Lifestyle: Get Birthday Freebies


By Nakie Uzeiri

Photo courtesy of Kristina Alexanderson.

Entering the month of your birthday is beyond exciting, so what better way is there to celebrate than by pampering yourself? What better way is there to pamper yourself than for cheap or free?

The next time your birthday comes around, you’ll be thanking us for all of these awesome discounts and free gifts.

Free food is one of life’s greatest pleasures, right next to a free cup of coffee. You can start your birthday morning off with a complimentary medium coffee at Dunkin’ Donuts through DD Perks. Starbucks Rewards also allows customers a free drink of any size or a treat for their birthdays.

Not a coffee person but love breakfast foods? Well, then indulge in a free birthday meal at IHOP when you sign up for their program online. This franchise will also give you another two free meals: one just for signing up and the other on your one-year anniversary with the pancake house.

In terms of wearable rewards, American Eagle Outfitters offers a 15 percent discount to customers that sign up with their email on the site for their birthday month. The discount can also be used at Aerie, their partner brand. Another great deal is Victoria’s Secret $10 gift card which is sent to shoppers during their birthday month after they sign up through email.

Additionally, makeup lovers should remember to enter their emails into various cosmetic sites before their birthday season begins. Signing up for reward programs through Aveda, Sephora, ULTA, and Smashbox allows for various great free gifts and products.

Photo courtesy of Aih.

Finally, the best is always saved for last: dessert. There are many delicious free options to choose from in the sugary department. Some sweet birthday options include a complimentary brownie sundae from Chili’s (after signing up for their rewards program), a frozen yogurt from Pinkberry (after registering your very own Pinkcard through the Pinkberry app or in store), or a scoop of ice cream from Ben & Jerry’s (after signing up for their Chunkmail newsletter).

If all of these options sound way too good to pick just one, then choose a few that work for your lifestyle. It’s your birthday!