On your special day, it’s nice to be celebrated by family and friends…
But did you know there are a lot of businesses who would also like to celebrate you?
Keep in mind that most places require you to subscribe to their newsletter BEFORE your birthday in order to receive these freebies. And in some cases, you'll need to make a purchase to qualify.
And while you may not have time to hit up all these places on your birthday, select your favorite few to maximize the rewards.
Free meals and drinks
- 7-Eleven. Get a free slurpee on your birthday.
- Applebee’s. Get a free birthday offer, but make sure to join their mailing list in advance.
- Baskin Robbins. Sign up for Club 31 to get a free 2.5 oz scoop of ice cream on your birthday.
- Boston Pizza. Get a free dessert on your birthday. There are also free offers when you join their free program called MyBP.
- Cora’s. Get a free birthday surprise, but make sure to sign up for their newsletter in advance.
- Dairy Queen. Join Dairy Queen’s Blizzard Fan Club to get a buy one, get one free blizzard voucher on your birthday.
- David’s Tea. Join the free Frequent Steeper program to get a free cup of tea on your birthday.
- Denny’s. Start off your birthday with a free Grand Slam breakfast, no purchase necessary. Just make sure to bring valid ID to prove it’s actually your birthday.
- East Side Mario’s. Spin the wheel to win a prize on your birthday.
- Fuddruckers. With locations in Saskatchewan, Fuddruckers gives $5 off your cheque for your birthday when you sign up for the Fudds Club.
- Hamachi Kita. This Halifax-based Japanese restaurant gives free dessert on your birthday.
- IHOP. Get free pancakes on your birthday when you join the Pancake Revolution club.
- Jack Astor’s. Get a free dessert on your birthday.
- Joey’s. Get a freebie, but make sure you sign up for the Mariner’s Club beforehand.
- Kalbi Korean BBQ. Make you way to Montreal’s Chinatown for a free dish.
- Mamma Teresa Ristorante. In Ottawa, Chelsea and Quebec, get a free dessert at this Italian restaurant when you sign up for their Birthday Club.
- Mandarin. Go with at least three other paying adults on your birthday to get your meal for free. Sign up at least one day before your birthday to receive the voucher.
- Marble Slab. Get free ice cream on your birthday by signing up for their mailing list for your coupon.
- Menchie’s. Get your fro-yo on with the MySmileage program to receive $5 in Menchies dollars to use towards your purchase of a birthday treat.
- Montana’s. If you like meat, join the Grill Lover’s Club to receive a free appetizer and birthday dessert.
- Olive Garden. This family restaurant also gives free desserts on your birthday. Just sign up for their email list to receive the voucher.
- Perkins Restaurant and Bakery. Get a special gift on your birthday as well as other coupons when you join their email club.
- Pizza Pizza. Get a free pizza and pop at locations in Ontario and Quebec for children 12 and under. Sign up for the Kids Club for the free voucher at least one month before your child’s birthday.
- Quizno’s. Get a free cookie when you purchase a sandwich. Make sure you bring the voucher which is sent to you when you join their Qclub.
- Red Lobster. If you’re feeling like seafood, get a free slice of cake on your birthday by signing up for their Fresh Catch news.
- Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews. At this establishment based in Alberta and B.C., receive one free gourmet burger during your birthday month.
- Sawmill Prime Rib & Steak House. When you make a birthday reservation with four or more people at this Edmonton-based steakhouse, you can receive $25 off your cheque at dinner or $15 off your cheque at lunch.
- Starbucks. Get a free birthday drink or food item. You must have a Starbucks Rewards account.
- Swiss Chalet. Your child will get a free meal up to the age of 10. Adults can also receive free desserts on their birthday.
- Tartine et Chocolat. Get a free delicious dessert – they are most known for their waffles and crepes!
- The Keg. Get a free birthday dessert or a free appetizer (offer varies depending on location).
- Thrifty Foods. At this West Coast grocery chain, you can receive a free cake on your birthday, but only on your first birthday. Your baby’s birth certificate needs to be presented upon pickup.
- Timothy’s. Get a complimentary baked good on your birthday.
- Tony Roma. Join the email club to receive a free entree up to $15 on your birthday.
- Tucker’s Marketplace. This Ontario-based establishment offers a free meal on your birthday. Bring along valid ID.
- What A Bagel. At this Toronto-based establishment, when you buy six bagels, they will give another six for free on your birthday.
- Wok of Fame. This Brampton-based restaurant will give you a free meal on your birthday. Just remember to present valid ID.
- Z Tapas Lounge. This Montreal establishment gives free tapas for your birthday. They also have other special discounts year round.
Related: Who Says Nothing In Life Is Free?
Stores with free stuff and discounts
- Addition Elle. Join their VIP program to get a birthday discount among other exclusive offers.
- Aldo. Treat yourself to new shoes or accessories and sign up for the A-List to get 20% off your purchase.
- Anthropologie. Join AnthoPerks to get 15% off a regular-priced item during the month of your birthday.
- Dynamite and Garage. These Canadian clothing stores offer big birthday discounts when you join their program Studio. You can also unlock more big discounts the more you purchase.
- HBC. Sign up for the mailing list to get 10% off at Home Outfitters during the month of your birthday.
- Old Navy. Get exclusive discounts by signing up for their mailing list. They will even send you a free gift during your birthday month.
- Reitmans. Canadian clothing retailer Reitmans offers a birthday reward when you sign up for their mailing list.
- RW&CO. Get 25% off regular priced merchandise for your birthday. Sign up for their mailing list here.
- Sephora. Become a Beauty Insider and get a free birthday gift every year. You can receive it without any extra purchase in-store or add it to your cart when ordering another item online.
- The Body Shop. Join the Love Your Body Club to receive discounts, point redemption perks and a free gift on your birthday.
Keep in mind...
Many of these restaurants and retailers may change their birthday rewards each year.
So if you find any of these deals outdated, please let us know in the comments below!