40+ Places to Get Free Stuff on Your Birthday Without Signing Up

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.

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.

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

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

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 (Only in Arizona.)

Cracker Barrel

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

Dunkin’

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

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

Harkins Theatres

  • What you get: Free popcorn
  • How to get it: Show your ID at any location on your birthday.
  • Find a location

Local Birthday Freebies

Many local businesses offer free birthday stuff without the need for signups or registration. To find out about local deals, contact your favorite independently-owned restaurants and stores.

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

Baskin Robbins

Ben & Jerry’s

Cold Stone Creamery

Dairy Queen

Friendly’s Restaurant

  • What you get: Free sundae with meal purchase on your birthday
  • How to get it: Sign up for the BFF Club.
  • Find a location

Krispy Kreme

Rita’s Italian Ice

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

Free Birthday Entertainment

AMC Theatres

Cinemark Theaters

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

Movie Tavern

Redbox

  • What you get: Free one-day movie rental
  • How to get it: Sign up for the Redbox Play Pass and receive a code for a free movie rental on your birthday.
  • Find a location

Free Birthday Fast Food

Auntie Anne’s Pretzels

Del Taco

Firehouse Subs

  • What you get: Free medium sub
  • How to get it: Sign up for Firehouse Rewards and receive a coupon for a free medium sub on your birthday or up to 6 days following it.
  • Find a location

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

McDonald’s

Sonic

Taco Bell

Free Birthday Restaurant Food

Applebee’s

  • What you get: Free dessert shooter on your birthday
  • How to get it: Sign up for Applebee’s eClub.
  • Find a location

Baker’s Square Restaurant & Pies

Benihana Sushi & Japanese Steak House

Black Angus Steakhouse

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

Captain D’s Seafood Kitchen

  • What you get: Free two-piece fish dinner, fish and shrimp dinner, or grilled tilapia dinner on your birthday
  • How to get it: Join the D’s Club.
  • Find a location

Charlie Brown’s Steakhouse

Chili’s

Fuddruckers

Hooters Restaurants

IHOP

Outback Steakhouse

P.F. Chang’s

Red Robin

  • What you get: Free birthday burger during your birthday month; choose from over 24 gourmet burgers
  • How to get it: Become a Red Robin Royalty member.
  • Find a location

Ruby Tuesday

Spaghetti Warehouse

  • What you get: Coupon for a free birthday meal of one spaghetti entree plus a Spumoni Sundae
  • How to get it: Sign up for the Warehouse eClub.
  • Find a location

Free Birthday Retail Items

Ace Hardware

  • What you get: A coupon for $5 off any purchase
  • How to get it: Sign up for Ace Rewards to receive the coupon for your birthday.
  • Find a location

bareMinerals

  • What you get: Free personalized bareMinerals product(s)
  • How to get it: Become a Friends and Benefits member and receive a promo code for your gift every year on your birthday, redeemable in stores or online with a purchase.
  • Find a location

CVS

DSW (Designer Shoe Warehouse)

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

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

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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.

Looking for more birthday deals? See our articles on whether there is a Burger King birthday club and Red Lobster’s birthday coupons/deals. For more freebies you can get year-round, see our list of companies that offer free stickers.