Foodie, food nerd, gastronome, gourmand–whatever you call them, you’ve got one on your list. Gift certificates are such an easy way to give them just what they want and you can even get a little something for yourself if you play your cards right.
Abby Park & Novara
Stock up on gift certificates to Abby Park or Novara (or both). Just buy $100 worth and they’ll toss in a $20 coupon for good measure. Call either location (Abby Park 617.696.8700, Novara 617.696.8400 ) to place your order and get all the details.
Alpine Restaurant Group
Mexican, Italian or all-American? You don’t have to choose and neither will your giftee if you get them an Alpine Restaurant Group gift certificate, good at Posto, Osteria Posto, Rosebud and The Painted Burro. Drop $100 and you’ll get a $20 gift card in return. The promotion runs through January 1st but it doesn’t apply to online sales so you’ll have to give ’em a ring plan a pit stop at any of the restaurants to take advantage of their generous offer.
Get out to Alta Strada to wrap up your holiday shopping. Michael Schlow‘s Wellesley outpost is offering $20 bonus cards on top of every $100 gift card purchase. The deal only applies to in-store sales so plan a trip out to the ‘burbs before the end of the year.
Give your loved ones lots of options with a gift certificate from the Aquitaine Group and you’ll be well rewarded in return. Recipients will be able to choose between award-winning restaurants – nine in all, including Aquitaine, Gaslight, Metropolis, La Motta’s and Cinquecento – and gift-givers will get a $20 meal voucher in return. Order online before the end of the year and they’ll pop them in the mail for you.
Blue Ginger & Blue Dragon
Chef-owner Ming Tsai invites you to give a little and get a little this holiday season. For every $100 gift card you buy – at either Blue Ginger or Blue Dragon – you’ll get a $20 voucher to use however you see fit (just a heads up: the voucher is good at either restaurant towards food only between January 3rd and March 31st, one voucher per check). Pop in to either location before the end of the year to get in on the sweet east-meets-west deal.
Here’s the answer to all your gift giving dilemmas: The Bancroft offers gift cards in any denomination, and this year they’re offering fun add-ons like house-made specialty salts and elegant steak knives. Take a peek at some of the options here then call 781.221.2100 to place your order.
The Blue Ox
Lynn’s beloved Blue Ox has a treat for gift givers – 10% back on all gift card purchases over $100. They can add it to the total if you want to add something on top of your gift or they’ll put it on another card that you can keep for yourself. Buy them online or give the restaurant a ring 781.780.5722 for more info.
For all the carb-loving, Italophiles on your shopping list, gift certificates to Carmelina’s are just the ticket. And for each $250 you plunk down, you’ll earn a free $25 gift card. Get shopping.
Casa Verde, Centre Street Cafe & Tres Gatos
During the month of December you can do good and get a little treat for yourself at Casa Verde, Centre Street Cafe or Tres Gatos. The trio of JP restaurants will be donating 5% of gift card sales and 10% of profits equally to a handful of charities including MIRA (Mass. Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition), 826 Boston (Youth Writing and Publishing Organization), GLAD (GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders), ELM (Environmental League of Mass.) You can support the cause just by buying the cards – and as an added incentive, your do-goodery will get you a $5 bonus gift card for every $100 spent. Giving Cards are available online (here, here or here) or at each of the storefronts.
Columbus Hospitality Group
Give everyone on your list the gift of good eats and enjoy an amazing meal in return. The Columbus Hospitality Group (which includes Mistral, Sorellina, Teatro, L’Andana, Mooo and Ostra) will throw in a $100 bonus card on top of every $500 worth of gift cards purchased. The offer, which is valid until January 15th, is not available online, so swing by any of the restaurants to get the goods, or give ’em a call for additional info.
For every $50 gift card they sell, the generous souls at Southie’s Coppersmith will gift a $10 promo card to be used toward food on an upcoming visit. Call Coppersmith at 617.658.3452 for all the details.
Doretta Taverna gives a new meaning to “holiday bonus” with their December gift card deal. Through December 31st, the purchase of every $100 gift card includes an extra $25 dining card. Call 617.422.0008 for more details, or pick up your gift card online here.
If you’ve got a lot of meat-lovers to shop for, Flank might be the easiest way to check them all off your list in one fell swoop. For every $250 gift certificate you get, they’ll give you a $25 bonus card – their treat! The offer is only valid on in-store sales so plan a trip to Waltham to pick ’em up or give ’em a ring at 781.893.5265 for more info.
Stop in to any one of the many locations (Newton, Wayland, Wellesley or Woburn) of The Local to wrap up your holiday shopping and you’ll get a $20 bonus card for yourself for every $100 you spend. All you have to do is stick a bow on it and you’re done. That’s about as easy as it gets. You can give ’em a ring 617.340.2160 for more info but plan on dropping in as cards must be purchased in person.
Pick a Monday during the month of December to place your order for Marliave gift certificates and you’ll earn yourself a $25 gift card of your very own. Stop by in person, give ’em a ring at 617.422.0004 or drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your order.
Treat your loved ones to dinner at Tavern Road for the holiday. The Fort Point restaurant is offering holiday shoppers who spend $100 or more on gift cards a $25 gift card on-the-house. Available online and in person, they’re a surefire way to please everyone on your list.
Top of the Hub
The Top of the Hub is running a holiday gift card promotion. For each $100 spent, guests will receive a $20 gift card to be used in the new year (between January 1st – March 31st). Give them a ring at 617.536.1775 to get the particulars and to wrap up your shopping.
For every $100 you spend on a Tremont 647 OpenTable gift card, you’ll get an extra $20 gift card to keep for yourself – or gift to someone else (totally your call). Take advantage of our Give and Get program. Place your order online before the 25th to take advantage of the generous offer.