Birthday Freebies

On your birthday, you’re probably accustomed to getting a card, flowers or a whole bunch of “Happy birthday!” posts to your Facebook wall. But your birthday means you can also dine out for breakfast, lunch and dinner without spending a dime! Or get gifts from some of your favorite retailers!

From food to gifts, these 100 merchants put the icing on the cake as our favorite places to get freebies on your special day.

An important caveat: There may be requirements like signing up for a mailing list or enrolling in a free rewards program. Do some sleuthing to figure out the requirements so you’re not disappointed on your birthday (though you can certainly cry if you want to).

(Psst … don’t miss out on anniversary freebies, and discounts for teachersseniorsstudents, and members of the military.)

Birthday Freebies You Can Eat

1. 99 Restaurant & Pub: Get a free gift in your big day when you join the e-club!

2. Applebee’s: Join its email club and get a birthday special—most likely a free dessert-y treat. Just note if you come with your B-day crew, you can’t make reservations: They’re first come, first serve.

3. Arby’s: Get a free milkshake on your birthday when you register with Arby’s.

4. Atlanta Bread: Score a free cookie on your birthday when you join Rise Rewards.

5. Au Bon Pain: Members of the Au Bon Pain eClub get a coupon for a free sandwich or salad.

6. Auntie Anne’s: Become a member of My Pretzel Perks, and you’ll get a tasty reward on your birthday: a signature/classic Auntie Anne’s pretzel. Drool.

7. Baskin-Robbins: With the ice cream chain’s Birthday Club, members get a free scoop of ice cream on their birthday plus a special discount on a birthday cake (how handy!).

8. Benihana: Members of the Chef’s Table get a complimentary $30 gift certificate during the month of their birthday, and staff will sing “Happy Birthday” in Japanese!

9. Big Boy: Get a birthday dessert freebie when you join the email club.

10. BJ’s Brewhouse: Join Premier Rewards Plus and get a free Pizookie (a warm cookie with ice cream) for your birthday.

11. Black Angus Steakhouse: This is a good one! Join the Prime Club to get a free steak dinner on your first birthday as a member. If you have a large group, it’s not a bad idea to make a reservation (though it isn’t required).

12. Bonefish Grill: BFG Insiders get a free Bang Bang Shrimp appetizer or Jen’s Jamaican Coconut Pie for their birthday.

13. Boston Market: Join the VIP Club, and score a special birthday surprise.

14. Bruegger’s Bagels: Receive a free bagel just for signing up for the  Bruegger’s Bagels eClub, along with a free treat on your birthday!

15. Buca di Beppo: Score a free pasta just for signing up for the Eclub, as well as a $20 birthday gift.

16. Chevys Fresh Mex: Join the e-club for a birthday freebie and other special offers. Be ready to wear a sombrero and be serenaded with a spirited birthday chant.

17. Dairy Queen: Receive a buy-one-get-one Blizzard coupon on your birthday by signing up for the Blizzard Fan Club.

18. Del Taco: Enjoy a regular-size premium shake for your birthday, plus you’ll get two free grilled chicken tacos just for signing up for the Raving Fan eClub.

19. Denny’s: Sign up for Denny’s loyalty program to get a free Grand Slam. Note: Word on the street is you don’t need to register for the program to get this freebie; the server will give you your meal simply when you show your ID proving it’s your birthday.

20. Dippin’ Dots: Join the Dot Crazy Email Club and get free Dippin’ Dots.