With plenty of businesses offering free birthday stuff to customers, no one should ever feel sad that they’re running low in cash and cannot celebrate their big day as grand as they’d like.
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What many people don’t know is that they can still have a blast on their birthdays (or birth month) even without spending too much. You just have to know where to go, what to eat, and do a bit of planning to get the best deals.
From all the restaurants that give you free birthday cakes, or any other food and drinks you can get for free on your big day, to activities and other cool stuff exclusive to birthday celebrants, make sure you bookmark this post and use it for yours or a loved one’s birthday.
Places that Give You Free Stuff on Your Birthday
Whether you’re looking to dine out or want to be mailed free goodies on your birthday, here are some checkout-worthy restaurants and food brands you should
Dine-Out Free on Your Birthday
- 99 Restaurant & Pub – Get a special birthday gift, if you’re a Rewards member.
- Abuelo’s – You have to join the Rewards club to get a free birthday treat. Also, this will only be valid if you visited the restaurant on two separate occasions before your birthday.
- Backyard Burger – Free classic burger, after joining the “Clubhouse.” Make sure you join before your birthday, so you can claim the burger just in time.
- Baja Fresh – Get yourself a burrito on your birthday week. If you’re a Rewards member, you’ll receive rewards straight to your account several days before your birthday.
- BD’s Mongolian Grill – Get a free meal on your birthday. Download the app or sign up online to join Rewards. You have to be a Rewards member 30 days before claiming your birthday freebie.
- Benihana’s – Register for The Chef’s Table and receive the latest Benihana news, special offers and a complimentary $30 Benihana Birthday Certificate during the month of your birthday. This certificate comes with a $30 credit, which excludes alcohol, tax and gratuity, you can use during your birthday month.
- Buffalo Wild Wings – Get SIX free birthday wings, as long as you join the Blazin’ Rewards club. You can visit anytime during your birthday month.
- Black Angus Steakhouse – Get a free steak on your first birthday as a Prime Club member. You also earn two times the points throughout your birthday month, so if you love this restaurant, take advantage of the deal and get them steaks!
- Cattlemen’s – Receive a birthday treat if you join the e-club.
- Chili’s – Get a free dessert on your birthday, as long as you have an activated My Chili’s Rewards account.
- Chevy’s – You can get a free entrée on your birthday, just make sure you join the e-club first.
- Chick-fil-A – Join Chick-fil-A One®, the company’s tiered membership program that gives loyal customers freebies like a birthday reward. The birthday reward is valid for 30 days.
- Denny’s – Get a delicious birthday treat every year if you’re a Denny’s Rewards member.
- El Torito – Get a free entrée on your birthday when you sign up for El Torito’s eClub.
- Famous Dave’s – Get either a sandwich or burger, valid a week before or after your birthday. You have to be a member of the email club. It may not be available in all locations.
- Fazoli’s – Join eFamily to get a free birthday surprise during your visit.
- First Watch – If you’re a member of the Sun eClub, you can get a healthy birthday treat if you visit the cafe during your birthday month.
- Firehouse Subs – Sign up for Firehouse Rewards and get a FREE MEDIUM SUB reward on your birthday or within the following 6 days.
- Genghis Grill – Receive a gift on your birthday if you signed up for Genghis Rewards.
- Green Mill – Get a FREE small one-topping Deep Dish Pizza for your birthday if you’re a member of the Green Mill Rewards Club.
- The Habit Burger Grill – Receive a special treat on your birthday if you are a member of the CharClub. They have their own app, which you could download and see rewards easily.
- Havana Central – VIP members get a FREE entrée on their birthdays.
- Hard Rock Cafe – Get an annual birthday treat if you’re a member.
- Hof’s Hut – Become a Preferred Guest to receive a birthday gift when you visit.
- HuHot Mongolian Grill – Join the loyalty program and sign-up for HuHot Rewards to get a buy-one, get-one treat.
- iHop – Get free iHop pancakes on your birthday.
- Ivars – Present your Carte Clam Card and valid picture ID to get a free birthday meal at Ivars.
- Jersey Mike’s – Join the email club & enjoy a free birthday sub each year.
- Johnny Rockets – Birthday celebrants get a free burger, as long as they’re a member of the e-club.
- Joe’s Crab Shack – E-club members get a free appetizer during their birthdays.
- Kona Grill – Receive a special gift on your birthday if you’re a Konavore Rewards member.
- Moe’s Southwest Grill – Love some burritos? Head over here to get burritos on the house on your birthday. Make sure you signup for Moe’s Rewards first.
- Not Your Average Joe’s – Sign up for the email club to receive an annual birthday gift.
- On the Border – Join Club Cantina for free surprises on your birthday.
- Perkins Restaurant and Bakery – Anyone ages 12 and up should join the mailing list to get a chance to eat free treats during their birthdays.
- P.F. Chang – Download P.F. Chang’s app, take advantage of the rewards and dine in during your big day to receive exclusive treats.
- Ruby Tuesday – Members get to receive either a burger or Garden Bar entree FREE on their birthday.
- Sbarro – Join Sbarro’s Rewards program for a free pizza surprise on your birthday. They have an app that lets you check your points anytime you want to.
- Sony’s BBQ – As the ‘Q Crew member, you can get a free Big Deal Combo for your birthday.
- Steak ‘n Shake – Join the club if you’re 16+ years old and above, then get your free Double Steak Burger WITH Cheese n’ Fries on your birthday.
- The Spaghetti Warehouse – Receive a free birthday meal if you’re a member of the Warehouse Club. Valid starting on your birthday and 45 days later.
- Texas Roadhouse – Join the email club for a free birthday gift.
- Tomy Roma’s – Receive a free entrée if you’re an email club member and you visit the restaurant on your big day.
- WHICH WICH – Become a part of the Vibe Club Rewards, make at least one purchase made in the preceding 11 months, and receive your free sandwich for up to seven days after your birthday.
- Zaxby’s – Receive a FREE Big Zax Snak on your birthday. Join the Zax Club today.
Drinks and Sweets
- Arby’s – Register for a free milkshake on your birthday.
- A & W – Celebrate your big day with a Root Beer Float FREE. Valid only for A&W Mug Club members.
- Auntie Anne’s – Download the app, register for Pretzel Perks, and get a surprise coupon on your birthday
- California Pizza Kitchen – Become a CPK Rewards member and get free dessert on your birthday.
- Cheesecake Factory – Get a yummy dessert on the house, if you join the company’s email list.
- Crumbl Cookies – Visit a Crumble Cookie location near you. Download the app and get a free cookie – this deal is valid even if it isn’t your birthday.
- Dairy Queen – Join the Blizzard Fan club and receive a free cold treat on your birthday month.
- Dippin’ Dots – Join the dot crazy email club and get free ice cream on your birthday!
- Driscoll’s – For sweet birthday treats, join the Driscoll’s membership program and make sure to check out what’s in store for celebrants like you.
- Del Taco – Join the Raving Fan eClub and get a regular-sized shake for your birthday. Choose from strawberry, chocolate, and vanilla.
- Einstein Brothers Bagels – Join the Shmear Society for some free bagels.
- Great American Cookies – If your birthday is almost here and you can’t have enough cookies, sign up for the email club for some goodies.
- Jack in the Box – Sign up with the email list to unlock special treats.
- KRISPY KREME – Join Krispy Kreme Rewards for a free donut and coffee during your birthday month.
- Marble Slab Creamery – Join the Slab Happy Rewards. Enjoy sweet treats during special holidays, birthdays, anniversaries.
- Nothing Bundt Cakes – Get a free Bundtlet on your birthday
- Olive Garden – Fans of the restaurant should definitely join Olive Garden’s e-club. They giveaway free dessert when you dine in on your birthday.
- Pink Berry – Get a Pinkcard and download the Pink Berry app to earn rewards and get a free frozen yogurt with your chosen toppings on your birthday.
- Planet Smoothie – I love birthday freebies that come in the mail without you begging. By joining the Planet VIP, you get a $6 birthday reward loaded to your account seven days before your birthday.
- Rita’s – Get your free ice cream or smoothie on your birthday.
- Sprinkles Cupcakes – Enjoy a couple of scrumptious cupcakes any day during your birthday month.
- Starbucks – Score a cup of your favorite Starbucks drink, or a slice of cake, as long as you’re celebrating your birthday and you have at least 1 star on your Rewards account.
- TGIFriday’s – Make sure to join TGIFriday’s email list and rewards program, so you can have the delicious dessert during your birthday meal at any TGIF location. In some branches, the birthday freebie from TGIFriday’s is a surprise.
- Uno Pizzeria – Join the eClub for a free dessert on your birthday.
- Yogurt Mountain – Be a part of the YOGO club and receive free yogurt every year for your bday.
- AMC Theaters – If you’re a regular moviegoer at AMC Theaters, make sure to join the AMC Stubs. You can get a free popcorn and a large fountain drink for higher-tier plans on your birthday month.
- ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE – Sign up for Victory Benefits and receive a free movie ticket as well as popcorn, burger, soda, or pizza depending on the membership level.
Birthday Food Coupons
- Au Bon Pain – Join the eClub and get a voucher for a free birthday lunch.
- Bennigan’s – 14-year-old (and older) can join the e-Club and get a $30 birthday certificate
- Buca di Beppo – Join the Eclub to get a $20 certificate on your birthday.
- Charlie Brown’s Steakhouse – You must join the Handshake Club first, activate it before the start of your birth month, and get a $10 birthday coupon.
- Cold Stone Creamery – If you are a member of My Stone Cold Club, you’ll receive a Buy One, Get One FREE Creation™ coupon loaded to your account for your birthday.
- Duke’s Seafood – Join the Email Club and receive rewards, such as a voucher good for a FREE birthday lunch or dinner. You can pick from five entrées OR a free dessert for everyone at your table as long as they buy a meal.
- Fudd Ruckers – Get a bday treat voucher via e-mail each year, if you’re a member of the Fuddruckers e-Club.
- GORDON BIERSCH – Sign up for Passport Rewards and receive birthday e-gifts just in time to treat yourself out.
- Red Lobster – You can receive surprise birthday freebies and discounts when you join My Red Lobster Rewards and eat out at the seafood place.
- The Melting Pot’s Club Fondue – Get sweet sweet chocolate-dipped strawberries on your big day by simply signing up with the email list.
- Waffles House – Become a Waffle House Regulars Club member and get your free coupons each year in time for your birthday.
- Wienerschnitzel – Become a Wiener Lovers’ Club member to get a free coupon each year on your birthday.
Non-food Freebies on Your Birthday
If you don’t feel like celebrating, but want to get something new for yourself, you can take advantage of birthday specials offered by companies such as:
- World Market – Join the World Market Rewards and visit the store nearest you on your birthday to get a surprise gift.
- Landry’s – If you’re a Landry’s Select club member, expect to receive a $25 birthday reward you can use on your next visit.
- ACE Hardware – Want to make a quick DIY project on your special day? Pass by ACE Hardware for $5 to $10 off slashed from your total bill.
- Designer Shoe Warehouse – Become a VIP Rewards member and receive a $5 birthday gift certificate, which is valid throughout your birthday month.
- Old Navy – If you’ve been a fan of this brand and have been collecting reward points, expect to get a secret birthday treat every year.
Makeup and Beauty Products
Many fans of makeup brands have reported their birthday freebies regularly on YouTube. If you’re not after food or retail therapy, but would love to receive a new lippie shade, or brand new
- Aveda – Makeup and other beauty products (worth $23) for birthday celebrants, as long as you join Aveda’s Pure Privilege for a one-time fee of $10.
- Bare Minerals – Want to receive gifts that “are nothing short but fabulous”? Bare Minerals gives away awesome gifts for members of its loyalty program.
- Benefit Cosmetics – You’re not going to receive a product, but you can get a free Benefit brow arch service if you visit one of their US locations.
- Bliss – Register for the Bliss newsletter and receive a birthday surprise. Only valid for US addresses.
- Caudalie – Register for myCAUDALIE, and receive a welcome gift (as well as a surprise birthday gift) on your big day.
- E.L.F. Cosmetics – Become a member of ELF’s beauty squad and turn your rewards into discounts instantly. You’ll also receive a gift on your birthday.
- Estée Lauder – Join the Estée Lauder elist and accumulate 1 to 249 points throughout the year to receive a birthday gift even without purchasing anything.
- Lancome – Be a loyalty program member, get any amount of points, and earn a gift, sent to you every year on your birthday.
- MAC Cosmetics – Become a “M∙A∙C LOVER” and get rewarded with your love with freebies (like a birthday gift) once you spend $150+ or more.
- NARS – Register to the NARS newsletter so you could get in when Nars sends out a birthday gift on the house. Offer valid while supplies last though, and it is limited to one per customer.
- Sephora – Become a Beauty Insider and earn as many points as you can. Once you do, you get to choose a FREE product set in-store or online during your birthday month.
- Shiseido – Register for the newsletter and receive the newest makeup samples on your birthday.
- Smashbox – Join Smashbox, shop worth $75 to $250, and get a gift on your birthday, anniversary gift, or any other freebies.
- Sally Beauty – Members of the loyalty program, who have accumulated rewards, could celebrate all month long with an extra $5 birthday reward & double BEAUTY MARKS on ALL purchases in your birthday month.
Beyond Free Birthday Stuff
Do know that because of covid19, some locations may not be open to accommodate your birthday surprises. The gifts by mail could continue, especially from brands that have been gifting their loyal customers every year.
You can also get freebies on specific occasions like Father’s Day. However, if you want to extend receiving freebies beyond your birthday, here’s:
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