It seems to be a growing trend around the nation. Restaurants offering free gift cards when you buy one or more at the regular price. We've found some chains that have locations here in the Southcoast that have deals going on at this time.

Now through August 12, IHOP will give you a $5 coupon for every $25 in gift cards you purchase. The coupon is good through September 12th. IHOP has loccations on Faunce Corner Road in North Dartmouth and on New State Highway in Raynham.

At Olive Garden, when you buy $50 in gift cards, you'll get a $10 bonus gift card. The offer runs through May 13th. Olive Garden has locations at the Dartmouth Mall and on County Street in Taunton.

Also, Starbucks is offering a $5 gifr card when you buy 4 grande handcragted after 2 in the afternoon. The deal is only available when you use the Starbucks' Mobile Order and Pay.

There are many other nationals chains offering free gift card deals according to msn.com, but most of those do not have locations here on the Southcoast.