You’re not the only one who loves mom. U.S. marketers, retailers and restaurateurs think she’s pretty special too -- and they’ll be showing their love and admiration with freebies and gifts with purchase on Mother’s Day. After all, a freebie for mom is good for business.
Here’s a list of freebies and promotions in the Triangle to help make your mom’s celebration a special one:
Give mom an 8x10 photo enlargement for Mother’s Day. They’re free at Walgreens through 11:59 p.m. (CST) Saturday. Use the code ENLARGEIT and choose in-store pick up.
O2 Fitness wants to give moms the chance to treat themselves to free workouts over Mother’s Day weekend. All 12 O2 Fitness gyms in the Triangle plus the two in Wilmington are offering unlimited access to their equipment and group exercise classes through Sunday.
Moms eat free on Mother’s Day at Tijuana Flats with the purchase of another entree. She also gets $2 glasses of Woodbridge wine. Just show your server the Mother’s Day promo on the Tijuana Flats Facebook page.
Now through Mother’s Day, reserve a mom-friendly movie or game on Redbox and get 50 cents off the rental of a second DVD. Details are at http://www.redbox.com/mothersday
Moms bowl a game free at Buffaloe Lanes on Sunday with every paid game bowled by a child or family member. Mom’s shoe rental is free, too. Details on buffaloelanes.com.
Mom eats free on Mother’s Day at PDQ restaurants with the purchase of a kid’s meal. Mom will have her choice of a 3-piece tenders, sandwich or salad combo.
Starting Sunday and continuing through Tuesday, McDonald's restaurants across the Triangle and Sandhills will be offering a free scratch-made biscuit with any purchase made between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Michaels craft stores are hosting make-and-take craft sessions on Saturday in celebration of Mother’s Day. For $2, kids can make a craft for their moms. The sessions last 30 minutes and are geared to kids ages 3 and up. Check with your closest store for times and details.
At Hooters restaurants, moms get their choice of a free $10 entree on Sunday with the purchase of a beverage. No coupon is required but mom must be accompanied by at least one of her offspring.
Dine at Carrabba’s on Mother’s Day and receive a $10 bonus card valid on a return visit, May 12 through June 13.
Purchase a $25 gift card to Macaroni Grill for mom, dad or a graduate in your life and receive a free appetizer on your next visit. Or, purchase $50 in gift cards and receive four free appetizers to use on the next four visits, though Aug. 31.
Moms who dine at the buffet at Shoney’s in Fayetteville or Selma get a free slice of strawberry pie on Sunday. The Fayetteville Shoney’s is at 1235 Huntsville Highway. The Selma location is at 1801 Industrial Park Dr.