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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.

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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 for a few newsletters or loyalty schemes here and there (or sometimes just turn up with ID to prove it's your birthday). You'll then 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!).

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.

Sign up to Swagbucks via our exclusive link to get free points (worth money) on your birthday.

Free birthday food

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

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    Freebie: Voucher for a free main meal.

    How to claim your freebie: Sign up for Frankie & Benny's Rewards and you'll be sent a voucher around 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. Valid for 30 days after receiving the voucher.

  2. Shepherd Neame

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    Freebie: Voucher for a free main meal.

    How to claim your freebie: Sign up for 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 is only available with the purchase of at least one other main meal.

  3. Burger King

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    Freebie: Free Whopper or Plant-Based Whopper.

    How to claim your freebie: Sign up for YourBurgerKing and add your information under 'Account Info' at least seven days before your birthday. Make sure you opt-in to email communications or app push notifications.

    T&Cs: Valid for 14 days.

  4. Greggs

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    Freebie: Free sweet treat from the confectionary range.

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

    T&Cs: Single serving items only (not valid on punnets or multi-packs). Valid for one month after issue.

  5. Barburrito

    barburrito logo

    Freebie: Free burrito.

    How to claim your freebie: Download the Barburrito Rewards App and register.

    T&Cs: Birthday rewards will appear on your app on the 1st of the month. However, if you download the app mid-way through the month, the reward should appear the following day. Valid for 31 days.

  6. Brewers Fayre

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    Freebie: Free main meal.

    How to claim your freebie: Join the Brewers Fayre Bonus Club (you'll also get 250 bonus points when you do), opt in to receive email communications, and you'll be emailed a voucher around the time of your birthday.

    T&Cs: Can't be used in conjunction with any other offers or promotions.

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

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    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 250 bonus points when you do).

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

  8. Krispy Kreme

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    Freebie: Free doughnut of your choice.

    How to claim your freebie: Join Krispy Kreme rewards (you also get a free doughnut just for signing up!) and add the birthday reward to your Krispy Kreme app to show in-store.

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

  9. Las Iguanas

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    Freebie: One free meal.

    How to claim your freebie: Sign up for the Las Iguanas newsletter and you'll be emailed a voucher a week before your birthday.

    T&Cs: You must buy at least one other main, and the voucher can't be used in conjunction with any other offers. The voucher is valid for 14 days.

  10. Beefeater Grill

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    Freebie: Free main meal.

    How to claim your freebie: Sign up for a Beefeater Rewards Club card (you'll also get 300 bonus points 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.

  11. Pizza Express

    pizza express logo

    Freebie: Free dessert, pizza or bottle of prosecco.

    How to claim your freebie: Sign up for the Pizza Express Club and, when you've reached the bronze tier, you'll qualify for your birthday freebie.

    T&Cs: The level of your Pizza Express Club account will determine your freebie. Bronze members will get a free dessert, Silver members can get one free Classic or Leggera pizza and Gold members can choose a bottle of prosecco or wine or a Classic or Romana pizza. Available in your birthday month only.

  12. Hotel Chocolat

    hotel chocolat logo

    Freebie: £5 gift voucher

    How to claim your freebie: Sign up to become a VIP.ME member or activate your VIP.ME card 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. The minimum spend is £5.01.

  13. Costa Coffee

    costa coffee logo

    Freebie: Free cake.

    How to claim your freebie: Sign up for the Costa Club and enter your date of birth on the website or app. You will receive an electronic Cake Voucher on your birthday.

    T&Cs: Cake Vouchers expire seven days after they are issued.

  14. Lidl

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    Freebie: Free doughnut.

    How to claim your freebie: Sign up for Lidl Plus app and the coupon will show up in your vouchers.

    T&Cs: The voucher is valid for seven days.

  15. Bella Italia

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    Freebie: £15 off.

    How to claim your freebie: Sign up for the Bella Italia newsletter (you get a free meal for signing up too!) and you'll be emailed a voucher leading up to your birthday.

    T&Cs: Make sure to sign up at least two weeks before your birthday and check the email for full T&Cs.

  16. Lindt

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    Freebie: Free box of milk chocolate Lindor.

    How to claim your freebie: Sign up to MyLindt Rewards and you'll be emailed a voucher on your birthday.

    T&Cs: If you're redeeming the voucher online, you'll need to spend a minimum of £20 to claim your freebie.

  17. Subway

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    Freebie: Free cookie, packet of crisps or six inch sub.

    How to claim your freebie: Join Subway Rewards, add your date of birth and you'll receive an email on your birthday, prompting you to scan your app in-store to claim your birthday reward.

    T&Cs: Your birthday reward is dependent on your membership level. All birthday rewards are valid for 30 days.

  18. Chopstix

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    Freebie: Free noodle box.

    How to claim your freebie: Sign up for their newsletter and bring your ID to one of the participating stores.

    T&Cs: You can claim your free box for up to seven days after your birthday.

  19. Cafe Rouge

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    Freebie: Free main meal.

    How to claim your freebie: Sign up for their newsletter (you will also receive a £10 voucher for signing up!) and you'll receive the birthday voucher in your inbox a week before your birthday.

    T&Cs: You have to buy at least one other main meal. The voucher is valid for 14 days.

  20. Zizzi

    zizzi logo

    Freebie: Free main meal.

    How to claim your freebie: Sign up for the Zillionaire's club and you'll be sent a voucher for your free meal the day before your birthday.

    T&Cs: You must buy at least one other main and the voucher is valid for 28 days.

  21. Taco Bell

    Taco Bell logo

    Freebie: Free cinnamon twist or churros.

    How to claim your freebie: Download the Taco Bell app and create an account (you'll also get a free taco just for signing up). If you've made at least one purchase in the year leading up to your birthday, you'll receive the reward on your app.

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

  22. Tonkotsu

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    Freebie: One free ramen.

    How to claim your freebie: Sign up to the Tonkotsu newsletter and add your details. On your birthday you'll be emailed a voucher for a free ramen.

    T&Cs: Voucher is valid for two weeks from the date of the email. The voucher is valid for dine-in only.

  23. Yo! Sushi

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    Freebie: One third off.

    How to claim your freebie: Simply let Yo! know your date of birth through the Birthday Club form and you'll be sent a birthday voucher on your big day.

    T&Cs: Voucher is valid for one month.

  24. Caffè Nero

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    Freebie: Free sliced cake or traybake.

    How to claim your freebie: Sign up for Caffè Nero's loyalty app, ensure you add your date of birth, and you'll receive a promo code on your birthday. Enter the promo code on the app and you'll unlock a voucher for any large sliced cake or traybake.

    T&Cs: Voucher is valid for 14 days from receipt.

  25. Coco di Mama

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    Freebie: Free pasta pot.

    How to claim your freebie: Sign up to Club Coco (you'll also get a free treat just for signing up), enter your birthday in the communication preferences section of My Account, and you'll receive an email on your birthday with your freebie.

    T&Cs: Voucher is valid for one month.

  26. GAIL's

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    Freebie: Free sweet treat from the 'Baker's Table'.

    How to claim your freebie: Join GAIL's Loyalty Programme (you'll get a complimentary barista-made drink just for joining!), enter your birthday in the communication preferences section of My Account and a voucher will be emailed to you on your birthday.

    T&Cs: Offer can be redeemed against any item from the "Morning Goods" and "Sweets & Cakes" ranges. Offer must be redeemed within 30 days of receipt.

  27. Ole and Steen

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    Freebie: Free cake (Chocolate Muffin, Carrot Muffin, Blueberry Muffin, Banana Muffin, Rasberry Slice, Brownie, Chocolate Chunk Cooke or Truffle Log).

    How to claim your freebie: Download Ole and Steen's loyalty app, making sure to add your birthday details, and you'll receive your reward voucher via the app.

    T&Cs: No other purchase is necessary. Voucher is valid for seven days.

  28. Auntie Anne's

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    Freebie: Free pretzel.

    How to claim your freebie: Join Auntie Anne's Pretzel Perks Rewards Programme by downloading the app or signing up through the website.

    T&Cs: You'll need to have made a purchase at least 24 hours beforehand to claim your free pretzel.

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

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. TGI Fridays

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    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.

  2. All Bar One

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    Freebie: Bottle of Freixenet Prosecco D.O.C.

    How to claim your freebie: Download the All Bar One Rewards app and register and you'll receive a voucher around the time of your birthday (you also get a £20 welcome gift when you sign up!).

    T&Cs: There's a £20 minimum spend with the voucher. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotions, offers, vouchers or set menu offers.

  3. Kaspa's

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    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-sized milkshake, excluding those under the VIP section of the menu or any limited-edition shake. You must also spend a minimum of £6.95.

  4. Miller & Carter

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    Freebie: Free glass of prosecco for you and up to five guests.

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

    T&Cs: Can't be used in conjunction with any other vouchers or offers and you need to sign up at least two weeks before your birthday.

  5. Boost

    boost juice logo

    Freebie: Juice of your choice.

    How to claim your freebie: Pick up your Vibe Card in-store and register it online. Or, download and register via the Boost Juice app. Bring it to a store along with a photo ID and you'll get a free juice.

    T&Cs: Can only be redeemed three days before, three days after and on your birthday. You must have earned at least one point before your birthday to be entitled to a free juice.

  6. Starbucks

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    Freebie: Free drink for Gold Members.

    How to claim your freebie: Join the Starbucks Reward program and add your birthday to your account information. You will have to reach the Gold level (450 stars) to be eligible for your birthday freebie.

    T&Cs: You must have reached the Gold level on the Starbucks Reward program. The voucher is available for 30 days.

  7. Chatime

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    Freebie: Free regular-size drink.

    How to claim your freebie: Sign up to Chatime app at least seven days before your birthday to receive the freebie.

    T&Cs: You need to have made at least one purchase through the app before your birthday to get the free drink. The voucher is valid for seven days before and after your birthday.

  8. Bubble CiTea

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    Freebie: 50% off voucher.

    How to claim your freebie: Download the app and sign up to become a member, add your birthday details and opt in to receive marketing notifications and you'll receive a voucher on your birthday.

    T&Cs: Voucher will expire 30 days after the date it was issued and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers.

Free birthday beauty treats

There's nothing more fun than pampering yourself on your birthday – and the companies mentioned below know this all too well. Grab yourself a new nail polish and a free brow wax and you're ready to begin the celebrations.

Here are the best beauty birthday treats from all the top brands:

  1. Space NK

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    Freebie: A gift on top of your online order (gift changes monthly).

    How to claim your freebie: Sign up for the NDulge loyalty scheme and you'll be emailed the promo code.

    T&Cs: You can receive the email anytime throughout the month and it will be valid until the 14th of the next month.

  2. The Body Shop

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

    How to claim your freebie: Sign up for the Love Your Body loyalty scheme and they'll send you a £5 reward voucher via email on your birthday.

    T&Cs: You must have placed an order using your LYBC account in the 12 months prior to your birthday. Valid for one month after the date of issue.

  3. Cult Beauty

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    Freebie: 15% off or £10 – £25 discount.

    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. You must have opted in and provided your birthday by the 28th of the month before your birthday.

    T&Cs: The level of your account will determine your freebie. Cult Status will give you 15% off on a £25 spend. Level One gets you a £10 discount when you spend £40. On Level Two, you get a £15 discount when you spend £60. And Level Three will give you £25 off when you spend £100. The voucher is valid for one month. Full list of exclusions.

  4. Superdrug

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    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.

  5. Rituals

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    Freebie: Free shower oil of your choice.

    How to claim your freebie: Join My Rituals and you'll be emailed a voucher on your birthday.

    T&Cs: You must buy another item to claim the birthday freebie.

  6. Sephora

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    Freebie: 20% off

    How to claim your freebie: Sign up to the free loyalty program and you'll receive a 20% voucher a few days before your birthday.

    T&Cs: Can't be used in conjunction with other discounts or promotions. Also excludes certain brands.

  7. Boots

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    Freebie: No freebies, but double points are up for grabs!

    How to claim your freebie: Sign up for the Boots Advantage Card and you'll receive double points during your birthday month.

    T&Cs: Valid for your whole birthday month.

Birthday clothing discounts

The following birthday freebies aren't technically freebies – more like partial freebies.

If you're on the hunt for some new clothes for 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 for these well before your birthday. That way you'll give them enough time to send you out your code/voucher, and still leave yourself enough time to go shopping.

These are the best birthday discount offers:

  1. ASOS

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    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. Nike Store

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    Discount: 25% off.

    How to claim your birthday discount: Become a Nike Member 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 €1000 equivalent (around £860) and it's not valid in conjunction with other offers.

  3. H&M

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    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 your first purchase and free delivery on orders over £30!).

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

  4. New Look

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    Discount: 15% off.

    How to claim your birthday discount: Sign up to the newsletter and you'll be emailed a unique code to use online (plus 25% 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. You also must register 30 days before your birthday to receive the discount.

  5. Swarovski

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    Discount: 20% off.

    How to claim your birthday discount: Sign up for the Swarovski Club and they'll send you a voucher 14 days before your birthday (signing up will also give you a 10% discount voucher).

    T&Cs: The voucher is valid for three months and cannot be combined with any other offer. Check the email for full T&Cs.

  6. Oliver Bonas

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    Discount: £5 off.

    How to claim your birthday discount: Subscribe to the Oliver Bonas email newsletter and you'll get a £5 discount code sent in time for your birthday.

    T&Cs: The discount is valid on full price and sale items and must be used within 30 days. A minimum spend of £20 excluding delivery is required.

More free birthday stuff

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. Hobbycraft

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    Freebie: £5 voucher.

    How to claim your freebie: Sign up for a Hobbycraft account and the voucher will be added to your app account or emailed on your birthday.

    T&Cs: Valid for 35 days from the date of issue.

  2. Pets at Home

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    Freebie: Treats for your pet.

    How to claim your freebie: Sign up for the free Pets at Home VIP Club (you'll get a 10% discount voucher for signing up) and you'll receive a voucher on your pet's birthday.

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

  3. Lovehoney

    lovehoney logo

    Freebie: A discount on your shopping (offer can change).

    How to claim your freebie: Subscribe to Lovehoney emails and fill out your details to get your birthday voucher.

    T&Cs: You must have supplied your date of birth on your account page at least seven days before your birthday.

  4. shopDisney

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    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: You have to sign up two months prior to your birthday. Some products are excluded from the offer.

  5. Hobbs

    Hobbs logo

    Freebie: £20 off voucher

    How to claim your freebie: Sign up for the Hobbs newsletter and you'll receive a £20 off voucher by email within seven days of your birthday.

    T&Cs: The voucher can only be used online on full-priced items and is valid for 30 days. If you have ordered from Hobbs before, the minimum spend is £20, otherwise, you'll have to spend at least £100.

  6. 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.

For cheap (but thoughtful) gift ideas, see our list of gifts for under a fiver.

Katie Paterson

WRITTEN BY Katie Paterson

Katie Paterson is an accomplished writer from Glasgow. She studied English Literature at the University of Strathclyde, then went on to do a Research Masters in Literature at the University of Amsterdam. As Lead Editor for Save the Student, Katie has covered topics from career tips to ways to make money go further as a student.
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