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10 places to get freebies on your birthday

Chloe Williams

We all love to be spoiled on our birthday, whether it be with gifts, a sweet treat or a delicious drink. Many companies are happy to toast you on your special day. With a simple rewards sign-up, you can indulge in nice gifts for yourself, many times at no cost. Below are 10 places that gift their reward members with birthday freebies. As a tip, it is recommended you activate your free memberships a few days prior to collecting your special treats.

  1. Starbucks – One free drink or food item

A classic –– what better than caffeine to start your day? Or perhaps a tea to spice things up. Take the leap and try something new. It is free, after all. You are eligible for one free drink or food item on your birthday if you have Starbucks Rewards, easily accessible through the app or available online.

  1. IHOP – One free stack of pancakes

For a delicious birthday breakfast, hop on over to IHOP for some free pancakes. If you are a part of the International Bank of Pancakes rewards program, you are eligible to receive a stack of their tasty and iconic pancakes. 

  1. Chick-fil-A – One free treat

Want to satisfy your sweet tooth? For new members, Chick-fil-A provides a birthday treat at no cost, including a chocolate chunk cookie or a brownie. Depending on your membership tier, you could also be eligible for a free dessert variety award, nuggets, a sandwich or an entree. 

  1. Freebirds – One free burrito

Care to treat yourself to a tasty lunch after your sweet treats? Time for another food stop before you continue your birthday activities. Freebirds members are able to enjoy a free burrito on their special day. 

  1. Auntie Anne’s – One free pretzel

Perhaps sweets and burritos are not your thing. If you find yourself at the mall on your birthday –– maybe for a shopping trip your friends or family are treating you to –– take a stop at Auntie Anne’s. Auntie Anne’s offers members a free pretzel on their birthday. What better than a traditional pretzel to snack on when browsing stores at your local mall? 

  1. Sephora – Free mini gift set

If you want to expand your beauty collection, Sephora’s Beauty Insider members are eligible for a free mini gift set. Your beauty set could include anything from skincare to makeup or fragrances. For VIB or Rouge members, larger, more valuable gift sets are available. 

  1. Ulta – One free beauty product 

Maybe you prefer Ulta to Sephora, if that is the case, with a simple email sign-up, you are eligible to receive a birthday gift anytime during your birthday month, available online or in-store. Each month features a different gift. For September, Ulta offers the Drunk Elephant Protini Polypeptide Cream. For October, the Tula The Cult Classic Purifying Cleanser. Along with the gift, Ultamate rewards gift of two times points on all birthday purchases and $10 off your total. 

  1. Edible Arrangements – Free chocolate-dipped fruit 

If you care to give yourself a classier treat, Edible Arrangements offers a birthday freebie to their reward members. If you are a part of Edible Rewards, you are eligible to receive a 12-count chocolate-dipped fruit box on your big day. Nothing says dessert like chocolate-covered strawberries.

  1. Dutch Bros – One free drink

If you have grown tired after your long, eventful day, swing by a nearby Dutch Bros for a free drink. Rewards members are eligible for a free drink, simply download the app or sign up online. Another great bonus is that you get 50% off a drink on your half birthday, too.

  1. Buffalo Wild Wings – Free wings

A great way to end your night would be with some tasty wings. Buffalo Wild Wings offers six free wings to their Blazin’ Rewards members. If you would prefer to treat yourself on a different day, you are eligible for the free wings any day of your birthday month.

There are countless companies willing to celebrate your special day with you. Alongside the freebies, many brands offer great deals on your birthday. Whether your birthday is this month or five months from now, this list will come in handy. Take advantage and treat yourself on your birthday. You deserve it.

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Luna Infante
Luna Infante, Assistant Opinion Editor
Luna (she/her) is a second-year student at UTSA, majoring in communications. Luna enjoys journalistic and creative writing. With communications, she plans on pursuing a career in journalism, hoping to one day be the editor-in-chief of a magazine. She has been with The Paisano since Fall 2022. Apart from writing, Luna’s interests include dancing, being around people, and hanging out with her cat, Arlo.
Chloe Williams
Chloe Williams, Managing Editor
Chloe (she/her) is a senior majoring in Business Marketing with a minor in Adaptive Decision Business Models. On her off days you can find Chloe thrifting, being a self-proclaimed food critic or outside enjoying nature. This is her third year at The Paisano and she is excited to serve as Managing Editor.

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