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Birthdays are one of the most expensive yearly celebrations, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find birthday freebies – everything from free food to gift cards. While these won’t work as a replacement gift, it’s a nice way to treat yourself or someone you know on their birthday free of charge.
We’ve broken down these birthday freebies into 10 categories so you can easily find what you’re looking for.
Free Gift Cards & Coupons
The great thing about gift cards and coupons is that you can spend them any way you like. Benihana restaurant offers the most popular birthday gift card promotion - a $30 birthday certificate when you register for Chef’s Table. Meanwhile, Don Pablo’s offers a $10 gift card on your birthday, while Ace Hardware will give you a free $5 coupon when you sign up for their Rewards program.
Who doesn’t love cake on their birthday? And what about ice cream and other desserts? Lots of places offer free dessert on your birthday, but here are some of the more popular ones:
• Dairy Queen – free birthday ice cream when you join their fan club
• Baskin Robbins – ice cream on your birthday when you sign up
• Big Boy – free dessert when you join their email club
• Buffalo Wild Wings – birthday dessert when you join their e-club
Fast Food Freebies
Many fast food places run birthday themed promotions that usually involve signing up for their online club. Better yet, these promotions often include immediate sign-up bonuses to go along with the birthday promotion. Check out some popular options below:
• Del Taco – sign up for their raving club for 2 free chicken tacos, as well as a free premium shake on your birthday
• Firehouse Subs – get a free sub on your birthday with valid I.D. (no sign-up)
• Genghis Grill – get a free birthday stir-fry bowl by signing up for their club
• Taco Cabana – sign up to get a free flauta plate on your birthday
• Schlotzsky's – sign up with their eclub for a free birthday sandwich
• Great American Cookies – sign up for free birthday surprises
Aside from fast food places, you can also find birthday freebies at standard restaurants. Here are some popular locations that offer free food or dessert on your birthday:
• Applebee's - dessert shooter on your birthday when you sign up
• Black Angus Steakhouse - get a free steak dinner when you purchase a second entree on your first birthday as a member
• Denny's - no signup required, just show up on your birthday with your I.D. to get a free Grand Slam
• IHOP – free meal on your birthday when you sign up
Free food and coupons are pretty nice, but what about free merchandise? While these freebies are more difficult to come by, there are several places where you can sign up to receive a free gift for your birthday.
• Aveda – receive a birthday gift with a $20 value when you sign up
• Bare Minerals – free gift on your birthday when you sign up
• Old Navy – sign up for their emails and you will receive a free birthday surprise
• Sephora – sign up for a free complementary gift during your birthday month
Freebies for Kids
Nobody loves birthdays more than kids. Promoters have caught onto this, so there are tons of freebies that are specifically meant for children. Check out some of the best ones below:
• Barnes & Noble – free cupcake for your kid’s birthday and 30% off any children’s book or toy
• Chuck E. Cheese – sign up for E-Club for free tokens on your kid’s birthday
• Ryan’s – sign up for birthday club for a free kid’s meal on their birthday
• Bashas' – receive free birthday cake every year through age 10
• Toys R Us – join their rewards program and your child will get a free card and gift every year until 10
Movies freebies are quite rare, but we did find a few. Harkins Movie theaters offer free popcorn on your birthday. Meanwhile, if you become a member of Disney’s Movie Rewards program, you receive 100 points for free on your birthday.
Outside of movies, there are several other entertainment freebies you can get. One awesome offer is free admission to Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament – a medieval theme dinner theatre which includes jousting and sword fighting tournaments. Another neat offer is free bowling at AMF Bowling and other birthday promotions.
Free Birthday Songs
This is certainly one of the more unusual freebies – birthday songs. Unlike commercial music, these songs are completely free to use, download and share. For example, 1happybirthday.com allows you to create personalized birthday songs that will actually use the name you’ve chosen. You can listen to the song, download it, or send it to a friend. Meanwhile, if you’re in the mood for birthday music, check out this totally free album with 140 birthday tracks.
The freebies we’ve discussed above are either online promotions, or span across multiple states and countries. But what about freebies that are specific to your local area and aren’t found anywhere else? Thankfully, there is a website that helps with just that.
On BirthdayFreebies.com you can enter your city and find birthday freebies that are specific to that one place. Better yet, the website is not limited to the United States and also lists freebies for Great Britain and parts of Canada.