75 Birthday Freebies to Take Advantage of in 2023

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It’s your birthday, and corporate America wants to help you celebrate.

Birthday boys and girls of all ages can take advantage of the many special offers available from businesses around the U.S. What’s the catch to getting your free slice of pie, dinner or a treat from your favorite retailer? You most likely must join their rewards program to earn the privileges. 

While some of the birthday gifts can only be collected on your actual birthday, others are available for a few weeks orthe whole month — and some places give you even longer to redeem your freebies. Here are 75 ways to score freebies, deals and discounts on your special day.

Birthday Freebies on Food and Snacks

Here are some of the snacks, food and drinks you can get for free on your birthday.

Birthday Coffee and Tea Deals

Coffee is key if you plan to celebrate late into the night on your birthday. And while Starbucks offers solid deals year-round, it’s not the only place you can spend the morning and get a deal on your special day.

DavidsTea: Membership in the DavidsTea Frequent Steeper loyalty program gets you five free points on your birthday toward a reward.

Peet’s Coffee: Members of Peetnik Rewards are eligible for a birthday bonus. Your account will receive credit for a free beverage reward on your birthday.

Starbucks: Enjoy a free drink or food item for your birthday when you sign up for Starbucks Rewards online or through the app.

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Birthday Breakfast Deals

What better way to start your birthday than with a free meal? Head to one of these chains to get breakfast on the house.

Denny’s: Members of Denny’s Rewards receive a “delicious birthday gift,” the popular restaurant chain says.

IHOP: Join the IHOP rewards program to receive free pancakes for every birthday. Members must be at least 13.

Birthday Dinner Deals

The free meals don’t have to stop at breakfast. Here’s where to go for free steaks and more.

Benihana: Join The Chef’s Table club at Benihana to receive a $30 birthday certificate for use toward a meal during your birthday month.

Black Angus Steakhouse: Members of the restaurant’s Prime Club receive double pointstoward free menu items every time they dine at Black Angus during their birthday month.

Morton’s The Steakhouse: Join Landry’s Select Club to receive a $25 reward to use at Morton’s during your birthday month and through the 15th of the following month.

RAM Restaurant & Brewery: Sign up for the RAM Restaurant & Brewery MVP Club and enjoy a $10 dining birthday credit with the purchase of an entree.

Red Lobster: Sign up for My Red Lobster Rewards, and complete your profile online, to receive a free birthday reward.

Red Robin: Join the Red Robin Royalty program to get a free birthday burger. You can choose from more than two dozen gourmet burgers and claim your freebie any time during your birthday month.

Birthday Sandwich Deals

For some reason, everything tastes better between two slices of bread. Make the most of your birthday by enjoying sandwich deals at these spots.

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Quiznos: Buy one eight-inch sub and you’ll get one free if you are a member of Quiznos loyalty program.

Subway: The sandwich giant promises a “birthday freebie” to members of its rewards club.

Birthday Taco and Burrito Deals

Taco ’bout a good deal. Here’s how you can get free tacos on your birthday.

Baja Fresh: Join the Club Baja rewards program to get a free special treat for your birthday.

Chipotle: Rewards members receive a mystery food item for their birthday.

El Pollo Loco: Loco Rewards members get a free birthday reward each year. The reward is either $5 or $10, depending on your membership “tier status.”

Moe’s Southwest Grill: Join the Moe Rewards program to get a free burrito on your birthday every year.

Birthday Ice Cream Deals

Ice cream goes with birthday cake like peanut butter goes with jelly. Score ice cream at these chains on your big day.

Baskin-Robbins: Join the Baskin-Robbins Birthday Club and get a free scoop of ice cream on your birthday.

Ben & Jerry’s: As a member of the Flavor Fanatic reward program, you’l receive a “cone-gratulatory surprise” on your birthday.

The Cheesecake Factory: Sign up for Cheesecake Rewards before your birthday, and you’ll receive a free slice your your birthday. If you’re not a member, you still can get a small complimentary birthday sundae when you dine in at this popular chain. Just tell your server you’re celebrating.

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Cold Stone Creamery: Join the My Cold Stone Club and get a “buy one, get one free” ice cream deal for your birthday.

Del Taco: Become a member of the Del Yeah! program to get a free regular-sized premium shake on your birthday in your choice of flavor. Once you reach a higher rewards status, you can enjoy a free dessert or a shake of any size.

Marble Slab Creamery: Membership in the Slab Happy Rewards loyalty program will get you sweet treats and rewards on your birthday.

Rita’s: Download Rita’s Ice app and you’ll get abirthday freebie.

Birthday Smoothie Deals

Start off your new year of life on a healthy foot with a free smoothie.

Jamba Juice: Enjoy a free birthday smoothie when you sign up for Jamba Rewards, provided you’ve spent at least $15 as a club member.

Planet Smoothie: Get a $6 birthday reward every year when you sign up for the Planet VIP program.

Smoothie King: Join the Healthy Rewards program to earn a bonus birthday smoothie.

Taco Bell: It isn’t exactly a smoothie, but if you’re a member of Taco Bell Rewards, you’ll enjoy a Mountain Dew Baja Blast Freeze as a birthday treat.

Birthday Bagel Deals

These chains think of your birthday as a true hole-y day, which is why you can score bagel deals here.

Bruegger’s Bagels: You’ll get a free bagel with cream cheese when you sign up for the Bruegger’s Bagels Inner Circle Rewards Program.

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Einstein Bros Bagels: Join the Shmear Society Rewards Program to get an egg sandwich with a purchase on your birthday.

Birthday Frozen Yogurt Deals

There’s no such thing as too many sweet treats on your special day. Here’s where you can go for free fro-yo.

16 Handles: Sign up for the rewards program on the 16 Handles app to receive a $5 birthday credit. You will have the whole year to use the reward.

Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt: Sign up for the mySmileage rewards program and receive a $5 credit for your birthday.

Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt: Sign up for the rewards program to receive a free fro-yo on your birthday on your birthday.

Pinkberry: As a Pinkcard member, you can enjoy a free frozen yogurt on your birthday.

TCBY: Once you reach “Silver Spoon” status with the TCBY Insiders rewards program, you’ll earn a free birthday treat.

Yogurtland: Get a coupon for $5 off a frozen yogurt on your birthday when you become a Real Rewards member. When you reach Premier Tier or Ultimate Tier status, you’ll get a bigger reward and even a treat on your half-birthday.

Yogurt Mountain (YOMO): Sign up for the YOMO Club by texting “YOMOclub” plus your birthday month to “81018” for a free yogurt on your birthday. For example, text “YOMOclub01” if your birthday is in January.

Birthday Chocolate Deals

Birthdays are the ideal time to indulge. Snag these chocolate-dipped delights and other desserts.

Edible Arrangements: Sign up for Edible Rewards online and get a free Dipped Fruit box during your birthday month. Rewards members must have made at least a $29 prior purchase.

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Hoffman’s Chocolates: The chocolatier also has ice cream, and you’ll get a free sundae by joining the birthday club. Top it with chocolate, of course.

Birthday Pizza Deals

It’s hard to say no to pizza, especially when it’s free birthday food. Get a free pizza on your birthday and other deals at one of these establishments.

Big Mama’s & Papa’s Pizzeria: The Southern California-based chain rewards its club members with a free medium 13-inch pizza with one topping.

Papa Murphy’s: Sign up for the MySLICE rewards program, and you’ll receive a free pizza reward, up to a $16 value, for your birthday take-and-bake pizza.

Pizza Ranch: Join the Ranch Rewards email program to get $5 loaded on your card as a birthday bonus.

Birthday Dessert Deals and Freebies

“If you’re ever paying for food on your birthday, you’re doing it wrong,” said personal finance blogger Matt Spillar from Spills Spot. “Desserts are the most common freebie offered.” So, loosen your belt and get ready to chow down.

A&W All American Food: Join the A&W Mug Club to get a free root beer float on your birthday.

California Pizza Kitchen: All CPK Rewards members get a free dessert on their birthday.

Cantina Laredo: Get a free birthday dessert at this Mexican food chain when you sign up for its e-Club.

Chick-fil-A: Join the Chick-fil-A One club to receive a cookie or brownie for your birthday. As your membership status changes based on the points you earn, you’ll be eligible for increasingly valuable rewards, including sandwiches and entrees.

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Chili’s: My Chili’s Rewards members get a free dessert on their birthday.

El Chico Cafe: Enjoy a complimentary dessert on your birthday with membership in the El Chico E-Club.

la Madeleine Country French Cafe: Download the la Madeleine app and receive a bakery treat on your birthday.

P.F. Chang’s: Sign up for P.F. Chang’s Rewards to get a birthday dessert or appetizer.

Portillo’s: This hot dog chain gives each member of its Birthday Club a slice of chocolate cake as a free birthday treat.

Ruby Tuesday: Enjoy a free dessert — or add the garden bar to your entrée — for your birthday when you join the email list.

Shari’s: Join Shari’s Rewards and receive a free slice of pie on your birthday.As you achieve higher tier status in the program, you’re eligible for a bigger reward, such as a free entrée or a free birthday meal for two people.

TGI Fridays: Sign up for Fridays Rewards and you’ll get a birthday surprise” with a purchase of at least $5 in your birthday month.

Birthday Freebies for Kids

Sign your kids up for these rewards programs so they can get free birthday treats too.

American Girl: When you sign up for the rewards program, your child will receive a greeting and “special offer” as a birthday treat.

Nickelodeon Birthday Club: If you know a child who would love to get a birthday call from his or her favorite Nickelodeon character, you’re in luck. Sign up for the Nickelodeon Birthday Club for free.

Birthday Entertainment Deals

Whether you’re celebrating your birthday with family or planning a budget-friendly date, you might be able to score some free or discounted entertainment.

AMC Theatres: As an AMC Stubs Insider member, you’ll receive a free large popcorn during your birthday month. If you have an upgraded membership, you’ll get a free large fountain drink, too.

Disneyland: At Disneyland’s City Hall or Guest Services, you can get a free birthday button to let other guests know it is your big day.

Redbox: If you’d rather stay in for your birthday, get a reward code good for $2 off a rental when you sign up for Redbox Perks.

Showcase Cinemas: You can pay $10 for the family-friendly Showcase Popcorn Club membership and get popcorn, candy and a backpack, plus, you’ll get a free movie ticket to redeem on your birthday.

Birthday Clothing Discounts and Deals

Get exclusive discounts and surprise gifts from these retailers.

American Eagle Outfitters and Aerie: Get a coupon for at least 15% off for your birthday when you join the Real Rewards program.

Anthropologie: Join Anthro Perks to get an extra 20% off during your birthday month.

JCPenney: As a rewards program member, you’ll receive a gift for your birthday.

Kohl’s: Register for Kohl’s Rewards to receive a special birthday gift.

Victoria’s Secret: Apply for a Victoria’s Secret credit card and get a minimum $10 reward for your birthday.

Birthday Shoe Deals

Put some extra pep in your birthday step with a discounted pair of new shoes.

DSW: Sign up for a free DSW VIP rewards membership and get a $5 coupon to use during your birthday month.

Famous Footwear: Join the Famously You Rewards program to get $5 in Rewards Cash for your birthday. Plus, you’ll earn double points for every purchase made during your birthday month.

Birthday Shopping Deals

Spend your birthday shopping ’til you drop — and you won’t even have to feel bad about it with these birthday deals.

Office Depot and Office Max: Become a VIP with the Office Depot/Office Max Rewards program to collect points for purchases and get a special birthday offer.

World Market: Rewards members get a free birthday surprise each year.

Birthday Makeup, Skincare and Beauty Deals

Want to get your glamour on with free beauty products, makeup and skincare deals? Check out these deals you can get on your birthday.

Aveda: Sign up for Aveda’s Birthday Program to receive a free gift for your birthday valued at $23. A prior purchase in the previous 90 days is required.

The Body Shop: Become a Loyalty Club member online and get a $10 reward to spend on yourself.

Fresh: A membership with Fresh Rewards comes with a minimum $10 reward during your birthday month, plus double the rewards points.

Lancome: Join the Lancome Elite Rewards program and get special savings for your birthday. You will receive 20% off a purchase of $100 or more, plus bonus points if you’ve reached a higher status in the loyalty program.

Sephora: Join Sephora’s free Beauty Insider program by signing up in a store or online, and get a free gift during your birthday month.

Ulta Beauty: Sign up for Ultamate Rewards and get two benefits during your birthday month: double rewards points and a free birthday gift. Members at higher tier status also receive a treat of $10 off.

Jami Farkas and Gabrielle Olya contributed to the reporting for this article.


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