Happy birthday, Girlfriend! Waking up on your special day to well wishes from family, friends and Facebook is amazing. But what if you could get a few extra freebies as well? When hunting for complimentary birthday stuff, you’ll find that most businesses require you to sign up for something else first. For example, you can get a free drink of your choice on your birthday at Starbucks, but only if you are a Starbucks Rewards member. However, the good news is that you can snag a freebie just by showing your ID — at least at a few places. And here they are. As offers vary by location, be sure to call ahead to make sure the deal is valid. After all, you might not want to celebrate your birthday at Cracker Barrel unless there’s a free dessert involved.
Capital Grille: Show up on your birthday for a complimentary dessert, usually cheesecake or chocolate espresso cake, to top off your meal. Simply note that it is your birthday when making a reservation.
Get a free Bang, Bang Shrimp appetizer or dessert when you sign up to be a Bonefish Grill Insider.
The Cheesecake Factory: Let your server know it’s your birthday and receive a bowl of ice cream accompanied by the birthday song!
Chili’s: Get free chips and guacamole, as well as a free dessert, when you join My Chili’s Rewards Club.
Cracker Barrel: Tell the server it’s your birthday and they’ll usually bring you a free dessert.
Iguana Mia: Free entrée up to $18 value, free fried ice cream, and a free picture of yourself in a sombrero on their website. Must show ID and come in on your actual birthday.
IHOP: Sign up for the IHOP rewards program and enjoy free pancakes on your special day.
Olive Garden: Join their e-club and receive a free dessert on your birthday.
Panera Bread: Join “MyPanera” rewards and get a free bakery item on your birthday.
Ruby Tuesday: Enjoy a free burger or a free Garden Bar Entree on your birthday when you become a member.
Starbucks: Get a free drink or food item on your birthday, but you must sign up for their rewards program online at least 30 days prior to receive a coupon.
TGI Fridays: Become a Fridays Rewards member and get a free dessert any time during your birthday month.
Yogurtland: Enjoy a free birthday treat when you join their Real Rewards program.
Denny’s: Score a free Grand Slam breakfast just for showing your ID.
Benihana: With this one, you do have to sign up to become a member of the Chef’s Table. But you get a $30 gift certificate you can use during the whole month of your birthday.
When it comes to freebies that have nothing to do with food, most retailers require you to sign up for their rewards card or email newsletter to get a birthday bonus. But, hey, they have to make a living, too.
American Eagle Outfitters: Sign up for AERewards and receive 15 percent off during your birthday month.
Anthropologie: Sign up for their customer loyalty program and receive a 15 percent discount during your birth month.
Benefit Cosmetics: Free brow arch on your birthday. Contact your local Benefit BrowBar beauty lounge for information.
The Body Shop: Sign up for email updates and get a $10 reward offer during your birthday month.
Columbia Sportswear: Sign up for Greater Rewards and get a 20 percent off coupon for your birthday.
Sephora: Sign up to become a Beauty Insider and you’ll get a free gift during your birthday month that you can claim online or in a store.
Victoria’s Secret: Sign up for the Angel Card and you’ll get a free birthday gift.
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