Free treats make your birthday a bit more magical. Local and national businesses alike offer deals — if you know where to look. Annie recently asked you all to share your favorite birthday freebies, and we’ve got quite a list to share! (Know of a freebie we missed? Share it in the comments!)
Birthday Freebies and Coupons
Most of these offers require that you sign up for an email list, rewards program, or birthday club. Many also have a minimum time you’ll need to be subscribed before you’re eligible, so don’t wait for the day before your birthday. (A month or two before is a better shot.) Birthday freebies can change at any time, so no guarantees.
Birthday Freebies for Adults
- AMC Theatres: Free large popcorn
- Athleta: $20 coupon
- Baskin Robbins: Free scoop on your birthday with email signup
- Benihana: $30 off during your birthday month on Mondays through Thursdays
- Blue Sushi Sake Grill: $10 off via email
- bd’s Mongolian Grill: Buy one, get one free bowl via email
- Chili’s: Free dessert via email
- Corner Bakery: Free dessert via email
- Colonial Cafe: Coupon delivered via email for Cherry Club members
- Denny’s: Free Grand Slam Breakfast on your actual birthday
- Firehouse Subs: Free medium sub with your driver’s license
- Houlihans: Buy one, get one free entree via email
- Hollywood Palms (Naperville) and Hollywood Boulevard (Woodridge): Free movie tickets in your birthday month via email
- Jersey Mike’s: Free sandwich via email
- Lou Malnati’s: Free individual cookie dessert via email
- Meatheads: $7 off via app
- Meijer: Free donut via the app
- Naf Naf Grill: Free entree on your birthday via email
- Nothing Bundt Cakes: Free bundtlet via email
- Noodles and Company: Free Krispy treat
- Olive Garden: Free dessert via email
- Peet’s Coffee: Free beverage via the rewards app
- Pepe’s Mexican Restaurant: Free dessert
- Portillo’s: Free slice of chocolate cake via email signup
- Red Robin: Free burger in your birthday month via email
- Starbucks: Free drink if you use the mobile app
- Sephora: Free gift for rewards members
- StubHub: Event tickets
- True Value Hardware: $5 credit with your rewards card
- Texas Roadhouse: Free appetizer with email signup
- Uncle Julio’s: Free chocolate piñata for rewards members
- Ulta Beauty: Free gift for rewards members
Readers also mentioned receiving birthday freebies from Baker’s Square, Which Which, Texas de Brazil, Jason’s Deli, Houlihan’s, Jamba Juice, Dunkin’ Donuts, IHOP, Applebee’s, Cold Stone, Culver’s, Fogo de Chao, Vai’s, Potbelly, and Fuddrucker’s.
If you know what deals these spots are offering, let us know in the comments!
Birthday Freebies for Kids
- 2Toots Train Whistle Grill: Sign up for the Birthday Club to get a free kids’ meal, plus a cupcake with a candle (and a song) delivered by train to your table.
- Barnes & Noble: B&N Kids’ Club members get a free cupcake or cookie from the cafe. You can sign each of your children up for the rewards.
- Ozinga: Ozinga has a popular Kids Club that sends little gifts (for free!) throughout the year. The past two years, my son has gotten a $5 Target gift card and a nice note for his birthday. Registration for next year’s Kids Club will open in June 2020.
- Portillo’s: When you sign up for free cake from Portillo’s, you’ll have the option to enter birthdates for up to three of your children so they can enjoy a slice, too.
Our resources for kids page has even more great tips and tricks for family life!