101 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 100 places where you can get birthday freebies, updated for 2022.

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.

101 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 “special offers” on your birthday. You’ll also receive a special offer upon joining.

4. Acapulco

Sign up for the Acapulco eClub and get a free entree on your birthday. Plus, you’ll get free chips and guac just for signing up.

Lots of places let you eat free on your birthday, but kids eat free all year at places around the country.
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5. Arby’s

Sign up for Arby’s emails and get a free small milkshake and curly fries on your birthday when you buy any sandwich. You’ll also get a free classic roast beef when you sign up.

6. Au Bon Pain

Join the Eclub, and get a free coffee and pastry on your birthday. You’ll also get a free coffee and bakery item just for signing up..

7. 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 ‘something extra special’ on your birthday.

8. Baja Fresh

Sign up for Club Baja to get a “special offer” on your birthday.

9. Baskin Robbins

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

10. bd’s Mongolian Grill

Get a free bowl on your birthday with the purchase of another bowl when you join the bd’s Rewards eClub. Plus, get a free starter or dessert just for signing up. After you claim your initial freebie, you’ll be issued a $10 off coupon for your next visit.

11. Benihana’s

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

12. Big Boy

Joining the I Love Big Boy email club gets you a free dessert on your birthday and on your anniversary.

13. BJ’s Brewhouse

Join Premier Rewards Plus and get a free Pizookie for your birthday. What’s that? It’s a big, warm cookie smothered in ice cream… yum. What’s even better is you don’t have to wait for your birthday – you’ll also get a free Pizookie just for signing up.

14. Black Angus Steakhouse

Join the Prime Club to get a free steak dinner on your first birthday as a member. Plus, you’ll get a free dessert just for joining.

15. Bojangles

Get a free Bo-Berry Biscuit with a purchase on your birthday as a member of the Bojangles’ eClub. You’ll also get a free ½ gallon of Legendary Ice Tea with purchase when you sign up.

16. Bruegger’s Bagels

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

17. Buca di Beppo

You’ll receive a free pasta after signing up, as well as a $20 birthday gift for joining the eClub.

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18. Buffalo Wild Wings

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

19. Carvel

Join Fudgie Fanatics to receive a free treat for your birthday. You can get a small soft serve birthday cone, take $2 off any cake (except for a small square) or take $3 off any sheet cake.

20. Chevys Fresh Mex

Members of the eClub get a free entree on their birthday. You can also get a free guac and chips just for signing up.

21. Chick-fil-A

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

22. Chili’s

Get a free dessert for your birthday when you join My Chili’s Rewards Club. Plus, as long as you spend $5, you get free chips and salsa or a non-alcoholic beverage with every visit!

23. Chipotle

Join the Chipotle rewards program to get free chips and guacamole on your birthday when you make a purchase of $5 or more. When you sign up and make your first purchase, you’ll also get a free beverage.

24. Cinnabon

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

25. 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!

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26. Culver’s

Enjoy a free “birthday treat” when you sign up for MyCulver’s.

27. 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 1,500 points, you’ll get your choice of a shake or any dessert — except for Caramel Cheesecake Bites.

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

28. 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.”

29. Dippin’ Dots

Get free Dippin’ Dots for your birthday when you join the Dot Crazy! Email Club.

30. Dunkin’ Donuts

Get a free beverage on your birthday by signing up for the DD Perks Rewards Program. Giving your birthday isn’t required to join the program, but you’ll need to offer it up if you want your free coffee!

31. Edible Arrangements

Join Edible Rewards and receive a free 12-count chocolate dipped fruit box (valued at $29.99) during your birthday month as long as you’ve spent at least $29 in the past calendar year. You’ll also get a $5 coupon for signing up (valid for 30 days).

32. 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.

33. Firehouse Subs

Sign up for Firehouse Rewards for a free medium sub on your birthday or in the six days that follow it.

34. First Watch

Get a BOGO breakfast, brunch or lunch for your birthday when you sign up for email updates.

35. Friendly’s

When you become a BFF Club member, you’ll receive a free birthday sundae and another free sundae just for signing up.

36. Godiva

As a member of the Godiva Rewards Club, you’ll get a free birthday chocolate offer every year.

37. Habit Burger Grill

Be sure to join Habit Burger Grill’s CharClub to enjoy a free Charburger on your birthday. You can sign up via the app on Android and iOS devices.

38. Hooters

Get 10 free boneless birthday wings when you sign up for Hootclub. You’ll also get a free appetizer of $8.99 or less when you sign up — and after every eighth visit..

39. Houlihan’s Restaurant and Bar

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

40. IHOP

Sign up for MyHop and get a free shortstack 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

41. Jersey Mike’s Subs

Get a free birthday sub when you sign up for the email club.

42. Krispy Kreme

Krispy Kreme Rewards members receive a free Original Glazed Dozen on their birthday. You’ll also get a free doughnut when you sign up.

43. Longhorn Steakhouse

As a member of the Longhorn Steakhouse’s eClub, you’ll get “special offers and coupons” on your birthday. You’ll also get a free appetizer with the purchase of an entree when you sign up.

44. 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. The company also allows you to add family members so they can get birthday rewards.

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. No signup necessary.

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. 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.

50. Perkins

Members of the MyPerkins Club receive a “special gift” on their birthdays. Plus you’ll get a 20% off coupon for signing up. You will also be able to add your children ages 12 and under so they can get birthday rewards, too.

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 “birthday reward.”

54. Planet Smoothie

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

55. Red Lobster

Enjoy a “birthday reward” when you sign up for the My Red Lobster Rewards program.

56. Red Robin

Register for the Red Robin Royalty Program, and get a free birthday burger.

57. Rita’s

Get a free Italian ice on your birthday when you download Rita’s Ice App.

58. Ruby Tuesday

As a member of So Connected, you’ll get a choice of a free burger or a free garden bar entree on your birthday. You’ll also get a $5 off coupon for signing up.

59. Sbarro

Become a member of the Slice Society to get a birthday surprise. You’ll also get a free New York slice when you buy a beverage after signing up.

60. 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.

61. 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

62. Starbucks

Get a birthday beverage or food item as a member of Starbucks Rewards.

63. TCBY

Sign up for TCBY emails, and receive your first 3 ounces free on your birthday — as long as you’ve spent $100 at TCBY over the past year.

64. Texas Roadhouse

Sign up for the email club and you’ll get a free appetizer or a sidekick of ribs on your birthday.

65. The Melting Pot

Members of Club Fondue will get a “birthday voucher.”

66. 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.

67. Tropical Smoothie Cafe

Download the Tropical Smoothie Cafe app to be eligible for a “birthday surprise.” What you get depends on your loyalty tier, but it ranges from a $2 reward to a free menu item.

68. Uno Pizzeria & Grill

Join the Uno Extras program, and receive a birthday coupon, as well as a free individual pizza.

69. 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.

70. 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.

71. Wienerschnitzel

Join the Wiener Lovers’ Club, and get “free food” each year on your birthday, plus a free chili dog for joining.

72. Zaxby’s

Sign up for the Zax Club and get a free “birthday surprise” , plus a free Big Zax Snak for signing up.

Entertainment

73. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

Join Alamo Drafthouse Cinema’s Victory program and get a free movie ticket on your birthday every year. If you visit Alamo Drafthouse Cinema more than 50 times per year, you’ll get two free tickets for your birthday.

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74. AMC Theatres

Become an AMC Stubs Insider to get a free large popcorn during your birthday month. If you’re a Premiere or A-List member, you’ll also get a free large fountain drink.

75. Harkins Theatres

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

76. Hard Rock

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

77. Redbox

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

Clothes & Shoes

78. Anthropologie

As a member of the Anthro Loyalty program, you will get a “special treat to celebrate your birthday.”

79. Banana Republic

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

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80. Columbia

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

81. Designer Shoe Warehouse (DSW)

Join the free DSW VIP Club to get a $5 birthday reward. You’ll also get $5 on your birthday if you spend $200 annually as a VIP Gold member, and you’ll get $10 if you spend $500 annually as a VIP Elite member.

82. 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.

83. 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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84. Kohl’s

Members of the Kohl’s Rewards program get a “special birthday gift.”

85. Old Navy

When you join Navyist Rewards, you’re eligible for one free “birthday surprise.”

86. 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.

87. Tilly’s

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

88. Torrid

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

89. Uniqlo

Download the Uniqlo app to get a birthday coupon during your birthday month.

90. Victoria’s Secret

If you have a Victoria’s Secret or PINK credit card, you’ll get $10 in birthday rewards. If you’ve spent $500 in the past year, the birthday reward bumps up to $15.

You’ll also get a $15 reward during your half birthday month at this spending level. If you spend between $250 and $499 in the past year, the half birthday reward is $10. There is no half birthday reward if you spent less than $250 over the past year.

Here are even more discounts and free stuff for anyone who has served our country: Check out this list of 160 military discounts.

Beauty & Jewelry

91. Aveda

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

92. bareMinerals

Sign up for the Good Rewards loyalty program to get “birthday gifts.”

93. Kendra Scott

Kendra Scott offers a 50% birthday discount on one fashion jewelry or color bar item. It also offers a 25% discount on fine jewelry, sterling silver jewelry or gold vermeil jewelry. You can also get 25% off a home goods item. Find out more information here.

94. Pandora

Members of the Pandora Club get a 15% discount during their birthday month. This offer can only be used one time and is valid on regular-priced jewelry only.

95. Sephora

Beauty Insiders are eligible to choose a free makeup or skin care gift for their birthday.

96. Ulta Beauty

As an Ultamate Rewards member, you’ll get a free gift. 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.

Miscellaneous

97. 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.

98. Container Store

Join the Organized Insider program to get a birthday discount. The discount is 15% off if you have spent less than $300 in the past year, 20% off if you’ve spent between $300 and $999, and 25% off if you’ve spent $1,000 or more.

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99. 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.

100. Swagbucks

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

101. 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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