49 Best Birthday Freebies for You (and, your pet!)

You may not be thrilled that you're getting older, but something we think you can be excited about is lots of free stuff! Since we can relate to that feeling of getting older, heading out on our special day to collect all the birthday freebies we possibly can helps get our minds off our new age.

During our birthday adventures, we discovered many free birthday goodies, and today we're sharing some of the best with you!

Getting Your Birthday Freebies

Start a New Email Account

In many cases, you'll be joining clubs and rewards programs. We suggest you set up a new email address just for all the free birthday stuff you'll be signing up for.

Call Ahead Before Making a Special Trip

Keep in mind, some free birthday offers may only be available at participating restaurants and stores.

Edit Your Profiles to Include Your Birthdate

When signing up for the offers, don't forget to include your birthdate. After all, that is the main reason for joining, right?

Start Signing Up for Birthday Freebies Today

Some free birthday deals will arrive in your inbox before your big day. The best time to start watching that email account is on the first day of your birthday month.

Places to Eat Free on Your Birthday

1. Applebee's

Sink your teeth into a sweet Blue Ribbon brownie, sizzlin' butter pecan blondie, triple chocolate meltdown, or another dessert of your choice from Applebee's.

How to get this free birthday dessert: Join the Applebee's Club. A minimum purchase of $15 is required. Maybe a friend will tag along and make that required purchase for you as a gift.

2. Arby's

How about a delicious milkshake on your special day? Join Arby's Rewards, agree to receive emails from them, and a week before your birthday they'll email you a coupon for a free small shake.

3. A&W

Mmmm… ice cream with Root Beer! A popular treat for many. Join A&W's Mug Club to get a classic favorite Root Beer Float.

4. Baskin-Robbins

Become a member of the Birthday Club to get a free 2.5 oz. scoop of Baskin-Robbins' ice cream. With many flavors to choose from, you're sure to get one you love!

5. Black Angus Steakhouse

If you're a regular at Black Angus, join their Prime Club Rewards to earn points that you can later redeem for free food. You'll also get double points during the entire month of your birthday, and if you plan to eat at Black Angus on that particular day, let your server know it's your birthday to get a free Cowboy Cookie.

6. Bojangles

How about a savory treat on your big day? Sign up for Bojangles E-Club and you'll get a coupon for a free Bo_Berry Biscuit (purchase required).

7. Buffalo Wild Wings

Join the Blazin' Rewards program to indulge in six free finger-lickin'-good wings while out celebrating your special day!

8. California Pizza Kitchen

California Pizza Kitchen rewards loyal customers with discounts and free food throughout the year. On your birthday, you'll get a free dessert or entree (depending on your membership level).

How to get your birthday freebie from California Pizza Kitchen: Register for the CPK Rewards program online, via their mobile app, or ask a team member for a registration form when visiting in person.

9. Cinnabon

Maybe a refreshing 16 oz. Cold Brew Iced Coffee is just what you need to start your big day off right. Create a Cinnabon Rewards account to get this free birthday offer and more.

10. Culver's

Culver's is known for their buttery burgers and other food and drinks that are sure to hit the spot. By becoming a MyCulver's member, they'll give you a free treat on your birthday, as well as other offers to help you save money when you dine with them.

11. Dairy Queen

You gotta love Dairy Queen's famous soft-serve ice cream! Rather than plain vanilla or chocolate, DQ emails you a coupon for a flavorsome Blizzard to celebrate turning another year older.

How to get this DQ birthday freebie: Become a part of the DQ Blizzard Fan Club.

12. Denny's

Whether it's breakfast or a burger you're craving, Denny's will serve you either at any time. Through their rewards program, you can save money with deals, discounts, and a free birthday surprise for your tummy every year.

13. Dippin' Dots

Did someone forget the ice cream again? No problem, head to Dippin' Dots to satisfy your craving by cashing in your birthday coupon for a small ice cream on the house. You must subscribe to the Dot Crazy Email Club to get this birthday freebie.

14. Firehouse Subs

Would you rather have something lower in calories on your big day? Visit Firehouse Subs to claim your free medium sub. Be sure you sign up for the Firehouse Rewards first.

15. Hooters

Become a HootClub member to get free appetizers and other deals! On your birthday, you'll score some free chicken wings with your membership. We have to know, though, is it the free wings that you'll really be going there for (wink, wink)?

16. IHOP

We know it will be hard to pass up a warm stack of free pancakes. This is just one of the many perks you receive by joining IHOP's Rewards program.

17. Jack in the Box

Get that feeling of comfort as you bite into two free tacos from Jack in the Box. Two may not fill you up, but they'll be a tasty treat to hold you over until you reach the next destination for another free birthday treat.

How to get your free tacos: Join The Jack Pack.

18. Jersey Mike's

If the Firehouse Sub wasn't filling enough, head to Jersey Mike's for another free birthday sub. First, subscribe to their email club to ensure you get this free food on your birthday.

19. Krispy Kreme

A fresh, free doughnut from your local Krispy Kreme bakery is a great way to start celebrating your birthday! All you have to do to get this sweet treat each year is sign up for Krispy Kreme's rewards.

20. Logan's Roadhouse

Are you planning on visiting Logan's to celebrate with a big, juicy steak cooked to perfection? Don't forget to claim your free birthday dessert while you're there.

How to get a free birthday dessert from Logan's Roadhouse: Download Logan's app then create a rewards account.

21. LongHorn Steakhouse

Subscribe to the Longhorn Steakhouse email list to get special offers and coupons throughout the year and on your birthday. Although their site doesn't specify the birthday offer, many have said you get a free dessert, with the purchase of an entree.

22. Moe's Southwest Grill

After you devour your two free tacos from Jack in the Box, head to Moe's for a free burrito! Join Moe Rewards for this birthday deal and other free food offers and discounts.

23. Noodles

Are you a lover of noodles? Yes? Then you definitely want to join the Noodles Rewards program. As a member, you earn points to redeem for free noodles. Your birthday freebie depends on the tier you reach through the program.

24. O'Charley's

As you're making your rounds on that special day – and if you think you can handle another sweet birthday treat – O'Charley's will give you a free slice of pie. Download the O'Club app and sign up for an account to get your free pie and more.

25. Olive Garden

If you're in the mood for Italian cuisine, maybe a friend or family member will treat you to Olive Garden. While there, let the server know it's your birthday. They'll serenade you and give you a free dessert.

26. Sonic

Download the Sonic app, create an account, then after you create your account or log in to your existing one, go to your profile and check that your birthday is there. If it's not, add it to get your Sonic birthday freebie when that special day arrives. Until your birthday, each time you order through the app, you earn rewards to use toward other freebies from Sonic.

27. Starbucks

As a Starbucks Rewards member, you'll be eligible for a free drink or food item (whichever you choose) each year.

28. Waffle House

Don't you just love the sweet aroma of the waffles when you enter Waffle House? We do too but always order something else. Except on our birthday, because that's when we get a free waffle You must become a member of Waffle House's Regular Club first.

Stores With Birthday Freebies

29. bareMinerals

Just cause you're getting older doesn't mean you stop maintaining your beauty. Score a free beauty product on your big day by joining the bareMinerals' Loyalty Program.

30. CVS

As a couponer, odds are you're already an ExtraBucks member. Well, did you know CVS will give you $3 in ExtraBucks free to make your day even more special? It's true, they do!

31. DSW

Become a DSW VIP, add your birthday to your profile, and they'll send you a gift of $5 to help you celebrate your special day. You can spend the money in the store or online.

32. Famous Footwear

If you've made a purchase within the past 12 months and are a Famously You Rewards STAR member, Famous Footwear will gift you $5 in Reward Cash on your birthday. In addition, during your birthday month, you'll receive 2X Birthday Bonus Points.

33. Finish Line

Sign up for the STATUS Loyalty program to gain access to a welcome birthday gift, rewards, giveaways, and more!

34. IKEA

IKEA is the place to go when shopping for your home. When you become a part of the IKEA Family you get year-round discounts, a yearly birthday surprise, and more.

35. Kohl's

Kohl's also gives their rewards members a birthday gift and Kohl's Cash to use toward purchases in-store or online.

36. Macy's

Enroll in Macy's Star Rewards to receive a birthday surprise from the retailer. There are, however, a few requirements to be eligible for the birthday gift:

  • Make at least one purchase with your membership that year before your birthday.
  • Ensure the address in your member account is current.
  • Opt-in to receive Macy's marketing mail. If you unsubscribe, you won't get the birthday surprise.
  • A visit to the store may be required to receive your birthday gift.

37. Old Navy

Join On Navyist Rewards to earn points, other savings opportunities, and a birthday freebie! The birthday gift may be bonus points or an item Old Navy selects for you.

38. Sephora

Sephora wants to help their Beauty Insiders celebrate with a free gift. The gifts do change. Currently, the gift is a mini beauty set from one of their top brands.

39. Ulta Beauty

How about another free beauty product for your birthday? Join Ulta Beauty's Ultamate Rewards.

40. Urban Decay

Urban Decay is yet another beauty retailer that will give you a surprise birthday gift. You must, of course, join their club to get the birthday gift, a 15% discount upon joining, and a whole lot more.

Free Entertainment for Your Birthday

41. AMC Theaters

Join Insider free. On the first day of your birthday month, check your AMC Insider account to get your free large popcorn.

42. Cinemark

Become a Cinemark Movie Fan to get a free birthday reward, points to use for tickets, and more!

43. Dave & Buster's

You can't end your big day without having some fun playing arcade games. Download the D&B Rewards app to receive $10 in chips on your birthday.

44. Medieval Times

Another fun adventure that you can enjoy with a friend or friends is a Medieval Times combat performance. While y'all watch the show, everyone will be filling their bellies with a 4-course banquet meal.

Join the Queen's Court by subscribing to the Medieval Times mailing list, and they'll email you a birthday surprise.

45. Redbox

After a day of birthday adventures, relax at home with a good movie from Redbox. All you have to do is sign up for a free account. You get a free 1-night rental just by signing up, and on your birthday, Redbox gives you a free $2 off reward code or $4 off if you reach Legend member status.

Birthday Freebies for the Fur Babies

46. Dairy Queen

If you ask, Dairy Queen will give your pet a free serving of vanilla ice cream and a biscuit. This isn't just a birthday freebie, though, they always give pets this treat. However, we've heard that some locations charge, so check with the Dairy Queen you plan to take your fur baby to ahead of time.

47. Dinovite

Dinovite loves helping pets celebrate their special day! Subscribe to Dinovite's Birthday Club, and they'll email you an exclusive deal when your fur baby's special day is approaching.

48. iHeartDogs

iHeartDogs also has a Birthday Club for your furry family member. After registering, the company will send a free gift on your dog's big day.

49. PetSmart

Pet Smart, a well-known store for animal owners and their pets, would love for you to become a part of their Treats Program. Perks include points to use on pet services, discounts, bonus points, a free surprise on your pet's birthday, and more!

Whether you plan to make a day of celebrating your special day by collecting as many birthday freebies as you can or starting during your birthday month and continuing until the day of your birthday, our list gives you plenty to choose from. Just one recommendation: don't celebrate alone. There will be more fun and excitement if you're accompanied by a friend or family member.

Coupons for Year-Round Savings

Coupons help you save money all year! In fact, some coupons can get you more freebies that you don't have to wait a year to get. We can help you stock up on coupons with a subscription to our weekly Sunday Coupon Inserts.