26 of the BEST Birthday Freebies (And They’re Straight Up FREE!)

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Here’s where to score the BEST birthday freebies to get completely free stuff! 🎉

You deserve some special treatment on your birthday, but you might not have ever indulged in totally FREE stuff before…all just for the sake of being born! I’m talking hot stacks of pancakes, coffee, cheeseburgers, mouth-watering ice cream, trendy beauty products, and so much more!

While there are SO MANY birthday freebies available (check out our full list for more!), we’ve rounded up the very BEST options to make your special day even MORE spectacular! Even better, each one is completely FREE during the month of your birthday! That means no BOGOS or minimum purchases required – they’re straight up FREE!

man holding Starbucks frapp blended beverage outside

Hip tips for scoring all of the best free stuff on your birthday:

  • Many birthday freebies do require you to sign up in advance, so be sure to enroll in the rewards programs now so that you’ll have the offer in hand when your birthday comes around. Many places won’t send a birthday offer if you sign up too close to your actual birthday.
  • Most birthday offers have a redemption window (we’ve got all of the details below). Some are valid for just a couple of days, while others give you a whole month OR more. Don’t feel like you have to redeem all of them on your actual birthday. In fact, make the most of your birthday MONTH by claiming these freebies ALL month long!

Birthday Breakfast Freebies

Load up on a FREE breakfast for your special day ahead!

man pouring syrup on his pancakes

1. Score free pancakes for your birthday at IHOP.

Enjoy four of IHOP’s thick buttermilk pancakes topped with your choice of peaches, cinnamon apple compote, or glazed strawberries and finished with fluffy whipped topping. This birthday reward can be redeemed on your big day, plus seven days before and after!

How to get the freebie: Join MyHop Pancake Perks to get a free stack of pancakes on your birthday, PLUS a free stack just for signing up, and ANOTHER stack on your signup anniversary! Note that MyHop Pancake Perks is only available at participating locations. 

Denny's Free birthday breakfast grand slam

2. Build your own FREE Grand Slam at Denny’s to celebrate.

Celebrate your birthday with a FREE Build Your Own Grand Slam at Denny’s! This reward is valid throughout your entire birthday month, so you don’t need to worry about carving out time to redeem this reward on your special day.

“I just went to Denny’s this morning and redeemed my free build-your-own Grand Slam. I got 2 pancakes, 2 sausages, eggs, and hash browns!” – Glenn, Hip2Save reader

How to get the freebie: Join Denny’s Rewards and not only do you get a free Build Your Own Grand Slam during your birthday month, but you’ll also receive 20% off your next visit just for signing up! 

syrup being poured on a waffle at Waffle House

3. Waffle House will serve you up a FREE classic waffle.

Head on over to Waffle House for a FREE classic waffle on your birthday. This offer is also available to claim for seven days before your birthday and 21 days after!

How to get the freebie: Join the Waffle House Regular’s Club for your birthday freebie along with other coupons and promotions. You also get a free order of hashbrowns with two toppings just for signing up!

Coffee birthday freebies

More caffeine means more energy, which means more ambition to get those freebies! 🙌

person holding up frappuccino drink in front os starbucks drive-thru sign

4. Sip on a FREE drink at Starbucks.

At Starbucks, you can get ANY handcrafted drink on the menu, ANY size, and with ANY additions you’d like for FREE. So size up to a Venti (or a Trenta for cold drinks), and make sure to check out our entire Starbucks Secret Menu for some drink inspiration! You could also opt to receive a complimentary food item or ready-to-drink bottled beverage in the chance you don’t want a handcrafted drink.

You’ll receive an email for the free birthday drink reward a couple of days before your birthday, but keep in mind the reward is ONLY valid on your birthday, so use it while it’s hot!

How to get the freebie: Join Starbucks Rewards at least seven days before your birthday and make at least one Star-earning transaction prior to your birthday each year. You’ll also get exclusive perks like mobile order & pay, free in-store refills on coffee, and free rewards for collecting stars!

hand holding Dunkin frozen drink

5. Drink up your favorite beverage at Dunkin’ Donuts.

Over at Dunkin’ Donuts, you’ll get a FREE any size beverage of your choice in any size. This includes any iced or hot coffee, tea or latte, hot chocolate or Coolatta. Birthday Rewards expire 7 days from the time they’re issued.

How to get the freebie: Join Dunkin’ Donut DDPerks to get access to mobile ordering on their app, a free drink for signing up, a free drink on your birthday, and a free drink when you reach 200 points!

krispy kreme glazen dozen donuts in box on wood table

6. Get a FREE DOZEN glazed Krispy Kreme doughnuts during your birthday month!

Krispy Kreme realizes your birthday is looking a little different these days so they’re making it extra sweet by changing their birthday freebie. Pre-COVID you could grab 1 free donut but nowadays you can head into your local store for an entire dozen – completely FREE! Your Birthday Rewards are valid from the 1st day of the birthday month until the last day of the birthday month. SWEET!

hand holding an ipad with krispy kreme birthday freebie dozen donuts

How to get the freebie: Join the Sweetest Rewards Around and download the Krispy Kreme app to get a coupon for a free doughnut on your birthday. You’ll also get a free doughnut just for joining either one!

Lunch birthday freebies

There IS such a thing as a free lunch… if it’s your birthday!

bag at restaurant with burrito sitting by it

7. Be welcomed at Moe’s Southwest Grill with a FREE burrito.

Walk into Moe’s and pretend that the “Welcome to Moe’s!” greeting is really them shouting “Happy Birthday!” 😆 Oh, and while you’re there, treat yourself to a FREE burrito! You should receive an email for this offer 3 days before your birthday and it will expire one week following your special day.

How to get the freebie: Join Moe Rewards where you’ll not only get a free birthday burrito, you’ll also be able to earn rewards points and get an offer for free queso just for signing up!

sub and blue cup near a lake

8. Enjoy a FREE sub & 22 oz. drink from Jersey Mike’s for your big day.

If you’re in the mood for a hearty sandwich and a drink to wash it all down on your big day, you’ll get a sub and a 22 oz. drink completely FREE at Jersey Mike’s! This is a great offer to save for a rainy (or hungry) day since the free sub voucher is valid for an entire 1 year! 😮WOW!

How to get the freebie: Join the My Mike’s Rewards Program to get your free birthday sub offer along with the ability to earn points and earn other exclusive rewards!

hand holding milkshake in to-go cup

9. Slurp up a FREE Steak ‘n Shake milkshake (and remember, calories don’t count on your birthday!)

Stop into Steak ‘n Shake for a FREE Specialty Milkshake for your birthday. YES, really! And what’s even better is that the offer is valid for 45 days following your birthday!

How to get the freebie: Join the Steak ‘n Shake, where in addition to getting a free Specialty Milkshake for your birthday, you’ll also get a FREE Double ‘n Cheese ’n Fries just for joining!

Auntie Anne's free pretzel

10. Stroll by Auntie Anne’s for a FREE pretzel.

If you find yourself at the mall for some gift shopping, you’ll undoubtedly smell the aroma of warm pretzels coming from Auntie Anne’s. Give in to the temptation and walk right up for a FREE pretzel for your birthday! This offer will automatically load onto your Pretzel Perks account and be available for redemption all month long.

How to get the freebie: Join Auntie Anne’s Pretzel Perks by downloading the app and creating an account. Then you’re on your way to earning points towards free pretzels, as well as receiving the free birthday pretzel offer. You’ll also get a free pretzel after you make your first purchase of $1 or more!

Shopping & retail birthday freebies

You really can treat yourself without draining your wallet!

Sephora birthday gift set on the shelves at Sephora

11. Get glam with FREEBIES from Sephora.

Who doesn’t love FREE makeup?! Pop into Sephora to pick up your FREE birthday reward with options from Milk Makeup, Sol de Janeiro, and Briogeo. You can redeem your reward 2 weeks before or after your birthday and anytime during your birthday month. Even sweeter, they often remind you when checking out in case you forget. 😉

How to get the freebie: Become a Beauty Insider to gain access to Sephora’s Beauty Insider community, rewards, seasonal savings, free beauty classes, and your birthday beauty bundle!

2 cosmetic products on counter at Ulta Beauty

12. Get even more makeup and skincare freebies on your birthday from Ulta Beauty.

Stop into Ulta any day during your birthday month for even more FREE beauty products! Simply sign up for their Ultamate Rewards (it’s FREE) before your birthday to claim your gift. Even more exciting, the contents of Ulta’s free birthday gift changes quarterly, so it’s always a fun surprise! Best of all, you don’t have to spend a dime to get this freebie and you’ll receive 2x the rewards points during the month of your birthday if you do make any purchases.

How to get the freebie: Join the Ultamate Rewards program for access to your free birthday set, points on every purchase, and coupons throughout the year. Ulta sends out lots of offers for 20% off, $3.50 off of a $15 purchase, and the occasional 20% off prestige brands!

hand holding Bare Minerals matte lipstick

13. Be fab in a FREE bareMinerals liquid lip color.

You’re going to have a fresh stash of makeup in your bag by the end of the day! At bareMinerals, you’ll receive a FREE Matte Liquid Lipcolor. If you don’t have a bareMinerals store near you, you can redeem this offer online and it will ship with your next online order. You’ll receive this offer on your birthday and it will be valid for 30 days.

How to get the freebie: Join bareMinerals Friends and Benefits (FAB) to get your free birthday matte lipstick, 15% off a purchase offer just for signing up, and another 15% off offer when you complete your beauty profile!

Burt's Bees lip balm hanging on pegs

14. Receive a $5 reward to DSW towards any purchase.

Stroll into DSW, where you’ll have a $5 reward to use towards any purchase online or in-store. Will that $5 be enough to cover shoes? Probably not, but check out their cute accessories and socks! You can use this offer any day during your birthday month!

How to get the freebie: Join DSW Rewards for your $5 birthday offer, free shipping, and rewards points for every $1 spent!

exterior of Soma boutique

15. You’ll get a $10 reward for your birthday from Soma.

As a member of Love Soma Rewards, you can expect a birthday reward good for $10 at Soma! To be eligible, you must have shopped at Soma within the last 12 months and if you’ve become a Platinum rewards member (by spending $500+ in the last year), you’ll get $15 for your birthday gift!

How to get the freebie: Join Love Soma Rewards for your $10 birthday offer, reward points for every $1 spent, double rewards on bras and sleepwear, and a $5 reward on 125 points!

Dinner birthday freebies

Hope you wore stretchy pants because you’re in for some seriously good eats!

Red Robin burger and fries

16. Bite down on a FREE Red Robin fire-grilled burger any day of your birthday month.

At Red Robin, you’ll be served any of your favorite fire-grilled burgers for FREE! 🤤This offer is available for use any day during your birthday month.

How to get the freebie: Join Red Robin Royalty for your free birthday burger, benefits like $20 towards your 6th visit (within the first 5 weeks of joining), military and teacher discounts, every 10th item FREE, other exclusive surprise rewards!

Large cheeseburger on bun with lettuce tomato and lettuce

17. Indulge in a burger or stay light at the Garden Bar for FREE at Ruby Tuesday.

Get yourself a FREE Burger or a FREE Garden Bar entree (valued up to $11) at Ruby Tuesday on your big day. You can redeem this freebie up to 5 days before and 9 days after your birthday!

How to get the freebie: Join Ruby Tuesday’s So Connected and you’ll not only get a coupon for a free burger or garden bar on your birthday, you’ll also get a free appetizer with entree purchase just for signing up!

man sitting at table smiling holding a sandwich in basket

18. Feast on a FREE entree from Famous Dave’s, though this offer can vary by location.

Got a craving for BBQ? Famous Dave’s will treat you to a FREE tasty gift on your birthday! Since this offer varies by location and changes from year to year, you may want to call your local Famous Dave’s to learn more about the birthday offer in your area.

In the past, many locations have given away FREE mouth-watering birthday entrees! For participating locations, this offer will be valid one week before and one week after your birthday.

How to get the freebie: Join the Famous Nation to get Famous news, special offers, BBQ tips, and a tasty gift for your birthday!

Birthday dessert freebies

It’s the best part of any meal!

pizookie with vanilla ice cream

19. Dive into the infamous Pizookie for FREE at BJ’s Brewhouse.

This freebie is quite the crowd-pleaser if you’re lucky enough to live near a BJ’s Brewhouse. There, you can get a FREE Pizookie dessert. What’s a Pizookie, you ask? It’s a warm, molten, deep-dish cookie topped with a hefty scoop of ice cream! You can get this up to 7 days before and 7 days after your birthday.

How to get the freebie: Join BJ’s Premier Rewards Plus to earn points with purchases, the free Pizookie on your birthday, and a Pizookie dessert just for registering!

sundae with nuts in a silver bowl

20. Scream for ice cream with a FREE Friendly’s medium sundae.

Looking for another decadent dessert? Head into Friendly’s for a FREE medium sundae with your favorite toppings! This one is only good on your actual birthday, so make this visit a birthday priority!

How to get the freebie: Join the Friendly’s BFF Club for a free medium sundae on your birthday, weekly deals and promotions, 25% off your next purchase, plus a free scoop just for signing up!

Panera bread roll in a Panera bag

21. Pick out a pastry or drink at Panera Bread (but the exact offer may vary).

At Panera Bread, birthday rewards vary by customer, but you will likely be offered a FREE pastry or sweet or a FREE coffee, tea, or soda! Your birthday reward loads to your account on your birthday and is available to redeem for 7 days.

How to get the freebie: Join MyPanera to start earning rewards with purchases, a free surprise on your birthday, and a free pastry or sweet just for signing up! Even better, if you’re fixed on coffee, you can sign up for their new MyPanera Coffee (normally $8.99/month) and you’ll receive your first month of coffee totally free!

boy eating cone at baskin robbins

22. Get your favorite of the 31 flavors with a FREE Baskin Robbins scoop.

Get a FREE scoop from Baskin Robbins on your birthday! You should receive this offer about 5 days before your birthday, and it will expire 5 days after your birthday.

How to get the freebie: Join the Baskin Robbins Birthday Club to receive a voucher for a free small scoop of ice cream on your birthday!

hand holding white cup of pinkberry frozen yogurt

23. Enjoy a lighter dessert with a FREE small yogurt from Pinkberry.

Frozen yogurt is great if you want to go a little lighter on dessert. Stop into Pinkberry for a free small yogurt with the topping of your choice! This freebie will be available to use on your birthday and up to 30 days after.

How to get the freebie: Join Pinkberry Rewards to get rewarded with a free yogurt after 10 purchases and a free yogurt on your birthday!

barnes and noble store front

24. All your kiddos can score a free Barnes & Noble

When your family is apart of the Kid’s Club at Barnes & Noble, you can score a FREE cupcake, cookie, or gluten-free Rice Krispie treat from the Barnes & Noble Café during the week of your kiddo’s birthday! Just keep an eye out for the coupon in your email!

Even sweeter, if you’re new to their Kid’s Club it’s totally free to join and you’ll get 30% off list price on any one kids’ book or toy for your children!

Birthday entertainment freebies

Whether you stay home or go out, there’s a freebie for your lifestyle!

Dave & Busters Game

25. Live it up at Dave and Buster’s with $5 in FREE gameplay.

Live it up over at Dave and Buster’s where you can score $5 in free gameplay on your birthday! This freebie will be loaded to your Power Card and available for 10 days before and 20 days after your birthday.

How to get the freebie: Join Dave and Buster’s Rewards to receive $5 in free gameplay on your birthday, plus $10 in free gameplay after your first $10 purchase just for signing up!

a hand holding two Redbox movie cases outside of the Redbox kiosk

26. Kick back for a movie night with a FREE Redbox rental.

Stop by your nearest Redbox kiosk for a FREE 1-night DVD rental and end your big day with a movie night at home. You could also save the rental for another night since the offer is available for up to 2 weeks after your birthday!

How to get the freebie: Join Redbox Perks for a free 1-night DVD rental just for signing up, a free 1-night DVD rental during your birthday month, and additional perks for earning points with each rental!

exterior of the Georgia Aquarium

Hip tip for more freebies on your birthday:

Many local zoos, museums, and other attractions offer free admission on your birthday. Just call ahead to your favorite ones to find out if they’re currently open or if they may even have revised hours due to COVID.

goldendoodle dog on brick pavers

And remember – birthday freebies aren’t just for humans! Be sure to register your favorite furry friend for Petco’s Pals Rewards to get a pound of FREE birthday treats from the treat bar! The voucher will be sent via email and is valid for up to 14 days after your pet’s birthday.

Can’t get enough birthday freebies? Check out our full list!

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Comments 58

  1. Donna W

    I love that you post this list every year! It’s so fun to look through the birthday freebies…and it’s perfect a few weeks before my birthday! Thanks as always!!

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      Yay! You’re so welcome! Happy Birthday! 🥳💕

  2. M Wells

    Denny’s does not offer the “Grandslam” anymore it’s just a free stack of pancakes.
    I will miss going to Denny’s for the birthday breakfast. 😔

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks so much for the heads up! We’ll look into this!

    • Jeaneane

      Yep! You’re correct. My birthday is tomorrow and I received a free stack!


      Damn… That sucks, I was planning on going there for my 45th… I always heard about others getting a free grand slam before but, I’d never done it myself… Tomorrow was going to change that but, I guess Denny’s has been hit by the Virus as well…😕

      • Glenn Williams

        I just went to Dennys this morning. They have a free build your own grand slam. I got 2 pancakes, 2 sausage, eggs, and hash browns

        • M

          Lucky, all I got was a free stack of pancakes

  3. Vanessa K

    Love when you post this! My birthday is in December, and like most my birthday gets forgotten or just put off all the time. I’ve been following your posts for over 15 years now and I have been getting every birthday freebie I can! Thank you so much for making my birthday the best every year. Also one more hint ask at your favorite local spots if they have birthday freebies, I love shopping local.

    • hollyfrick

      Have you gotten the Ulta freebie ? If so were they samples ?

      • Kay Sanders

        yes. Nice. Sample or travel size.

  4. keiferace

    I was told to be eligible for ulta, you must have shopped there within the last 12 months…

  5. Jean

    No Starbucks birthday reward showed up in my account this year…I think it was because I had only redeemed rewards/stars…I didn’t buy anything this year.

    • Kay Sanders

      Go on your birthday anyway if you are a rewards member. I have and they give it to you even without the email. Just who them your account on your cell phone.

  6. Mya

    Today my birthday lol

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      Happy Birthday, Mya!

  7. Natalie

    today is my birthday!!

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      Happy Birthday, Natalie!

  8. Mama Bug

    Well, we have RedBox. LOL We don’t have any of these other places in our area… always a bummer. However, sometimes living far from things means I don’t spend as much! 😉

  9. Nono F

    HI, I always love the Sephora bday gift every year; when you shop in person they even remind you it’s in your account – you have all month to redeem it. At Ulta, I shop there- never fail 3-5 times through December for gifts for others, and they have never reminded me to get my bday freebie – I have never had one from them.

    Also, to add to the freebie list, Chipotle always adds a “guac and chips” reward (through the app) to your rewards. You have 1 month to redeem it with any $5 order. Hope that helps.

    • Rebecca

      And if they are out of your birthday freebee at Ulta, they will substitute whatever they feel like. Last year it was 3 paper perfume “samples.” I asked her if she was kidding bc they’re free in magazines and their own ad they send out. She told me they are at liberty to substitute what they choose. I felt like I was being punked🙄.

  10. happy-january-birthday

    YMMV but Krispy Kreme’s bday offer is now a FREE ORIGINAL GLAZED DOZEN, no purchase necessary — was for my hubby (last spring) and myself (picked up last night)

  11. Rn404

    Jersey Mike bday freebie is a sub and 22oz drink

    • sandwich_fan

      Jersey Mike’s changed the birthday reward in March 2021 so no more free sub & drink, you’ll get 80 points added to your reward accot

  12. Rn404

    Aveda is a free body oil $23 value. I get it every year

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks for the heads up!

    • Kim

      My birthday is tomorrow and I haven’t gotten mine yet and I usually do by now.:(

  13. Vanessa

    Chico’s does not send a reward. I shop at both Chico’s and Soma (online) and Chico’s doesn’t even have a section to add your DOB. Soma sent me a reward though.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks for sharing, Vanessa! I do find on the Chico signup page that there is an option to enter your Birthday month. Hoping that helps!

  14. Mrsj6901

    This is great, I literally just googled “birthday freebies” the other day since I couldn’t find the post on here. My bday is at the end of the month and I wanted to prepare with all the sign-ups. Thanks H2P!

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Awesome! Happy Birthday! Hope you enjoy your freebies!

  15. je

    The Barnes & Noble cafe gives a free birthday treat for kids under 13 if you’re signed up for their kids club. My girls look forward to this freebie every year.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks for sharing with us, Je!

  16. Jennifer H

    Stetson has the best job in the world, he gets to eat all the goodies !!!

  17. Stephanie

    LOL. When your birthday is January 11 and you receive the birthday freebies email on January 13th. 😆

  18. Tiffany

    IKEA sends a $10 electronic gift credit, plus a coupon for a free frozen yogurt from their cafe for your birthday, when you sign up for their family rewards program. (Not to mention the free coffee year-round perk!)

  19. Tiffany

    The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf offers any one free drink or treat for your birthday.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks, Tiffany!

      • Loly


        • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

          Hi there! Be sure to click through each link option above to sign up for Birthday rewards. Hoping this is helpful!

  20. Sheryl A Simons

    Don’t forget Dutch Brothers
    It’s a large choice of their drinks

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks, Sheryl! Good to know!

  21. Olgraygirl

    For those who have a Publix around, members of Club Publix get a free (up to 1/2 gallon) Publix brand ice cream or frozen yogurt-sweet!

  22. XxThat_-Country_-RatxX

    Happy birthday! Ik its late TwT my birthday is in six days! 🥳😆😚

  23. Deloris Hall

    The only one that is legit is IHOP. At least where I live. Steak and Shake and others said they don’t do that anymore. So I asked why advertise and you no longer do? The manager at Steak and Shake Shake just said sorry. Ugh.

  24. Jill Edwards

    Steak ‘n Shake says you need an invite code when you try to sign up

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Hmm, are you able to sign up through Facebook? I did find that option to work for me. Hoping that helps!

  25. Loly

    I’m how can we get STUFF I really need it

  26. Vanessa

    I would like to request that you update the Starbucks info. The reward is available only on the day of your birthday. I read this post & missed out on my free drink thinking it was also valid the next day. 🙁

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      SO sorry for any confusion, Vanessa. The wording has been updated.

  27. Lana

    Hasn’t Ruby Tuesday gone out of business?

    • Jean

      No, they’re still in business

  28. Angelica Schneider

    September 15

    • mariam

      What Boooooo😡😡😡😡😡

  29. Amro

    What Boooooo😡😡😡😡😡

  30. Michele

    Awwww my birthday is tomorrow so too late to sign up for this year!

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      Happy Birthday, Michele!

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