If you're going the gift-card route, then it's important to know how much to spend to get a little something extra on the side for you. Carrie Isaac and her Web site SpringsBargains.com make that easy this year with a comprehensive breakdown of area restaurants and their respective gift-card bonus offers.
Colorado City Creamery: buy $25 in gift cards and get a $5 gift card.
Josh & John's (downtown only): buy a $5 gift card for $2 (if you belong to their e-mail list).
Note: The Josh & John's deal is for e-mail subscribers only.
Paravicini’s Italian Bistro: buy $50 in gift cards and receive a free copy of Chef Franco’s cookbook.
Pizzeria Rustica: buy $100 in gift cards and get a $10 gift card.
Salsa Brava: buy $100 in gift cards and get a $20 gift card.
iTunes: buy the Bobble Rep — 111th Congress Edition bobble head app for $.99 and get Doug Lamborn's giant jiggly head for free.