Clothing and book stores occasionally offer free gift cards, as do many restaurants. Typically, a business gives out a free gift card only after the purchase of a certain amount of either store product or gift certificates.
In late 2014, the clothing company L.L. Bean issued a free $10 gift card to everyone who spent over $50 in the store. Likewise, during the same period, clothing chain The Gap offered customers a $20 eGift card for free after the purchase of $50 or more and the use of Visa Checkout. DSW also gave away free $5 gift cards with any purchase of $50 or more in gift cards.
Online retailer Half Price Books also ran a promotion in late 2014 in which customers received a $5 gift card for free with the purchase of $25 in gift cards.
Restaurants that offer free gift cards with purchase include Applebee's, Romano's Macaroni Grill, Buffalo Wild Wings and White Castle. In late 2014, Buffalo Wild Wings offered a free mystery gift card guaranteed to have at least $5 on it with the purchase of $25 worth of gift cards. Also during this time, Applebee's gave a free $10 gift card to any customer who purchased $50 or more in gift cards. White Castle also ran a promotion in which it offered a $5 gift card for free with the purchase of at least $25 worth of gift cards.