The great thing about your birthday (other than the cake and presents, that is…) is that lots of stores, restaurants, and other businesses want to celebrate with you by giving you free stuff! If you want to take full advantage of your special day by loading up on freebies, we have the list for you!

While most places will require you to sign up for a rewards card or email newsletter to get your birthday bonuses, some don’t ask for anything — except for proof that it’s your birthday. To get the most out of your birthday, we’ve assembled a list of places where all you need is a valid ID and your birthday smile to score a freebie, as well as a list of places that’ll be more than happy to give you a birthday freebie in exchange for signing on as a customer.

Enjoy getting free stuff on your birthday without having to sign up for anything.

In This Article

  • Places Where You Can Get Free Birthday Stuff (Without Signing up for Anything)

  • Places Where You Can Get Free Birthday Stuff by Signing up

    • Free Birthday Coffee and Ice Cream
    • Free Birthday Entertainment
    • Free Birthday Fast Food
    • Free Birthday Restaurants Food
    • Free Birthday Retail Items

Places Where You Can Get Free Birthday Stuff (Without Signing up for Anything)

The following places will give you free birthday goodies or swag just for being the birthday girl or boy. Just show up on your birthday, flash your ID, and you’ll be on your way to free food, drinks, and more.

1. The Capital Grille

  • What you get: Free chocolate espresso cake with meal purchase
  • How to get it: Bring your ID to any location on your birthday.
  • Find a location near you.

2. The Cheesecake Factory

  • What you get: Free mini hot fudge sundae (and birthday song)
  • How to get it: Bring your ID to any location on your birthday.
  • Find a location near you.

3. Chompie’s

  • What you get: Free ‘Eggciting Breakfast’: two eggs, home fries, and choice of bagel, toast, or English muffin
  • How to get it: Bring your ID to any location on your birthday.
  • Find a location near you. (Only in Arizona.)

4. Cracker Barrel

  • What you get: Free dessert (and birthday song) with purchase of a meal
  • How to get it: Bring your ID to location on your birthday
  • Find a location near you.

5. Denny’s

  • What you get: Free Original Grand Slam breakfast: two eggs, two sausage links, two bacon strips, and two pancakes
  • How to get it: Bring your ID to any Denny’s on your birthday.
  • Find a location near you.

6. Dunkin’ Donuts

  • What you get: Free drink of your choice (excluding bottled beverages)
  • How to get it: The Dunkin’ Donuts website states that you must sign up for a DD Rewards card in order to get a free birthday beverage. However, Dunkin’ Donuts stores are franchise locations and many people have reported that some stores give out free birthday drinks with ID only. Call your local Dunkin’ Donuts for more details.
  • Find a location near you.

7. Dutch Bros. Coffee

  • What you get: Free coffee (participating locations only)
  • How to get it: Bring your ID to any location on your birthday. Call ahead to make sure your specific location participates.
  • Find a location near you.

8. Harkins Theatres

9. Local Birthday Freebies

Many local businesses offer free birthday stuff without the need for signups or registration. Use this locator to find local businesses near you that offer birthday freebies.

Places Where You Can Get Free Birthday Stuff by Signing up

If you’re willing to plan ahead and sign up for a reward card, email newsletter, shopping club, or VIP club, you can get a boatload of free birthday stuff. In most cases, you should sign up at least a few weeks ahead of time to take advantage of the birthday freebies. These deals have been verified on each website’s rewards page or by contacting customer service.

Free Birthday Coffee and Ice Cream

1. Baskin Robbins

2. Ben & Jerry’s

3. Cold Stone Creamery

4. Dairy Queen

5. Friendly’s Restaurant

6. Krispy Kreme

7. Rita’s Italian Ice

8. Starbucks

  • What you get: Free drink or food item (excluding alcoholic beverages, multi-serve coffee presses, and multi-serve trays or whole bakery loaves) on your birthday
  • How to get it: Sign up for the Starbucks Rewards card. Your birthday offer will be automatically available on your card, approximately two days before your birthday.
  • Find a location near you.

Free Birthday Entertainment

9. AMC Theatres

10. Cinemark Theaters

11. Medieval Times

  • What you get: Free admission to their castle for dinner and a jousting tournament with the purchase of one adult admission
  • How to get it: Sign up for the Birthday Fellowship on their website.
  • Find a location near you.

12. Movie Tavern

13. Redbox

Free Birthday Fast Food

14. Auntie Anne’s Pretzels

15. Del Taco

16. Firehouse Subs

17. Jack in the Box

  • What you get: Free birthday tacos
  • How to get it: Print out this coupon (supply your email address or cell phone number to be added to their list) and head to Jack in the Box on your birthday with your ID.
  • Find a location near you.

18. McDonald’s

19. Sonic

20.Taco Bell

Free Birthday Restaurant Food

21. Applebee’s

22. Baker’s Square Restaurant & Pies

23. Benihana Sushi & Japanese Steak House

24. Black Angus Steakhouse

  • What you get: Free steak dinner with purchase of an entrée for your first birthday as a member; free Cowboy Cookie with purchase of an entrée for every year thereafter
  • How to get it: Become a Prime Club member.
  • Find a location near you.

25. Captain D’s Seafood Kitchen

26. Charlie Brown’s Steakhouse

27. Chili’s

28. Fuddruckers

29. Hooters Restaurants

30. IHOP

31. Outback Steakhouse

32. P.F. Chang’s

33. Red Robin

34. Ruby Tuesday

35. Spaghetti Warehouse

Free Birthday Retail Items

36. ACE Hardware

37. bareMinerals

38. CVS

39. DSW (Designer Shoe Warehouse)

40. Sephora

  • What you get: Free makeup set (different sets available each year). For 2017, choose from a free tarte, Caudalie, or Jack Black set.
  • How to get it: Sign up for Beauty Insider and receive a coupon for a free set with any purchase, redeemable anytime during your birthday month, in-store or online.
  • Find a location near you.

41. Ulta Beauty

  • What you get: Free cosmetic gift (birthday gift changes every quarter)
  • How to get it: Sign up for the Ultamate Rewards program and receive a coupon every year for your birthday, redeemable in stores with no purchase necessary.
  • Find a location near you.

In Summary

Birthdays are fun, but throw in free food, drinks, entertainment, and other freebies, and you’re bound to enjoy your special day even more! There are plenty of places that’ll give you free stuff on your birthday — some without signing up for anything! Just remember to bring along your ID with you to take advantage of freebies, or sign up at least a few weeks ahead of time to enjoy freebies that are offered for signing up as a customer or for a rewards program.