[say kah doh
it's free, it's on the house
The French expression c'est cadeau
means that something is a gift, but not a personal one. Rather, it's something that a store or restaurant is giving you - what is often redundantly called "a free gift."
Note the lack of an article in c'est cadeau
, which has a slightly different meaning than c'est un cadeau
. C'est cadeau
means that a business is giving you something for free, whereas c'est un cadeau
means that someone you (probably) know - a friend, a family member - is giving you a gift.
Achetez deux croissants, et le café, c'est cadeau !
Buy two croissants and the coffee's on the house!
En Californie, voter c'est cadeau
(Liberátion, 4 nov 08
In California, voting gets you a free gift