Birthdays are your time to get spoiled silly.  This year, let some big-named companies join in the celebration and give you gifts, too!  Here’s a list of some of the best places for both kids and adults to get free surprises on their special day:


Baskin Robbins: FREE 2.5 oz scoop of ice cream.

Ben & Jerry’s: FREE scoop of ice cream.

IHOP: FREE meal (for signing up, for your birthday, and for your 1-year anniversary of signing up).

Marie Callendar’s: FREE slice of pie and a $5 off coupon.

Mimi’s Cafe: FREE entree with purchase.

Olive Garden: FREE birthday surprise!

Coupons and Discounts

American Eagle: 15 percent off when you register for a rewards card.

Anthropologie: 15 percent off coupon.

Cost Plus World Market: 10 percent off.

• DSW shoes: $5 off coupon.

Famous Footwear: Birthday surprise for Gold members only (spend $200/year at the store).

Rewards Programs

Disney movie rewards: 100 points.

Stonyfield rewards: 2 points.

Swagbucks: Get 50 Swagbucks on your special day!


AMF Bowling: FREE bowling!

• Benefit: Get a FREE brow arch done at your local Benefit counter. ‘Like’ them on Facebook and go to the Birthday card tab.


CVS pharmacy Beauty Rewards: $3 extrabucks!

Sephora: FREE birthday gift (this year it’s a Fresh sugar kisses lip duo).

Walmart: FREE custom portrait collage.

Kids Only

Barnes and Noble: FREE cupcake from the cafe.

California Pizza Kitchen: FREE meal.

Chuck E. Cheese: FREE birthday tokens!

The Children’s Place: Get store coupons on both your birthday and your child’s birthday.

Kmart: $5 birthday bucks, a birthday crown, and a goodie bag!

Toys R’ Us: $3 gift card, a birthday card, and a phone call from Geoffery every year until your child turns 10

Check the websites of your favorite stores or restaurants to see if they offer birthday surprises! Also check your favorite local independent stores to see if they have birthday clubs.

  This has been a guest post by Brittany from Sacramento, Calif.
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12 thoughts on “Birthday Goodies: How to Get Free Gifts on Your Special Day”

  1. Olivia Hustis says:

    Buy 1 Get 1 Free at Orange Julius

  2. Marta Lopez says:

    How does cvs send the $3ecb?i didnt recieve mine last month?

  3. Denisepom says:

    Pizza Hut gives a free personal pan pizza meal to kids; famous Footwear & Kohls just sent me a $5 gift card on any purchase; Red Robin also gives a free sundae along w/ a burger

  4. Kellyirwin1327 says:

    Moe’s also gives a free entree, excludes fajitas, and Lenny’s sub gives a free regular sub:)

  5. Tommyzabawa says:

    Dunkin Donuts will send you a coupon in the mail for a free medium beverage, I have been getting one for the past 4 years.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Red Robin gives you a free birthday burger

  7. Anonymous says:

    Starbucks also gives you a free drink on your birthday :) 

  8. Anonymous says:

    Menards sends you a free gift every year. This year it was a set of screwdriver bits that retail in their store for $8.99. Last year we each got an LED flashlight.

    • couponcutie says:

      How do you sign up for the Menard’s bday program?  I looked on their site and couldn’t find it.  Thanks

      • Anonymous says:

        I think you need to have their Menard’s card, which just changed from HSBC to Capitol One. Ask at the desk how to get on their list and if you are married, both of you should get the birthday cards. Of course then you will have 2 of everything, but they make great gifts.