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Celebrate Yourself! Birthday Freebies and Discounts

As moms, we hardly ever take the time to celebrate ourselves. Our focus is always on our children, our spouse, or other members of our family. The daily grind gets in the way of us being able to take some time to replenish our bodies, and quite often we put everything else in our lives first, leaving ourselves for last.

If there is one day out of the year that you should stop and take some time to recognize how special you are, it’s your birthday.

Birthdays are meant to be a day of fun and celebration. It doesn’t matter if you’re having a milestone year or not–you need to treat yourself like a queen! You don’t need to feel guilty treating yourself to something special, as there are MANY restaurants and retail stores that are also ready to celebrate with you with freebies and awesome discounts.

Here are just a few places to go on your birthday to get you started on the path to celebrating YOU!


Birthday Freebies and Discounts


  • American Eagle– 15% off for the entire month of your birthday
  • Ann Taylor LOFT – $15 for Love LOFT cardholders
  • Aveda – free gift up to $20 in value
  • bareMinerals -free surprise gift
  • Charming Charlie – $5 for Charm Club members
  • Columbia Sportswear – 20% off coupon
  • Container Store – Free birthday sticky pad
  • DSW – $5 coupon
  • Family Video – Free DVD rental
  • Hallmark – Free “Gift of the Month”
  • Kohl’s – $5 reward for Yes2You members
  • Office Depot and Office Max – 200 reward points
  • Payless Shoes – 20% off your purchase
  • Redbox – Free rental
  • Sephora – Free birthday gift (varies with location)
  • Suntan City – Free tanning session
  • Vera Bradley – $20 coupon when you sign up for their email club
  • Victoria’s Secret – $10 rewards for Angel cardholders



  • Applebee’s – Free dessert on your birthday
  • Arby’s – Free milkshake with any purchase
  • Bruegger’s Bagels – Free bagel with cream cheese
  • Caribou Coffee – Free medium beverage of your choice
  • Culver’s – Free one scoop sundae
  • Dairy Queen – BOGO Blizzard for Blizzard Fan Club members
  • Dunkin’ Doughnuts – Free beverage when you join Dunkin’upDDate and also get one on your birthday
  • IHOP – Join IHOP Pancake Revolution for 3 free meals: One for signing up, one of your birthday, and one at the 1 year anniversary of joining
  • Noodles & Company – Free bowl of soup
  • Orange Julius – Free birthday treat for OJ Quench Club members
  • Panera Bread – Free pastry
  • Papa Murphy’s – Free tub of cookie dough
  • Red Lobster – Free appetizer coupon for Fresh Catch Club members
  • Red Robin – Free burger for eClub members
  • Starbucks – Free drink or food when you register a Starbucks Card
  • Wendy’s – Free frosty

Local Iowa City Restaurants

  • Graze – Free “Big Ass Ice Cream Pie” or martini for Club Members
  • Vine Tavern (both locations) – A special treat on your birthday with no sign-up required
  • Basta – Free entrée of your choice for Birthday Club members
  • Atlas – Favorite entrée on the house for Birthday Club members
  • Backpocket Brewery – Free birthday boot of beer

Happy Birthday, everyone! 


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3 Responses to Celebrate Yourself! Birthday Freebies and Discounts

  1. Mandy October 28, 2016 at 7:16 am #

    Molly’s will give you a free cupcake on your birthday too!

  2. Sara November 2, 2016 at 12:35 am #

    The slice looks delicious in the photo, thanks for sharing the discounts and the freebies.

  3. Gail July 27, 2017 at 6:00 pm #

    Atlas and Basta have recently canceled their Birthday Club, sadly.

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