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The Best Birthday Freebies: A Complete Guide

Treat yourself to free sundaes, burgers, and more!
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It's your birthday! And that means it's time to start collecting presents. Many retailers offer freebies, coupons, or discounts on (or around) your big day. While none of these offers are going to save you a ton, it's always nice to get an extra treat.

We've rounded up the best birthday freebies from major retailers and restaurants, and put them in a handy chart for you to consult when your bday comes around.

How to Get Birthday Freebies

If you're looking for freebies on your birthday, be aware that many places don't offer discounts just for showing up and flashing your ID. Frequently, birthday offers come in the form of snail mail or email coupons, after you sign up for a store's mailing list or loyalty program.

For the programs that don't mail coupons, be prepared to show your ID as proof that it really is your birthday. Offers may vary from location to location, and you may find retailers not on this list that are willing to offer you specials on your birthday. When in doubt, ask!

And when your birthday has passed, don't forget that there are other ways to get free stuff every day of the year!

Store Offer Details
A&W Free A&W Root Beer Float Join the A&W Mug Club
American Eagle Outfitters 15% off for the month of your birthday Sign up for AERewards
Applebee's Free treat Join their eClub
Arby's Free milkshake (with purchase) Sign up for their mailing list
Au Bon Pain Free lunch Join their eClub
Auntie Anne's Free pretzel Download the My Pretzel Perks app
Aveda Free gift Create an Aveda account
Baja Fresh Free burrito Join Club Baja
Baskin-Robbins Free ice cream Create a Baskin-Robbins account
Bebe Free gift Join clubbebe
Benefit Cosmetics Free brow arch Contact your local Benefit BrowBar beauty lounge for information
Benihana $30 gift certificate Join The Chef's Table
Black Angus Steakhouse Free steak dinner (on first birthday as a member with entree purchase) Join the Prime Club
Boston Market Free dessert (with meal purchase) Join the VIP Club
Brio Tuscan Grille Free gift Sign up for My Brio Mail
Buca di Beppo Free gift Join their eClub
Buffalo Wild Wings Free snack-size wings Sign up for the Buffalo Circle
California Pizza Kitchen Free dessert Sign up for Pizza Dough Rewards
Caribou Coffee Free treat Sign up for Caribou Perks
Carrabba's Italian Grill Free dessert Join the Amici Club
Carvel Free ice cream Join Fudgie Fanatics
The Cheesecake Factory Free ice cream Tell your server
Chili's Free dessert Sign up for My Chili's Rewards
Church's Chicken Free gift Join their eClub
Cinnabon Free gift Join Club Cinnabon
Cold Stone Creamery Buy one creation, get one free Join the My Cold Stone Club
Corner Bakery Cafe Free gift Join their eClub
Cracker Barrel Free dessert Tell your server
Culver's Free sundae Join their eClub
CVS $3 in CVS ExtraBucks Join the ExtraCare Beauty Club
Dairy Queen Buy one Blizzard, get one free Join the Blizzard Fan Club
Del Taco Free Premium shake Join the Raving Fan eClub
Denny's Free Grand Slam breakfast Tell your server
Dickey's Barbecue Pit Free BBQ sandwich Join the Big Yellow Cup Club
Dippin' Dots Free Dippin' Dots Join the Dot Crazy! Email Club
DSW $5 gift certificate Sign up for DSW Rewards
Dunkin' Donuts Free drink Sign up for DD Perks
Edible Arrangements Free gift Sign up for Edible Rewards
Einstein Bros. Bagels Free egg sandwich (with purchase) Join the Shmear Society
Famous Footwear Free gift Sign up for the Rewards program
Firehouse Subs Free medium sub Sign up for Firehouse Rewards
Friendly's Free sundae Join the BFF Club
Fuddruckers Buy one burger, get one free Join the Fudds Club
Genghis Grill Free gift Sign up for Khan's Rewards
Godiva Free gift Join the Godiva Rewards Club
Great American Cookies Free gift Sign up for CookiE-mail
The Habit Burger Grill Free gift Join the CharClub
HoneyBaked Ham Free gift Sign up for HoneyBaked Rewards
Houlihan's Free entree Join their email club
IHOP Free meal Sign up for Pancake Revolution
Jamba Juice Free small smoothie Sign up for Jamba Insider Rewards
Jason's Deli $5 coupon Join Jason's Birthday Club
J.Crew Factory 20% off and free shipping Sign up for Factory First
Jersey Mike's Free regular sub and drink coupon Join their email club
Joe's Crab Shack Free appetizer Join the Joe's Catch eClub
Krispy Kreme Free doughnut Join Friends of Krispy Kreme
Lennys Subs Free sub Sign up for Lennys VIP Rewards
MaggieMoo's / Marble Slab Creamery $5 coupon Sign up for Slab Happy
Margaritaville Free gift Join the Fins Up Club
The Melting Pot Birthday voucher Join Club Fondue
Mimi's Cafe Free slice of crepe cake or 2-pack of muffins or croissants Join their eClub
Moe's Southwest Grill Free burrito Join Moe's eWorld
Noodles & Company Free Rice Krispies treat Sign up for Noodlegrams
Nothing Bundt Cakes Free Bundtlet Join their eClub
Orange Julius Drink coupon Join the Julius League
Outback Steakhouse Free child-size vanilla sundae Tell your server
Panera Bread Free pastry Sign up for MyPanera
Perkins Restaurant Free gift Sign up for My Perkins
Petco Free gift Sign up for Pals Rewards
P.F. Chang's Free gift Join P.F. Chang's Preferred
Pinkberry Free yogurt Sign up for their loyalty program
Quiznos Free cookie Join the QClub
Red Lobster Free gift Join the Fresh Catch Club
Red Robin Free burger Sign up for the Red Robin Royalty program
Redbox Free one-night rental Sign up for the Redbox Play Pass
Romano's Macaroni Grill Free dessert Join their email club
Ruby Tuesday Free burger or free Garden Bar entree Join So Connected
Sbarro Free gift Join the Slice Society
Sephora Free gift Sign up for Beauty Insider
Sizzler Free gift Join the Real Deal eClub
Smashbox Free gift Sign up for their rewards program
Sonic Drive-In Free Cream Slush, tater tots, or drink Sign up for My Sonic
Starbucks Free drink Sign up for Starbucks Rewards
Steak 'n Shake Free Double Steakburger with cheese and a side of fries Join their eClub
Taco Bueno Free gift Join the Buenoheads email club
Taco Cabana Free flauta plate Sign up for TC Rewards
TCBY Free frozen yogurt Join their eClub
Texas Roadhouse Free appetizer Join their email club
TGI Fridays Free dessert Sign up for Fridays Rewards
Ulta Free gift Sign up for Ultamate Rewards
Waffle House Free waffle Join the Regulars Club
Wendy's Free Frosty Sign up for My Wendy's
Wingstop Free gift Join The Club
World Market Birthday reward Sign up for the World Market Explorer program
Zaxby's Free Nibbler Join the Zax Email Club

For more details on how to get free stuff on days other than your birthday, check out this guide.

Readers, what other birthday freebies have you discovered? Let us know in the comments below!

Contributing Writer

Originally working in IT, Elizabeth now writes on tech, gaming, and general consumer issues. Her articles have appeared in USA Today, Time, AOL, PriceGrabber, and more. She has been one of DealNews' most regular contributors since 2013, researching everything from vacuums to renters insurance to help consumers.
DealNews may be compensated by companies mentioned in this article. Please note that, although prices sometimes fluctuate or expire unexpectedly, all products and deals mentioned in this feature were available at the lowest total price we could find at the time of publication (unless otherwise specified).
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Rosa Mexicano gives you a coupon for $20 off and Landry's (Morton's, Oceanaire, McCormick and Schmicks and Chart House) gives you $25 off.
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Thank Elizabeth for your guidance. I think this is the best suggestion. "Free dinner buffet on my first birthday as a buying member" I will check out the Black Angus Steakhouse.
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