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The Best Birthday Freebies: A Complete Guide

Get coupons for burgers, ice cream, and other free birthday stuff!
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It's your birthday — which means it's time to start collecting presents. Many retailers offer freebies, coupons, or discounts on (or near) a person's birthday. While none of these offers are going to save you a bundle, it's always nice to get an extra treat.

We've rounded up the best birthday freebies at some major retailers and restaurants, and put them in a handy chart to consult when your b-day comes around. And since we first published this chart, we've updated it with even more stores!

How to Get Birthday Freebies

But if you're looking for freebies on your birthday, you need to be aware that many places don't offer discounts just for showing up and flashing your ID. Frequently, birthday offers come in the form of snail mail or email coupons, after signing up for a store's mailing list or loyalty program.

For the programs that don't mail coupons, be prepared to show your ID as proof that it really is your birthday. Offers may vary from location to location, and you may find retailers not on this list that are willing to offer you specials on your birthday. If in doubt, ask!

And when your birthday has passed, don't forget that there are other ways to get free stuff, every day of the year!

Store Offer Details
A&W Free A&W Root Beer Join the A&W Mug Club
American Eagle Outfitters 15% off coupon Sign up for AERewards
Applebee's Free dessert Sign up for their eClub
Arby's Free milkshake (with purchase) Join the Arby's mailing list
Auntie Anne’s Free pretzel Download the My Pretzel Perks app
Aveda Free gift Join Aveda.com
Baja Fresh Free burrito Join Club Baja
Baskin-Robbins Free ice cream Sign up for a Baskin-Robbins account
Beef 'O' Brady's Free appetizer (with entree purchase) Sign up for Team 'O' Brady's
Ben & Jerry's Free ice cream Sign up to be a ChunkSpelunker
Benefit Cosmetics Free brow arch Contact your local Benefit BrowBar beauty lounge for information
Benihana $30 gift certificate Join The Chef's Table
Black Angus Steakhouse Free steak dinner (on first birthday as a member with entree purchase) Join the Prime Club
Boston Market Free dessert (with meal purchase) Sign up for their VIP club
Buca di Beppo $20 gift Sign up for their eClub
Buffalo Wild Wings Free snack-size wings Sign up for the Buffalo Circle
Caribou Coffee Free drink Sign up for their email newsletter
Chili's Free dessert Sign up for My Chili's Rewards
Cinnabon Free gift Join Club Cinnabon
Cold Stone Creamery Buy one creation, get one free Join the My Cold Stone Club
Columbia Sportswear 20% off coupon Sign up for Columbia's rewards program
Cracker Barrel Free dessert Tell your server
CVS $3 in CVS ExtraBucks Join the ExtraCare Beauty Club
Dairy Queen Buy one Blizzard, get one free Join the Blizzard Fan Club
Del Taco Free Premium shake Join the Raving Fan eClub
Denny's Free Grand Slam breakfast Tell your server and show your ID
Dippin' Dots Free Dippin' Dots Join the Dot Crazy! Email & Rewards Club
DSW $5 gift certificate Join DSW Rewards
Dunkin' Donuts Free beverage Join DD Perks
Einstein Bros. Bagels Free Egg Sandwich (with purchase) Join the Shmear Society
Famous Footwear Free gift Join the Rewards program
Firehouse Subs Free medium sub Sign up for Firehouse Rewards
Friendly's Free sundae Join their BFF Club
Fuddruckers Free burger (with purchase) Sign up for Fudds Club
IHOP Free meal Join the Pancake Revolution
Jamba Juice Free juice or smoothie Sign up for Jamba Insider Rewards
Jason's Deli $5 coupon Sign up for their Birthday Club
Jersey Mike's Free sub and drink coupon Sign up for the Jersey Mike's Subs Email Club
Joe's Crab Shack Free appetizer Sign up for the Joe's Catch E-club
Krispy Kreme Free doughnut Join Friends of Krispy Kreme
Lenny's Subs Free sub Join Lenny's Rewards
MaggieMoo's/Marble Slab Creamery Free ice cream Sign up for Slab Happy
Moe's Southwest Grill Free burrito Sign up for Moe's eWorld
Nothing Bundt Cakes Free Bundtlet Join their eClub
Orange Julius Drink coupon Join the Julius League
Outback Steakhouse Free dessert (with entree purchase) Sign up for email offers
Panera Bread Free gift loaded on to your loyalty card Join MyPanera
Pinkberry Free yogurt Join their loyalty program
Red Lobster Free gift Join the Fresh Catch Club
Red Robin Free burger Join their eClub
Redbox Free one-night rental Sign up for Redbox Play Pass
Romano's Macaroni Grill Free dessert Sign up for their newsletter
Ruby Tuesday Free burger Join So Connected
Sephora Free gift Sign up for Beauty Insider
Smashbox Free gift (with $35 purchase) Sign up for Pretty Points
Sonic Drive-In Free CreamSlush, tater tots, or drink Sign up for My Sonic
Starbucks Free drink or treat, plus a 15% off coupon for Starbucks Store online Join My Starbucks Rewards
Steak 'n Shake Free Double Steakburger with cheese and a side of fries Sign up for their eClub
Taco Cabana Free flauta plate Sign up for their eClub
TCBY Free yogurt Sign up for their eClub
Texas Roadhouse Free appetizer Sign up for their email club
TGI Fridays Free dessert (with entree purchase) Sign up for Give Me More Stripes
Tony Roma's Free entree Join the Email Club
ULTA Free gift Create an ULTA account
Waffle House Free waffle Join the Regulars Club
Wendy's $1 off a combo Sign Up for WendyMail
World Market $10 or 10% off coupon Join Explorer Rewards

For more details on how to get free stuff on days other than your birthday, check out this guide.

Did we miss any of the best birthday freebies? Let us know in the comments below!


Contributing Writer

Elizabeth is a professional writer and a non-professional technology enthusiast, with a keen interest in how tech is changing the world we live in.
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6 comments
BlueOak
Missing a Midwest and expanding place - Culver's.

Free single scoop sundae on your bday.

And free shake on your anniversary signing up with their club.
BlueOak
I detest the following cheap-out games these places often play - and ignore their promos:

1) Giving you a low cost to them "accessory" item.

2) Must be used on your birthday or within a few days vs in the month.

3) Must buy something of equal or dramatxily higher price.

Good bets - Red Robin free burger (includng bottomless fries!) and Moe's free burrito.
piewakit
Forgot CHEVY'S FREE MEAL up to $10-12. Don't know exactly.
AkadeannaH
Finley's give you a free steak dinner or 10.49$ towards your dinner on your birthday, you just have to show your ID when you tell your waiter/waitress
kmr1@hotmail.com
Great list, thank you!!! Stage Stores offers a no-strings birthday gift card (either $10 or $20 depending on your "Rewards" level!) You need to have their charge card, but you also get a bunch of other free stuff too. www.stagestores.com
snooperz
Excellent List. I'll make an email address for my loved one just for these.
When Birthday time comes along, voila! Gifts!
And with the help from JEFF SOMOGYI and his entertaining article on how to save big bucks for Valentines Day, I'll have even more money to spare.