Some major retailers and restaurant chains really get into the giving spirit for the holidays, with numerous stores offering freebies and giveaways on Christmas and Christmas Eve. If you know where to go and where to shop, you can score free coffee, gift cards, beauty gifts and more on Dec. 24 and 25.
Read on to make the most of the holiday season and discover easy ways you can score free stuff.
If you find yourself shopping for beauty gifts and goodies on Christmas and Christmas Eve, be sure to check out Bloomingdales.com to score free gifts. Click on the retailer’s “Gift With Purchase” section to see all the free makeup and skincare gifts you can receive with qualifying purchases. Gifts range from fragrance sets to tote bags to sample-sized cosmetic gifts.
When you purchase $50 worth of gift cards for Bonefish Grill on Christmas or Christmas Eve, you’ll receive an additional $10 bonus card for free. Give your free gift card to a friend or family member for the holidays, or save it for yourself to treat yourself to an appetizer or dessert when dining at the seafood chain.
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Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland
Shoppers at Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland in Frankenmuth, Mich. will receive a free ornament of their choosing with purchases of $30 or more on both Christmas Eve and Christmas with an online coupon. Purchases must be made in-store to be eligible for this freebie.
Score a $5 Bonus Card from Burlington with any gift card purchase of $50 or more in-store or online on Christmas Eve. The Bonus Card can be redeemed Dec. 26, 2017 through Jan. 30, 2018.
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If you’re an expectant mom or dad and want to score free baby stuff this Christmas, simply create a baby registry with buybuy Baby. The baby supply retailer will gift you a goody bag when you register, full of samples and coupons.
California Pizza Kitchen
Give the gift of pizza this year and get rewarded with free pizza for yourself. When you purchase $100 worth of California Pizza Kitchen gift cards on Christmas or Christmas Eve, you’ll receive a free $20 promotional card. CPK’s gift cards are fully customizable, and you can choose between a physical plastic gift card or a convenient eGift Card. The pizza chain has more than 250 locations across the country and the world.
On Christmas Day from 8 a.m. to 11:59 p.m., Cumberland Farms customers can stop by to receive a free signature Farmhouse Blend hot or iced coffee in any size. You can even customize your coffee with flavor shots — including pumpkin spice, gingerbread, French vanilla and hazelnut — at no additional cost. If you’re not a coffee drinker, you can also choose from the brand’s other beverage options, including cappuccino, tea or hot chocolate — including the limited-time offered peppermint hot cocoa. Cumberland Farms has 600 locations across the Northeast and Florida.
Demeter Fragrance Library
When you make an online purchase of $30 or more at DemeterFragrance.com on Christmas or Christmas Eve, you will receive a 2-ounce Christmas tree-scented oil diffuser, as well as a $100 wine voucher for NakedWines.com — either of which would make for great free Christmas presents on their own. Demeter’s unique handcrafted scents include Baby Powder, Cherry Blossom and Vanilla Ice Cream.
Fogo de Chão
Meat lovers won’t want to miss this freebie: Fogo de Chão is giving you a $25 holiday bonus card for every $150 in gift card purchases you make on Christmas Eve or Christmas. The bonus card can be used to dine any time at the all-you-can-eat Brazilian steakhouse from Jan. 2 to March 30, 2018.
Get a free holiday-themed Snoopy’s Doghouse stuffed animal carrier when you purchase four Holiday Peanuts itty bitties in-store at Hallmark Gold Crown stores or online at Hallmark.com on Christmas Eve. The carrier is a festive addition to any seasonal display.
Beauty lovers will want to take advantage of the free gifts you can score on Christmas and Christmas Eve by shopping for cosmetics at Macy’s and Macys.com. In-store, Macy’s often has their free gifts on display, and online you can browse free gifts by selecting “Gifts with Purchase” in the “Beauty” section. Major cosmetics brands like Clarins, Clinique, Kiehl’s and Estee Lauder often offer free gift sets and travel-sized goodies when you hit the qualifying purchase amount.
Wondering how to get free samples while shopping at Nordstrom on Christmas or Christmas Eve? Simply visit Nordstrom’s “Gift with Purchase” section on the website, which has a roundup of all the gifts you can score for free with qualifying purchases from numerous men’s and women’s grooming and beauty brands. You’ll also receive five free samples with any grooming or beauty purchase made on the site.
If you purchase $100 worth of gift cards for Ocean Prime on Christmas or Christmas Eve, you’ll receive a $25 bonus reward gift card. The high-end seafood and steak restaurant chain has locations in Colorado, Michigan, Ohio, New York, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., Florida, Indiana, Texas, Arizona and California.
When you purchase $50 worth of Olive Garden gift cards on Christmas or Christmas Eve, you’ll receive a free $10 bonus card you can use after the holidays. The restaurant known for its unlimited breadsticks has over 800 locations nationwide.
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Peet’s Coffee will be giving out free coffee and tea to customers on Christmas Eve for their holiday special this year. The coffee chain has locations in California, Colorado, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Oregon, Virginia, Washington and Washington, D.C.
No matter what day of the year you make a purchase at Sephora or on Sephora.com, you’ll receive three free makeup samples of your choosing. Available beauty samples usually include an array of men’s and women’s fragrances, as well as facial treatments and makeup samples. To get even more free samples, join Sephora’s Beauty Insider for free, and trade in points for deluxe-size product samples.
Convenience store chain Sheetz has been giving free coffee to customers on Christmas Day for over 20 years, so they will likely continue the tradition in 2017. Last year, customers could stop by any of the store’s 500 locations and receive a free drip coffee on Christmas between 12 a.m. and 12 p.m. Sheetz has locations in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland and North Carolina.
Though Starbucks has yet to release its holiday promotions for 2017, last year the coffee chain gave away drinks and other goodies during its 10 Days of Cheer promotion, which ran from Dec. 23 to Jan. 2. The holiday event included pop-up parties at select stores where customers could get free drinks, and shoppers at all participating stores received a Cheer Card during the promotion that could be redeemed for discounts and free coffee drinks and snacks.
You can actually get free baby stuff from Target any time of year when you open a baby registry with the store. As a thank you for registering with Target, you’ll receive a welcome kit filled with $50 worth of coupons and samples of baby products.
Search “free gift” on the Ulta website while shopping for beauty gifts on Christmas or Christmas Eve, and you’ll find all the beauty gifts you can score for free with qualifying purchases. Depending on what you purchase and how much you spend, you can snag free styling tools, customizable eyeshadow palettes, mascara, rollerball fragrances and more.
This Northeastern-based gas station and convenience store chain certainly has a cult following — and it’s ready to help you get into the holiday spirit. The store is offering free Wawa Rewards from Dec. 1 through Dec. 7 to help bring you into the holiday mindset with Very Merry Rewards Week. All you need to do is register for Wawa Rewards through its app and unwrap the savings.
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