The best part of your birthday is always the freebies.
Birthdays are a time to celebrate and luckily, when you’re celebrating a birthday loads of your fave brands, restaurants and shops will give you a bunch of birthday freebies and discounts to help you enjoy your big day.
All you have to do is sign up for newsletters and mailing lists or download apps and you can expect to receive some very exciting emails landing in your inbox on your birthday. So, read up to find out all of the best birthday freebies available and how to claim them.
In this guide:
Free Birthday Food
1. Krispy Kreme — free doughnut
If you download the Krispy Kreme Rewards app and sign up for the loyalty scheme (or you can sign up via their website) you’ll get a voucher to redeem for a free doughnut in-store during your birthday month. Plus, you’ll also get a free doughnut when you sign up for the first time, so it’s a win-win situation.
2. Greggs — free sweet treat
All you need to do to get Greggs birthday freebies is to download the Greggs app and register for the Greggs Rewards loyalty scheme. On your birthday you’ll get a voucher to show in-store for one free sweet treat such as a doughnut or cake and your voucher will be valid for your whole birthday month.
Get a Greggs student discount.
3. Lidl — free cookie
Who doesn’t love the Lidl bakery? If you sign up to the Lidl Plus app you can get a free cookie from the Lidl bakery on your birthday with no minimum spend. Your voucher will be on the app and you’ll have 7 days from your birthday to redeem it.
4. Barburrito — free burrito
Sign up for the loyalty card scheme “La Familia” by picking up a card in-store and register it at least four days before your birthday to claim your free burrito as a sweet birthday gift.
5. Brewers Fayre — free main meal
Pick up a loyalty card in-store and register it with the Brewers Fayre bonus club to get one free meal for your birthday. You have to buy one other main meal from the menu, but you’ll get one totally for free too!
6. Las Iguanas — free meal
Sign up to the newsletter and you’ll receive a voucher for a free meal a week before your birthday.
7. Frankie & Benny’s — free main meal
Sign up to the Frankie & Benny’s Rewards scheme and you’ll be sent a voucher 10 days before your birthday.
8. Muffin Break — free muffin
Pick up a rewards card in-store and register it online and you’ll be able to claim a free muffin of your choice on your birthday.
9. Costa — free cake
Sign up for the Costa Club and enter your date of birth while signing up. You’ll receive an electronic voucher on your birthday which is valid for 7 days to receive a free cake of your choice.
10. Hotel Chocolat — £5 off when you spend over £5
Sign up for a Hotel Chocolat VIP card and activate it online. Your birthday freebie will be emailed to you two weeks before your birthday and is valid for up to 30 days after.
11. Zizzi — free birthday meal
Sign up to the Zizzi newsletter and you’ll get a free birthday meal with the purchase of one other main meal. You’ll be emailed your voucher two weeks before your birthday.
Free birthday drinks
12. Starbucks — free drink
Sign up to Starbucks Rewards to earn points every time you buy food and drinks in-store. Once you’ve started earning points you can reach different membership levels and if you reach gold status you’ll get a free drink voucher for your birthday. Best of all, your drink can be any size and have as many extras as you want, all for free.
13. PizzaExpress — free bottle of prosecco
You can truly celebrate your birthday thanks to the PizzaExpress newsletter mailing list. All you have to do is sign up and you’ll get a voucher for a free bottle emailed to you. You will have up to 2 weeks after your birthday to redeem and you’ll also need to purchase two main meals for it to be valid.
14. TGI Fridays — free cocktail
Download and register with the TGI Rewards app and you’ll receive a code 7 days before your birthday.
15. All Bar One — free sharing cocktail
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 (plus you’ll get a free cocktail when you sign up too!)
16. Kaspa’s — free milkshake or slice of cake
All you have to do is bring in a photo ID on your birthday and you can claim any medium-size milkshake or slice of cake but you’ll need to spend a minimum of £6.95 while you’re there.
17. Brewhouse & Kitchen — free pint of beer
Sign up for the mailing list and you’ll be emailed a voucher around the time of your birthday.
18. Hungry Horse — free alcoholic or soft drink
All you need to do is sign up to the Hungry Horse newsletter 21 days before your birthday.
19. Boost — free juice
Pick up a card in-store and register it online and bring it in-store on your birthday to claim a free juice.
20. Café Rouge — free drink
Sign up for the Café Rouge newsletter and you’ll get a mystery free drink on your birthday, it’s not super clear what it is, but it’s still a birthday freebie.
Free birthday gifts and treats
21. Hobbs — free candle
Sign up for the Hobbs newsletter and you’ll receive an email on your birthday. You’ll have 30 days to go in-store and choose your candle.
22. Space NK — free gift with your order
Sign up for the NDulge loyalty scheme and you’ll receive your promo code via email. You can apply this while you’re checking out, but you’ll need to place a regular order to be able to claim your birthday freebies.
23. The Body Shop — £5 voucher
Sign up for the loyalty scheme and you’ll get £5 on your The Body Shop card which will be valid for one month after your birthday.
24. Kiko Milano — £5 voucher
Sign up for the Kiko loyalty scheme and you’ll receive a £5 voucher on your birthday. The minimum spend is £25 and you’ll have two months after your birthday to spend it.
25. Paperchase — £5 voucher
Pick up a Treat Me card while you’re in-store and register it online and you’ll get £5 on your card to spend on your birthday.
Get a Paperchase student discount.
26. IKEA — £5 voucher
You’ll need to sign up for an IKEA Family Card and you’ll have the chance of being emailed a £5 voucher for your birthday. Unfortunately, not all members get one so this one’s a bit of a gamble, but you’ll have to keep an eye on your emails.
27. Hobbycraft — £5 voucher
When you’re signed up for a Hobbycraft account you’ll be emailed a £5 voucher for your birthday.
Of course, you can get discounts all year round with your Student Beans account, but on your birthday you can often get even bigger discounts thanks to individual brands’ birthday loyalty schemes.
28. H&M — 25% off one item
If you’re a H&M member you’ll get an exclusive discount code to use on your birthday.
29. Swarovski — 15% off
Swarovski Club members will get a 15% off discount code to use on your birthday.
30. Nike Store — 25% off
Sign up for the Nike Store newsletter and you’ll receive a 25% off discount code to use for a whole month after your birthday.
31. New Look — 20% off
If you sign up for the New Look newsletter you’ll get emailed a 20% off code which is valid for up to two weeks after your birthday.
Get a New Look student discount.
32. ASOS — 10% off
If you’re signed up to ASOS you’ll get a code on your birthday which will be valid for 30 days to redeem.
Get an ASOS student discount.
33. Feelunique — 20% off
If you sign up for the loyalty scheme you’ll get a discount code sent 3 days before your birthday which is valid for a total of 7 days.
34. Cult Beauty — 15% off
If you’re a member of Cult Beauty you’ll be emailed a 15% off discount code which will be valid for an entire month.
35. Lovehoney — 20% off
If you have a Lovehoney account you’ll be emailed a discount code with a minimum spend of £40.
36. shopDisney — 15% off
Sign up for a shopDisney account and you’ll be emailed your discount code. You have to have been signed up for at least 2 months before your birthday to be eligible.
37. Smashbox — 15% off
Sign up for the Smashbox newsletter and you’ll get emailed a discount code on the 1st of the month of your birthday.
38. Urban Decay — 10% off
Sign up for the newsletter and you’ll get sent your discount code on your birthday, it will be valid for one month.
39. Superdrug — triple points
No birthday freebies as such but when you shop at Superdrug on your birthday with your health & beauty loyalty card and you’ll get triple points.
40. Boots — double points
Use your Boots advantage card on your birthday and you’ll get double points, which can help you claim more freebies and discounts later on.
Not your birthday? You can always enjoy discount codes at your fave shops and restaurants by using your Student Beans account to grab student discounts all year long, regardless of what day it is.