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How to make a gift card the perfect present

Gift cards are always a favorite at the holidays. Here are tips on how to score discounts:

Bulk warehouse clubs such as Costco and Sam’s offer a variety of gift cards at a 10-15 percent discount.

A lot of retailers offer bonus gift cards when you purchase one.

Here are some bonus offers:

Barnes & Noble: Purchase $75 in gift cards or eGift cards, receive a free $10 eGift card.

Bonefish Grill, California Pizza Kitchen and Outback: Get a $20 card when you purchase a $100 card.

Olive Garden: Spend $50 for cards and receive a $10 card.

Red Robin: Purchase a $25 gift card and get a free movie ticket.

Creative ways to give a gift card:

Visit Giftcards.com and create a gift card using a photo.

Put the gift card in a Mason jar and fill with the recipient’s favorite candy.

Decorate an empty Altoids box as a gift box for the card.

Hide the gift card in a new mug.

For a music lover, wrap an iTunes gift card with new earbuds.

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