108 Places That Will Give You Free Stuff on Your Birthday

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Hooray! It’s your birthday!

The last thing you should do is pay for stuff. So we’ve put together a list of 108 places where you can get birthday freebies, updated for 2024.

Most of these places require you to sign up for their email list or join their rewards club at least seven days before your birthday.

So get busy now and enjoy the free birthday stuff as it rolls in on your big day.

108 Places to Get Birthday Freebies

These restaurants and retailers will provide you with free treats for your birthday. Be sure to sign up in advance.

Food & Drink

1. A&W All American Food

Get a free root beer float on your birthday by joining the Mug Club.

2. ABC Liquor

Sign up for ABC Liquor Access to get a “birthday gift.”

3. Abuelo’s

When you join the Mi Abuelo’s Rewards program, you’ll receive a free birthday entree as long as you’ve eaten at Mi Abuelo’s with your rewards account at least twice over the past year.

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4. Applebee’s

Get a “free gift” on your birthday when you join Club Applebee’s.

5. Arby’s

Sign up for an Arby’s Rewards account and get a free dessert on your birthday. You’ll have the choice of an Arby’s regular shake, a turnover or a cookie. You’ll have to claim your birthday freebie through an online order using the ‘Order Ahead’ feature, then pick it up in the restaurant. There’s no purchase necessary, and you have 30 days to claim your treat.

6. Auntie Anne’s

Download the Pretzel Perks app and get a free pretzel after your first purchase of $1 or more. Plus, you’ll get a free pretzel on your birthday as long as you’ve spent at least $10 over the past year.

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7. Baja Fresh

Sign up for Club Baja to get a “special offer” on your birthday. The offer is valid starting 7 days before your big day and expires 7 days after.

8. Baskin Robbins

Create an account, join the Birthday Club, and get a free scoop of ice cream on your birthday.

9. bd’s Mongolian Grill

Get a free bowl on your birthday with the purchase of another bowl when you join BD’s Rewards. Plus, get a free starter or dessert with the purchase of a bowl at sign up.

10. Benihana’s

Register for the Chef’s Table, and you’ll get a $30 birthday certificate.

11. Ben & Jerry’s

Sign up to be a Flavor Fanatic and get free ice cream for your birthday.

12. Bertucci’s

When you join Bertucci’s eClub, you’ll get a “special gift” on both your birthday and your anniversary.

13. Big Boy

Joining the I Love Big Boy email club gets you a free dessert on your birthday. Plus, you’ll get another free dessert just for signing up.

14. Bruegger’s Bagels

Members of the Bruegger’s Bagels Inner Circle will enjoy a free bagel and cream cheese on their birthday (with purchase,) and a free bagel and cream cheese just for signing up.

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15. Buffalo Wild Wings

Sign up for Blazin’ Rewards to get six, free birthday wings during your birth month.

16. California Pizza Kitchen

Join CPK Rewards to get a free dessert on your birthday! If you earn 350 points or more throughout the year, your birthday reward will be upgraded to a free entree.

17. CAVA

As long as you’ve spent at least $100 in your entire life with your  CAVA Rewards account, you’ll get a $9 birthday credit.

18. Chick-fil-A

Join Chick-fil-A One to get a “birthday reward.”

19. Chili’s

Get a free dessert for your birthday when you join My Chili’s Rewards Club. Plus, as long as you spend $5 and have visited at least once in the past 45 days, you get free chips and salsa or a non-alcoholic beverage with every visit!

20. Chipotle

Join the Chipotle rewards program to get free guac on your birthday. When you sign up, you’ll get another free instant guac offer.

21. Cinnabon

Subscribe to Cinnabon Rewards to get a free iced coffee on your birthday and a free order of BonBites for signing up.

22. Cold Stone Creamery

Get a BOGO coupon for your birthday by signing up for the My Cold Stone Club. You’ll also get a BOGO coupon just for signing up!

23. Crumbl Cookies

Get a free cookie every year on your birthday when you sign up for a Crumbl Loyalty Account.

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24. Culver’s

Enjoy one free scoop of ice cream with one topping on your birthday when you sign up for MyCulver’s. If you add family members to your account, they can get free birthday ice cream, too!

25. Dairy Queen

Whether you’re a member of DQ Rewards, you’ll receive a “special birthday surprise.” Check your email for instructions on how to access the offer in the DQ app.

26. Del Taco

If you join Del Yeah! Rewards, you can enjoy a regular-size premium shake for your birthday. If you’ve racked up more than 1,000 points, you’ll get your choice of a shake or any dessert — except for Cheesecake Bites.

Plus you’ll get two free The Del tacos when you sign up.

27. Denny’s

Sign up for Denny’s Rewards program online or via the mobile app. You’ll get 20% off your next visit, plus during your birthday month you’ll get “a delicious birthday gift.”

28. Dutch Bros Coffee

Join Dutch Rewards and you’ll get a free drink of any size on your birthday, redeemable in-app.

29. Earl of Sandwich

Get a “special birthday gift” when you sign up for Earl of Sandwich’s eClub. You’ll also get a special welcome gift.

30. Edible Arrangements

Join Edible Rewards and receive a free 6-count chocolate dipped fruit box (valued at $12.99) during your birthday month as long as you’ve spent at least $29 in the past calendar year.

31. Einstein Bros. Bagels

Get a free egg sandwich with a purchase on your birthday when you join the Shmear Society — not totally free, but hey, you’ll need something to help wash that sandwich down. You’ll have 14 days to claim your reward.

32. Firehouse Subs

Sign up for Firehouse Rewards for a free medium sub with purchase on your birthday, the day before your birthday or the day after your birthday. You’ll only qualify if you’ve made a purchase of $1 in the past six months. Eligibility is determined seven days before your birthday, so don’t procrastinate that $1 spend!

33. First Watch

Get a BOGO breakfast, brunch or lunch for your birthday when you join the Sun EClub. You can sign up by downloading the First Watch app via the App Store or Google Play.

34. Friendly’s

When you become a Friendly’s Sweet Rewards member, you’ll receive a free birthday sundae and another free sundae after your first visit just for signing up.

35. Golden Corral

Join the Good as Gold Club to get a free drink – plus “special birthday offers” for your big day.

36. Grimaldi’s

As long as you’ve made at least one purchase in the past year before the first day of your birthday month, you’ll get a free, 16” cheese pizza on your birthday when you sign up for Grimaldi’s Rewards.

37. Honey Baked Ham

Get $9 in HoneyBaked Cash on your birthday when you join Honey Baked Rewards. You’ll also get $9 in HoneyBaked Cash just for signing up and making your first purchase.

38. Houlihan’s Restaurant and Bar

Email club members get a free birthday entree, plus $10 off just for joining.

39. IHOP

Sign up for the International Bank of Pancakes (IHOP’s loyalty program) and get a free full stack of pancakes on your birthday.

A woman smiles as she holds up a drink and a sub she got for free from Jersey Mike's Subs.
Robin Hartill scored a free birthday sub she got from Jersey Mike’s Sub in Saint Petersburg, Florida. Tina Russell/ The Penny Hoarder

40. Jamba Juice

Join Jamba Rewards to get a free smoothie on your birthday as long as you’ve spent at least $15 to earn 15 points prior to your big day. Plus, you’ll get 50% off your first smoothie just for signing up. After that, you’ll get another offer for 50% off a food item.

41. Krispy Kreme

Krispy Kreme Rewards members receive  ‘birthday rewards,’ which is usually free donuts (plural.). You can claim them any time during your birthday month.You’ll also get a free doughnut when you sign up.

42. Longhorn Steakhouse

As a member of the Longhorn Steakhouse’s eClub, you’ll get “special offers and coupons” on your birthday.

43. Marie Callender’s

Join the eClub, and get ‘exclusive email offers’ for your birthday and wedding anniversary. You’ll also get a special dine-in offer for signing up.

44. Medieval Times

Join the Birthday Fellowship to get a coupon code for the ‘best deal of the year’ during your birthday month. Want more birthday treats? You’ll get a “birthday surprise” when you join the Queen’s Court, too.

45. Moe’s Southwest Grill

Sign up for Moe Rewards and get a coupon for a free birthday burrito, plus a free cup of queso just for signing up.

46. Nothing Bundt Cakes

Join the Nothing Bundt Cakes eClub and get a free Bundtlet on your birthday.

47. Olive Garden

Get a complimentary dessert on your birthday. You don’t have to sign up for this one –  Olive Garden offers it to anyone who walks in the doors. But you can get an email reminder and access other discount offers by signing up for the eClub.

48. On the Border

Join Border Rewards and get a “special surprise” on your birthday. Plus, when you sign up, you’ll get a free guacamole appetizer, dessert or non-alcoholic beverage.

49. Papa John’s

Join Papa Rewards and you’ll get a free dessert during your birthday month.

50. Pei Wei

Sign up for My Wei Rewards and choose from these birthday freebies: crab wontons, traditional edamame, vegetable spring rolls or pork egg roll. The reward will automatically appear in your app seven days prior to your birthday.

51. Pinkberry

Sign up for a Pinkcard or download the app, and receive a free yogurt on your birthday.

52. Pita Pit

Sign up for the Pita Pit Rewards Club and receive a free pita on your birthday.

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53. Pizza Hut

Join the Hut Rewards program to get a “special reward” on your big day.

54. Planet Smoothie

Join Planet VIP and receive a $6 coupon for your birthday.

55. Quizno’s

Sign up for Quizno’s Loyalty program and get a buy-one-get-one-free offer for an 8” sub on your birthday.

56. Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers

Get a free drink on your birthday when you join the Caniac Club. Plus, you’ll get a free BOGO Box Combo on your account anniversary every year. To join the club, you’ll need to ask for a membership card the next time you visit the restaurant in person. Then, you’ll hop online and register your card on this page.

57. Red Lobster

Enjoy a “birthday reward” when you sign up for the My Red Lobster Rewards program. Plus, when you sign up you’ll get a reward for 12 free cheddar bay biscuits (with a $15 purchase) loaded onto your account. You’ll also get another coupon for 10% off a dine-in purchase upon signup.

58. Red Robin

Register for the Red Robin Royalty Program, and get a free birthday burger. You will have to have made at least one purchase of $4.99 or more during your birthday month in order to qualify.

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59. Rita’s

Join Rita’s Birthday eClub, and you’ll get ‘exclusive discounts’ on your big day. If your birthday falls in the six months a year when Rita’s is closed, you’ll get a half-birthday offer instead.

60. Ruby Tuesday

Join the Ruby Rewards program to get a free dessert or add-on garden bar on your birthday.

61. Smoothie King

Get a free birthday smoothie when you sign up for Healthy Rewards at Smoothie King. You’ll also get a $2 reward just for signing up.

62. Sonny’s BBQ

Get a free Big Deal Combo meal on your big day by joining the ‘Q Crew, plus a $5 off $25 coupon just for joining.

63. Sprinkles

Receive a free cupcake (make that a baker’s dozen if you’re a Red Velvet tier member) for your birthday when you join Sprinkles Perks.

Robin Hartill, an editor at The Penny Hoarder, sips an iced coffee she got for free on her birthday at Starbucks in Saint Petersburg, Fla.
Hartill sips an iced coffee she got for free on her birthday at Starbucks in Saint Petersburg, Florida. Tina Russell/ The Penny Hoarder

64. Starbucks

Get a birthday beverage or food item as a member of Starbucks Rewards. To qualify for the offer, you’ll need to have made at least one star-earning purchase in the past year, and you can only claim your free caffeine on the actual day of your birthday.

65. Taco Bell

Taco Bell Rewards members are eligible for a free Mountain Dew Baja Blast Freeze on their birthday.

66. TCBY

Join Froyo Club Rewards to receive a free frozen yogurt (worth up to $5) at the end of your birthday month. You’ll also get $1 off your first order as a new rewards member.

67. Texas Roadhouse

Sign up for the VIPclub and you’ll get a free appetizer or a sidekick of ribs or shrimp on your birthday. Plus, you’ll get a special “welcome gift” when you sign up!

68. The Cheesecake Factory

Sign up for Cheesecake Rewards to get a free slice of cheesecake on your birthday.

69. The Melting Pot

Members of Club Fondue will get a “birthday voucher,” along with a free box of six Signature Dipped Strawberries just for signing up.

70. The Spaghetti Warehouse

Join the Warehouse Club, and get a free meal on your birthday, plus a free appetizer with an entree purchase for becoming a member of the club.

71. TGIFridays

You get a “birthday surprise” as a Friday Rewards member. Plus, you’ll get free chips and salsa on every visit.

72. Tropical Smoothie Cafe

Download the Tropical Smoothie Cafe app to be eligible for a “surprise birthday reward.”

73. Uno Pizzeria & Grill

Join the Uno Extras program, and receive a birthday coupon as long as you’ve spent $20 or more at Uno over the past 11 months. You also get a free individual pizza just for signing up.

74. Waffle House

Make sure you’re a member of the Waffle House Regulars Club to receive a free waffle on your birthday. You’ll also get free hashbrowns when you sign up. Additionally, Regulars receive an Anniversary Bacon Coupon, seasonal coupons, and other offers throughout the year.

75. Wahlburgers

You’ll get a free non-alcoholic shake on your birthday as a member of the Wahlclub. You’ll also get $5 off your first order just for signing up.

76. Wetzel’s Pretzels

Get a free Original or Sinful Cinnamon pretzel for your birthday when you sign up for a rewards account with the Wetzel’s Pretzels app.

77. Wienerschnitzel

Join the Wiener Lovers’ Club, and get “free food” each year on your birthday, plus more “free food” at signup.

78. Wingstop

Get a free “birthday gift” when you sign up for Wingstop’s email list – known simply as The Club.

 

Entertainment

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79. Inbox Dollars

A website called InboxDollars will pay you to watch short video clips online. All you have to do is choose which videos you want to watch and answer a few quick questions about them afterward. You’ll immediately get a $5 bonus to get you started (whether it’s your birthday or not!)

80. AMC Theatres

Become an AMC Stubs Insider to get a free large popcorn during your birthday month. Everyone gets the free birthday popcorn, but if you spend $15 to upgrade your membership to Premier status, you’ll also get a free large fountain drink in celebration of your birthday.

81. Harkins Theatres

Sign up for My Harkins Rewards and receive a $5 birthday coupon to use at the concessions.

82. Hard Rock

Sign up for Unity by Hard Rock to get a free dessert from the cafe on your birthday.

83. Redbox

Sign up for Redbox Perks and receive a $2 off reward code for your birthday (it must be used within 60 days). If you have made 50 purchases or rentals, you’ll get two $2 off for your birthday reward codes, for a grand total of $4. You’ll also get a free one-night rental for signing up (that offer is valid for two weeks).

84. KashKick

Sign up for a website called KashKick to get paid while browsing on your phone. You could get paid for things like answering survey questions or downloading and playing a game (any time of year) — up to $500 in your first month.

Clothes & Shoes

85. adidas

Join adiClub Rewards to get a “birthday gift” on your special day – but only after you’ve earned 1,000 points.

86. Banana Republic

When you sign up for Banana Republic Rewards, you’ll get “extra perks” for your birthday.

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87. Columbia

Members of the Greater Rewards program get a “birthday gift” from the sportswear and outdoor gear retailer.

88. Designer Shoe Warehouse (DSW)

Join the free DSW VIP Club to get a $5 birthday reward. You’ll get $10 if you spend $500 annually as a VIP Elite member.

89. Famous Footwear

Famously You Rewards members get a $5 birthday cash reward. You’ll also earn double points on all of your purchases during your birthday month.

90. JCPenney

Receive a “birthday gift” when you sign up for JCPenney Rewards. If you are not a JCPenney credit card member, you must have earned points within the last 12 months. If you are a credit card member, you must have made a purchase with your JCPenney Credit Card within the past 12 months.

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91. Kohl’s

Members of the Kohl’s Rewards program get a “special birthday gift” as long as they’ve made at least one purchase prior to their birthday month.

92. Old Navy

When you join Navyist Rewards, you’re eligible for “extra perks” on your birthday.

93. Target

As a Target Circle member, you’ll have access to exclusive deals and get 1% rewards on every single purchase. You’ll also get a 5% off coupon on your birthday, valid for 30 days.

94. Tilly’s

Joining Tilly’s Rewards gives you the opportunity to earn Tilly’s Cash. It also gets you a free “birthday surprise.”

95. Torrid

Sign up for Torrid Rewards and get a “special birthday gift” during your birthday month.

96. Victoria’s Secret

Members of Victoria’s Secret & PINK Rewards program get $10 in birthday rewards.If you have a Victoria’s Secret or PINK credit card and you’ve spent $750 in the past year, the birthday reward bumps up to $15.

Here are even more discounts and free stuff for anyone who has served our country: Check out this list of 196 military discounts.

Beauty & Jewelry

97. PINCHme

Sign up for PINCHme to get free samples. When you become a “PINCHer” you’ll get the opportunity to try new items — from beauty care products and impossible Burgers to children’s toys and pet treats — and all you have to do is give your honest feedback.

98. Aveda

You need to pay a one-time $10 fee to join Aveda’s loyalty rewards program, but you’ll receive a birthday gift, as well as double points on your Aveda purchase.

99. Bath & Body Works

When you sign up for Bath & Body Works Loyalty Rewards, you’ll get a free “birthday gift” on your big day. Plus, you’ll get a $10 off $30 coupon just for signing up, and a free product worth up to $16.95 after you’ve spent $100.

100. Sephora

Beauty Insiders are eligible to choose a free makeup or skin care gift for their birthday. There are three options to choose from if you spent less than $350 in the past year, but there are four options if you spent $350 or more. Regardless of membership level, you can opt to swap out your gift for 250 bonus rewards points.

101. Ulta Beauty

As an Ultamate Rewards member, you’ll get your choice of one of four different free birthday gifts.  If you’ve spent enough money to be a Platinum ($500) or Diamond ($1,200) member, you get an additional $10 coupon.

During your birthday month, you’ll earn double points on all of your purchases regardless of membership level.

Miscellaneous

102. Ace Hardware

Ace Rewards members get $5 off for their birthday at participating locations. If you’ve spent $750 at Ace Hardware over a 12-month period, your birthday rewards get bumped up to $10 off, regardless of location.

103. Barnes & Noble

Barnes & Noble has two membership tiers: Rewards and Premium. Rewards membership is free to join, but there’s no birthday benefit.

Premium costs $39.99/year to join, but does give you a “special offer” for your birthday. If you load your child’s birthday onto your account, they’ll get a treat from the cafe and a free Paper Source craft on their big day. There are other perks to the paid membership, too, like 10% off most purchases, free drink upgrades at the cafe, and early access to special editions and store events.

104. Build-A-Bear

Get a “special reward” on your birthday when you join the Build-A-Bear Bonus Club.

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105. CVS Pharmacy

As a member of the ExtraCare program, you’ll get a free, $3 Extrabucks reward on your birthday, as well as 2% back every time you shop.

106. Disneyland

When you’re dining at Disneyland, Disney-themed restaurants will give you a free birthday dessert when you let them know it’s your big day.

107. Swagbucks

As a birthday reward, “you’ll receive a Swag Up for a 55 SB credit when you redeem your next gift card.”

108. World Market

Members of World Market Rewards get a “surprise offer” on their birthday, plus a 15% coupon for signing up.

Pittsburgh-based writer Brynne Conroy is the founder of the Femme Frugality blog and the author of “The Feminist Financial Handbook.” She is a regular contributor to The Penny Hoarder. The Penny Hoarder staff also contributed to this post.


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