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Free gift cards can be used at 10,000 restaurants

Have a long holiday shopping list but are short on cash? You can still give just desserts to each in that beloved brood, and it won't cost you a dime.

Through Christmas Day, you can send $10 restaurant gift cards with no expiration dates to as many as 40 people per day, for redemption at some 10,000 restaurants nationwide.

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Free restaurant coupons offer dining discounts and make good gifts. — Photo by John Lund/Marc Romanelli/Getty Images

Restrictions may apply, such as card recipients being limited to lunches on certain days of the week or having to have a minimum total bill.

The offer is part of the Feed It Forward program hosted by Restaurant.com, a vendor of restaurant gift certificates. Now in its fourth year, this annual event has awarded more than $42 million in free feasting.

Card givers provide their names and email addresses — and those of each recipient — at the Feed It Forward website, and eGift Cards are sent bearing $10 coupon codes. Recipients select their eatery of choice at restaurant.com (they can search by ZIP code) and print out coupons to bring with them.

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