Target’s gift card sale returns this weekend. Here’s how to save 10% off and how the promotion has changed

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Target’s annual gift card sale returns Saturday with some changes. Instead of being a one-day sale, it now lasts two days and will continue through Sunday, Dec. 6.

The maximum discount also increased to $50 off a maximum of $500 in gift cards purchased, up from $30 last year.

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But the biggest change is to get the 10% discount, available in-store and online, you have to be a member of Target Circle, Target’s free loyalty program. The discount can be used only for one transaction at Target or Target.com per Target Circle account, according to the offer’s details.



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It’s a rare chance to save on gift cards, which year after year are among the most popular and requested gifts. Last December, Target had a one-day gift card sale with 10% off store gift cards both in-store and online and in October discounted gift cards by 5% for two days.

If you’re not giving the gift cards away as gifts, they can be quickly added to the Target app to redeem at checkout and used with the Target Circle, which launched nationwide in October 2019.

With the free program, members earn 1% on nearly every purchase to redeem on a future Target trip and take advantage of other discounts including a birthday discount.

Shoppers with a Target RedCard credit or debit card aren’t eligible to earn 1% with the loyalty program when they pay with a store-branded credit or debit card but will continue to get 5% off store purchases including select gift cards year round. However, store gift cards are excluded from the cardholder perk.

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Target gift card promotion fine print

Here are some of the exclusions of the offer listed on the Target Circle offer, which can be saved to accounts early:

  • Valid beginning Dec. 5 for a one-time use purchase in-store or online.
  • Gift cards purchased online can be delivered via email, mail or mobile.
  • Offer valid for one transaction up to $500 in Target GiftCards ($50 maximum discount) at Target or Target.com per Target Circle account.
  • Offer does not include Target Visa Gift Cards, Target Mastercard Gift Cards, Target American Express Gift Cards and gift cards issued by other retailers such as dining, lifestyle and entertaining
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Long lines for Miami’s grocery gift card giveaway shows need — but why only Publix?

Miami’s city government has spent about $2.3 million of federal COVID-19 relief funds on grocery gift cards to give to residents, part of a series of financial assistance programs meant to help those hurting in the pandemic — but some commissioners are questioning the administration’s decision to only purchase from Publix.

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Long lines seen at distribution locations across each of the city of Miami’s five districts this week show a great need among residents. At an event this week, Mayor Francis Suarez noted the difficulty with serving a limited number of people with available funds.

“We were able to help 500 people in our community get much needed support and help for their groceries during this difficult time,” Suarez said on Wednesday. “It’s very sad to see how many people came and the fact that we had to limit people.”

The limitations created by only distributing Publix gift cards are also resonating in some districts where people shop at stores that are more affordable and closer to their homes, such as Sedano’s Supermarket, Presidente Supermarket, Fresco y Más and Milam’s Market.

“For most of the elderly we have, Publix is just too far and more expensive,” said Commissioner Joe Carollo, who represents Little Havana, the Roads and part of Shenandoah.

The city chose Publix as the sole vendor for the first bulk purchase, which came with a 5% discount on each card, according to administrators. On 10,000 cards worth $250 each, Publix discounted $12.50 per card. John Heffernan, the city’s deputy director of communications, said the city initially bought the first batch of cards from Publix “because of their ability to meet the tight time constraints required to quickly implement the programs.”

The money for the gift cards came after Miami-Dade County disbursed federal CARES Act relief funds in November. The city has until Dec. 31 to spend the money, under federal rules. With about $1.2 million out of $3.55 million left to purchase cards, the city might make some changes.

Commissioner Alex Díaz de la Portilla is sponsoring a resolution on the Dec. 10 commission agenda that would give the city flexibility to purchase VISA cash cards of different amounts that would allow people to go to their preferred market, or perhaps to purchase medicine.

By providing cards of $100 to $125, Díaz de la Portilla said the money could be stretched farther to reach more households.

“The residents are the ones that should have the choice of where to shop and what they need to buy. Not government,” Díaz de la Portilla told the Miami Herald. “This should only be about what’s best for our residents.”

The commissioner said residents in his district, which includes Allapattah and Grapeland Heights, would be better served if they could take gift cards to their local preferred markets — especially those without cars who walk to the nearest market.

“Maybe it’s easier to go to one vendor and buy everything, but why not go to local vendors in our community?”

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Miami might tweak gift card giveaway to include more grocers

Miami’s city government has spent about $2.3 million of federal COVID-19 relief funds on grocery gift cards to give to residents, part of a series of financial assistance programs meant to help those hurting in the pandemic — but some commissioners are questioning the administration’s decision to only purchase from Publix.

Long lines seen at distribution locations across each of the city of Miami’s five districts this week show a great need among residents. At an event this week, Mayor Francis Suarez noted the difficulty with serving a limited number of people with available funds.

“We were able to help 500 people in our community get much needed support and help for their groceries during this difficult time,” Suarez said on Wednesday. “It’s very sad to see how many people came and the fact that we had to limit people.”

The limitations created by only distributing Publix gift cards are also resonating in some districts where people shop at stores that are more affordable and closer to their homes, such as Sedano’s Supermarket, Presidente Supermarket, Fresco y Más and Milam’s Market.

“For most of the elderly we have, Publix is just too far and more expensive,” said Commissioner Joe Carollo, who represents Little Havana, the Roads and part of Shenandoah.

The city chose Publix as the sole vendor for the first bulk purchase, which came with a 5% discount on each card, according to administrators. On 10,000 cards worth $250 each, Publix discounted $12.50 per card. John Heffernan, the city’s deputy director of communications, said the city initially bought the first batch of cards from Publix “because of their ability to meet the tight time constraints required to quickly implement the programs.”

The money for the gift cards came after Miami-Dade County disbursed federal CARES Act relief funds in November. The city has until Dec. 31 to spend the money, under federal rules. With about $1.2 million out of $3.55 million left to purchase cards, the city might make some changes.

Commissioner Alex Díaz de la Portilla is sponsoring a resolution on the Dec. 10 commission agenda that would give the city flexibility to purchase VISA cash cards of different amounts that would allow people to go to their preferred market, or perhaps to purchase medicine.

By providing cards of $100 to $125, Díaz de la Portilla said the money could be stretched farther to reach more households.

“The residents are the ones that should have the choice of where to shop and what they need to buy. Not government,” Díaz de la Portilla told the Miami Herald. “This should only be about what’s best for our residents.”

The commissioner said residents in his district, which includes Allapattah and Grapeland Heights, would be better served if they could take gift cards to their local preferred markets — especially those without cars who walk to the nearest market.

“Maybe it’s easier to go to one vendor and buy everything, but why not go to local vendors in our community?” Díaz de

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Godfrey extending gift card program

GODFREY — Godfrey’s gift card program will continue into the new year after the village board approved spending at least another $100,000 for the local stimulus program at Tuesday’s board meeting.

Economic Development Director Jim Mager had proposed $200,000 at the meeting, but Trustee Jeff Weber quickly motioned for the $100,000 figure.

The village has been running the program, which provided discounted gift cards for local businesses, since the spring. So far, they have spent approximately $200,000, with the village picking up half the cost of the cards.

Mayor Mike McCormick said he supported the program, noting the village’s Business District fund has approximately $4.7 million available and that $200,000 was “a drop in the bucket.”

“I think they need another kick,” mayor said of local businesses.


There was some discussion, with Trustee Nathan Schrumpf suggesting the card subsidy be reduced to 25 percent rather than 50 percent to allow the program to impact more people.

Eventually they agreed to keep the subsidy at 50 percent with an initial $100,000, then come back and see if additional money is necessary.

The current program runs through the end of the year, the new program will start after that.

Two façade improvement grants were also approved.

One was for up to $5,500 for Baker and Hale Restaurant, 7120 Montclair Avenue, for the construction of additional parking.

There was some discussion about this, with several trustees concerned about whether parking lots should be part of the program.

“I know there has been some concern if we are just rehabbing, or if it’s just maintenance,” Mager said.

“If they’re doing well and need more parking, where do we draw the line,” Schrumpf asked.

McCormick noted the money was set aside to help businesses, but agreed the issue needs to be considered. He proposed setting up a committee to do that after the first of the year.

Also approved was a façade improvement grant for Travel Leaders, 5727 Godfrey Road. It would be for up to $950 and used for signage.

The board also approved locking the new artificial turf soccer field gates when not being used by the village or rented by a group, at least until security cameras can be put into place.

“We’ve been discussing that here (at Village Hall),” McCormick said. “I think it’s wise to keep it locked until the cameras are installed.”

He added that Parks and Recreation Director Todd Strubhart was to talk with someone about cameras the next day.

In other parks related news, Strubhart was given authorization to apply for a 2021 American Water/NRPA Splash Pad Grant.

A splash pad in Glazebrook Park has been discussed as part of larger improvements.

Approval was also given to apply for an Illinois Department of Natural Resources Federal Rec Trail Program grant for a restroom and pavilion at LaVista Park. The grant would cover 80 percent of the cost, with the village responsible for the remaining 20 percent.

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Help Rock’N Fish Manhattan Beach Staff; Buy A Holiday Gift Card

MANHATTAN BEACH, CA — To help the restaurant staff they just laid off due to the new ban on outdoor dining in Los Angeles County, Rock’n Fish is giving back 50% of its gift card sales purchased for at least $100 to laid off employees for the next two weeks.

“I was devastated to have to lay off my entire team right before the holidays,” said Owner Michael Zislis. “My employees here are like family. I need to do something that gives back and I think the Manhattan Beach community wants to do the same.”

The longtime downtown Manhattan Beach restaurant was celebrating its 20th Anniversary during the month of November, when the new county mandate, banning outdoor dining beginning Thursday, Nov. 26, came down.

Rock’N Fish is hoping to be able to donate over at least $500 to each employee with this program. To purchase a gift card, please visit mb.rocknfish.com and click on the “Gift Cards” heading.

Wrote Rock’N Fish on its social media outlets yesterday [Tuesday, Dec. 1]: “SOS: SAVE OUR STAFF! Purchase an eGift Card of $100 or more before December 14th and 50% of your purchase will go directly back to our staff who have been laid off during this difficult time. Give back to your Rock’N Fish family, while giving the gift of Manhattan Beach’s Favorite Steak & Seafood Restaurant! Your support and love means the world to us and we want to make sure our amazing staff is taken care of during this time. Gift Cards can be purchased online only at this time.”

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QSR, Fast-Casual Gift Card Sales Outpace Upscale

With fine dining having taken a hit amid the pandemic, quick service and fast-casual restaurant gift cards are holding steady and even seeing a bit of growth, a new study by Paytronix finds.

Sales of restaurant gift cards plunged by more than 30 percent over the Black Friday shopping weekend compared to the same period last year, according to Paytronix, which operates a digital guest experience platform used by restaurant chains for loyalty programs.

But quick-service chains saw a much more modest decline in gift card sales, which, after falling 3.6 percent on Black Friday, bounced back to post a .7 percent increase in the number of cards sold over the remainder of the weekend.

And even as overall sales numbers dipped a bit on Black Friday, customers who bought gift cards loaded more money onto them, with the total amount rising 4.6 percent.

Fast-casual gift card sales were “mixed,” with some chains seeing big declines while others “tripled sales thanks to rich bonus offers,” Paytronix said.

Overall, Paytronix looked at gift card sales by 175 different brands over the three-day period between Black Friday on Nov. 27 and Sunday, Nov. 29.

“The more upscale the restaurant, the greater the decline we saw in gift card sales during the Black Friday shopping weekend,” said Lee Barnes, head of data insights at Paytronix. “This likely means that fewer people will be giving restaurant gift cards as a gift, almost certainly because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, shoppers seem to be focusing on those cards that have bonus cash promotions, possibly as a gift to themselves.”

The numbers are particularly significant because of what they say about gift card sales in December, which typically amount to upwards of 50 percent of annual restaurant gift card sales, according to Paytronix.

The Black Friday shopping season “traditionally acts as a barometer of upcoming trends throughout the holiday season,” the firm noted in a press release on its study.

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NIOSH N95 masks, $21 wireless earbuds, free $50 Amazon gift card deal, 4K smart TVs, more



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We’ve got some spectacular daily deals to share with you on Wednesday, which should come as a surprise since we’re halfway through Cyber Week 2020. What is a surprise, however, is that an apparent Amazon mistake has made actual NIOSH N95 face masks available to anyone that should be restricted to hospitals and government agencies. 20-packs of ZYB-11 N95 respirators are available right now at Amazon, and they’re actually discounted, no less. If Amazon fixes its mistake or if you’d rather not take N95 supply from hospitals, FDA-authorized Powecom KN95 masks and AccuMed KN95 masks are certified by NIOSH to work just as well as N95 masks, and they’re both discounted right now.

Other top daily deals today include shocking discounts on Purell hand sanitizer pump bottles that are impossible to find in stores, equally shocking discounts on Purell half-gallon pump jugs, a free $50 Amazon gift card when you get a Microsoft 365 subscription that you need need to renew each year anyway, a new all-time low price for the amazing Phyn Smart Water Assistant and Leak Detector that can detect water leaking or even dripping anywhere in your house like magic, AirPods 2 with Wireless Charging Case for less than they cost on Black Friday, the awesome Roomba 675 robot vacuum for only $179, the incredible self-emptying Roomba i7+ for $599 instead of $1,000, terrific Instant Pot deals starting at $59.99, TrueFree+ true wireless earbuds with more than 10,000 5-star ratings for only $20.99, massive 75-inch 4K smart TVs from LG and Samsung starting at just $896.99, and plenty more.

See all of Wednesday’s top deals down below!

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This Microsoft Office family subscription comes with a $50 gift card

Today only, you can give the gift of productivity with and get yourself something nice, too. Amazon is selling the Microsoft 365 Family subscription to Office for $100 while throwing in a $50 Amazon gift card. The upfront price is the same as always, but the $50 gift card is essentially a rebate unless you use it as a gift for someone else. The sale ends just before midnight Pacific time on Wednesday evening.

Microsoft 365 Family is what the software maker is now calling Office 365. The subscription service allows up to six people to install and use Microsoft Office, and each person can use it on up to five devices each. This Office subscription includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Outlook. PC users can also install Access and Publisher.

In addition to Office, Microsoft 365 Family also gives each person 1TB of OneDrive cloud storage, Skype calling minutes every month, and the Microsoft Family Safety app.

As for the gift card, this is physical plastic card that comes by mail. It has no expiry date and there are no fees. The card may not indicate an amount, but you can check the balance with Amazon using the last 4 digits of the serial number.

This is an excellent deal for the world’s most popular productivity suite, and you’re essentially getting it for half off for the first year.

[Today’s deal: Microsoft 365 Family and a $50 Amazon Gift Card for $100 at Amazon.]

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Ian is an independent writer based in Israel who has never met a tech subject he didn’t like. He primarily covers Windows, PC and gaming hardware, video and music streaming services, social networks, and browsers. When he’s not covering the news he’s working on how-to tips for PC users, or tuning his eGPU setup.

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Outback Steakhouse Launches New Curbside Concierge for Holiday Gift Card Shopping

TAMPA, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Nov 30, 2020–

For many this holiday season, it’s not only a question of what you’ll gift your loved ones for the holidays, but how. Outback Steakhouse has a solution for both. Give the gift of steak with an Outback Steakhouse gift card and do it without stepping foot outside of your car (or your jammies!).

Nov. 30 through Dec. 24, Outback will offer a drive-up concierge service specifically for gift card shoppers that’s simple, safe, and convenient. Just call ahead or visit your local Outback and pull into a designated Gift Card Drive-Up parking spot and an Outbacker will come to your car to complete your gift card purchase.

“Outback Steakhouse created Curbside Take-Away in early 1990s and now we’ve applied that concept to gift cards just in time for the holidays,” said Danielle Vona, Outback Chief Marketing Officer. “Our goal is to create a ‘no worries’ experience this holiday shopping season, whether you’re out and about or staying cozy inside.”

If you plan to knock out your holiday gift list online, convenience meets personalization at www.outback.com/gift-cards. Choose from several festive holiday options or upload your favorite picture to create a personalized gift card. You can also take advantage of the limited time Made For You gift card that features the country music singer/songwriter sensation, Jake Owen. The plastic gift card, available Dec. 1, is the perfect keepsake for any fan – it’s reloadable (so you can keep it forever!) and a portion of the proceeds benefit the Jake Owen Foundation.*

While you’re shopping, there’s no shame in getting a little something for yourself. Now through Dec. 31, when you buy $50 in gift cards, you’ll receive a $10 bonus card** to use in the new year.

Gift cards are available in any denomination and redeemable at over 700 U.S. locations.

*Up to $75,000 will be donated based on purchases.

**Bonus card valid Jan. 1 – Feb. 7, 2021.

About Outback Steakhouse

There’s a special spirit at Outback Steakhouse. One where mates gather, stories are exchanged, and steakhouse favorites flow as freely as the conversation. Serve it up with a dash of Aussie hospitality, and you’ve got all the makings of a great experience you’ll want to share with your friends, time and time again. We’re known for high quality, juicy steaks with your choice of big cuts and bold flavor, cooked just the way you like it. Spirited drinks that start the night off right and a heap of craveable dishes and fan favorites like our iconic Bloomin’ Onion. For more information, please visit www.outback.com or http://www.facebook.com/outback.

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Aditya Narayan ties the knot with Shweta Agarwal; wedding card leaked; PM Modi, Amitabh Bachchan invited : The Tribune India

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Chandigarh, December 1

Singer Aditya Narayan and actor Shweta Agarwal are all set to tie the knot. The wedding would be held keeping the COVID-19 guidelines in mind. 

The ceremony will take place in a temple, and will see 50 guests in attendance. The duo kickstarted the preps for their wedding on Monday with a tilak ceremony.

Aditya and Shweta first met on the sets of their debut film ‘Shapit’. They have been in a relationship for the last 10 years.

Now, several pictures and videos from the pre-wedding ceremonies online by Aditya’s fan clubs. Also, a glimpse at the wedding card is also doing the rounds on the internet.

Aditya’s father, singer Udit Narayan, had spoken about the wedding festivities to Mumbai Mirror, and had also revealed a list of invitees for the reception party that will be held later in the evening.

“The Mehendi was on Sunday. The Haldi ceremony on Monday was a family affair, and the wedding today will be at a small temple with just 50 guests in attendance, followed by a reception,” he said.


“I’ve invited PM Modi, Amitabh Bachchan, Shatrughan Sinha ji, Dharmendra ji, Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone and Madhuri Dixit, but with COVID-19 cases on the rise, I don’t know if they will be able to attend.”




Recently, Aditya took to Instagram and shared that he was getting married in December.


Sharing a picture with his beau, he wrote: “We are getting married! I am the luckiest man alive to have found Shweta, my soulmate, 11 years ago & we are finally tying the knot in December. We are both extremely private people & believe that it’s best to keep one’s private life, well, private. Taking a break from social media for shaadi prep. See you in December (sic).”


Shweta Agarwal has worked in television, Indian and international films.

She has been a part of shows ‘Babul Ki Duwayen Leti Jaa’ (2000), ‘Shagun’ (2001) and ‘Dekho Magar Pyaar Se’ (2004).

She made her film debut with Prabhas-starrer Telugu film ‘Raghvendra’ in 2003.

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