As if celebrating your big day with a ton of birthday freebies wasn’t enough, now you can enjoy twice the free stuff with half birthday freebies. While not as common as full birthday offerings, we found a handful of restaurants and retailers that’ll give you something special halfway to your next birthday.
You may be wondering, “What is a half birthday exactly?” A half birthday refers to a day that’s exactly six months before your real birth date. So let’s say your birthday is Dec. 25. That means June 25 is six months before your birthday, making June 25 your half birthday. Usually, half birthdays come and go without much thought — but if you can get some freebies and discounts on your half birthday, why would you miss out?
Let’s face it, this is almost more fun. No stress over turning another year older (yet), and it’s a fun way to enjoy some discounts or free coffee. If you haven’t celebrated your half birthday since, well, never, now is the time.
Mark your calendar: here are the best half birthday discounts and freebies to get in 2023.
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1. Get a small Italian ice for your half birthday from Rita’s Ice.
Sign up for Rita’s Ice rewards for free and you’ll get a complimentary small Italian ice on your birthday. If your local Rita’s Ice is a seasonal shop and your birthday falls between October and February, you’ll get a free Italian Ice on your half birthday. You’ll have seven days to redeem your freebie.
2. Kids can score 100 free game tickets at Chuck E. Cheese for their half birthday.
Chuck E. Cheese is all about celebrating birthdays. Your child can get 20 free play time minutes for their birthday and 100 free e-tickets for their half birthday when you join their free Chuck E. Cheese rewards program. You can also earn points towards great prizes like free pizza, play time minutes, and e-tickets.
Related: Learn more ways to hack your child’s next Chuck E. Cheese birthday party.
3. Get a free burrito for your half birthday at Freebirds World Burrito.
If you live near one of the 63 Freebirds World Burrito locations in Texas, you can enjoy one of their burritos on your birthday AND half birthday. The only catch is you have to join their free Freebirds Rewards. Accumulate points eating at Freebirds for other free treats like cookies, chips and dip, and monster entrees.
4. Score a half birthday RA Sushi Bar & Restaurant $20 gift certificate.
Join the free rewards program, The Hook Up, at RA Sushi Bar & Restaurant and get a $20 RA gift certificate during your birthday and half birthday months. Plus, you get a complimentary shareable ($10 value) on your next visit just for signing up.
5. Enjoy a free entree at Toyko Joe’s for your half birthday.
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6. CPK Diamond & Elite loyalty members receive a free entree on their half birthday at California Pizza Kitchen.
When you join the free California Pizza Kitchen CPK rewards program, you can earn points towards things. Earn enough points to achieve Diamond (350+) or Elite (1000+ points) and get a free half birthday and a free birthday entree. Other perks include bonus points events and exclusive specials throughout the year.
7. Get half off a cup of joe for your half birthday at Dutch Bros Coffee.
Download the Dutch Bros Coffee app and join their free rewards program. You’ll get a free “any size” (up to a 32-ounce) coffee on your birthday which you must redeem within 30 days. For your half birthday, you get a 50% off one drink up to 32 ounces. You must use your half birthday coupon within eight days. Dutch Bros has over 700 locations throughout Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Missouri, New Mexico, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Washington.
8. Enjoy a free half birthday drink with Chipotle Rewards.
Sign up for the free Chipotle Rewards program and get a free 22-ounce fountain soda, ice tea, or organic drink. The offer is only valid for 14 days once they add it to your rewards account.
9. Get an American Eagle half birthday coupon as a Real Rewards member.
Join the free Real Rewards program for American Eagle to get birthday and half birthday coupons. Although there are three levels based on how much you spend at American Eagle, here’s what I’ve received as a level 1 member with zero points (which means I haven’t spent anything!):
- 25% off one item (no minimum purchase) for my half birthday
- 15% + Free Undie with purchase for my actual birthday
10. Victoria’s Secret cardmembers get a half birthday treat.
Victoria’s Secret offers a free half birthday treat to their Victoria’s Secret or PINK cardmembers that reach Silver and Gold levels. Spend $300 each program year for the Silver level and you’ll receive a $10 coupon for your half birthday. Reach Gold by spending $750 each program year and get a $15 half birthday coupon. These are in addition to the $10 (Silver) and $15 (Gold) coupons you get for your actual birthday.
Bonus: Tarte Cosmetics sends email subscribers a 15% off half birthday coupon.
On Dec. 3, 2022, Tarte Cosmetics celebrated their half birthday by sharing a 15% off coupon with their email subscribers. The coupon was good for two weeks. Joining their Tarte Perks can also get you birthday goodies. This includes things like a gift set when you earn points for doing things like signing up, shopping, and following them on TikTok and Instagram.