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Posted on: December 11, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Give the Gift of Shopping and Dining Local in Downtown East Lansing this Holiday Season

UPDATE (12/12/20 at noon): The promotional funds for the Downtown East Lansing bonus gift cards are expected to run out soon. Thank you to all of the early buyers for helping successfully kick off this program. Community members are encouraged to keep buying gift cards throughout the holiday season and beyond. It's a great way to support our local businesses in this challenging time: 

Original Release:

EAST LANSING, Mich. — In an effort to support local businesses during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the East Lansing Downtown Management Board (DMB) has launched an eGift Card Program for downtown East Lansing businesses.

The Downtown East Lansing eGift Card Program provides community members with a fun, easy way to give the gift of shopping and dining local this holiday season. To date, 23 downtown East Lansing restaurants, retailers and service providers have enrolled in this program and will be accepting the gift cards. And, to kick off the program, early purchasers will receive bonus gift cards at specific purchasing levels thanks to a $3,000 allocation from the DMB. How it works:

  • Purchase a $25 gift card or more, receive an additional $10 gift card.
  • Purchase a $50 gift card or more, receive an additional $20 gift card.
  • Purchase a $100 gift card or more, receive an additional $40 gift card.

This special promotion will be offered while supplies last and purchasers are limited to buying five gift cards to receive this promotion. The bonus gift cards will not immediately show up in a purchaser’s cart, but they will be emailed within 24 hours of the purchase.   

 Community members can visit to:

  • Learn more about the Downtown East Lansing eGift Card Program and how it works.
  • View a list of the participating businesses where the gift cards can be used.
  • Purchase and send gift cards with a personal message view email or text to family, friends, co-workers and/or other recipients. 

“Participating in this program means supporting the heart of what makes our community unique and supporting our local businesses at a time when they need it most,” said East Lansing Community Development & Engagement Manager Amy Schlusler Schmitt. “We do hope that community members will consider giving the gift of shopping and dining local this holiday season and beyond.”

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