Who says you can’t give yourself a gift for your birthday? There are plenty of places you can go on the anniversary of your birth that will give you free stuff, just to thank your wonderful self for coming into being. Pick the right place for your birthday dinner, or make a day of hopping around to different spots to really treat yourself on that one day of the year, because why not? You know what they say, the best things in life are free, be it the gift of friendship, or free fro yo.
Food or drink at Starbucks
If you register your Starbucks card, credit for a free drink or snack will be automatically loaded on to it two days before your birthday, and it will expire the day after. Hopefully your special day will coincide with a weird seasonal drink you’ve been dying to try, but haven’t wanted to shill out the cash for in case you hate it. Unicorn Frappuccino, anyone?
Dessert at The Keg
Billy Miner Pie, crème brulee, cheesecake, every one of The Keg’s desserts is enough to get your sweet tooth aching. Head to The Keg for a birthday dinner and the sweet stuff will be on the house. Hopefully somebody else buys your steak, too.
Fro yo from Menchies
When you sign up for the Menchies mySmileage club, you become eligible for a free bowl of frozen yogurt on your birthday. The best part about this one is that you can have any combination of flavours and toppings you want. So if you want to combine pineapple and peanut butter, no one can stop you—still, probably not a great idea.
Gourmet burger from Red Robin
Signing up for Red Robin’s rewards program gets you one free burger to be redeemed during the month of your birthday, plus every tenth item you buy is free. With 24 different burgers to choose from, the only downside is you might have a hard time deciding which one you want.
Booster Juice (and not just the snack size, either)
Booster Juice is a Canadian institution and summer staple. Joining the Booster Nation guarantees you a free regular Booster Juice on your date of birth, which is around 710 mL of fruity (or vegetabley if that’s your deal) goodness.
Blizzard at Dairy Queen
Score another one for the cold and creamy category. Joining the Dairy Queen Blizzard fan club gets you a coupon for a free 16-ounce Blizzard on your birthday. Plus, now they’ve got the Royal Blizzards where your Blizzard has a core, like the earth, but instead of being made of molten iron and nickel, its ice cold brownie, Oreo, cheesecake, or peanut butter filling. Mmmmm… what were we saying?
All-you-can-eat at Mandarin
Once you’ve signed up for the Mandarin Dish, along with other promotions and offers, you’ll get a birthday coupon. If you go on your birthday with at least 3 friends, you can eat all you want at their buffet for free. This is not a drill. You can eat it all on your birthday. ALL of it!
Beauty products from Sephora
Food isn’t the only thing people will give you for being alive another year. If you’re one of Sephora’s Beauty Insiders (don’t worry, it’s not as exclusive as it sounds) you can assemble a little set of sample size beauty products free of charge during your birthday month.
Ski for free in BC or Alberta
That’s right, on your birthday you can get a free lift ticket at Cypress Mountain in West Vancouver. Even better, Marmot Basin in Jasper will not only let you ski for free, but will give your whole birthday crew 15 per cent off. No joke. Plus, you can cash it in up to three days before or after your birthday. Skiing can be an expensive hobby, so these are some amazing deals, especially if you’re stuck for ways to celebrate a winter birthday.
A makeover from Shopper’s Drug Mart
Seeing as it’s your day and all, treat yourself to a free beauty consultation or get your makeup done just in time for your party at Shopper’s. You’ll also get 8,000 points awarded to your Optimum card, which translates to about $10 worth of goods, perhaps to spend on that highlighter the makeup professional said went so well with your skin tone.