Just For You, Girlfriends! Celebrate Your Birthday With These Freebies!
Editor's Note: This article was reviewed and updated in January 2020.
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 treat 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.
Au Bon Pain: Sign up for the Au Bon Pain eClub and you'll receive a coupon for a free salad or sandwich.
Auntie Anne's: Enroll in their loyalty program and you'll get a classic Auntie Anne's pretzel for your big day.
Baskin-Robbins: Join their birthday club and you'll get free coupons via email for your birthday.
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.
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.
Chili's: Get a free dessert when you join My Chili’s Rewards Club.
Denny's: Score a free Grand Slam breakfast just for showing your ID.
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 goodie 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 seven 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.
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.
Anthropologie: Sign up for their customer loyalty program and receive a special treat during your birthday month.
bareMinerals: Sign up for their loyalty program and you'll get what the company describes as gifts that are "nothing short of fabulous."
Benefit Cosmetics: Create an account and you'll receive special offers and birthday gifts.
The Body Shop: Sign up for the Love Your Body Club and you'll receive a $10 reward certificate that you can use during your birthday month for purchases online or in stores.
Columbia Sportswear: Sign up for Greater Rewards and get special offers for your birthday.
Kohl's: Sign up for their Yes2You Rewards program and you'll get a birthday gift every year.
Old Navy: Sign up to receive Old Navy emails and scroll down to "Birthday Club" to receive a free gift.
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.
Ulta Beauty: Receive a free gift by signing up for the Ultimate Rewards program.
Victoria’s Secret: Sign up for the Angel Card and you'll get a free birthday gift.