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These 2 McDonald's Menu Items Are Free This Weekend

The Daily Holiday Deals continue with some pretty great freebies.
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For ten days leading up to Christmas, McDonald's is giving away free menu items with every $1-minimum purchase. And this weekend, the giveaway involves McNuggets on Saturday, Dec. 19, and Hotcakes on Sunday, Dec. 20.

The Daily Holiday Deals have been running since Dec. 14 and continue through Christmas Eve. They come with refreshingly few strings attached. In fact, all you need to do to get some free eats is spend at least a dollar through the McDonald's app. (Related: McDonald's Is Making These 8 Major Upgrades.)

And to ramp up the fun, every single item is named after a beloved Christmas character from a movie, TV show, or general Christmas folklore. The McNuggets giveaway honors Gizmo, the lovable critter from the 1984 movie Gremlins, a dark horse of Christmas movies, while the hotcakes are courtesy of Buddy the Elf, Will Ferrell's character in the eponymous 2003 movie.

After this weekend's six-piece Gizmo McNuggets and Buddy the Elf Hotcake stack, look for a free any size McCafé coffee on Monday (get it hot or cold!), a McFlurry on Tuesday, a bakery item on Wednesday, and on Christmas Eve, a free 2- or 3-pack of Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Each customer with the McDonald's app can get the free menu item once, and do note that not all locations are participating.

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Steven John
Steven John is a freelancer writer for Eat This, Not That! based just outside New York City. Read more
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