The average American is expected to spend a little more than $117 on Father’s Day gifts in 2012 — that’s according to the National Retail Federation. The federation says that for Father’s Day 2012, more people will treat Dad to a special outing, such as golfing, eating out or a sporting event, than in years gone by. Luckily for you, we’ve uncovered places where you can take dad to eat out for free, along with a handful of other places you can enjoy Father’s Day freebies.
Free food for Dad
- Dad can eat free at Spaghetti Warehouse on Father’s Day. The freebie entrees are lasagna or spaghetti. Because Spaghetti Warehouse is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, any dad born in 1972 will get a free brownie sundae on Father’s Day, too. (Note: This freebie is not valid in Columbus, Ohio.)
- Get to IKEA early on Father’s Day (before 11 a.m.) and Dad gets a free IKEA breakfast. (Note: The IKEA in Paramaus, N.J. is offering this freebie on Saturday, June 16, instead.)
- Beef ‘O’ Brady’s is thanking dads with a free meal during its “Dads Eat Free” promotion June 17. This offer is valid up to a $10 value with purchase of another entree at participating Beef O’ Brady’s locations.
- Treat dad to free TCBY yogurt on Father’s Day. The promotion may vary by location, because the “Free Yogurt for Dad” box on the bottom of the TCBY home page and the TCBY Facebook page refer to you local stores for details.
- When you treat dad to brunch between 11:30 a.m and 3 p.m. June 17 at Fleming’s Steakhouse, he’ll get a $25 gift card free.
- Send Dad a Father’s Day e-card via the Denny’s website, and you’ll both receive a coupon for a Pancake Puppies Sundae.
- At participating Caribou Coffee shops, buy any beverage and Dad gets his drink free. Print out and bring in this coupon or show it on your smartphone.
- Tijuana Flats is offering a free meal for dad with purchase of an eligible entrée at participating restaurants June 17.
- Dad can get a complimentary bottle of 100% pure maple syrup when you dine at any of the First Watch restaurant on June 17. You’ll find First Watch eateries in the following states: Arizona, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
- Does Dad like to eat out? A number of restaurants are offering bonus gift cards when you buy gift cards.
Free stuff for Dad
- 14 museums nationwide plan special activities on Father’s Day. This is part of Wired Magazine’s National Geekdad Day.
- Want to try to win dad a free man cave? On June 16, all Old Navy stores will feature pop-a-shot basketball games where Dad has the chance to win a DIY Network Man Cave and other prizes including flat screen TVs, grills and toolkits in the Old Navy Shoot and Score one-day contest. Everyone who participates, whether they make a basket or not, gets a $10 off $75 coupon valid June16.
- Take Dad Go-Karting for free on Father’s Day. At K1 Speed Indoor Go Kart Racing, you’ll get a free race when you buy two races. (K1 Speed locations can be found in Texas, California, Arizona, Washington State and Florida.)
- Get a free Kodak photo collage for dad at a Kodak kiosk in CVS or Target. Details are on the KODAK Facebook page. The deal ends June 17.
- Flying Southwest Airlines on Father’s Day? Check out all the freebies Dad can enjoy on board his flight.
- American Greetings is offering 50% off cards ordered online.
Do you know of a Father’s Day freebie or deal we missed? Leave a comment with the details.