Holiday bonus! Buy a gift card, get a freebie at these restaurants

If gift cards are on your holiday shopping list, why not get a little something for yourself while you’re at it?

This holiday season, when you purchase plastic or digital gift cards at many popular restaurant chains, you’ll get an added bonus.

With the bonus cards and certificates, it’s like getting a free lunch, dinner or breakfast.

According to the National Retail Federation's annual survey, gift cards are the most popular item on wish lists for the 11th year in a row and were requested by 61% of those surveyed.

Just remember, the bonus cards and certificates usually can’t be used until January, and they have various expiration dates and exclusions.

Some offers are available online while others are available at participating locations and while supplies last.

Restaurant gift cardsUnless otherwise noted, these offers are available through Dec. 31 and while supplies last:

Huddle House: Through Jan. 1, for every $20 in gift cards purchased, get a coupon book with more than $60 in savings.