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Gift Cards With Benefits

How to buy gift cards for family or friends and get extra perks for yourself


Gift cards are a great solution for quick and easy gifts for your loved ones. But did you know that there are some offers out there where you can purchase a card for someone else and then get back some extra perks for yourself? Some companies will give you a bonus card to use on yourself, or other bonuses. Here are some ideas for purchasing cards like these for Christmas 2012.

If you know of any items that should be added to this list, please e-mail me at longisland@aboutguide.com.


If you buy $50 in Apple's Gift Cards, you'll receive a free $10 bonus card that you can keep for yourself. Note: this is available for online gift cards, and only at participating Applebee's locations. This is a limited time offer. See cards for all details.

To find out more, please go to http://www.applebees.com/gift-cards.

Applebee's locations on Long Island are at the following addresses:

Nassau County:

  • 3962 Hempstead Turnpike, Bethpage, NY, 516-579-0779

  • 168 Atlantic Avenue, 
Freeport, NY, 516-377-4220

  • 100 North Broadway,
Hicksville, NY,516-822-1484

  • 343 Rockaway Turnpike, 
Lawrence, NY, 516-239-0357

  • 2091 Hillside Avenue,
New Hyde Park, NY,516-328-2424

  • 603 Hempstead Turnpike,
West Hempstead, NY, 516-539-0500

  • 168 West Merrick Road
,Valley Stream, NY, 516-561-5539

  • 419 Old Country Road, 
Westbury, NY, 516-997-0777

Suffolk County:

  • 2170 Jericho Turnpike
, Commack, NY, 631-462-8700

  • 1605 Deer Park Avenue, 
Deer Park, NY, 631-254-0922

  • 23 W. Main St., 
East Islip, NY, 631-277-3232

  • 163 East Montauk Highway,

  • 605 Portion Rd., 
Lake Ronkonkoma, NY, 631-471-4800

Lindenhurst, NY, 631-957-7046

  • 520 Walt Whitman Road, 
Melville, NY, 631-421-0077

  • 964-966 Middle Country Road, 
Selden, NY, 631-736-4577

  • 803 Montauk Highway,
 Shirley, NY, 631-395-5015

Boston Market

If you buy a $25 gift card from Boston Market, you'll get a $5 bonus card. If you order online, you can enter for a chance to win $1,000. Offer only valid while supplies last.

You can go online and order INSTANT eGift cards, perfect for last minute gifts. You can buy these online anytime, 24/7, and you can even personalize your gift by uploading a photo, recording a message, or posting to Facebook.

You can also order traditional gift cards on the www.bostonmarket.com website.

To find a location near you, please go to www.bostonmarket.com/locations and type in your city, state and zip code.

California Pizza Kitchen

If you and yours are fans of California Pizza Kitchen, then consider buying a gift card. If you purchase $100 in gift cards, you'll receive a $20 rewards card as well.

To find out all the details, please visit their website at http://www.cpkcard.com.

There are California Pizza Kitchens on Long Island, NY at the Walt Whitman Mall, the Smith Haven Mall and at Costco Plaza.

Olive Garden

Purchase a $25 (or more) gift card between now and December 31, 2012, you'll get back a bonus card that entitles you to $5 off the purchase of two entrees for adults. Details at www.olivegarden.com/Gift-Cards.

To find an Olive Garden restaurant near you on Long Island, NY, please go to their website at www.olivegarden.com and type your city, state or zip code into the "Find a Restaurant" box on the top right of the page, and click on "Go."

P.F. Chang's

If you purchase $100 in P.F> Chang's gift cards this holiday season, you'll receive a free $20 P.F. Chang's bonus card to keep for yourself. There's a P.F. Chang's on Long Island at The Source Mall, 1504 Old Country Road, #B91, Westbury, NY, (516) 222-9200.

More info at www.pfchangs.com/giftcards.

Red Lobster

If you purchase a Red Lobster gift card of $25 or more this season, you'll receive a $5 Off Bonus Coupon for use at any Red Lobster restaurant.

There are a number of these restaurants on Long Island, NY. To find the one nearest you, please go to www.redlobster.com and type in your city, state or zip code into the "Find a restaurant" box on the top left of the page.

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