How to get free birthday rewards

How to get free birthday rewards

Make your next birthday the best one yet

by Jenna Roach

Celebrating your birthday is supposed to be one of the best times of the year. There’s nothing like getting together with your family and closest friends and celebrating another year of life.

However, did you know that there are tons of companies out there that will give you free rewards as a birthday gift? From rewards at restaurants to makeup brand gifts and more, here are some of the best things you can get for your birthday.


1. AMC Theatres

All AMC Theatres have a rewards program called AMC Stubs, where you get perks for being a customer.  AMC Stubs Insider members enjoy a large popcorn on them during your birthday month. AMC Stubs Premiere & A-List members receive a free large popcorn and a free large fountain drink. Birthday gifts are loaded to your account on the first day of your birth month. So just head to the theatre during your birth month, scan your card, and voila.



IHOP allows you to join its Rewards Program, where you get a “PanCoin” for every $5 you spend. You can then exchange those PanCoins for a variety of menu items. In addition to this, you get free pancakes when you first sign up, every year on the anniversary of joining their Rewards Program, and on your birthday.


3. Old Navy

Old Navy is a big favorite when it comes to clothing stores among American families because of its items that are both stylish and reasonably priced. And what’s even better, if you sign up to be on Old Navy’s mailing list, you’ll get a free coupon for your birthday so that you can treat yourself to a brand-new outfit. This is perfect if you’re planning a celebration with friends and family and need something new to wear.


4. Auntie Anne’s Pretzels

Get a free pretzel on your birthday when you download Auntie Anne’s Pretzel Perks app.


5. Sephora

Another great option for all the beauty gurus out there is to join the Beauty Insider Program at Sephora. Not only will you earn exclusive rewards throughout the year, but you will also receive a free birthday gift from them each year. And this isn’t just any plain old birthday gift – you will get to select between four rotating gift selections.


6. Friendly’s

Ice cream lovers will go nuts for this one. When you join the Sweet Rewards Club at Friendly’s, you will receive a free medium-sized ice cream sundae every year on your birthday. Plus, you will get special promotions, coupons, and invitations to exclusive events throughout the year at Friendly’s restaurant locations.



7. Panera Bread

Panera Bread can always guarantee that you’ll get a nice bakery treat on your birthday. When you sign up for their email list, you’ll get a free bakery item every year on your birthday. That’s a pretty sweet deal if you ask me. The reward may vary depending on the location and availability.


8. J. Crew

J. Crew’s rewards program is called J. Crew Passport, and there are tons of rewards you can get when you sign up, including a special birthday surprise each year. Every $1 you spend earns you a point, and every 200 points you earn gets you a 45 reward. There are different tiers you can join, and those tiers depend on how big your birthday gift from J. Crew will be. The Green Access tier, which is free to join, gets you a $10 birthday gift. The Navy Access tier requires you to have a J. Crew card and spend at least $500, and then you’ll get a $15 birthday offer. The highest tier is the Gold Access tier which requires you to have a J. Crew card and spend at least $1,000, and then you receive a $20 birthday offer.


9. Petco

It’s great to receive free things for your birthday. However, we can’t forget about our pets’ birthdays too. At the time of publishing, Petco is offering its customers 10% off online orders. Enter promo code: petbirthday in your Shopping Cart. Promotion codes are case and character-sensitive. Please enter as shown. Give your pet all the love and treats it deserves.

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10. Baskin Robbins

Baskin Robbins offers a free scoop of ice cream on your birthday when you join the Baskin-Robbins Birthday Club. A free 2.5-oz. scoop coupon will be sent to the subscriber via email based on the birthday provided during opt-in. Valid at participating U.S. Baskin-Robbins locations only.


11. Target

Target shoppers will also win big on their birthdays. If you create a Target Circle account and include your birth date upon registration, you will receive 5% off a future purchase on the day of your birthday, which is valid for 30 days. The Target app will contain details on how to redeem the reward and will include any applicable redemption restrictions and expiration dates. Your birthday reward can be found in the Wallet tab.


12. Ace Hardware

If you’re someone who is super handy and loves working on projects for your house, you should join Ace Hardware’s rewards program. The program will offer you a $10 discount for your birthday each year, along with other exclusive deals and rewards throughout the year. Joining the program is completely free and comes with all kinds of other rewards as well, including free deliveries on qualifying purchases, earning points, and more.


13. Starbucks

Being a Starbucks Rewards member has tons of perks, including some great ones for your birthday each year. On your birthday, you have a choice between receiving either one complimentary handcrafted beverage, one complimentary food item, or one complimentary ready-to-drink bottled beverage. The only terms are that you must join the program at least 7 days ahead of your birthday, make at least one Star-earning transaction before your birthday, and add your birthday to your account when you register. If you do all that, you can enjoy your free birthday drink or food item.


14. Macy’s

If you have a Macy’s Credit Card and are a Bronze Member, then you can receive a reward on your birthday each year. It is not revealed exactly how much this reward is worth because the surprise may vary for each member. You must have made a purchase at Macy’s or on your account or with your membership in the past 12 months to receive your birthday surprise.


15. P.F. Chang’s

P.F. Chang’s is another great birthday dinner option if you create an account on its website. When you do that, you will receive a free appetizer or dessert during your birthday month, so you don’t even have to worry about going there on your actual birthday if you already have plans. You can join their Gold rewards program to get this benefit which is free to join, and if you want more, you can always sign up for the Platinum rewards program, which costs $6.99 per month.


16. Chuck E. Cheese

Make your child’s birthday even more special this year by signing up for its Rewards Program. When you do, your child will get rewards for their birthday, and even for their half-birthday, because there’s always a reason for a celebration. Plus, when you sign up, you’ll earn early access to promotions, points towards the restaurant, and more.


17. Krispy Kreme

Who doesn’t love a good old-fashioned Krispy Kreme donut? All you donut lovers can get a free donut on your birthday when you sign up for the Krispy Kreme emailing list. I can’t think of a better birthday dessert to have on your special day.


18. The Body Shop

Join The Body Shop’s  Love Your Body Club and receive a $10 reward certificate (valid for one month) during your birthday month. This can be spent in-store or online on anything you’d like. Birthday reward vouchers will expire after 1 month from the date of issue if unspent.


19. Qdoba

Qdoba also offers some great birthday surprises once you sign up to join their email list. You will get free chips and salsa on your next visit, as well as a buy-one-get-one-free coupon for your birthday so that you can have a real feast for yourself. You must be at least 13 years old to sign up, and you will get additional notifications throughout the year as well via email about any other exclusive offers from the restaurant.


20. DSW

Looking for a stylish new pair of shoes for your birthday this year? When you sign up for DSW’s rewards program, you will receive a free $5 off for your birthday. You also get an automatic 30 points added to your account just for telling the store when your birthday is. Not a bad deal if you ask me.


Kurt key takeaways

As you can see, there are lots of free Birthday rewards and gifts that you might not have known about. These rewards range from free popcorn at AMC Theatres and free pancakes at IHOP to discounts at Ace Hardware, as well as freebies from beauty brands like Sephora and Macy’s. By joining various rewards programs or email lists, you can enjoy these birthday perks on your special day.


What other rewards programs have you joined that we haven’t covered? Let us know by commenting below.







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