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!
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!
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.
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!
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! 🙌
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 expires the day after 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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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. 😉
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!