On your birthday, you’re probably accustomed to getting a card, flowers or a whole bunch of “Happy birthday!” posts to your Facebook wall. But your birthday means you can also dine out for breakfast, lunch and dinner without spending a dime! Or get gifts from some of your favorite retailers!
From food to gifts, these 100 merchants put the icing on the cake as our favorite places to get freebies on your special day.
An important caveat: There may be requirements like signing up for a mailing list or enrolling in a free rewards program. Do some sleuthing to figure out the requirements so you’re not disappointed on your birthday (though you can certainly cry if you want to).
Birthday Freebies You Can Eat
1. 99 Restaurant & Pub: Get a free gift in your big day when you join the e-club!
2. Applebee’s: Join its email club and get a birthday special—most likely a free dessert-y treat. Just note if you come with your B-day crew, you can’t make reservations: They’re first come, first serve.
3. Arby’s: Get a free milkshake on your birthday when you register with Arby’s.
4. Atlanta Bread: Score a free cookie on your birthday when you join Rise Rewards.
5. Au Bon Pain: Members of the Au Bon Pain eClub get a coupon for a free sandwich or salad.
6. Auntie Anne’s: Become a member of My Pretzel Perks, and you’ll get a tasty reward on your birthday: a signature/classic Auntie Anne’s pretzel. Drool.
7. Baskin-Robbins: With the ice cream chain’s Birthday Club, members get a free scoop of ice cream on their birthday plus a special discount on a birthday cake (how handy!).
8. Benihana: Members of the Chef’s Table get a complimentary $30 gift certificate during the month of their birthday, and staff will sing “Happy Birthday” in Japanese!
9. Big Boy: Get a birthday dessert freebie when you join the email club.
10. BJ’s Brewhouse: Join Premier Rewards Plus and get a free Pizookie (a warm cookie with ice cream) for your birthday.
11. Black Angus Steakhouse: This is a good one! Join the Prime Club to get a free steak dinner on your first birthday as a member. If you have a large group, it’s not a bad idea to make a reservation (though it isn’t required).
12. Bonefish Grill: BFG Insiders get a free Bang Bang Shrimp appetizer or Jen’s Jamaican Coconut Pie for their birthday.
13. Boston Market: Join the VIP Club, and score a special birthday surprise.
14. Bruegger’s Bagels: Receive a free bagel just for signing up for the Bruegger’s Bagels eClub, along with a free treat on your birthday!
15. Buca di Beppo: Score a free pasta just for signing up for the Eclub, as well as a $20 birthday gift.
17. Dairy Queen: Receive a buy-one-get-one Blizzard coupon on your birthday by signing up for the Blizzard Fan Club.
18. Del Taco: Enjoy a regular-size premium shake for your birthday, plus you’ll get two free grilled chicken tacos just for signing up for the Raving Fan eClub.
19. Denny’s: Sign up for Denny’s loyalty program to get a free Grand Slam. Note: Word on the street is you don’t need to register for the program to get this freebie; the server will give you your meal simply when you show your ID proving it’s your birthday.
20. Dippin’ Dots: Join the Dot Crazy Email Club and get free Dippin’ Dots.
21. Don Pablo’s: Become a Habaneros Member and get a $10 gift card on your birthday, as well as a free cantina nachos just for joining.
23. Edible Arrangements: Join Edible Rewards and receive a chocolate dipped fruit box during your birthday month.
24. Firehouse Subs: Sign up for Firehouse Rewards for a free medium sub.
25. Famous Dave’s: Get a tasty gift for your birthday when you join the Famous Nation.
26. Fuddruckers: Members of the Fuddruckers Fudds Club (try saying that 10 times fast!) get exclusive promotions and specials, including a BOGO burger offer on their birthday.
27. Godiva: Join the Godiva Rewards Club and score an exclusive birthday gift.
28. Great American Cookies: Get a $3 coupon just for signing up, plus a surprise for your birthday when you join the Cookie Club.
29. Habit Burger Grill: Join Habit Burger Grill’s CharClub and get a birthday freebie.
30. Hard Rock: Sign up for Hard Rock Rewards for an annual birthday offer.
31. Houlihan’s: Get $10 off just for joining, plus a free entrée on your birthday.
32. IHOP: Not only do you get a free meal on your birthday, but you’ll also receive one for joining the Pancake Revolution eClub and another on your one-year anniversary of joining online. Score!
33. Jersey Mike’s Subs: Get a coupon for a free birthday sub and drink when you sign up for the email club. The best part? The coupon is good for the entire year!
34. Joe’s Crab Shack: Sign up for Joe’s Catch and receive a birthday offer, as well as a free appetizer just for signing up.
35. Krispy Kreme: Download the Krispy Kreme app and sign up to receive a free birthday treat.
36. Longhorn Steakhouse: Receive a free dessert on your birthday, plus 100 bonus points just for signing up for Longhorn Rewards.
37. Marie Callender’s: Join the Eclub for an exclusive birthday offer.
39. Moe’s Southwest Grill: Fancy a birthday burrito? Download the Moe’s app and you’ll get one on your birthday. Note: Moe’s kindly asks that you don’t wear your birthday suit when redeeming the offer. Ha!
40. Noodles & Company: Receive a special offer the week before your birthday when you sign up for Noodles Family (must sign up at least 60 days before your birthday).
41. O’Charley’s: O’Club members get a free surprise on their birthday. Word on the street says it’s a piece of downhome classic pie or a brownie lover’s brownie topped with ice cream. That’s a surprise we’re happy to know about!
42. Olive Garden: Save room after those unlimited breadsticks! Join Olive Garden’s eClub to get a dessert on your birthday. While you’re there, the staff will serenade you with their very own—and very catchy—birthday jingle.
43. On the Border: Get free queso on your birthday, plus an order of sopapillas just for the Club Cantina.
44. Orange Julius: Get a free BOGO coupon for your birthday when you join the Julius League.
45. Panda Express: Register for emails and receive an exclusive offer on your birthday.
46. Panera: Get a bonus reward on your birthday, plus a reward just for signing up for MyPanera.
47. Pei Wei: Sign up for My Wei Rewards and score a free birthday freebies.
48. Perkins: Sign up for MyPerkins to receive birthday gifts for yourself and family members (age 12 and under).
49. P.F.Chang’s: Create an account and get an offer to use during your birthday month. Great for a date night!
50. Pinkberry: Sign up for a Pinkcard or download the app to get a free yogurt on your birthday.
51. Pita Pit: Sign up for the Pita Pit card and receive a free pita on your birthday.
52. PizzaExpress: Create a MyPizzaExpress account, and you’ll get a birthday surprise. Pro tip: If your party is more than six people, request a group booking in advance. Pizza party!
53. Pizza Hut: Sign up for Hut Rewards and score a birthday reward!
54. Red Lobster: Join the My Red Lobster Rewards and get a free birthday surprise. But don’t wait: New members must join at least seven days before their birthday to get the coupon.
55. Red Robin: Become a Red Robin Royalty member and get a free birthday burger as well as rewards, such as every 10th item free and $20 toward your sixth visit (as long as you visit five times within the first five weeks of joining).
56. Rita’s: Join the Birthday Club for a free birthday treat and other offers throughout the year.
57. Ruby Tuesday: Sign up for the So Connected plan, and you’ll get a free burger or garden bar entrée on your special day. And get a free appetizer when you join.
58. Sbarro: Get free surprise on your birthday by joining the Slice Society Email Club—we hear it’s a free slice with drink purchase.
59. Sonic: Create a My Sonic account and score a special treat on your birthday.
60. Sonny’s BBQ: Join the ‘Q Crew and get a free Big Deal Meal on your birthday, plus a $5 coupon just for joining.
61. Souper Salad: Register for Souper Fresh Club to get a free meal during your birthday week, plus a $3 coupon just for signing up.
62. Sprinkles: Join Sprinkles Perks to receive a free cupcake for your birthday.
63. Starbucks: Register a Starbucks prepaid card with My Starbucks Rewards and start earning your way to all sorts of perks. Register at least 30 days ahead for a free drink or treat on your birthday, plus 15% off.
64. Steak ‘n Shake: Join the eClub and get a free menu item on your birthday and your anniversary.
65. Subway: Sign up for the Subway Rewards Program and get you a free 21-ounce fountain drink (20 points), a free bag of chips (15 points) or two free cookies (10 points each).
66. TCBY: Receive special offers for your birthday when you sign up for TCBY emails.
67. Texas Roadhouse: Sign up for the email club and get a birthday surprise and free appetizer. If you’re brave enough, you can get on the saddle and wave the napkin while servers sing to you. Yee-haw!
68. TGI Fridays: With the Fridays Rewards plan, you’ll get a free birthday dessert—it may even have sparklers! Talk about flare.
69. The Melting Pot: Get a voucher for free chocolate fondue for two on your birthday, as well as six of the Melting Pot’s signature chocolate-covered strawberries when you sign up for Club Fondue.
70. The Spaghetti Warehouse: Join the Warehouse Club to get a free meal on your birthday, plus a free appetizer for becoming a member of the club.
71. Tijuana Flats: Become a Flathead and receive a free treat for your birthday – you’ll also get a free Tijuana Trio just for joining.
72. Tony Roma’s: Join the email club for free birthday entrée and special promotions.
73. Uno Chicago Grill: Get your ’za on with this popular eatery. It will send you a coupon toward something gratis when you’re a member of the Uno Insider’s Club.
74. Waffle House: Become a member of the Waffle House Regulars Club to receive a free waffle on your birthday.
Pro tip: Hungry now? Download the free RetailMeNot coupons appto score nearby food deals.
Free Stuff On Your Birthday
1. American Eagle: Share your email address, and you’ll get 15% off the month of your birthday.
2. Anthropologie: Join AnthroPerks and receive a birthday discount! (We hear it’s 15%.)
3. Aveda: Join the Pure Privilege rewards program and get a birthday gift valued at $23 during your birthday month. Plus, receive a certificate for double points on your first Aveda product purchase as a member.
4. Banana Republic: Sign up for emails and receive a birthday gift. Our guess? It’s a coupon.
5. bareMinerals: Join the Friends and Benefits Program, and receive a free gift on your birthday.
6. Columbia: Outdoorsy? Join the Greater Rewards program and get a birthday gift.
7. The Container Store: Become a POP! (Perfectly Organized Perks!) member and not only will you start saving on fab organizational products, but you’ll get a birthday freebie as well.
8. CVS: Join the ExtraCare Beauty Club and get a special offer on your birthday and a 10% off beauty shopping pass after enrollment.
9. Dave & Buster’s: Receive $5 in free game play for your birthday plus $10 in free game play just for signing up for Dave & Buster’s Rewards.
10. Disney Movie: Sign up for Disney Movie Rewards, and earn 100 free points on your birthday!
11. DSW: Become a member of the DSW Rewards program, and DSW will give you a $5 ($10 if you’re a rewards premier) birthday certificate!
12. Famous Footwear: Step on up and join Gold Rewards to get a $10 off B-day coupon.
13. J.Crew Factory: Sign up and get an extra 20% off plus free shipping for your special day.
14. JCPenney: Receive a birthday gift when you sign up for JCPenney Rewards.
15. Journeys Kidz: Join the Kidz Birthday Club and get a 15% off gift card. Bonus: Kids get a birthday card in the mail on their big day (such a nice gesture!).
16. Kohl’s: Receive a special birthday gift when you sign up for Yes2You Rewards.
17. Medieval Times: Sign up for email updates and get free admission on your birthday.
18. Old Navy: Go to the email newsletter signup page and scroll down to the Birthday Club to get a free gift on your special day—we hear it’s a coupon!
19. Payless ShoeSource: It feels good to pay less—and get a birthday gift! Sign up for the rewards program and get a special birthday treat.
20. Pet Supplies Plus: Sign up for a Pet Supplies Plus online account to receive birthday freebies.
21. Petco: Join Petco’s palsrewards and get a free gift for your pet’s birthday.
22. Regal Cinemas: Sign up for a Regal Crown Club account and receive a free birthday reward, as well as a free small popcorn when you opt in to receive text messages.
23. Sephora: Become a Beauty Insider and get a birthday gift during your birthday month. You just have to ask at the register, no purchase necessary. Past gifts have included Marc Jacobs gel eyeliner, Fresh face cleanser, Tarte lip gloss and more.
24. Smashbox: Sign up for the rewards program to receive a free gift during your birthday month.
25. Ulta Beauty: Join Ultamate Rewards and get a gift on your birthday, plus earn double points on purchases made during your birthday month. Time to stock up on makeup!
26.World Market: Sign up for the World Market Explorer Rewards Program and get a birthday surprise.