It's been going on for days now: Every other email you're receiving is some special deal or last minute reminder that Christmas is, in fact, just days away. No time to go shopping? Want to avoid the crazy mall traffic and harried shoppers?
If you are a habitual gift card giver, and you're wondering what to get for your special someone for Christmas 2014, here's an idea: Buy a restaurant gift card. As a special bonus, many of Houston's best restaurants are giving away bonus gift cards with purchase, so you get to eat well, too!
Here, we've rounded up a bunch of sweet deals, many of which can be purchased online. Note, however, that some of the gift bonuses may have expirations and restricted dates for use, so remember to inquire about these limitations before buying.
Houston restaurant gift card deals
Antone's Famous Po' Boys (both locations) - Buy a $50 gift card, receive an additional $10, or purchase a $100 gift card and receive an additional $20.
Arnaldo Richards' Picos - Buy $50 in gift cards and get a $10 gift certificate.
Azuma (all locations) - Buy a $100 gift card and receive a free $20 gift card.
Backstreet Café, Caracol, Hugo's and Prego - Buy $100 or more in gift cards, get a gift card for 20 percent of the value of your purchase.
Benjy's - Buy $100 in gift cards and you get a $25 gift certificate.
Berryhill Baja Grill - Buy $50 worth of gift cards, receive a gift card for $10.
Carmelo's Ristorante Italiano - Buy $100 in gift cards and receive a $10 bonus gift card. Buy $500 in gift cards and receive a $75 bonus gift card.
Cordúa Restaurants (Américas, Churrascos, Artista, Amazón Grill) - Every $100 in gift cards purchased is paired with a $20 dining certificate.
Damian's Cucina Italiana - For every $100 in gift cards, you get 20 percent off.
Del Frisco's - Get $10 for every $100 in gift cards, or $75 for every $500 in gift cards purchased.
James Coney Island - For every $30 in James Coney Island gift cards purchased, JCI will give the purchaser $10 (in two $5 certificates).
Hospitality USA (Baker St. Pub & Grill, Sherlock's Pub & Watson's House of Ales) - Get a free appetizer with a $25 gift card, a $10 gift card with the purchase of a $50 gift card, and a $25 gift card with the purchase of a $100 gift card.
Kata Robata - Buy a $100 gift card and receive a free $20 gift card.
Kiran's Restaurant & Bar - Buy $100 in gift cards and receive a $10 bonus gift card. Buy $500 in gift cards and receive a $75 bonus gift card.
Landry's (Tier 1: Aquarium, Babin's, Bubba Gump, Cadillac Bar, Claim Jumper, Crab House, Fish Tales, Fisherman's Wharf, Flying Dutchman, Harlow's, Landry's Multibrand, Landry's Seafood House, Lillie's Noodle House, Mai Tai Bar, Rainforest Café, Saltgrass, T-Rex, Yak & Yeti) - Buy a $50 gift card and receive a $10 Reward Card
Landry's (Tier 2: Big Fish, Brenner's, Chart House, Charley's Crab, Gandy Dancer, Grand Concourse, Grotto, Heathman Restaurant, La Griglia, McCormick & Schmick's, M&S Grill, McCormick's Fish House, McCormick & Kuleto's, Meriwether's, Neptune's, Oceanaire, Peohe's, River Crab, Simms Steakhouse, Spenger's, Trevi, Vic & Anthony's, Willie G's, Rusty Pelican) - Buy a $100 gift card and receive a $20 Reward Card
Morton's The Steakhouse - Buy a $250 gift card and receive a $50 Reward Card.
Ninfa's on Navigation - Buy a $100 gift card and receive $20 on an additional gift card.
KUU Restaurant - Buy $100 in gift cards, get a $10 bonus gift card. Buy $500 in gift cards, get a $75 bonus gift card.
Molina's Cantina - Get a $10 gift card free with purchase of a $50 gift card through Dec 24.
Paul's Kitchen - For every $50 gift card purchased, receive a $10 gift card.
Peli Peli - Buy a $100 gift card, receive an extra $25 gift card.
RA Sushi- For every $50 in gift card purchases, receive a $10 promotional card. Buy $200 in gift cards, receive an additional $20 in promotional cards (for a total of $60 in promo cards).
Rattan Bistro - Buy a gift card, and Rattan will add an extra 25% value to any gift card you purchase -- so a $25 gift card has an actual value of $31.25.
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Soma Sushi - Buy a $100 gift card and receive a free $20 gift card.
Sylvia's Enchilada Kitchen (all locations) - Buy $100 worth of gift cards, get a $20 gift card free.
TABLE on Post Oak - For every $100 purchased, receive a $20 bonus card.
Tony Mandola's - Buy $100 gift card, receive a $25 Gift Card.