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The Best Birthday Freebies: A Complete Guide

We 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.
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It's your birthday — which means it's time to start collecting presents. Many retailers offer freebies, coupons, or discounts for those on (or near) their birthday. While none of these offers are going to save you a bundle, it's always nice to get an extra treat on. We 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.

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. So while these offers seem free, you're really trading away your personal information for these discounts. Still, for retailers you often frequent, it's not necessarily a bad trade — and you can expect deals to pop up in your inbox even when it's not your birthday.

For the programs that don't mail coupons, you should 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
American Eagle Outfitters 15% off coupon Sign up for AE Rewards
Applebee's Free dessert Sign up for their mailing list
Arby's Free milkshake (with purchase) Join Arby's mailing list
Aveda Free gift Join Aveda.com
Baskin Robbins Free ice cream Sign up for their birthday club
Ben & Jerry's Free ice cream Join the ChunkSpelunker Club
Benihana $30 gift certificate Join the Chef's Table
Boston Market Free dessert with meal Sign up for their V.I.P. club
Buca di Beppo Free brownie Sign up for their eClub
Buffalo Wild Wings Free dessert Sign up for their Buffalo Circle
Caribou Coffee Free drink Sign up for their email newsletter
Chili's Free brownie sundae Sign up for Chili's Email Club
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 Club
Cracker Barrel Free dessert Tell your server
CVS $3 in CVS ExtraBucks Register online with CVS
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
DSW $5 gift certificate Join DSW Rewards
Dippin' Dots Free Dippin' Dots Join their fan club
Dunkin' Donuts Free medium drink Join DDPerks
Einstein Bros Bagels Free bagel Join their Club
Famous Footwear Free gift Create an account
Friendly's Free sundae Join their BFF Club
Fuddrucker's 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
Joe's Crab Shack Free appetizer Sign up for their mailing list
Krispy Kreme Free donut Join Friends of Krispy Kreme
Macaroni Grill Slice of cake Sign up for their newsletter
Maggie Moo's Free ice cream Sign up for MaggiE-mail
Marble Slab Creamery Free ice cream Sign up for Marble Mail
Orange Julius Drink coupon Join the Julius League
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 Seafood Lovers Club
Red Robin Free burger Join their eClub
Sephora Free gift Sign up for Beauty Insiders
Smashbox Free cosmetics gift set Sign up for Smashbox Pretty Points Rewards
Sonic Free creamslush, tater tots, or drink Sign up for MySonic
Starbucks Free drink or food plus a 15% off coupon for StarbucksStore.com Join My Starbucks Rewards
Steak 'n Shake Free Double Steakburger Sign up for their eClub
Taco Cabana Free flauta plate Sign up for their eClub
TCBY Free yogurt Sign up for their eClub
T.G.I. Friday's Free dessert Sign up for Give Me More Stripes
Tony Roma's Free entree Join the Roma Rib Expert Club
ULTA Free gift Create an ULTA account
Wendy's $1 off a combo Sign Up for Wendy Mail
Waffle House Free waffle Join Waffle House Regulars
World Market 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.


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.
Please note that, although prices sometimes fluctuate or expire unexpectedly, all products and deals mentioned in this feature were available at the lowest total price we could find at the time of publication (unless otherwise specified).
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4 comments
div222
I actually got $10 from World Market, not 10%.

Also to add: Best Buy $5 from their rewards program;
Orchard's Supplies Hardware $5.
baka
Ruby Tuesday: Free hamburger for your birthday
Outback: Free dessert
Texas Roadhouse: Free appetizer
Uno's: Free deep dish pizza
Buffalo Wild Wings: Free wings
Baja Fresh: Free burrito with drink purchase
dealnews-Lindsay
@Valkana Awesome! We'll check them out and see about adding them in. (Another one I personally like, Benefit will do a free brow shaping during your birthday week.)
Valkana
Few More: Signing of for Lenny's gets you a free reg sub. When you sign up for Moe's Southwest Grill you get a free entree with a drink purchase. And signing up for Beef O' Brady's gets you a free beignet with an entree purchase.
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