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What are some bonus gift card offers?

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Barnes and Noble, Children's Place, Half Price Books and Murdoch's Ranch & Home Supply are all retailers that offer bonuses with gift card purchases. Restaurants such as Red Lobster, Boston Market, Maggiano's Little Italy and Applebee's also feature bonus gift card offers.

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Businesses often offer a bonus gift card as an incentive for consumers to buy their gift cards over another company's. Typically these offers have a minimum buy amount. As of 2015, the bonus gift card is typically good for $10 at that retailer or restaurant, though the amounts vary.

A standard example of such an offer comes from Applebee's. When customers buy $50 worth of gift cards, they receive a bonus card worth $10. It's not necessary to only buy one gift card worth $50 -- it's possible to buy several as long as the total worth is $50. While the purchase amount of $50 is common, it can range from $40 to $100.

Some less expensive retailers keep the stakes lower. For instance, both Half Price Books and Boston Market offer a $5 bonus card with the purchase of a $25 gift card. More expensive retailers raise the stakes. Maggiano's Little Italy features a bonus card for $20 per $50 meal purchase and a subscription to Food & Wine Magazine with the purchase of $100 worth of gift cards.

Typically, such offers are only available around Christmas.

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