodwill months 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 allow you to get the gift card holiday bonus even if you’re shopping online and these may be for places your friends and family in other cities may enjoy.
It may seem that a few of these are getting away from our frugal mindset by requiring a $75+ 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.
They’re listed in alphabetical order so keep scrolling until you find something you like.
Be sure to read the fine print before your purchase. Many of these gift card holiday bonus offers have restrictions and rules. Many have date restrictions or requirements, menu exclusions or can’t be used with another offer. Pay attention and be sure you know what you’re getting and giving.
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.
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. More details here.
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.
Bonefish Grill Holiday Gift Card Bonus Deal
Looking for a holiday gift or stocking stuffer that will wow gift receivers, and also treat the gift giver after? Receive a $10 Bonus Card for every $50 purchased in gift cards now through December 31, 2019. Plus, enjoy free gift card personalization with a greeting card and free standard shipping when purchasing on BonefishGrill.com, or pick them up at any restaurant location. Bonus card is valid for redemption January 1-February 9, 2020. More details here.
Buca di Beppo Italian Restaurant Gift Card Special
Purchase a $50 gift card by Dec. 31, 2019 and receive a $10 reward card that can be used between Jan. 1-Feb. 9, 2020. See more here.
Buffalo Wild Wings Bonus Gift Card
Pick up a $25 BWW gift card for a special wild and crazy person in your life and you can get a $5 bonus for yourself. You have to buy the card between Nov. 11 and Dec. 31, 2019. Find the deal here.
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).
Carrabbas Italian Grill Gift Card Bonus Offer
Reward yourself this holiday season. When you buy $50 in gift cards from Carrabbas through Dec.31, you’ll get a $10 bonus. The details are here.
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.
Chili’s Holiday Bonus Offer
Buy $50 in gift cards and get a $10 bonus card from Chili’s. the offer is good Nov. 1 through Dec. 31, 2019. Here are the terms and conditions.
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.
Designer Shoe Warehouse (DSW) Gift Card Bonus
Shoes make people happy. Trust us, we know this to be true. Get a FREE $25 bonus card for DSW when you purchase $100 in gift cards or a FREE $10 bonus when you purchase $50 in gift cards. See all details here.
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.
Panera Bread Gift Card Bonus
Food and gift giving as it should be. Purchase or reload a $50 gift card for Panera and receive a complimentary $10 bonus card. More details here.
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.
Pie Five Pizza Freebie Deal
Get a FREE large 1-topping pizza when you purchase $25 in Pie Five Pizza gift cards.
Red Lobster Gift Card Special
Give your seafood lovers at least $50 in gift cards and you can get a $10 coupon or a FREE appetizer. There’s an option to have a plastic gift card mailed that comes with a FREE greeting card and U.S. postal service. Fish out the details here.
Red Robin Bonus Buck Reward
Give the gift of burgers and score a discount for yourself. Get a FREE Red Robin $5 Bonus Buck Reward for every $25 gift card purchase. More details 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 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.