December is when you will see all kinds of great restaurants with special incentives. Usually they like to give you a free $5 per $25 gift card, which means you can load up on gifts or just for you if its a place you and the family might dine at a lot. for every $100 you spend that may get you a free lunch down the road. We used to load up when we saw some of our favorite places doing it. Most of us probably don't stop to think how much we dine out especially at a favorite spot.
In addition, it seems as if the local Costco always has a larger selection around the holidays and most of theirs will get you $100 in cards for $79. You can always give out $75 and keep $25, again perhaps a free lunch or dinner down the road. Or just load up for your family.Once in a while as the holidays approach, I have seen Costco drop prices to as low as $69 for $100 worth of cards depending on the restaurant.
In addition if purchasing at the restaurant use a miles card to get some free air miles while you're at it.
Need other ideas for gifts? Many airlines offer a mileage plan shopping site. You simply click through their links to your favorite stores(that you shop from anyway) but you earn bonus air miles. Miles vary depending on the store but its an easy way to earn miles on shopping you were going to do anyway.
Here's a list and some links to deals I mentioned
Papa Johns- Get a free Pizza (comes in a code redeemable only online) with purchase of $25 gift card.
Red Robin- $5 with every $25 in gift cards purchased
BJ's Pizza- $10 free with every $50 gift card purchase
Azteca- $20 free with every $100 in gift cards purchased
Alaska Airlines shopping- Click here