The best gift card deals this Christmas are coming from restaurants that are featuring popular “buy one, get one” deals. And according to a recent survey by the Retail Gift Card Association, people want those gift cards for Christmas.
“There is no longer a question that retail gift cards are the most coveted gift to give and get during the holidays, but consumers are being more deliberate about which cards they purchase, with 73 percent spending less on holiday gifts than they did last year,” says Jennifer Tramontana, spokesperson for the Retail Gift Card Association.
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Before deciding what the best gift card deals are for that special someone this Christmas, the RGCA reminds consumers to use the following best practices. They will help you stay away from gift card fraud and stolen identity.
1. When you buy, make sure you get your gift cards from retailers you can trust, and make sure you know the policies.
2. Get a gift receipt. In the event you or your recipient lose the gift card, this will help speed up the replacement process.
3. Around the holidays, many retailers have special deals and incentives when using and buying gift cards – make sure you ask.
4. Gift cards don’t have to be impersonal – combine your gift card with another small, personal gift or gift basket to give make it feel more thoughtful.
5. Most retail gift cards purchased from reputable retailers have no expiration date or fee.
Now to the good stuff. So where can you get those best gift card deals this Christmas? Well, restaurants almost certainly top the list. Here are five of our favorites. For more deals check out the list from dealnews.com.
- Carrabba’s Italian Grill: Buy $100 in gift cards, get a $20 gift card for free
- Fandango: Buy $50 in gift cards, get a movie ticket for free
- Outback Steakhouse: Buy $100 in gift cards, get a $20 gift card for free
- P.F. Chang’s: Buy $100 in gift cards, get a $20 gift card for free
- The Cheesecake Factory: Buy $25 in gift cards, get a free slice of cheesecake
And the must see website for the best gift card deals this Christmas you can not miss is www.giftcardgranny.com. Have fun shopping for the best deals and stay safe when buying online!