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Target offers 10% off Target gift cards this Sunday, Dec. 8

Target shoppers who've gotten used to the annual 10% discount on its gift cards can look forward to the promotion again this Sunday, Dec. 8. It's the only discounter to offer such a deal. Walmart and Kmart have yet offer it. 

Some consumers questioned whether Target would offer the gift card discount this year after it dropped its 15% off site-wide Cyber Monday sale. Some analysts think that because Target has performed so well this year, it didn't need to offer the discount. 

The sale is offered in stores and on Target.com. A minimum of $10 and a maximum of $300 can be purchased. Last year consumers noted online that they were able to purchase more than $300 by paying with different credit cards or paying in cash. Redcard holders do not receive an addtional 5% discount if paying with a Redcard. Consumers wanting an additional perk can pay with a credit card that offers points or a 1% rebate. 

Discounted gift cards can be used starting Monday, Dec. 9 at 10 a.m. CST, according to a Target press release. 

The gift card promo can only be used to purchase Target gift cards, not other gift cards such as Target Visa, MasterCard, American Express or restaurant or retailer cards. Also, Target gift cards cannot be used as payment to buy other gift cards such as an Apple App Store & iTunes card. 

Cyber Monday deals from Twin Cities retailers from Haskell's to Target

The deals aren't letting up on Cyber Monday even after a record setting Black Friday. Black Friday's online sales were up 20% to $7.4 billion, according to Adobe Analytics. 

On Cyber Monday 2019 sales are also expected to increase 20% to $9.4 billion. 

With so many deals out there, don't forget the ones from your local retailers and restaurants. 

Haskell's wine and spirits offers 20% off all gift cards of any denomination. Cards can be ordered online and then picked up in the store of your choice or mailed free. For an even better deal, wait until a Haskell's sale to redeem the card or take in a current a print ad and ask for a price match. Few liquor stores in the Twin Cities price match, but Haskell's does. 

Lauren Van Scoy of Essence One, a local soaps and scents retailer who's had great success at the Minnesota State Fair, Rosedale and Mall of America with her natural and organic line of aromatherapy, discounts everything 30% on her site with code EOMON30. Free shipping on orders over $75. 

Twin Cities-founded Buca di Beppo restaurants are offering a gift card discount today. Spend $50 and get two $10 gift cards free. Couple them with the many coupons available (get on the email list) and it's a great deal.

Prank Boxes are a Twin Cities-created novelty that can make any Christmas a lot more fun. The Eden Prairie-based company Pranko sells boxes with beautiful photos showing the prank product such as Cargo Socks with storage pockets for credit cards and keys, Crib Dribbler to keep baby as hydrated as a hamster while you're away, and the Pet Virtual Reality headset to keep cats or dogs entertained for hours. Each of the fake boxes ($7) looks like an "As-Seen -On-TV" product on the box. Save 20% with CYBERMONDAY code.

Sol Organics, an Edina-based textile importer, offers excellent quality 100% organic cotton sheets and towels. Get 35% off today using code MONDAY19. Their showroom is connected to Sleep Sherpa in Edina, which displays many of the online mattress brands such as Nectar, Tuft and Needle and Purple. Unfortunately, no online specials at Sherpa since it's a showroom. 

Minneapolis-based Target is local too, so they make the list. Target isn't doing its 15% off nearly everything site-wide sale this year but is offering a variety of specials. The 7th generation 10.2' iPad is $100 off, select headphones 50% off, $100 off videogame consoles, $50 off Fitbit Versa 2 and a 6-quart, 7-1 Instant Pot Duo for $49.95. 

We'll probably never see Richfield-based Best Buy offering 15% site wide, since electronics profit margins are low, but the electronics retailers has deals today on TVs, laptops, and gaming consoles.