Remember when loafs of bread came with things? Like Wonder and Webers used to pack things for kids in them. Webers of course had Peanuts things, like trading cards and stickers. One of those brands came with these stickers that were like Garbage Pail Kids but way before the GPK, I'm talking the mid 70's.
Anyway I was always excited for Thursdays because that was the day mom went shopping and as soon as I got home from school, I was digging into the bottom of the loaf for my prize. Usually it was already in the freezer by the time I got to it so I'd have to sneakily pull it out and dig in for the prize.
Then for the Bicentennial, Hughes Markets were giving away little miniature flags from United States history. Like the Dont Tread On Me flag, and the Betsy Ross flag. I was always excited to get a flag whenever we'd go to the store. My dad actually ended up making this 5' tall "flag pole" painted red, white and blue with holes drilled into the sides for me to put my little flags in.
And how about fast food gimmicks. Not toy giveaways per se, but other things. What stands out in my mind was from around 1975, when Taco Bell was giving out glasswear with Looney Toons characters on them with the purchase of a soda. I had Sylvester and I swear that was my favoritest drinking glass ever!