The holiday shopping season is in full swing, with folks racing around town — and the internet — to cross names off their lists.
But in addition to big-ticket items for spouses, kids and other loved ones, we’re expected to pick up thoughtful favors for coworkers, teachers, trainers, neighbors and, of course, that hard-to-nail-down Secret Santa.
Gift cards are a wonderful option for any number of recipients. (They’re never the wrong size!) And many restaurant chains are sweetening the pot by giving you some Do-Re-Mi to spend on yourself when you buy one.
View the growing list below and check back for more updates in the weeks to come.
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema
With every $50 gift card purchase at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema through Dec. 18, get a free $10 Snack Pass.
Through the end of 2022, get a free $10 Applebee’s gift card with the purchase of a $50 gift card.
Spend $50 in gift cards at Benihana and get a $10 promo card for yourself. If you up that to $200 in gift cards, you get $60 to spend on yourself at the Japanese steakhouse chain.
BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse
Through New Year’s Day, when you purchase a $50 online gift card at BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse, you get a $10 bonus card. Spend $100 and get a $25 bonus card — plus a VIP card that gets you 20% off any purchase.
Black Angus Steakhouse
Spend $50 on gift cards at Black Angus through Dec. 31 and get $10 in Bonus Bucks.
Buca di Beppo
Through New Year’s Eve, buy a $50 Buca di Beppo gift card and get two $10 reward cards valid from Jan. 1 to Feb. 28, 2023.
Buffalo Wild Wings
Spend $25 in Buffalo Wild Wings gift cards and get a $5 bonus coupon valid from Jan 1 to Feb 28, 2023 on food and non-alcoholic beverages.
California Pizza Kitchen
Through Dec. 31, spend $100 on gift cards at California Pizza Kitchen and get a bonus $20 gift card.
Carrabba’s Italian Grill
Buy a $50 gift card at Carrabba’s Italian Grill through Dec. 27 and get a $10 bonus card.
The Cheesecake Factory
Buy a $50 gift card at The Cheesecake Factory by Dec. 31 and get a $15 bonus eCard for yourself.
Bonus eCards must be redeemed between Jan. 1 and Feb. 28, 2023.
Through Dec. 31, get a bonus $10 e-card when you buy $50 in Chili’s gift cards.
Cold Stone Creamery
Spend $50 on Cold Stone Creamery gift cards before New Year’s Eve and get a $15 bonus e-card for yourself.
With every $25 gift card purchase at Denny’s, get a free $5 card.
This holiday season, spend $100 on First Watch e-gift cards and get $20 back in Bonus Bucks.
Fun fact: The name of this Florida-based breakfast chain references the first shift aboard a ship, since First Watch restaurants are open only from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Through Dec. 31, get a $10 Grimaldi’s gift card when you buy a $50 gift card or get a $20 card when you buy a $100 gift card.
Don’t forget about it, though — the bonus card expires on Jan 31, 2023.
Through Jan. 2, 2023, get a $5 rewards card when you spend $25 in gift cards for IHOP.
Buy $25 in Jamba gift cards before Christmas Day and get a free $5 gift card for yourself.
Spend $100 on Maggiano’s gift cards and get a $20 bonus card back, through Dec, 31.
Moe’s Southwest Grill
For every $25 spent on a Moe’s gift card through Dec. 28, you’ll receive $5 in Moe Rewards, which can be redeemed Jan. 1 through Feb. 28, 2023.
Noodles & Company
Through Dec. 31, Noodles & Company is offering Noodles Rewards members a $5 bonus with the purchase of a $25 gift card.
Through Dec. 27, get two free $10 bonus gift cards when you spend at least $50 in Outback Steakhouse gift cards.
The bonus cards are valid from Jan. 1 to Feb. 6, 2023.
From Dec. 12 to 25, for every three Panda Express gift cards you buy, you get 20% off your total, with a minimum of $30 in cards required.
Through Dec. 31, for every $50 in gift cards purchased online or in a cafe, Panera guests receive a $10 Bonus Card.
Peter Piper Pizza
Through Jan. 1, 2023, spend $25 on Peter Piper Pizza gift cards and get a $5 bonus card for yourself.
If you buy a $100 card, the bonus goes up to $20.
Pei Wei Asian Kitchen
With every $25 Pei Wei gift card you buy, get a bonus $5 card.
Buy a $25 gift card from Pieology by Dec. 31, and get a $5 gift card for free.
Get $5 off a $25 Potbelly eGift Card through Dec. 31.
Through Dec. 31, when you buy $50 worth of Red Lobster gift cards you get two coupons for $10 off for use in January and February 2023.
For every $25 you spend on Red Robin holiday gift cards, you get $5 Bonus Bucks for yourself.
A $100 Restaurant.com eGift Card is just $14 ans includes never-expiring dining discounts ranging from $5 to $100 accepted at thousands of local restaurants nationwide — plus national chains like IHOP, Señor Frog’s and House of Blues.
Ruth’s Chris Steak House
Through Dec. 31, receive a $40 digital bonus when you purchase $200 in Ruth’s Chris Steak House gift cards online.
Through Jan. 16, every $25 spent on a Schlotzsky’s gift card, gets you a $5 eReward.
Shake Shack is offering $5 back on every $25 you spend on a gift card through Dec. 28.
That bonus card is valid until March 29, 2023.
Through Jan. 2, 2023, for every $25 in gift cards purchased at Smashburger, you receive $5 Smash Cash in return.
Smash Cash rebates can be redeemed between Jan. 3 and Feb 28, 2023.
Through Dec. 26, Healthy Rewards members who spend $25 on gift cards at Smoothie King get $5 back in Smoothie King dollars.
The Old Spaghetti Factory
Through Dec. 24, receive a $5 bonus certificate for every $25 gift card purchase made at The Old Spaghetti Factory. Bonus can be spent between Jan. 1 and Mar. 3, 2023.
Get a free six-inch sub with every $25 Subway gift card.
Spend at least $25 on White Castle gift cards through the end of this year and get a free $5 bonus card valid between Jan. 1 and Feb. 28, 2023.