I agree, I wouldnt use it quite yet.. Hold off.
Just one day when your talking to her be like" HEy I got this GC in the mail to Olive Garden, would you like to go with me... ANy chick that doesnt like Olive garden is not worth your time..
don't use it on the first date.. of course you shouldn't be going to olive garden on a first date.. unless your'e in high school.. then that's ok... but anyway.. don't do it on a first date.. but then you can do the "hey i have this gc for olive garden............." idea.. that's ok if they know in advance
it's always better to use your credit/debit card or cash. Checks look stupid. If you use cash, you look like you've got a load. If you use credit/debit, you look like you should have been named "Rico Suave" when you were born.