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We've compiled a list of the best birthday offers and freebies, most of which you can get by simply signing up to free newsletters or loyalty cards. Offers can change and some outlets remain tight-lipped on the full details – so think of them as a bonus rather than guaranteed.

If you were already signed up but missed your birthday treat during lockdown, some companies will let you nab 'em now, eg, Krispy Kreme, Greggs, Pizza Express, TGI Fridays and more.

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Food & sweet treats

  • If you download the 'Krispy Kreme Rewards' app for Apple or Android and use it to register for the free loyalty scheme, you can get a voucher to show in store for one free doughnut of your choice for your birthday (norm £1.35-£1.75ish). You'll also get a free glazed doughnut for your children and significant other via the app on their birthdays.

    You can register up to three kids aged under 12 for their birthday doughnut. These offers are valid only in Krispy Kreme stores and not concessions, eg, in Tesco. You'll also get a free doughnut just for signing up. See full T&Cs.

    Can I sign up without the app?

    If you sign up for the 'Krispy Kreme Rewards' loyalty scheme (via email, not the app) you'll still be able to get one doughnut for yourself on your birthday, and one just for joining, which can be redeemed at Krispy Kreme stores and at concessions. 

    If you were a member of the previous 'Friends of Krispy Kreme' rewards app or loyalty scheme, you should be able to log in and your previous offers will be converted to 'Smiles'. You'll usually get 10 'Smiles' per £1 spent in store, online, or in cabinets.

    What if my birthday/other offers expired during lockdown when stores were closed?

    Krispy Kreme says that it will "make sure you receive offers after 23 Mar (when shops closed), which will include extended validity dates", so if you were already a member of the rewards scheme/app before Mon 23 Mar it's worth checking your app to see if your birthday offer is there now.

  • If you download the Greggs app for Apple or Android and use it to register for the free 'Greggs Rewards' loyalty scheme, you'll get a voucher on the app to show in store for one free cupcake, cream cake or doughnut for your birthday. It's valid for a month after issue. See full T&Cs.

    What if my birthday/other offers expired during lockdown when stores were closed?

    Greggs told us that existing customers only (you can't sign up now to get this offer) who had a birthday between Tue 24 Mar and Fri 3 Jul when Greggs stores were shut will have until the end of 2020 to claim their birthday offer.

    So, if you were already a member of the rewards scheme/app before Tue 24 Mar it's worth checking your app to see if your birthday offer is there now.

  • Download the Crêpeaffaire Club app and on your birthday you can get a FREE £5ish crêpe, including dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan options. You'll also be able to use the app to collect stamps every time you buy a crêpe – when you’ve bought nine, you’ll get the tenth free. 

    There are 16 UK locations (find your nearest) and the offer should appear in your app on your birthday.

    What if my birthday/other offers expired during lockdown when stores were closed?

    Crêpeaffaire told us that "all users with a birthday during lockdown had [vouchers with]  an indefinite use by date", so if you were already a member of the rewards scheme/app it's worth checking your app to see if your birthday offer is there now.

  • If you visit a Muffin Break store (find your nearest), you can pick up a rewards card and register it online to get a muffin for free on your birthday.

    What else does the reward card get me?

    You can collect stamps for every hot drink you buy to get your sixth hot drink free. You'll also get an extra free coffee just for joining the scheme.

  • If you visit a Hotel Chocolat standalone store (not a kiosk or franchise store, find your nearest*), pick up a VIP card and either register it online* or in store to get a 'surprise gift' – usually £5 off a £5+ spend – for your birthday.

    It's valid for the month of your birthday, unless you sign up during that month, then it will be valid from the next month. See full T&Cs.

    What else does the loyalty card get me?

    When you sign up, you'll get a code for 15% off in stores or online. You can also show your card or app in store to get 20% off drinks, ice lollies, or ice creams.

  • Register with Frankie & Benny's Rewards to get a choice between two birthday offers: one free meal (norm £9ish-£15ish) when at least one other main meal is purchased from the main menu, OR a bottle of prosecco for £10.

    A voucher will be emailed to you 10 days before your birthday (so be sure to sign up in advance), which you can print or show on your smartphone, and will be valid for 50 days from the date of the email. It should also appear in your app.

    It's valid at all Frankie & Benny’s or Little Frankie’s restaurants, apart from at airports, but isn't valid with any other offer or discount, such as sharing mains or set menus including breakfast, lunch, mid-week menu or family feast. See full T&Cs.

    What if my birthday/other offers expired during lockdown when stores were closed?

    F&B says that "vouchers that expired between Wed 1 Apr and Mon 31 Aug will be accepted until Fri 27 Nov". So if you were already a member of the rewards scheme/app before Wed 1 Apr it's worth checking your app/email to see if your birthday offer is there, as you should be able to use it at reopened restaurants now.

  • Sign up to the free Shepherd Neame 'Birthday Club' to get a free pub meal (norm £9ish-£19ish) for your birthday when you buy at least one other main course at participating locations. You'll be emailed a voucher to show in the pub.

    You must be over 18 and sign up at least 28 days before your birthday, otherwise your voucher - normally sent two weeks before your birthday and valid for six months - might not arrive. See full T&Cs.

  • Pick up a card and register with the Beefeater 'Reward Club' to get one free meal (norm £9ish-£21ish) around your birthday when at least one other main meal is purchased from the main menu. You'll get emailed a voucher to show in the restaurant – either printed or on your phone.

    It's valid at most restaurants, but not with other offers or discounts. See full T&Cs.

    What else does the loyalty card get me?

    You'll get a £5 welcome bonus when you join. Normally, you can collect five points per £1 spent, and when you've 500 points you can exchange them for £5 off your bill, a free bottle of wine, or 2 free starters or desserts.

    What if my birthday/other offers expired during lockdown when restaurants were closed?

    Beefeater says that "you won't lose out on any points or celebration vouchers that were due while we were closed", so if you were already a member of the rewards scheme/app it's worth checking your app to see if your birthday offer is there now.

  • Pick up a card and register with the Brewers Fayre 'Bonus Club' loyalty card to get one free meal (norm £7-£12ish) around your birthday when at least one other main meal is purchased from the main menu. You'll be emailed a voucher to show in the pub.

    It's valid at participating Brewers Fayre pubs, but isn't valid with any other offer or discount. See full T&Cs

    What else does the loyalty card get me?

    You'll get a £5 welcome bonus when you join. Normally, you can collect five points per £1 spent, and when you've 500 points you can exchange them for £5 off your bill, a free bottle of wine, or two free desserts.

    What if my birthday/other offers expired during lockdown when restaurants were closed?

    Beefeater says that "you won't lose out on any points or celebration vouchers that were due while we were closed", so if you were already a member of the rewards scheme/app it's worth checking your app to see if your birthday offer is there now.

  • Register with Table Table's 'Tasty Rewards' loyalty card to get one free meal (norm £8-£12ish) around your birthday when at least one other main meal is purchased from the main menu. You'll be emailed a voucher to show in the restaurant. 

    It's valid at all Table Table or Whitbread Inns restaurants, but isn't valid with any other offer or discount, such as breakfast, light bites, bar snacks, Premier Inn meal deals and any set menu including Christmas and festive menus. See full T&Cs.

    What else does the loyalty card get me?

    You'll get a £5 welcome bonus when you join. Normally, you can collect five points per £1 spent, and when you've 500 points you can exchange them for two free burgers, sundaes or £5 off your bill.

    What if my birthday/other offers expired during lockdown when restaurants were closed?

    Table Table says that "you won't lose out on any points or celebration vouchers that were due while we were closed", so if you were already a member of the rewards scheme/app it's worth checking your app to see if your birthday offer is there now.

Drinks & bubbly

Beauty & pampering

  • If you sign up to the free Body Shop* 'Love Your Body' loyalty card, on your birthday you can get a free £5 to spend in store or online with no minimum spend (see full T&Cs*). 

    It's valid for up to one month after your birthday, there's no change from the £5, and you have to have made at least one purchase using the card previously within the past 12 months to be eligible.

    MSE Rhiannon says:

    As my birthday was during lockdown, I used my reward online. I had to pay £3 delivery and it took some time, but I was able to buy two £2.50 soaps, plus an item on sale for £1 so got my money's worth.

  • If you sign up to the free Space NK* Ndulge loyalty card, you can get double points when you spend online or in stores for your birthday, plus a free gift which you can pick up in store (find your nearest*) or add to an online order.

    Space NK told us the free gift changes monthly - the example we were sent included: Bumble & Bumble glow thermal refresher, 30ml (worth £6ish), Ren 'Perfect Canvas' oil cleanser, 15ml (worth £3ish), and CEO 'Rapid Flash' brightening serum, 8ml (worth £18ish). 

    You'll need to sign up to Ndulge (stating the day and month of your birthday) at least six weeks before your birthday to get this offer. The double points offer will be automatically credited to your card which you can swipe in store to redeem or your online account where it should also appear automatically when you're signed in. See FAQs for more information.

    What else does the loyalty card get me?

    You can collect one point per £1 spent, when you reach 100 points you'll get a £5 discount automatically loaded onto your card to spend.

    MSE Rhiannon says:

    As my birthday was during lockdown, I used my reward online. I had to pay £4 delivery, but the cheapest item I found was £6, so even with a £10 spend I got £27 worth of freebies plus the £6 item I'd ordered. Not bad if you can't get out to a Space NK store.

  • If you sign up to the free Superdrug 'Health & Beautycard' loyalty card, on your birthday you'll get triple points on purchases with no minimum spend (see full T&Cs). It's valid for 14 days after your birthday.

    What else does the loyalty card get me?

    You'll also get free standard delivery online, exclusive offers and you can accumulate points to use as part-payment for money off at the till.

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