I've used Restaurant.com a few times, to score bargain-priced gift certificates for friends and family. There are plenty of places to choose, from family-friendly fare to ethnic cuisine. Save even more by using their promo codes (keep an eye for the latest on Mir's great shopping blog, Wantnot.net -- right now, "SAVE" gets you 80 percent off your order), but even without a code a $25 gift certificate only costs $10. Which means you can treat your crew to dinner without making much of a dent in your wallet.
For a limited time, Restaurant.com is letting anyone and everyone send $10 gift certificates to anyone else in the U.S. -- for free. Feed It Forward 2009 is a great way to spread a bit of holiday cheer easily and affordably. The program runs through Christmas; go to Restaurant.com to search for offers in your (or your best friend's) area.