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Gift cards that let you in on the gift

Gift cards and gift certificates have become increasingly popular for Christmas gift giving and virtually all stores and restaurants offer them. Most establishments sell their gift cards at the full face amount, noting that it's a fair value. That's true, of course, but there are some businesses that will make their gift cards a little more attractive so you will try them. Here are some of which we know.

Restaurant gift cards are always appreciated.

At the Bentley Pub, the deal is that for every $25 purchased in gift cards, you will get a $5 holiday card. The Pub is at 602 Southbridge St., Rt. 12, in Auburn, call 508-407-8880 for details. Web address is www.bentleypub.com.  

At Chuck's Steak House in Worcester, if you buy $100 worth of gift cards, you get another $20 gift card for yourself. Gift cards must be purchased on the premises. 10 Prospect Street, Worcester, 508-832-2553, www.chucks.com

Bistro Eighty-Ates, 172 Gore Road in Webster and the Eighty Ates Bar & Grille at 8 Airport Road in Dudley offer a similar deal: spend $88 in gift cards and you'll receive a $20 bonus card. See www.eightyates.com or call 508-949-8888 for details.

Fins & Tales in Southbridge will give you a free $20 gift certificate for every $100 gift certificate purchased. The restaurant is at 858 Main Street in Southbridge, 508-764-3349, www.finsandtales858.com.

Jewelry is always a good choice for gift giving. At The Gift Authority in Douglas, you will receive a bonus $20 certificate for every $100 in gift certificates purchased. The store is located at 100 Davis Road (Rt. 16), east of downtown Douglas. Web address is www.thegiftauthority.com, phone 508-476-7924.

Is there a goldfish lover on your list? The Fishman Aquarium is offering discounted gift certificates: $100 gift certificate for $80, a $50 gift certificate for $40, and a $25 certificate for $20. The Fishman is open Thurs-Sat., 2233 Providence Road, Northbridge, 508-581-0582, www.richthefishman.com.

How about someone getting ready to do a cleanup? Al's Rubbish is offering a $10 discount with the purchase of a gift card. Al's Rubbish is at 556 Central  Turnpike in Sutton, 508-865-4193, www.als-trucking.com.

Who wouldn't appreciate the gift of an auto detailing during the messy days of winter? Clean Cars Auto Detailing at 143 Hamilton St. in Worcester is offering 20% off on all gift cards over $100. Their phone number is 508-826-1017. Visit them at www.cleancars.mobi.

A present of massage or wellness item can also be a welcome gift, and several local businesses are offering such services at a discount.

Hummingbird Holistics Center at 77 South Main St., Uxbridge, 774-280-4172, www.hummingbirdhc.com, offers a 60-minute massage for $45, a $15 savings.

Marcella's Hotspot Salon is offering three one-hour massages for $99. They are at 153 Main Street, Grafton, 781-526-2800, www.marcellahotspot.com.

The Whitinsville Wellness Center & Spa, 1217 Providence Road (2nd floor), Whitinsville, 508-234-3982, www.skinwellness.massagetherapy.com.  If you purchase a $75 gift certificate you will receive $15 in spa credits toward another service; purchase $100 and receive $25 in spa credits.

--Yankee Shopper staff