Mother’s Day freebies and deals 2021

Treat Mom to a meal out on Mother’s Day (May 9, 2021), and treat the whole family by snagging a Mother’s Day freebie or deal to lower the bill.

To celebrate Mom, several restaurants and other businesses are offering Mother’s Day restaurant specials and retail discounts. Bonus gift cards, free drinks and desserts, and discounted flowers are all in the mix this Mother’s Day.

We’ve compiled a list of the top Mother’s Day deals and freebies available this May 2021. Many restaurants and retailers are waiting until the last minute to post their deals, so check back as we’ll add to our list of Mother’s Day deals as more offers come in. Most of the discounts are only good on Mother’s Day, but some last longer, so make sure you read the fine print.

After you settle on your Mother’s Day brunch, dinner or dessert destination, check out our Mother’s Day gift ideas, so you’re not showing up empty-handed.

2021 Mother’s Day deals and freebies

Mother’s Day restaurant specials 2021

Whether your mom wants brunch or dinner, enjoy a frugal feast with Mother’s Day restaurant specials in 2021.

Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen: Enjoy a Family Bundle with scratch-made classics at Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen on Mom’s big day. Choose from select entrées, including hand-breaded chicken tenders, grilled salmon or a combination of these favorites — all of which include two choices of family-sized sides and a half-dozen signature Honey Butter Croissants, starting at $24.99

Hamburger Stand: Moms receive a FREE hamburger, small fries and small drink at Hamburger Stand on May 9. Proof of “mom-bership” is required — bring in your kids, show a family photo or just say “Mom Life.”

Joe’s Crab Shack: The Mother’s Day restaurant specials are the one thing not fishy at Joe’s Crab Shack. If Mom loves seafood, treat her to the chain’s special four-course prix-fixe menu for $35.99 from May 7 to 9. The menu includes an appetizer, salad, entrée and dessert. 

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LaMar’s Donuts & Coffee: Moms get a FREE red velvet cake donut (or any donut with a hole) and small coffee at LaMar’s Donuts & Coffee.

Mimi’s Café: Families can take Mom out for brunch at Mimi’s Café. The restaurant is serving a three-course Mother’s Day menu — $19.99 for adults and $10.99 for kids.

Olive Garden: If you take Mom to Olive Garden, you can enjoy an extra take-home entrée for just $5. Pick up enough for the whole family. Choose from Fettuccine Alfredo, Five Cheese Ziti al Forno, Spaghetti with Meat Sauce and Stuffed Fettuccine Alfredo.

Pizza Hut: Everyone love pizza, including moms! Have an inexpensive pizza party on Mother’s Day, thanks to Pizza Hut’s ongoing deals and discounts. Share a slice of pizza and fun with Mom…plus, it’s an easy clean-up after the gathering. 

PDQ: Make a quick stop at PDQ on Mother’s Day for a sweet treat. On May 9, customers can get a FREE small classic shake (vanilla, strawberry or chocolate) with any purchase for Mom

Primanti Bros. Restaurant & Bar: Spend a minimum of $7 at the table on May 9 at Primanti Bros. Restaurant & Bar and Mom gets a FREE classic sandwich. For online orders, use promo code LOVEMOM. 

Sonic: If you’re looking for a more inexpensive date with Mom, check out the current deals from Sonic Drive-In. You can always stop by for the chain’s daily happy hour and enjoy half-price drinks, while catching up with Mom. 

TCBY: Cool off with Mom at TCBY. Mom’s first 6 ounces of frozen yogurt is FREE on Mother’s day.

Wienerschnitzel: Moms receive a FREE Original Chili Dog, small fries and small drink at Wienerschnitzel on May 9. Proof of “mom-bership” is required for this Mother’s Day restaurant special — bring in your kids, show a family photo or just say “Mom Life.”

Yogurtland: Do’nt leave Mom “in the cold” — get her a treat from Yogurtland. From May 3 to 9, purchase a $25 electronic gift card and receive $5 bonus card via e-mail. The bonus card is valid from May 10 to 31. 

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Mother’s Day gift card bonuses 2021

Many restaurants are celebrating Mom by offering gift card bonuses and discounts. Buy the gift card as a treat for your mom or a way to save when you take the whole family out to dinner.

Applebee’s: Let Applebee’s make dinner for Mom. Buy a $50 gift card, and the restaurant will throw in a $10 bonus card for her. 

BJ’s Restaurants and Brewhouse: Buy a Mom a $50 electronic gift card at BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse and get a $10 bonus card

Plus, for a limited time, the restaurant is offering half off large pizzas with promo code HALFOFF. (The discount is automatically applied on Mondays.) 

Bonefish Grill: This isn’t just a Mother’s Day deal. In fact, the offer is good through June 13. Buy a $50 gift card and get a $10 bonus card at Bonefish Grill. (You might pick one up for Father’s Day, too.) 

Carrabba’s Italian Grill: Gather the family and enjoy a meal at Carrabba’s Italian Grill. For every $50 spent in gift cards, receive a $10 e-gift card. The bonus can be redeemed from May 17 to July 18.

Chili’s Bar & Grill: Does Mom enjoy Tex-Mex and margaritas? If she does, treat her to lunch or dinner at Chili’s. Buy her a $50 gift card and get a $10 bonus card

Einstein Bros. Bagels: Need bagels for a Mother’s Day breakfast-in-bed or brunch? All Einstein Bros. Bagels gift cards purchased online through June 21 are 20% off.  

Fogo de Chão: Dine in on Mother’s Day at Fogo de Chão and Mom gets a $25 dining card to be used on her next visit. 

Plus, buy a $125 electronic gift card and get a $25 bonus card. 


Outback Steakhouse: Buy Mom a $50 gift card at Outback Steakhouse and enjoy a $10 bonus card. The offer is valid through June 13, so you can also pick one up just before Father’s Day.

Plus, the Australian steakhouse has 10 entrées for under $16 each. 

RA Sushi: If Mom loves sushi, get her a $50 gift card at RA Sushi and get $10 promotional card. If Mom really loves sushi, buy her a $200 gift card and receive a $60 promotional card

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Red Lobster: Moms love a bargain! Buy Mom a $50 gift card at Red Lobster and receive a coupon good for $10 off your next order of $30 or more.

The Cheesecake Factory: Moms are always so sweet! Treat Mom to an extravagant lunch or dinner at The Cheesecake Factory. From April 29 to May 9, purchase a $50 gift card and receive a $10 bonus card. (Both the gift and bonus card never expire.) You could even use the gift card for a cheesecake for a Mother’s Day brunch at home. 

Village Inn: It takes “a village” to celebrate Mother’s Day, especially if she loves Village Inn. The popular restaurant is offering a $5 bonus card with the purchase of a $25 gift card. You might consider using the gift card for one or two of the chain’s popular pies for your Mother’s Day brunch. 

Mother’s Day retail specials 2021

You can celebrate mom with more than just food. We found a few Mother’s Day retail specials for 2021, or check out our list of frugal gift ideas.

Coach: Add to Mom’s handbag collection with a gift from Coach. Save 30% off select styles with promo code SAVE30 — through May 9.  

Direct Gardening: Moms everywhere love flowers. Buy one flower “unit” at regular price and get second one for just one penny at Direct Gardening. Just send Mom a note letting her know flowers for her garden are on the way.

Massage Envy: Give Mom the gift of relaxation at Massage Envy. Through May 9, the mini-spa is offering buy-one-get-one FREE massage — purchase one 60-minute massage and receive another at no cost. 

Regal Cinemas: Is Mom a film fanatic? Throw Mom her very own Private Watch Party at Regal Cinemas — with up to 20 friends and family members. The private screenings start at just $99

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