33 Birthday Freebies

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I’ve just updated this birthday freebies post to add in additional ways you can get something for free at a restaurant or store for your birthday. It’s now up to 13 21 33 birthday freebies. Where possible I’ve updated this information to reflect dining-in restrictions across the country.

My birthday is next week, so what better time to update my popular blog post on birthday freebies. I mean, who doesn’t love birthday freebies? If you are looking for free stuff from restaurants and retailers, I can help. I’ve got dozens of birthday freebies to share. You’ll find them listed below.

Before I get into the details of the free stuff for your birthday, here’s something to consider before heading out for a birthday dinner. Buy a discounted gift card or get a deal so you can save even more when you dine out for your birthday. Here are three ways to do that:

  1. You can get a Restaurant.com gift card at a heavy discount. Get a $25 gift card to a local restaurant for JUST $10.
  2. Buy gift cards on Raise.com Right now, new customers can save $5 off their first Raise order of $75+ with code RAISE75AF
  3. Sign up for Groupon, specifically Groupon Selects! You’ll save 25% more on local deals, 10% more off tickets and events, 10% more off travel deals, plus you’ll get free shipping on Groupon Goods. 

Finally, if you decide to order in to save money on your birthday, a great way to do that is to use the GrubHub app

List of Birthday Freebies

This is a list of 13 21 33 birthday freebies. I’ve collected them from a bunch of restaurants and retailers. After the list I’ve got a fun section on birthday freebies. It chronicles a day in the life of my birthday, and all the freebies I would be able to enjoy. I’ve broken it out by breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Now onto the 13 21 33 brands that will give you free stuff on your birthday. They are listed here in alphabetical order. At the very bottom of this post, you’ll find links to sign up for these birthday freebies at the companies listed. I’ve gathered them in one location to make it easier on you.

Applebee’s Birthday Freebies

When you share your email with Applebee’s, you’ll get a coupon for a free appetizer. Applebee’s also asks you for your birthday. Rumor has it you’ll get a BOGO coupon by email that you can use on your birthday. 

Here’s an even better deal to consider: You can buy Applebee’s gift cards at Raise.com! You’ll get these at a discount, meaning you’ll save even more when you eat at Applebee’s.

Baja Fresh Birthday Freebies

If you think you might like to enjoy the birthday freebies from Baja Fresh, make sure you sign up for the Baja Fresh “Club Baja” rewards program at least four days before your birthday. Otherwise you won’t be able to enjoy your free treat from them–it changes each year so I can’t tell you exactly what you’ll get. But you will get something. 

Baskin-Robbins Birthday Freebies

Yet more free ice cream on your birthday–this time at Baskin-Robbins! Sign up for the birthday club and you’ll also receive coupons for money off throughout the year.

Did you know that Dunkin owns Baskin-Robbins? That means that you can use a Dunkin Donuts Gift Card there.

Boston Market Birthday Freebies

Boston Market will send everyone in your family a coupon for free stuff on their birthday–if you sign up for the Boston Market VIP club. You can also buy discounted Boston Market Gift Cards online.

Brio Tuscan Grille Birthday Freebies

Brio Tuscan Grille is one of my husband’s favorite places to eat. He loves their wedge salad. Turns out if he signs up for the My Brio Rewards program, he’ll get a free gift for his birthday. Good to know!

Buca di Beppo Birthday Freebies

Have your cake (or tiramisu) for free on your birthday at Buca di Beppo. To get this freebie you have to join their eClub. As of this writing, when you signed up, you also got a coupon for a free appetizer.

This year, though, things are slightly different. You still get a free dessert, but if you’re dining to go, you have one option. Here is what a Buca di Beppo representative told me:

“Folks who wish to enjoy their birthday gift can do so – they’re actually given a choice between two desserts.  One includes ice cream so that one’s a dine-in only item, but the other dessert is available to go.  Either way, both options are free when the guest purchases an additional item.”

So, in other words, you get dessert for free when you purchase a meal.

To pay for the rest of the meal and still save money, consider buying a discounted Buca di Beppo Gift Card from Raise.com.

California Pizza Kitchen Birthday Freebies

Your kids can enjoy free pizza at California Pizza Kitchen on their birthday. Now if you’d like to dine with them at a discount, considering buying a California Pizza Kitchen Gift Card at a discount from Raise.

Cheesecake Factory Birthday Freebies

There are two ways that the Cheesecake Factory can help you celebrate your birthday. One, when you order dessert and you tell your server it’s your birthday, they’ll (and this is from the Cheesecake Factory website) “personalize the plate with “Happy Birthday” (or Anniversary, Good Luck, etc.) and your special guest’s name written in chocolate or caramel.  We decorate the plate with candy confetti and place a candle on top.”

Or, two, they offer a complimentary birthday sundae with a tiny “scoopette” of vanilla ice cream, fudge, and top it with a crown of whipped cream, confetti pieces and a candle. Not sure why you would order a dessert when you could get this second option for free.

Finally, click here to get Cheesecake Factory gift cards at a heavy discount from Raise.com. Don’t wait–this offer is good only on the day you actually click through.

Chili’s Birthday Freebies

When you join the My Chili’s Rewards program, you’ll get two freebies. First, you’ll get free chips and salsa when you sign up. And, second, on your birthday, you’ll get a free dessert.

Cold Stone Creamery Birthday Freebies

Enjoy free ice cream from Cold Stone Creamery when it’s your big day. 

Dairy Queen Birthday Freebies

Dairy Queen also will give you free ice cream on your birthday–this time a Blizzard! So don’t miss out on your DQ birthday freebie.

Denny’s Birthday Freebies

While kids eat free at Denny’s everyday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., they can get something free on their birthday, too. Just sign up for Denny’s Kids’ Birthday Club. 

Adults get a birthday freebie at Denny’s, too. It’s a build your own Grand Slam breakfast. 

Landry’s Select Club Birthday Freebies

To get your birthday freebies at any of the Landry’s-owned restaurants, you’ll need to sign up for the Landry’s Select Club. FYI, Landry’s restaurants include McCormick & Schmick and Joe’s Crab Shack. Anyway, for your birthday month, you’ll receive a $25 birthday reward to use at the restaurant. That’s super generous!

Max & Erma’s Birthday Freebies

You’ll need to sign up for the Max & Erma’s Good Neighbors rewards program and download the app to your phone to qualify for your birthday gift at this restaurant.

Medieval Times Birthday Freebies

Enjoy free jousting and a meal at Medieval Times on your birthday when you join the Queens Court rewards club.

On the Border Birthday Freebies

Free Queso or empanadas when you sign up for On The Border’s e-mail club–and you don’t even have to wait until your birthday to redeem! How about treating yourself to a discounted On the Border Gift Card as a birthday present to yourself.

P.F. Chang’s Birthday Freebies

You’ll need to join the P.F. Chang’s rewards club in order to enjoy your birthday freebies. And what would those freebies be? A complimentary appetizer or dessert of your choice to enjoy any time during your birthday month.

Before you head to P.F. Chang’s during your birthday month, treat yourself to a discounted P.F. Chang’s gift card to save even more!

Panera Bread

When you sign up for MyPanera, the rewards program, Panera Bread asks you for your birthday. Why do you need my birthday, you may ask? So they can “reward” you on your birthday.

Each of the years that I’ve been a member of MyPanera, I get a rewards notification in my birthday month. It’s usually for a free cookie. I always choose the chocolate chipper cookier. Yum.

By the way if you’re interested in giving a Panera Bread gift card as a birthday gift, you can find them for cheap on Giftcards.com.

Red Robin Birthday Freebies

Red Robin gives you a free burger to chow down on when it’s your birthday. Here’s a great way to get a really cheap Red Robin Gift Card to pay for the rest of your meal. I love Red Robin fries!

Rita’s Ice Birthday Freebies

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Rita’s Ice is one of my favorite places to go for Italian ice. It’s also one of my favorite places for freebies.

First, Rita’s always hands out free Italian ice on the first day of spring. It’s the first day they’re open for the season. But, second, Rita’s will also give you a free Italian ice on your birthday, when you join their rewards club.

Sephora Beauty Insider Birthday Freebies

I love stopping into my local Sephora during my birthday month. That’s because Sephora will help you feel pretty on your birthday with free makeup.

You need to physically visit a Sephora location during the two weeks surrounding your birthday to receive this gift–and there’s no purchase necessary. I believe you can get this freebie at Sephora inside JCPenney, too.

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This was the birthday freebie I picked up at Sephora in December!

If you decide you want to buy yourself a little something for your birthday, here are three ways to get Sephora gift cards at a discount:

  1. In Store Only Sephora Gift Card
  2. Sephora Gift Card
  3. Sephora Inside JCPenney Gift Card

Finally, sign up for Groupon Coupons, specifically tied to Sephora coupons, so you’ll know the best time to save at Sephora throughout the year.

Sephora Birthday Freebies

Starbucks Birthday Reward Freebie

Directly from the horse’s mouth–or the Starbucks website–how the Starbucks birthday freebie works: 

“To redeem your Birthday Reward, you must join Starbucks Rewards at least seven (7) days prior to your birthday, provide your birthday in your Starbucks Rewards account information, and have made at least one Star-earning transaction prior to your birthday each year.

You will receive an email two (2) days before your birthday reminding you to come in and enjoy a free food or beverage item on us. Your Reward must be redeemed on your birthday. Just present your registered Starbucks Card or Starbucks Mobile app to the barista at a participating store to redeem it.
 
When you have a Birthday Reward – you are eligible for almost anything on the menu – including one complimentary handcrafted beverage (standard Starbucks® menu sizes only), or one food item or one ready-to-drink bottled beverage such as an Evolution Fresh™ juice.”

You can always treat yourself with a discounted Starbucks gift card from Raise.com.

Texas Roadhouse Birthday Freebies

Texas Roadhouse refers to its birthday freebie, when you sign up for their VIP club, as a “birthday surprise.” Wish I knew what the surprise was but at least it will be free!

Birthday Freebies for breakfast, lunch and dinner

Not sure how these birthday freebies work in real life? Here is a round up of freebies I could get one year on my birthday.

Breakfast birthday freebies

Here are a half dozen or so breakfast birthday freebies I could consider enjoying on my birthday–and you can, too!

Denny’s

Denny’s will give me a free Grand Slam breakfast on my birthday.

Dunkin

Because I have a Dunkin Donuts Perks Account, I’ll get a free medium beverage on my birthday. I’m trying to figure out, though, how I get that freebie since I haven’t actually received anything from DD lately about that.

Starbucks

Because I recently registered my Starbucks Card in the Starbucks Rewards program, I will “earn” a free drink at Starbucks on my birthday. The only catch to this freebie is that you must have made a purchase, using that card, within the past 12 months, to qualify. And I definitely have done that!

Also, you can redeem that free drink with a postcard that Starbucks mails to your home about a week before your birthday. Nothing has come yet but I’m waiting!

Finally, you can earn cash back with your Starbucks purchase. How? When you download the Ibotta app and use it to pay for your Starbucks, you’ll earn free cashback!

Caribou Coffee

You’ll find a similar program for free coffee on your birthday from Caribou Coffee.

Einstein Brothers Bagels

I’m definitely popping over to my local Einstein Brothers Bagels location, where on my birthday I’ll get a free breakfast sandwich when I purchase my coffee.

IHOP

The breakfast options keep coming: IHOP will also give me free breakfast on my birthday. In fact, when I signed up for the “pancake revolution,” I got a coupon for a free meal, and they’ll send me another one on my year anniversary of registering!

Did you know that you can use Ibotta to pay at IHOP? When you download the Ibotta app and use it to pay for your birthday breakfast–or anything else at IHOP–you’ll earn free cashback!

Lunch or dinner birthday freebies

Freebies for your birthday lunch or dinner. Check out your options here!

Moe’s Southwest Grill

Welcome to Moe’s! Yup, Moe’s Southwest Grill, one of my favorite “fast food” restaurants. I’m heading to Moe’s for lunch on my birthday so I can get my free burrito; I also got free queso–libre cheese?–when I signed up.

Ruby Tuesday

I’ll have to consider stopping by Ruby Tuesday for dinner. Ruby Tuesday gives you a free handcrafted burger on your birthday. I wonder if they’ll substitute a veggie burger for a meat one, now that I’m a vegetarian?!

Ruby Tuesday is the place with endless fries, right? Who doesn’t love fries!

Buca di Beppo

If only there was a Buca di Beppo location close by. Not only do you get a free brownie on your birthday, but when you sign up for the Buca di Beppo eClub, you get a free appetizer just for signing up and then a free dessert on your wedding anniversary.

Looking for other freebies for your wedding anniversary? I’ve got you covered in this article right here.

Houlihan’s

Houlihan’s is offering a free entree on your birthday.

Spaghetti Warehouse

Wow, Spaghetti Warehouse gives you a free full meal on your birthday. This includes a free entree and free dessert. Mamma mia!

Free dessert for my birthday

Of course, I want cake and whatever else I can get as a free dessert on my birthday. Who doesn’t love free dessert?

Baskin-Robbins

Unfortunately, I waited too long to take advantage of Baskin-Robbins birthday freebie of free ice cream–when you go to sign up on the Baskin-Robbins site, it says that you have to give them 5 days notice to get your free ice cream coupon. Bummer!

Planet Smoothie

My daughters love to stop at our nearby Planet Smoothie after sporting events–their smoothies are so refreshing. Turns out Planet Smoothie offers medium-sized smoothies on your birthday. I wonder if they still will, now that Tasti D-Lite has acquired Planet Smoothie.

Free stuff for my birthday 

Here is yet one more of the birthday freebies I plan to take advantage of this year.

Sephora

Now that I’m a member of Sephora Beauty Insider Birthday, I qualify for free products on my birthday. Sweet!

FYI, you can get discounted Sephora gift cards at Raise.com!

List of birthday freebies sign ups

Here is the list of birthday freebie links so you can signup for the companies I’ve mentioned in this blog post about the best birthday freebies. Then, you can start enjoy birthday freebies as soon as your next birthday rolls around.

Applebee’s birthday freebie link

Share your email with Applebee’s to get your birthday freebies.

Baskin-Robbins birthday freebie link

Join the birthday club at Baskin-Robbins to get free ice cream on your birthday!

Boston Market birthday freebie link

Sign up for the Boston Market VIP club.

Brio Tuscan Grille birthday freebie link

You have to sign up for the My Brio Rewards program to get this birthday freebie.

Buca di Beppo birthday freebie link

When you join the Buca di Beppo eClub, you’ll qualify for a birthday freebie.

California Pizza Kitchen birthday freebie link

Only kids get free pizza at California Pizza Kitchen on their birthday.

Chili’s birthday freebie link

It’s free dessert on your birthday when you register for My Chili’s Rewards.

Cold Stone Creamer birthday freebie link

The way to get your freebie, which is ice cream, not surprisingly, is to sign up for the Cold Stone Creamery Birthday Club.

DQ birthday freebie link

You have to join the DQ e-mail club and on your birthday you’ll receive a BOGO coupon–buy one Blizzard, get one free.

Denny’s birthday freebie link

You’ll qualify for a free Grand Slam breakfast on your birthday when you sign up for Denny’s email club.

Landry’s (McCormick & Schmick, Joe’s Crab Shack) birthday freebie link

It is the Landry’s Select Club that gets you your birthday freebies at the restaurants it owns.

Max & Erma’s birthday freebie link

You’ll need to sign up for and download the app for the Max & Erma’s rewards program in order to get a birthday freebies plus other goodies.

Medieval Times birthday freebie link

Enjoy free jousting and a meal at Medieval Times on your birthday when you join the Queens Court rewards club.

On the Border birthday freebie link

Sign up for On The Border’s e-mail club

P.F. Chang’s birthday freebie link

P.F. Chang’s rewards is part of the P.F. Chang’s app.

Panera Bread birthday freebie link

Not only can you use the MyPanera rewards club membership to get a freebie on your birthday, but also you can sign up for an unlimited coffee plan!

Red Robin birthday freebie link

You’ll need to register for the Red Robin eClub to get your delicious birthday benefit.

Rita’s Italian Ice birthday freebie link

Join the Rita’s rewards loyalty club to enjoy a free sweet treat on your birthday.

Starbucks Rewards birthday freebie link

When you join the Starbucks Rewards program, you can enjoy rewards and freebies all year long, including on your birthday.

Texas Roadhouse birthday freebie link

It is membership in the Texas Roadhouse VIP club that qualifies you for a birthday freebie.

6 thoughts on “33 Birthday Freebies”

  1. Fun birthday ideas. The thing I hate (this is not a vent against YOU) is how the “cost” of free stuff is registering, getting emails, junk mail, and loss of privacy. Sometimes I’d rather pay full price at places than have them clutter my mailbox, email, and head space with blasts/ads/coupons.

    And I noticed you’re now trying to monetize this blog- yay! I don’t see one of your “buy now” on amazon links pointing to your Amazon Associates accounts, but it gives you commission on any purchases originiating from the clickthrough. Definitely need to set that up!

    I’m also not sure on WordPress, but I think on Blogspot you can set up your Google Adwords to actually appear at the end of every POST. This is useful because it gives more content-specific ads which people might appreciate seeing and click on. I’d also consider ad space beneath your book, above search, to enhance ad visibility those who may not scroll down much.

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    • Actually, the book cover at right on my blog links through to Amazon, via Amazon Associates. And I am using Google Ad Sense. In fact, I just got a check for $108 from Google! Thanks for making sure I’m doing what’s necessary to “monetize” my blog!

      Leah

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