The 104 Best Birthday Freebies in 2018: Get Free Stuff Just for Showing Up!

You can score all kinds of free things on your birthday! Get ice cream, burgers, and more.
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Is your birthday coming up? Many retailers offer birthday freebies, coupons, or discounts on (or around) your big day. While none of this free birthday stuff is going to save you a ton, it's always nice to get some extra treats.

SEE ALSO: The 130 Best Military Discounts in 2018

We've rounded up the best 2018 birthday freebies from major retailers and restaurants, and put them in a handy chart for you to consult before your big day arrives.

How to Get Birthday Freebies

If you're hunting for free birthday stuff, don't expect to snag a discount just because you walked in and showed your ID. Most birthday freebies in 2018 come via snail mail or email coupons once you sign up for a store's mailing list or loyalty program. You might also have to download the retailer's app to receive free things on your birthday.

SEE ALSO: The 30 Best Customer Rewards Programs

For any program that doesn't provide a paper copy of an offer, be ready to show your ID as proof that it's your birthday. Deals can also vary from location to location; you might even find retailers that aren't on this list who are willing to give you a special perk on your birthday. It can't hurt to ask!

Once your birthday has passed, be sure to check out other ways to get free stuff every day of the year! And if you're affiliated with the military, see all the military discounts you can get, too.

Store Offer Details
99 Restaurant & Pub Free gift Join their eClub
A&W Free A&W root beer float Join the A&W Mug Club
Abuelo's Free gift Join Mi Abuelo's Rewards
American Eagle Outfitters 15% off coupon Sign up for aeo/connected
Anthropologie Free coupon Sign up for AnthroPerks
Applebee's Free treat Join their eClub
Arby's Free gift Register on the site
Auntie Anne's Free gift Join My Pretzel Perks and download the app
bd's Mongolian Grill Free meal Join Club Mongo
Baja Fresh Free treat Join Club Baja
bareMinerals Free gift Join Fab Club
Barnes & Noble Free cupcake for kids Join Kids' Club
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 Free $30 certificate Join The Chef's Table
Black Angus Steakhouse Free steak dinner with purchase Join the Prime Club
Bonefish Grill Free Bang Bang Shrimp or dessert Sign up to be a Bonefish Grill Insider
Boston Market Free dessert with meal purchase Join the VIP Club
California Pizza Kitchen Free dessert Sign up for CPK Rewards
Caribou Coffee Free treat Sign up for Caribou Perks
Carrabba's Italian Grill Free dessert Join their eClub
Carvel Free ice cream Join Fudgie Fanatics
The Cheesecake Factory Free ice cream sundae Tell your server
Chili's Free dessert Sign up for My Chili's Rewards
Chuck E. Cheese Free reward for your child's birthday and "half-birthday" Join More Cheese 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
CVS Free gift Join the ExtraCare Beauty Club
Dairy Queen Free coupon 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 gift Join the Big Yellow Cup Club
Dippin' Dots Free Dippin' Dots Join the Dot Crazy! Email Club
Don Pablo's $10 certificate Join the Habaneros 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 Schmear Society
Famous Dave's Free gift Join the Famous Nation
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
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
Hard Rock Cafe Free offer Join Hard Rock Rewards
Hooters Free gift Join their eClub
Houlihan's Free entree Join their eClub
IHOP Free meal Sign up for the Pancake Revolution
Jamba Juice Free small smoothie or juice 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 eClub
Krispy Kreme Free doughnut Download the app to join their Rewards Program
Lennys Subs Free sub Sign up for Lennys VIP Rewards
Longhorn Steakhouse Free dessert Join Rewards Program
Maggie Moo's / Marble Slab Creamery Free gift Sign up for Slab Happy
Marie Callender's Free gift Join their eClub
Medieval Times Celebrate for free with purchase of adult admission Call and book using the code "BFCRM"
The Melting Pot Free voucher Join Club Fondue
Moe's Southwest Grill Free burrito Download the Rockin' Rewards App
Noodles & Co. Free treat Download the NoodlesREWARDS app
Nothing Bundt Cakes Free Bundtlet Join their eClub
Not Your Average Joe's Free gift Join their eClub
O'Charley's Free surprise Join O'Club
Olive Garden Free dessert Join their eClub
On the Border Free queso Join Club Cantina
Orange Julius Free BOGO coupon Join the Julius League
Perkins Restaurant Free gift Sign up for My Perks
Petco Free gift on your pet's birthday 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
PizzaExpress Free gift Create a MyPizzaExpress account
Redbox Free one-night rental Sign up for Redbox Perks
Red Lobster Free gift Sign up for Fresh Catch News
Red Robin Free burger Sign up for the Red Robin loyalty program
Rita's Italian Ice Free treat Join the Birthday Club
Ruby Tuesday Free burger or Garden Bar entree Join So Connected
Sbarro Free gift Join the Slice Society
Sephora Free gift Sign up for Beauty Insider
Shari's Cafe Free slice of pie Join Cafe Club
Smashbox Free gift Sign up for their rewards program
Smokey Bones Free dessert Join the Bones Club
Sonny's BBQ Free gift Join 'Q Crew Rewards
Spaghetti Warehouse Free special birthday meal Join the Warehouse Club
Sprinkles Free cupcake Join Sprinkles Perks
Starbucks Free drink Sign up for Starbucks Rewards
Steak n' Shake Free specialty milkshake Join their eClub
Taco Bueno Free gift Join the Buenoheads email club
Texas Roadhouse Free gift Join their eClub
TGI Friday's Free dessert with entree purchase Sign up for Fridays Rewards
Tropical Smoothie Cafe $3 off on your birthday Download the app to join Tropical Rewards
Tucanos Free meal Join Club Tucanos
Ulta Free gift Sign up for Ultamate Rewards
Victoria's Secret Free gift Apply for the Angel Credit Card
Wendy's Free gift Sign up for My Wendy's
Wienerschnitzel Free coupon Join the Wiener Lovers' Club
Wingstop Free gift Join The Club
World Market Birthday Reward Sign up for the World Market Explorer program
Yogurt Mountain Free yogurt Join YOMO Club
Zaxby's Free Nibbler Join the Zax email club

Readers, what are your favorite birthday freebies? 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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