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Every year, I dream about doing a silly scavenger hunt of sorts, running around town getting all the birthday freebies I can.
The problem is, I can only eat so many free desserts and ice cream (Ben & Jerry’s, Baskin Robins, Dippin Dots, and Cheesecake Factory, I’m looking at you)!
Since I know I’m not the only one who likes getting free stuff on my birthday from businesses, I decided to put together a list of the best birthday freebies I could find.
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If you love free stuff (and who doesn’t?), then this article is for you! Keep reading for some awesome free birthday stuff!
Where to Get Free Food on Your Birthday
From sweet to savory and everything in between, here are our favorite food-related birthday freebies:
1. Godiva Gourmet Chocolate
Freebie Value: < $5
Who doesn’t love chocolate? The Godiva rewards club is free to join and comes with one free chocolate for your birthday, plus another every other month of the year, too.
2. Jason’s Deli
Freebie Value: $5
Did you know Jason’s Deli has free ice cream? And that’s on every day they’re open, not just as a birthday freebie.
But when it is your birthday, you can get a gift voucher for $5 toward your panini, salad bar, or soup craving at Jason’s Deli. All you have to do is join their Birthday Club. Bonus: you don’t have to sign up for promotional offers; they offer an immediate opt-out option for that when you sign up.
3. Moe’s Southwest Grill
Freebie Value: $5-$10
There’s a free burrito in your future at Moe’s! Sign up for their rewards program to claim it.
4. Starbucks Coffee
Freebie Value: < $10
Anyone who drinks as much coffee as I do will know Starbucks offers a free single-serve drink or food item of your choice on your birthday. If you aren’t already, you’ll need to become a rewards member 30 days prior to your birthday, but that’s a quick and free step.
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There’s no restriction on the size of the item, which means I usually opt for my favorite indulgence, like a venti macchiato.
It’s also a good time to stock up online as they offer you 15% off at the Starbucks online store. Now that everything is done using digital vouchers (this freebie used to come on a postcard), you just visit a store, order, and tell the barista you’d like to use your birthday reward when they scan your app for payment.
5. Jersey Mike’s
Freebie Value: Under $15
Craving a sandwich on your birthday? Cool. These guys offer a voucher for a drink and regular sub. The best part? You can use it any time in the upcoming year. Be sure to sign up for this birthday freebie at least 24 hours before your big day!
6. Ra Sushi Voucher
Freebie Value: $20
I love sushi nearly as much as I love caffeine, so a gift card that would cover my birthday meal is a major draw for me.
With restaurant locations from California to Texas to Maryland, you can cash in a $20 voucher at Ra Sushi. You’ll need to join their preferred customer email program, which they call The Hook Up.
7. Edible Arrangement
Freebie Value: $29
For more free chocolate-covered fruit, you can join the Edible Rewards program at Edible Arrangements. It’s a 12-piece “bouquet.”
The reward program comes with other great perks, including VIP gift reminders so you never forget your BFF’s special day or your anniversary ever again.
Another place to get free, premium chocolate on your birthday: The Melting Pot.
8. Benihana Voucher
Freebie Value: $30
Like Ra Sushi, another mouthwatering Asian birthday food freebie can be found at Benihana. Adults who join their eClub, The Chef’s Table, will qualify for a $30 gift certificate. It isn’t valid on the weekends or for alcohol, so check the fine print. Otherwise, this $30 birthday freebie should cover the bulk of an adult entree.
For kids 12 and under, there’s a Kabuki Kids program, which entitles them to a free mug with the purchase of a kid’s meal during their birthday month. They’ll also get a birthday card in the mail.
9. Landry’s Select Club Gift Certificate
Freebie Value: $25
One word: steak.
Landry’s owns several steakhouses (McCormick & Schmick’s; Morton’s), but are also affiliated with some hotels, including Hilton, and several other types of restaurants, like Joe’s Crab Shack.
Signing up for the Select Club will get you a $25 birthday reward to be used any time during your birthday month.
10. Black Angus Steak
Freebie Value: Estimated at $30+
Beef lovers, rejoice!
By joining the Prime Club at Black Angus, you’ll get a free birthday steak dinner. If you’ve never heard of these guys, it’s because these restaurants are clustered in the southwest part of the U.S.
There is one small catch: you can only use this deal once. Even so, a free steak is a free steak. For each birthday after that, you’ll get a voucher for a cookie.
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More Places to Get Free Stuff on Your Birthday
If you’re a Reddit reader, you might have stumbled across r/BirthdayFreebies in the past.
Their rules about what can go into the list help keep it a pretty reliable source of information. For example, posts about birthday freebies should link directly to the freebie rather than a third-party site, be free, and accessible to nearly anyone. (It’s a golden place to take a deeper dive if this article isn’t exhaustive enough for you.)
11. Swagbucks Bonus Points
Freebie Value: Varies
12. Redbox DVD Rental
Freebie Value: $1.75
I love my lazy weekends on the couch, so this is something I’m especially inclined to sign up for personally: a free movie from Redbox. Like most programs, they offer points and special codes throughout the year to reward your loyalty!
13. DSW Shoes Voucher
Freebie Value: $5 or $10
Now here’s an offer for the equivalent of cash. Join the VIP club program at DSW to automatically qualify for a $5 voucher for your birthday. You can use that in store or online.
If you reach their Elite member status (spending over $500 on eligible items in a calendar year), you’ll earn more points in their system and qualify for $10 in birthday benefits.
14. Avada Free Services
Freebie Value: Estimated at $25-40
If you live near an Avada store, you probably don’t realize there’s a reprieve of relaxation available for free. Although this isn’t limited to use on your birthday, it’s a fantastic time to take advantage!
You have two options:
- One is a fantastic treat for a solo trip to cash in on your birthday. Men, don’t think you can’t enjoy this, too — they do offer a free men’s facial.
- The other is a group trip, which they mention on their website: “Feel so good on your special day. Schedule a customized birthday party for you and five friends— our treat.”
Here’s a snapshot of the services they provide for free:
15. Sephora Minis and Other Makeup Freebies
Freebie Value: Estimated at $20-30
Similar to the Avada pampering you can pre-book for your birthday, by signing up to be a Sephora Beauty Insider Member, you can score a small birthday beauty treat from a brand like GlamGlow, Bite, and Buble and Bumble. You can redeem at a brick and mortar store, a Sephora JCPenney location, or online at sephora.com anytime during your birthday month.
16. Medieval Times Admission
Freebie Value: $36.95
You can enroll kids 12 and under in the Medieval Times’ version of a birthday club program, known as The Birthday Fellowship. That’ll get you free admission along with the paid admission of an adult. The offer is valid anytime throughout their birthday month. You’ll get an email with the details in the weeks leading up to the celebratory day.
Feel like stepping it up a notch? You can book a birthday party for an extra $7 per person admission and get fun perks like cake and an announcement in the stadium.
There Are Tons of Places to Get Free Stuff on Your Birthday
The take-home message here is that you can do better than free ice cream. There’s steak, makeup, entertainment, sushi, and even extra Swagbucks.
What were your favorite freebies on this list? Any hot tips we can add to the list for where (or how) to get free birthday stuff?
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