Birthday Freebies in Vancouver and Canada That Work: Celebrate with Free!

Birthday Freebies Canada

I love free food and free in general, who doesn’t?

My husband isn’t a fan of celebrating his birthday but this year since I’m on maternity leave and don’t have to work, I’m going all out on researching the birthday freebies for his birthday.  Usually, I’m not able to partake in the birthday goodness celebration because a) I’m not organized enough to strategize the birthday and b) I am usually working on my birthday or my husband’s birthday.

There are a lot of lists out there for birthday freebies in Canada but some of them aren’t updated or don’t work.  One birthday I went to Blenz (a Canadian coffee shop where they have delicious Belgian white hot chocolates) and asked if I got a birthday drink and they said they didn’t give out birthday drinks at that Blenz store.  Needless to say, it was kind of embarrassing and I didn’t bother asking other Blenz stores.  I didn’t really care to be rejected twice on my birthday, once was enough, thank you.

So here are some birthday freebies in Vancouver and Canada that actually work!

Birthday Freebies in Canada that Actually Work:

 

DRINKS:

 

Starbucks

This is probably one of the most well-known offers, but you can get a free drink (of any kind that you want).  To qualify you need a Starbucks Gift Card and need to sign up for Starbucks Rewards 30 days before your birthday.  So this takes a bit of planning if you’re not a Starbucks Rewards member already.

Starbucks Birthday Freebie

  • When to Redeem: The birthday reward expires 1 day after your birthday.
  • Value: up to $6 (if you order a grande fancy caramel macchiato drink)

David’s Tea

If you join the Frequent Steeper Club you get a free cup of tea for your birthday in store.  Personally, I would pick the matcha tea (no milk though), to get the most bang for your buck.  We didn’t get a chance to do this but my sister gets this for her birthday and this birthday freebie works!

  • When to redeem: Up to 30 days after your birthday
  • Value: Around $4? 

BREAKFAST:

 

Ihop

At IHOP (International House of Pancakes) you can get a FREE full stack of Rooty Tooty Fresh ‘N Fruity Pancakes or World Famous Pancakes when you join their IHOP Pancake Revolution.  Taxes and gratuity are extra.  We got the glazed strawberries flavour, and it was delicious!  A stack of pancakes (4) for free, what a great birthday treat.

  • When to Redeem: You’ll get an email 1 week before your birthday and it is valid for 14 days from the date of email
  • Value: $10.49
IHOP Birthday Freebie

The whipped cream was delicious!

Denny’s

If you go to Denny’s on your actual birthday and show a government-issued ID you get a free original Grand Slam breakfast, this is comprised of two eggs, two strips of bacon, two sausages and two pancakes (basically you get a “Build Your Own Grand Slam”.  Taxes and gratuities are extra.  The hash browns are delicious, the IHOP pancakes are better than Denny’s!

  • When to Redeem: On your birthday
  • Value: $10.29

Denny's Birthday Freebie

LUNCH/DINNER:

 

Red Robin

If you sign up for Red Robin Royalty you get a free burger coupon emailed to you one week before your birthday and it is valid for the month of your birthday. This includes any of their gourmet burgers but not the Finest Burgers.  My husband picked the mushroom burger.  Please excuse the dollop of cheese curds and gravy in the picture, that was from my blue cheese burger with the $1.99 add-on poutine (which wasn’t very good) haha!  I haven’t been to Red Robin in ages (like for 15 years), but daayyyyamnn their burgers and fries are good.

Red Robin Birthday Freebie

  • When to Redeem: 1 week before your birthday up to the end of the birthday month
  • Value: Up to $12.99

Carlos and kelly O’ Bryan’s irish pub

This is in British Columbia (Vernon, Nanaimo, Kits in Vancouver, etc.) and for your birthday bring your ID and get a meal for free.  I believe that your age = the number of dollars off your bill but their website says otherwise (and just says a free meal up to $20 or $30).  My mother in law recently celebrated her birthday in 2017 and she got her age off her bill (without disclosing her age!  She’s a baby boomer).

  • When to Redeem: On your birthday
  • Value: Your age = $ off your bill

Craft Beer RESTAURANT

This is a great one if you’re turning 99 years old!  Or if you have a loved one who is turning 100 and loves craft beer!  I haven’t tried this one personally but I know of people who have.  The discount of your age is taken off your bill. 

  • When to Redeem: It is valid up to one week after your birthday.
  • Value: The sky is the limit (well almost), how much beer can you drink? Your age = % off your bill

 

DESSERT:

 

The Keg Billy Miner Pie

I love the Keg but haven’t been there in a while since they stopped sending me my $25 gift card for being a Keg shareholder.  I should probably go since I’m a shareholder lol.  Anyway if you go on your birthday and tell them it’s your birthday, they give you a free Billy Miner pie.  It’s delicious and this works but that was a few years ago when I went.

The Keg Birthday Freebie

Source: The Keg

  • When to Redeem: On your birthday
  • Value: Around $6

Boston Pizza Dessert

If you sign up for My BP Loyalty Program, you can get a free dessert on your birthday.  No purchase necessary but probably a nice gesture.

  • When to Redeem: An email will be sent 1 week before your birthday and it is valid for two weeks
  • Value: Up to $7.99 depending on the dessert you order

dairy queen

Join the DQ Blizzard Fan Club and get a BOGO Free Blizzard Treat.  Once you join you get an email coupon to print out for $3 off a DQ Cake or a BOGO Free Medium Blizzard Treat (of equal or lesser value).

  • When to Redeem: It expires 1 week after your birthday
  • Value: $5

marble slab creamery

Join Marble Mail and get a BOGO coupon, buy one get one free ice-cream.  You have to sign up at least 48 hours before your birthday in order to get the email coupon.

  • When to Redeem:  It expires 14 days after your birthday
  • Value: around $5 (or however much you want to spend for your cone)
Marble Slab Creamery Birthday Coupon

Source: Marble Slab Creamery

THINGS AND EXPERIENCES:

 

Sephora gift

This is well known for beauty fans that Sephora gives you a free birthday gift if you redeem it for the month of your birthday when you sign up for the Sephora Beauty Insider.  I got a NARS lip pencil one year and loved it.  This is their Sephora birthday gift for 2018.

  • When to Redeem: Your birthday month
  • Value: Approximately $10 I’d say
Sephora Birthday Gift 2018

Source: Sephora

semperviva yoga

Since Vancouver is like the North American birthplace of yoga, Semperviva has a great gift for people who are members.  You don’t have to be an active member but just have gone in the past with a monthly yoga pass.  On your birthday you get sent an email for free yoga for yourself and three friends.  I’ve been going for years and this is one of the healthiest birthday treats around!

  • When to Redeem: Up to 2 weeks after your birthday
  • Value: Approximately $15 + x 4= $60

london drugs $5 gift voucher

Okay so this is number 14, I added an extra one!

If you sign up for London Drugs LDExtras program they email you a $5 gift voucher for your birthday.  It’s a newish loyalty program from London Drugs.  I haven’t tried this yet to see if it works but just signed up.  I have determined that when I get my $5 gift voucher, I will use it to buy some birthday chocolate.

  • When to Redeem: An email will be sent 1 week before your birthday, there is no expiry to the $5 on your account
  • Value: $5

There we have it, this list is by no means exhaustive, but it’s a good list to work on!

Readers, have you ever tried getting a birthday freebie on your birthday? 

If so, what is your favourite birthday freebie?

Anything else to add to this list?

13 Canadian Birthday Freebies that Actually Work

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29 comments on “Birthday Freebies in Vancouver and Canada That Work: Celebrate with Free!

  1. Gosh GYM. That is quite a list. I have never participated much in birthday freebies. My wife signed my up for a free scoop of Baskin Robins ice cream. I used it a couple times/years, but most of the time it would just expire. I remember one time taking it to the local store and they looked at me like I had 2 heads. They had to get a manager to approve it. I guess I am leaving too much money on “the table”. Tom
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    • @Tom- That sounds like the experience I had (at Blenz)! Not a nice way to spend your birthday when people are second-guessing your birthday coupon or request! Well, hopefully there’s a Red Robin near you because that was one of the most organized and easy redemptions, and delicious might I add!

    • @Sarah- I know, I had no idea it was so awesome until recently. Now I am hooked and will probably go annually for the free burger haha. Oh, cool, hope Craft in Edmonton does the same thing! Good luck!

  2. Hi GYM, I was in Mexico for my Birthday, but have never participated in any birthday freebies in the past. I did not know there was that many companies with birthday promotions. I will have to keep this list for next year.

    • @Steve- Happy birthday and welcome back from Mexico! Maybe you can surprise your wife with a birthday freebie day (one of my best girlfriends did this for her boyfriend at the time, and then he proposed to her on his birthday! How sweet).

  3. I didn’t know about most of these. Even when I do, I have a tendency to forget about it on the actual birthday! Lots of restaurants have freebies on birthdays, I guess you just need to ask!
    I wonder if The Keg will continue the free dessert now that they will operate under Cara Operations.
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    • @Caroline- Yes, that would be interesting if Keg takes that away now that they are under Cara. I was just thinking that the steaks might start tasting like Swiss Chalet rotisserie chicken.

    • @SMM- I hadn’t been an iHOP before this trip (my husband has been a few times). It seems very family friendly (which is good for us). I should see if Dunkin Donuts exists in Canada and if they offer this for birthdays in Canada! Yes, just like travel hacking you have to be strategic with birthday freebie acquisitions.

  4. We take advantage of the Red Robin birthday offer twice a year for both Mother with Cents and me. I know that it doesn’t include the specialty burgers but the gourmet ones will do especially since it’s free. What’s even better is that you can get as many fries as you can when you dine-in. Maybe we should sign up Baby with Cents with a Red Royalty card too so we can get three free burgers a year with unlimited fries…hahaha!!!

    • @Kris- Actually I thought of the Red Robin birthday burger from you (so, thank you)! I was wondering if they had this in Canada and they do! Haha that’s a great idea! Is there an age minimum for the Red Royalty club? I ordered 3 plates of unlimited fries, they are so good.

  5. Hi GYM!

    Nice list! I didn’t even know many of these… except for Sbux and the keg cake. I LOVE that keg cake… it’s sooooooooo good!! I didn’t know about the DQ promo. Since Buffett is so frugal and loves DQ, I would’ve thought he’d promote that offer… haha jk!

    I have to try the other stuff you listed, but I’m not sure if Toronto will carry all of them. We’ll see… I think our closest IHOP is in Niagara Falls, which is a 1.5 hour drive from where we live. We also don’t have many Denny’s. Again, only far outside the core. I know for sure they have one in Niagara Falls >.<

    But again, I gotta google all the stuff on your list. Thanks for mentioning them! <3
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    • @fin$avvyapnda- Haha, yes, I wonder why that is with DQ!? Oh, 1.5 hour drive is not worth it for IHOP but if you do a Niagara falls getaway that would be nice. But still a lot of work. I’m surprised there’s not that many Dennys in Toronto, there are a few of them here. Have a great birthday!

  6. Great list! Made me want a DQ cake asap! Didn’t even know about the other deal there. After having s kiddo, we don’t go out at all! Except DQ. The $5 lunch baskets with a Sundae are my fav!

    I just may have to hit up Starbucks sometime too…I drive by one on my work every day but have resisted it so far!

    • @Mrs. DS- Yeah, it’s so hard to go out to restaurants. We scheduled it during nap times or after nap times. I actually don’t have a gift card (threw them all away once they were empty) so I need to go get one for this year’s Starbucks freebie as well.

  7. I’m all about the Starbucks drink, it’s my favourite birthday freebie.

    Back in the day, Booster Juice used to send an email coupon leading up to your birthday for a free birthday smoothie. Not sure if they still do that anymore.

    • @Jessica- I got it a few years ago and then I don’t know what my reward number is anymore haha! I need to get a new one. Thanks for sharing about Booster juice! Good one to keep in mind too!

    • @The Luxe Strategist- Okay so I am so out of the fashion/cool loop that I had to google those two brands. Oh no, how come you got denied the mini Diptyque candle? That’s not a nice feeling, I am in solidarity with you from my hot Belgian chocolate rejection a few years back.

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