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51 Best Birthday Freebies in Canada in Jan 2023

Learn about the best birthday freebies in Canada and how to score free birthday stuff and food on your special day.

Canadians can access lots of free stuff on their birthdays! Is your birthday coming up, and you are wondering what you can get for FREE? We have got you covered!

Whether you live in Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Halifax, Montreal, Fredericton, St. John’s, Charlottetown, Regina, Ottawa, Calgary, or anywhere in between, there’s always a place you can stop by to claim freebies on your birthday.

When my son received a Pizza Pizza birthday gift in the mail for his 6th birthday, boy, was he super-pumped!! A slice of pepperoni pizza and milk…yum-yum!

Some of the offers below will send you your free gift a few weeks or days before your birthday, and for others, you simply need to show up in-store to claim your freebie.

If you are like most people, you celebrate your birthday just once a year, so why not load up on some free goodies while you are at it, eh?

Get Free Food and Treats in Canada

1. Denny’s

Sign up for Denny’s loyalty program. On your birthday, drop in at Denny’s Restaurant to get a free Original Grand Slam meal consisting of pancakes, sausages, bacon, and eggs. You will need to show a valid ID.

Denny's

2. Red Robin

Become a member of the “Red Robin Royalty program” and get a free gourmet burger on your birthday ($6.99 to $11.99 value).

You can claim this freebie any day during the month of your birthday, and the offer is available in B.C. and Alberta.

3. IHOP

Join the “Pancake Revolution e-Club,” and get free pancakes on your birthday. A valid I.D. is required. Available in B.C., Ontario, and Alberta.

4. South St. Burger

Join their birthday club and get a Buy One, Get One FREE Burger coupon on your birthday. You need to subscribe at least 24 hours before your birthday. Available in Ontario, Alberta, and B.C.

5. Harvey’s

Join their newsletter and get a special gift burger on your birthday.

Harvey's

6. Mandarin Chinese Buffet

Sign up for their “Mandarin Dish” newsletter and receive an e-coupon for a free birthday buffet feast. You will need to be accompanied by 3 paying adults to redeem your freebie.

7. What A Bagel

Buy 6 bagels and get 6 free on your birthday. A valid ID is required.

8. Wok of Fame

Looking for free food on your birthday? If you live in Brampton, Ontario, you can enjoy a free buffet with one or more adult friends on your birthday. A valid I.D. is required.

The Wok is just one of many places offering restaurant birthday specials and meals.

Wok of Fame

9. Applebee’s

Join their email club and get a birthday special (usually a free birthday dessert).

10. Boston Pizza

Sign up for the MyBP Club and get 2 free appetizers on your birthday. You will also get a free appetizer when you join.

11. Olive Garden

Join Olive Garden’s eClub and get a free dessert on your birthday (up to an $8.50 value!).

12. Thrifty Foods Free Cake

British Columbians can get a free birthday cake for their kids from Thrifty Foods when they celebrate their first birthday. The cake is quite large at 8″ x 12″ and comes in three colours.

Call ahead and give them at least 24 hours to get your baby’s cake ready.

13. Baskin Robbins

Join their Club 31 and get a free scoop of ice cream on your birthday.

14. Buffalo Wild Wings

Join the Blazin’ Rewards and get free birthday wings during your birth month. You also earn points when you make purchases and can redeem them for free food.

15. Montana’s BBQ & Bar

Join the “Grill Lover’s Club” and get 10% off your order (with a min. Purchase of $30).

16. Menchie’s Frozen Yoghurt

Register for their “My Smileage Rewards Program” and get a birthday coupon worth $5, which you can use 15 days before or after your birthday.

17. Marble Slab Creamery

Sign up for their newsletter and get free ice cream on your special day.

18. Coldstone Creamery

Sign up for My Cold Stone Club Rewards to get one of the best birthday freebies in Canada. You get a buy one, get one (BOGO) free coupon loaded to your account on your birthday.

You also earn 1 point for every $1 you spend and can redeem 50 points to get $5 off your orders.

19. Red Lobster

Sign up for their “Fresh Catch news”  and receive a birthday coupon.

20. Lone Star Texas Grill

Join The Sizzle and get a free birthday dessert. Note that there is a minimum food and non-alcoholic beverage purchase of $30 before taxes and gratuities are required. Available in Ontario.

21. Wacky’s

Join the VIP newsletter and get a free $10 Play Card on your birthday, plus various exclusive offers all year round. You also get a free appetizer when you sign up. Available in Ontario.

Here’s a long list of birthday freebies in Toronto.

22. Quiznos

Download the Quiznos app to get a free birthday reward of buy one get one regular sub. You also get a sign-up offer of $5 off your first in-app order.

23. Mr. Sub

Join Mr. Sub rewards to get a free 6-inch Classic sub on your birthday. You also get a welcome reward for registering and a free sub when you buy 9. 

24. Kelsey’s

Sign up for Kelsey’s newsletter to get a free spinach dip when you sign up, plus a free dessert on your birthday. This offer is available for dine-in only. Coupons take 24-48 hours to arrive in your inbox, so be sure to sign up for them in advance. 

25. Cora

Join their loyalty program and get 3x the points on your birthday. 400 points are equivalent to $1, so when you have enough points, you can use them for a free meal. 

26. Hooters

Sign up for the Hootclub and get an order of 10 free boneless Hooters wings on your birthday. 

27. Kettlemans Bagels

Get a dozen free bagels on your birthday if you have the mobile app or loyalty card. To claim this offer, you must have been registered as a Kettlemans loyalty member for a minimum of 30 days. 

28. New York Fries

Sign up for the Fry Society loyalty program and get a free regular fries on your birthday each year. Plus, if you preload $25 to your account, get a free regular-size poutine. 

29. The Works

Sign up for The Works Burgers With Benefits Club to receive a free burger coupon. You must sign up at least 9 days before your birthday to be eligible. You’ll also be entered into contests and be entered to win prizes. 

30. Pizza Pizza

Sign up your kid for the Kids Club. A few weeks before their birthday, they will receive a free pizza and birthday card for one slice of cheese or pepperoni pizza and a 355 ml can of pop, 250 ml milk, or 500 ml bottled water.

This offer is no longer advertised on their website; however, my kids still get the annual coupon.

Freebie Cash Back Offers You Should Try This Year

KOHO: This free budgeting app and reloadable card offer up to 5% cash back whenever you spend cash. Sign up here to get a $20 sign up bonus after completing your first purchase with the card (use referral code CASHBACK).

Simplii Financial: Want to stop paying a monthly fee for a chequing account? You can open a no-monthly fee chequing account that includes unlimited debit transactions and e-Transfers. It also offers a $350 welcome bonus.

Swagbucks: Earn $50/month for taking surveys, shopping online, and completing other tasks. Join Swagbucks and Get a $5 bonus.

Rakuten: Earn up to 35% in cash-back when you shop online at more than 750 stores. Join Rakuten (up to $30 bonus after your first purchase of $30 or more).

Ampli: This is the cash back app owned by RBC. It’s free to use and offers cash back at several popular retailers. New users also get a $5 bonus after linking their card.

STACK: This free prepaid card waives foreign currency transaction fees and you earn cash back at several retailers and stores in Canada. It also offers free budgeting tools. Get the STACK Card and a $5 welcome bonus after loading $300 or more.

Moka: This app automatically rounds up your purchases and invests your spare change so you can build your net worth. Download Moka and get $5 free.

Get Free Drinks in Canada

There are several retailers offering birthday drink freebies in Canada.

31. Starbucks

Sign up for the Starbucks Rewards Program and get a free beverage or treat to celebrate your birthday. You must already be a member 30 days before your birthday to qualify.

Here are additional ways to get free Starbucks!

32. Chatime

Join the “Chatime Rewards Program” and get a free birthday drink which is automatically loaded on your card 7 days before your birthday. Available in Ontario.

33. David’s Tea

Join their “Frequent Steeper Program” and get 5 free points on your birthday.

34. Dairy Queen

Join their “Blizzard Fan Club” and get a Buy One, Get One (BOGO) free Blizzard coupon on your special day. It is not clear if this offer is still available in Canada.

35. The Alley 

If you have their app, The Alley will give you a free drink on your birthday. Keep in mind that you can only claim it on the day of your birthday. Alley is available in Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario, and Quebec. 

36. Tim Hortons

With the Tims Rewards app, get a free drink or free breakfast sandwich (worth 70-100 points) on your birthday. Learn more about Tim Hortons Rewards.

Discounts and Free Birthday Stuff Online

The following retailers will give you a discount coupon, gift voucher, or free gift on your birthday.

37. Sephora

Join their Beauty Insider Rewards Program and get a free gift on your birthday.

38. London Drugs

Join their “LD Extras program” and earn rewards when you visit the store, plus a $5 gift voucher on your birthday.

39. Old Navy/Gap Canada

Sign up for their newsletter and join their birthday club to receive a free gift on your birthday.

40. The Body Shop

Sign up for their “Love Your Body Club” and receive a $10 reward on your birthday.

41. Value Village

Join the “Super Savers Club” and get a 20% birthday discount on your birthday or the day after. A valid ID is required.

42. American Eagle

Sign up for the Real Rewards program and get a coupon for up to 25% off if you spend at least $350 per year.

43. Lancome

Join the Lancome Rewards Program and get a birthday gift and up to 15% off your order.

44. Aveda

Sign up for the Aveda Plus Rewards Program and get a birthday gift plus double the points on your birthday. Members also get free shipping on all purchases.

45. Kiehls

Join Kiehl’s Rewards Loyalty Program to start earning points when you shop online or in the store. You also receive a free birthday gift every year.

46. La Senza

Join Club La Senza and get 10% off every purchase, free shipping on orders over $40, plus a birthday gift.

47. Banana Republic

Sign up for Banana Republic Rewards to get a free gift on your birthday, plus tons of members-only exclusive offers. 

48. Penningtons 

Join Penningtons Style Insider for an offer during your birthday month, plus rewards and exclusive benefits. 

49. Ricki’s 

Sign up for Ricki’s Fashion + Friends program and get a birthday bonus emailed to you in your birthday month. 

50. The Shoe Company 

Sign up for their Shoe VIP program and get a birthday gift along with free shipping and surprise bonus points.

51. Clinique

Join the Clinique Smart Rewards program to receive 15% off your first purchase plus a birthday gift, free shipping, and free full-sized products in exchange for points.

Mary Browns

This offer is no longer available. Sign up for their monthly newsletter, and get a free Big Mary (chicken sandwich) on your birthday.

Mary Brown's

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There you go with some of the most popular birthday freebies in Canada. Take a look at which ones catch your fancy, and go get ’em! Are any of your favourite free birthday stuff not listed? Mention them in the comments!

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Canadians can access lots of free stuff on their birthdays! Is your birthday coming up and you are wondering what you can get for FREE on your special day? We’ve got more than 30 freebies for you to splurge on!

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39 thoughts on “51 Best Birthday Freebies in Canada in Jan 2023”

  1. Gravatar for Rob @ Passivecanadianincome

    cool post Enoch.

    Is it weird that the value village one gets me the most excited? haha books.

    Old navy aint bad either!
    cheers

    • Gravatar for Enoch Omololu

      @Rob. LOL! That makes sense!

    • Gravatar for K pet

      ***BEWARE OF VALUE VILLAGE! Owned by Walmart! NOT a charity! DO NOT SHOP OR DONATE! Real charities can’t charge tax BY LAW! Support REAL charities like Salvation Army Thrift Store (gives coupons!). (This info from 4 different VALID sources). If you’re looking for free books, there are lots of “Little Libraries” built at the end of people’s driveways plus look online.

    • Gravatar for Emm

      Mother Tucker’s in Burlington has the same birthday free meal.

  2. Gravatar for David Leonhardt

    I am not surprised that most of that most of these are for free food and drinks. Many restaurants will also give you a free birthday cake – even if people you are with don’t order dessert (Hear that, Mandarin? You don’t need to be accompanied by three dessert-eaters to claim your free cake!)

    • Gravatar for Enoch Omololu

      @David: LOL. It is certainly easier to claim your freebie if you do not have to drag three other fee-paying people along.

  3. Gravatar for Caroline

    I need to remember it all when my birthday comes up next year!
    Yves Rocher also offers 50% off on your birthday month, all you need to do is sign up for their free membership before.
    Great list:)

    • Gravatar for Enoch Omololu

      @Caroline: Thanks for adding to the list!

  4. Gravatar for Errik

    Thanks for sharing this amazing ideas.

    • Gravatar for Enoch Omololu

      You are welcome.

  5. Gravatar for Amanda

    Booster Juice no longer does their birthday smoothie as of dec 31 2018 🙁

    • Gravatar for Nadia CHANG

      That’s not true I still get free drink from booster juice in 2019

      • Gravatar for Jessica

        [* Shield plugin marked this comment as “Pending Moderation”. Reason: Failed Bot Test (expired) *]
        It is true. You received yours because you signed up before the cut off. Now anyone who signs up past that date in 2018 will not receive a free booster juice. And 2019 will be your last year of receiving one ! This informationis posted on their website currently.

    • Gravatar for chris

      yea i got my email yesterday for mine

  6. Gravatar for Niki3002

    Mongo’s gives you a free meal on your birthday with ID!

    • Gravatar for Enoch Omololu

      Thanks for adding!

  7. Gravatar for chris

    payless needs to be removed… they dont exist in canada anymore… definitely not in the GTA.

    • Gravatar for Enoch Omololu

      @Chris: Thanks for the heads-up!

  8. Gravatar for Isa

    Tucker’s offer a free buffet on your birthday. Don’t even need to be accompanied.

    • Gravatar for Enoch Omololu

      @Isa: Thanks for adding to the list!

    • Gravatar for K pet.

      Not 100% free. Only up to $15, so you still pay a little.

  9. Gravatar for KRB

    Booster juice birthday coupons are discontinued as of December 31 2018, subscribers got one for 2019 but will not get one in 2020

    • Gravatar for Enoch Omololu

      @KRB: Thanks for letting me know!

  10. Gravatar for Christine

    Ps… Forget Value Village. Buy from ACTUAL CHARITIES that HELP PEOPLE AND DONT BREAK THE LAW BY CHARGING TAX 2X! Try Salvation Army Thrift Store.

  11. Gravatar for Olga

    Charities can and must charge tax on products they sell, if they are registered to charge Gst/Hst.

    • Gravatar for JORDAN PURKIS

      Charities must collect taxes but usually not twice on the same item which is what the previous comment was saying whether or not its true I have no idea but if it is then ya not very charitable

  12. Gravatar for Clara Fran

    South St. Burger is no longer a free burger but instead “Buy One Get One Free” – just got the email this morning for my birthday.

  13. Gravatar for David

    Mary Brown has a notice on their web site that as of April 2021 they no longer offer the free chicken burger on birthdays. They still want you to sign up for their newsletter, though.

  14. Gravatar for Deanna Shoup

    Red Robin locations have closed down in Alberta.

    • Gravatar for Enoch Omololu

      @Deanna: Thanks for the update. Will note when next we update the article.

  15. Gravatar for JS

    Today is my birthday!

    Free pastry from Panera
    Free pie from Harvey’s
    Free drink from Starbucks

    Those were in my email this morning!

    • Gravatar for Enoch Omololu

      @JS: Glad to hear it!

  16. Gravatar for Rainer Marija Winkler

    Good job!

  17. Gravatar for Maribel Marin

    Still waiting for my Harvey’s Birthday e-mail… Last year it was a burger. I think this year it’s just fringes… hope they don’t forget me…

    So far I’ve received:
    – Starbucks free item
    – Giant Tiger free item (3 to pick from)
    – Baskin Robins 1 free scoop with the purchase of atleast 1 scoop and 10% off a cake
    – Marble Slab (still waiting for the deal e-mail)
    – David’s Tea 1 free steep tea
    – Indigo Chapters 20% off and 2,500 points aka $5 (plus I get an extra 10% for being a PlumPlus Member)
    – Hot Topic $5 off (plus I have my renewal/loyalty $5 off at the same time)
    – Sephora free sample
    – H&M 10% off

    * Old Navy… I have not received any birthday deals and I double checked the my account in the app and there is no area to check or add a birthday…

    If I get anymore I’ll add them later.

    • Gravatar for Enoch Omololu

      @Maribel: Thanks for your feedback and happy birthday!

  18. Gravatar for Andrea

    Hi Enoch. Thanks for compiling this list! You’ve introduced me to some new offers.

    FYI: Canadian residents can’t sign up for the Buffalo Wild Wings deal. You must be a legal resident of the U.S. to sign up for the rewards program. The program is also restricted to participating restaurants in the U.S. They specifically ask for a zip code to sign up.

    • Gravatar for Enoch Omololu, MSc (Econ)

      @Andrea: Thanks for highlighting this…they may have changed their program recently. Will look into it and update as needed.

  19. Gravatar for Tina Carriere

    Thank you for sharing!

    • Gravatar for Enoch Omololu, MSc (Econ)

      @Tina: You are welcome!

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