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42 birthday freebies and discounts

Got a birthday coming up? You could be in line to get bombarded with free stuff on your special day – provided you're signed up with the right places.

birthday cake and birthday present

Even if your friends don't shower you with gifts, you can count on the offers below to spoil you rotten with free birthday treats when the big day comes around.

All you have to do is sign up to a few newsletters or loyalty schemes here and there (or sometimes just turn up with ID to prove it's your birthday) and you'll be able to go on a seriously cheap shopping spree on your birthday, whilst being well-fed and a bit tipsy from all the free birthday prosecco!

Just make sure you set up a separate email account to sign up for all these birthday freebie deals, so you can avoid being bombarded with all the spam (a small price to pay for all the birthday freebies, right?).

TRIVIA: How many people do you need in one room before it's probable that at least two people have the same birthday? Find the answer at the end of the guide once you've signed up for your freebies!

Head over to our deals section for the latest and greatest offers and freebies!

Free birthday food

birthday cake at dinner

Credit: Daria Minaeva – Shutterstock

The kind of free food you can get on your birthday ranges widely, from a small celebratory snack to a full-blown meal free of charge.

Play your cards right and you could literally be eating your breakfast, lunch and dinner on the house for about a week before and after your birthday. It's all about doing your research and hatching a plan well in advance!

With that in mind, these are the best places to get free food on your birthday:

  1. Frankie & Benny's

    frankie and bennys logo

    Freebie: Free main meal.

    How to claim your freebie: Sign up to Frankie & Benny's Rewards and you'll be sent a voucher 10 days before your birthday.

    T&Cs: Free main meal available with the purchase of another main meal. Can't be used in conjunction with other offers and discounts.

  2. Shepherd Neame

    shepherd neame logo

    Freebie: Voucher for a free main meal.

    How to claim your freebie: Sign up to the Shepherd Neame Birthday Club.

    T&Cs: Voucher will be emailed to you two weeks before your birthday and is valid for six months from the date of issue. Free meal only available with the purchase of at least one other main meal.

  3. Greggs

    greggs birthday freebie

    Freebie: Free cupcake, cream cake or doughnut.

    How to claim your freebie: Download the Greggs app and check the 'rewards' tab on your birthday.

    T&Cs: Valid for one month after issue.

  4. Barburrito

    barburrito logo

    Freebie: Free burrito.

    How to claim your freebie: Join their loyalty card scheme 'La Familia' by picking up a card in-store and registering it online.

    T&Cs: Your card needs to be registered at least four days prior to your birthday to qualify for your free burrito.

  5. Brewers Fayre

    brewers fayre logo

    Freebie: Free main meal.

    How to claim your freebie: Join the Brewers Fayre Bonus Club (you'll also get a £5 welcome bonus when you do) and you'll be emailed a voucher around the time of your birthday.

    T&Cs: You must also buy at least one other main meal from the main menu.

  6. Tasty Rewards (Cookhouse + Pub, Table Table and Whitbread Inns)

    tasty rewards logo

    Freebie: Free main meal (no price limit).

    How to claim your freebie: Join the 'Tasty Rewards' scheme by picking up a card in the restaurant and registering it online (you'll also get a £5 welcome bonus when you do).

    T&Cs: Only one voucher can be used per party.

  7. Krispy Kreme

    krispy kreme logo

    Freebie: Free doughnut of your choice (plus a free doughnut for your significant other on their birthday).

    How to claim your freebie: Join Krispy Kreme rewards (you also get a free doughnut just for signing up!) and you'll be sent a voucher to show in-store.

    T&Cs: Valid in Krispy Kreme stores only, not concession stands that you may find in Tesco and other shops.

  8. Las Iguanas

    las iguanas logo

    Freebie: Free meal.

    How to claim your freebie: Sign up to the Las Iguanas newsletter and you'll be emailed a voucher at the relevant time.

    T&Cs: You must buy at least one other main, and the voucher can't be used in conjunction with any other offers.

  9. Beefeater Grill

    beefeater logo

    Freebie: Free main meal.

    How to claim your freebie: Sign up to a Beefeater Grill Rewards card (you'll also get a £5 welcome bonus when you do). Around your birthday, you'll be emailed a voucher that you'll need to present either printed or on your phone.

    T&Cs: At least one other main meal must be purchased from the main menu.

  10. Hotel Chocolat

    hotel chocolat logo

    Freebie: £5 off when you spend £5 or more.

    How to claim your freebie: Sign up for a Hotel Chocolat VIP card and activate it online (you'll also get 15% off your next purchase when you sign up).

    T&Cs: Reward will be sent two weeks before your birthday and is valid for 30 days.

While you're on a wild newsletter sign-up spree, take a look at our guide to the best loyalty cards to see if you're missing out on any rewards!

Free birthday drinks

woman drinking two glasses of champagne

Credit: BBC

What better way to celebrate your birthday than with a bottle of chilled fizz? Oh wait, how about some FREE birthday fizz?!

These are the best deals for getting free drinks on your birthday (just remember to drink responsibly!):

  1. Pizza Express

    pizza express logo

    Freebie: Bottle of prosecco.

    How to claim your freebie: Join the My Pizza Express newsletter mailing list and you'll be emailed a voucher for a free bottle.

    T&Cs: Your voucher needs to be redeemed two weeks before or after your birthday date (bring ID to prove when that is!). Only valid with the purchase of at least two main meals.

  2. TGI Fridays

    tgi fridays logo

    Freebie: Free cocktail or mocktail for you and up to five friends.

    How to claim your freebie: Download and register with the TGI Rewards app and you'll receive the code seven days before your birthday.

    T&Cs: Offer does not include 'ultimate cocktails' and is only valid with the purchase of a main meal. Can't be used in conjunction with other offers.

  3. All Bar One

    all bar one logo

    Freebie: Sharing cocktail.

    How to claim your freebie: Sign up to the A-List newsletter via the All Bar One app and you'll receive a voucher around the time of your birthday (you also get a complimentary cocktail when you sign up!).

    T&Cs: You must also buy two main meals to be eligible for the free cocktail.

  4. Hungry Horse

    hungry horse logo

    Freebie: One drink (alcoholic or soft – scroll down this page for the full list).

    How to claim your freebie: Sign up to the Hungry Horse newsletter.

    T&Cs: You need to sign up at least 21 days before your birthday.

  5. Ed's Easy Diner

    ed's easy diner birthday free milkshake shake

    Freebie: One milkshake.

    How to claim your freebie: Become an Ed's Club member (you'll also get a voucher for a free starter or dessert when you purchase a main meal).

    T&Cs: None, other than opting into email communications!

  6. Brewhouse & Kitchen

    brewhouse and kitchen logo

    Freebie: Pint of beer.

    How to claim your freebie: Sign up to the mailing list and you'll be emailed a voucher around the time of your birthday.

    T&Cs: You must have registered at least three weeks prior to your birthday.

  7. Kaspa's

    kaspa's logo

    Freebie: One milkshake or a slice of cake.

    How to claim your freebie: Bring in a valid photo ID (displaying your date of birth) on your birthday.

    T&Cs: Can be any medium-size milkshake, excluding those under the VIP section of the menu or any limited-edition shake. You must also spend a minimum of £6.95.

  8. Nicholson's

    nicholsons pub logo

    Freebie: A pint of Nicholson's Pale Ale or a 25ml Bombay Sapphire gin and tonic.

    How to claim your freebie: Sign up to Nicholson's newsletter (you'll also get a voucher for 25% off your food bill, valid for 28 days after you sign up).

    T&Cs: Can only be used with eat or drink-in orders, and isn't valid with any other offers. Must be used within 30 days of receiving the email.

  9. Loch Fyne

    loch fyne logo

    Freebie: Bottle of Joseph Perrier champagne.

    How to claim your freebie: Sign up to their newsletter.

    T&Cs: Must be in a party of four or more diners.

  10. Miller & Carter

    miller and carter logo

    Freebie: Bottle of prosecco.

    How to claim your freebie: Sign up to their newsletter (you'll also get a free glass of wine for doing so!).

    T&Cs: Four or more people must order main meals.

  11. La Tasca

    la tasca logo

    Freebie: Bottle of cava.

    How to claim your freebie: Sign up to the La Tasca loyalty card and download the app.

    T&Cs: Must spend at least £30 when ordering from the main or party menu.

  12. Boost

    boost logo

    Freebie: Juice of your choice.

    How to claim your freebie: Pick up your Vibe Card in-store, register it online and bring it in with you on your birthday. Or, download and register via the app.

    T&Cs: Can only be redeemed on your birthday. The date of birth on your Vibe Card must match your actual date of birth.

Free birthday beauty treats

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There's nothing more fun than pampering yourself on your birthday – and the companies mentioned below know this all too well.

Nab yourself a new nail polish and a free brow wax and you're ready to begin the celebrations!

So without further ado, here are the best beauty birthday treats from all the top brands:

  1. Space NK

    space nk logo

    Freebie: A gift to pick up in-store (gift changes monthly).

    How to claim your freebie: Sign up to their N.Dulge loyalty scheme and you'll be emailed the voucher.

    T&Cs: You'll need to sign up to the loyalty scheme at least six weeks before your birthday.

  2. The Body Shop

    body shop logo

    Freebie: £5 voucher to spend online or in-store.

    How to claim your freebie: Sign up to the Love Your Body loyalty scheme and they'll put £5 on your card on your birthday.

    T&Cs: Valid for one month after your birthday, and there's no minimum spend.

  3. Elizabeth Arden

    elizabeth arden logo

    Freebie: Oxygen blast facial worth £15.

    How to claim your freebie: Pick up a Debenham's Beauty Card in-store or register online and visit a Debenham's with an Elizabeth Arden counter for your free facial.

    T&Cs: Must be redeemed within two weeks of your birthday.

  4. blow LTD

    blow ltd logo

    Freebie: Nail filing and painting.

    How to claim your freebie: Pick up a Debenham's Beauty Card in-store or register online and visit a Debenham's with a blow LTD counter for your free facial.

    T&Cs: Must be redeemed within two weeks of your birthday.

  5. Cult Beauty

    cult beauty logo

    Freebie: 15% off.

    How to claim your freebie: Sign up for a Cult Beauty account and you'll be emailed a voucher in the month of your birthday.

    T&Cs: One use per customer, minimum spend of £25 and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers.

  6. Superdrug

    superdrug logo

    Freebie: No freebies, but triple points up for grabs!

    How to claim your freebie: Sign up for a Superdrug Health & Beautycard and you'll get triple points on your birthday.

    T&Cs: Valid for 14 days after your birthday.

  7. House of Fraser

    house of fraser birthday free treat

    Freebie: No freebies but bonus points up for grabs!

    How to claim your freebie: Pick up a House of Fraser Recognition Card  in-store or online and shop in-store anytime during the month of your birthday to receive bonus points.

    T&Cs: Card must be registered online.

Birthday clothing discounts

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Credit: Warner Bros

Ok, so the following birthday freebies aren't technically freebies – more like partial freebies.

If you're on the hunt for some new clothes to sport when you go out for your free birthday meal, start collecting your birthday discount voucher codes and treating yourself!

Just make sure you sign up to these well before your birthday so you give them enough time to send you out your code/voucher, as well as leaving yourself enough time to go shopping.

These are the best birthday discount offers:

  1. ASOS

    ASOS logo

    Discount: 10% off.

    How to claim your birthday discount: Sign up and shop at ASOS, and you'll be emailed a code around the time of your birthday.

    T&Cs: Can't be used in conjunction with other offers, including student discount.

  2. Gap

    gap logo

    Discount: 50% off.

    How to claim your birthday discount: Download the Gap+ loyalty app and you'll get 50% off on your birthday, plus 5% off every day.

    T&Cs: Can't be used in conjunction with other offers, including student discount.

  3. Topshop and Topman

    topman and topshop logos

    Discount: 20% off at Topshop, 15% at Topman (both when you shop online).

    How to claim your birthday discount: Sign up to the Topshop newsletter/Topman newsletter and a code will be emailed to you at the relevant time.

    T&Cs: Can't be used in conjunction with other offers, including student discount.

  4. New Look

    new look logo

    Discount: 20% off.

    How to claim your birthday discount: Sign up to the newsletter and you'll be emailed a unique code to use online for your discount (plus 20% off your next purchase just for signing up!).

    T&Cs: Valid for up to two weeks after your birthday, and can't be used alongside other offers.

  5. Nike Store

    nike logo

    Discount: 25% off.

    How to claim your birthday discount: Sign up to the Nike Store's newsletter and in the month of your birthday they'll email you a unique code that's valid for the whole month.

    T&Cs: No minimum spend, but there's a maximum spend of £450 and it's not valid in conjunction with other offers.

  6. H&M

    h&m logo

    Discount: 25% off one item.

    How to claim your birthday discount: Sign up (for free) to the H&M Club (which also gets you 10% off each purchase and free delivery!).

    T&Cs: Valid for two weeks after your birthday.

More free birthday stuff

free trampoline advert

Credit: 20th Century Fox

The following offers are a bit hard to categorise, so we made the executive decision to lump them together as 'free stuff'. Here's the best of the rest of the free stuff you can get on your birthday:

  1. Paperchase

    paperchase logo

    Freebie: £5 voucher.

    How to claim your freebie: Pick up a Treat Me card in-store, register it online and they'll pop a fiver on your account on your birthday.

    T&Cs: Valid for 28 days after your birthday, no minimum spend.

  2. IKEA

    ikea logo

    Freebie: £5 voucher.

    How to claim your freebie: Sign up for an IKEA Family Card and you might get a voucher around your birthday. Not all members get one, so check your emails around the big day!

    T&Cs: Valid for 28 days, no minimum spend.

  3. Hobbycraft

    hobbycraft logo

    Freebie: £5 voucher.

    How to claim your freebie: Sign up for a Hobbycraft account and you'll be emailed the voucher at the relevant time.

    T&Cs: Valid for 14 days from the date of issue.

  4. Pets at Home

    pets at home logo

    Freebie: Treats for your pet.

    How to claim your freebie: Sign up to the free Pets at Home VIP Club and you'll receive a voucher on your pet's birthday.

    T&Cs: Remember this is on your pet's birthday, not yours!

  5. Lovehoney

    lovehoney logo

    Freebie: 30% off.

    How to claim your freebie: Create a Lovehoney account (you'll also get £15 worth of vouchers and points when you sign up!) and become a Lovehoney Unlimited member (full details here).

    T&Cs: Minimum spend of £40 required.

  6. shopDisney

    shopdisney logo

    Freebie: 15% off.

    How to claim your freebie: Sign up for a shopDisney account and you'll be sent a voucher for the month of your birthday.

    T&Cs: Some products are excluded from the offer (listed here).

  7. Swagbucks

    swagbucks logo

    Freebie: 55 free Swagbucks (SBs).

    How to claim your freebie: Sign up for a Swagbucks account and they'll send you a 55SB rebate on a Gift Card redemption.

    T&Cs: Must be redeemed within 30 days of your birthday.

Everything you need to know about Swagbucks is right here.

TRIVIA: Turns out you only need 23 people in a room for it to be likely that at least two people have the same birthday! We won't pretend to understand why, but this Wikipedia article explains it.

If you are willing to fork out for a pressie but are on a tight budget, take a look at our handy list of gifts for under a fiver.

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