My birthday is a national holiday (but really) so I always expect to be treated like a queen. And as a professional birthday queen, I also believe that you shouldn’t lift a finger or spend a dime on your special day.

Luckily, RetailMeNot agrees with me, and with their help, I created a list of free things you can get on your birthday. From free drinks to full meals, retailers across Charlotte and beyond want to reward you just for being you. Sure, some of these freebies might require you to sign up for a rewards program or newsletter list, but it beats paying full price on your birthday. Check out the list of things you can get for free on your birthday below.

  • Free Treat with Applebee's

    If you join the Applebee’s email club you will get a birthday treat. It will most likely be a free dessert treat.

  • Free Milkshake Anyone?

    Get a free milkshake on your birthday when you register with Arby’s.

  • Free Cookie

    I have this reward and I love it. Why? Because I love cookies! At Atlanta Bread, you can get a free cookie on your birthday when you join Rise Rewards..

  • Birthday Pretzels are the Best

    If you become a member of My Pretzel Perks, and you’ll get a tasty reward on your birthday: a signature/classic Auntie Anne’s pretzel. My favorite is the cinnamon sugar pretzel. (My mouth watered typing that) 

  • Ice Cream

    Baskin-Robbins Birthday Club members get a free scoop of ice cream on their birthday plus a special discount on a birthday cake.

  • Free Appetizer

    Bone Fish Grill Insiders get a free Bang Bang Shrimp appetizer or Jen’s Jamaican Coconut Pie for their birthday.

  • Free Bagel

    I love bagels so I have this birthday reward! Bruegger’s Bagels eClub members get a free bagel just for signing up and you also get a free treat on your birthday!

  • Free Wings

    If you join the Buffalo Wild Wings Blazin’ Rewards program you will get a free order of birthday wings during your birth month.

  • Free Breakfast

    Sign up for Denny’s loyalty program to get a free Grand Slam. Note: Word on the street is you don’t need to register for the program to get this freebie; the server will give you your meal simply when you show your ID proving it’s your birthday. Heck yeah!

  • Dippin’ Dots On the House!

    Join the Dot Crazy Email Club and get free Dippin’ Dots.

  • Free Coffee or Drink

    By signing up for DD Perks, guests receive a free medium beverage at signup and another free drink on their birthday. I have this deal and love it. I can’t have a birthday without my medium coffee, two cream, and two sugar. 

  • Chocolate Dipped Fruit

    Edible Arrangements fan? Join Edible Rewards and receive a chocolate-dipped fruit box during your birthday month.

  • Free Sub

    Firehouse Subs will give you a free medium sub if you sign up for their Firehouse Rewards program.

  • BBQ for Free

    Famous Dave’s gives you a tasty gift for your birthday when you join the Famous Nation.

  • IHOP Score

    Not only do you get a free meal on your birthday at IHOP, but you’ll also receive one for joining the Pancake Revolution eClub and another on your one-year anniversary of joining online. That’s a major score!

  • Free Sub For A year

    Jersey Mike’s Subs kt you on your birthday. You get a coupon for a free birthday sub and drink when you sign up for the email club that is good for the entire year!

  • Donut for Free

    If you choose to download the Krispy Kreme app and sign up, you’ll receive a free birthday treat.

  • Longhorn Steakhouse

    Receive a free dessert on your birthday, plus 100 bonus points just for signing up for Longhorn Rewards.

  • Songs and Dessert

    At the Macaroni Grill if you sign up for the email club you will get a free dessert on your birthday…and the waiter/waitress will sing to you!

  • Welcome to Moe's!

    Free burrito sounds yummy to me. If you download the Moe’s app and you’ll get one on your birthday.

  • Free Cookie

    Join the CafeClub at and receive a free cookie on your birthday!

  • O’Charley’s Special Treat

    O’Club members get a free surprise on their birthday. Tell us if you try it out!

  • Breadsticks Better Move Over

    Save room after those unlimited breadsticks! Join Olive Garden’s eClub to get a dessert on your birthday. 

  • Free Queso

    Get free queso on your birthday, plus an order of sopapillas just for the Club Cantina at On The Border.

  • Red Lobster Treat

    If you join the My Red Lobster Rewards you will get a free birthday surprise. New members must join at least seven days before their birthday to get the coupon.

  • Red Robin

    Become a Red Robin Royalty member and get a free birthday burger as well as rewards, such as every 10th item free and $20 toward your sixth visit (as long as you visit five times within the first five weeks of joining).

  • Free Italian Ice

    Join the Birthday Club at Rita’s and get a free birthday treat.

  • Free Burger or Salad

    Sign up for the So Connected plan at Ruby Tuesday and you’ll get a free burger or garden bar entrée on your special day. And get a free appetizer when you join. Win-win!

  • Meal and More All for Free

    Sonny’s BBQ will give you a free Big Deal Meal on your birthday if you join the ‘Q Crew.

  • Free Drink

    Register a Starbucks prepaid card with My Starbucks Rewards at least 30 days ahead for a free drink or treat on your birthday, plus 15% off.

  • Free Menu Item

    Steak ‘n Shake will give you a free menu item on your birthday when you join the eClub.

  • Texas Roadhouse

    Sign up for the email club and get a birthday surprise and a free appetizer.

  •  TGI Fridays

    With the Fridays Rewards plan, you’ll get a free birthday dessert—it may even have sparklers. That sounds so much fun!

  • The Melting Pot

    Get a voucher for free chocolate fondue for two on your birthday, as well as six of the Melting Pot’s signature chocolate-covered strawberries when you sign up for Club Fondue.

  • Free Waffles

    Become a member of the Waffle House Regulars Club to receive a free waffle on your birthday.

  • Free Gaming Time

    Receive $5 in free gameplay for your birthday plus $10 in free gameplay just for signing up for Dave & Buster’s Rewards.

  • Free For The Pets

    Sign up for a Pet Supplies Plus online account to receive birthday freebies. Your pet will love it too!

    Join Petco’s palsrewards and get a free gift for your pet’s birthday.


  • Free Beauty Things

    Become a Beauty Insider and get a birthday gift during your birthday month. You just have to ask at the register, no purchase is necessary at Sephora.

    Sign up for the rewards program to receive a free gift during your birthday month at Smashbox.

    Join Ultamate Rewards (Ulta) and get a gift on your birthday.

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