A few years ago, I made it a tradition to not work on my birthday and spend much of the day collecting free birthday stuff in Vancouver. There are some amazing birthday freebies in my city, but there are also birthday freebies in Canada that many more Canadians can take advantage of. This is the ultimate guide on where to get free stuff on your birthday in Canada.
Here’s the list of birthday freebies in Canada.
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Birthday Freebies in Canada
These birthday freebies in Canada will guarantee to make your day a little bit brighter and a little bit sweeter. Some freebies you can collect on your birthday (or close to your birthday) include:
- Free Starbucks drinks
- Free food from Tim Hortons
- Free pancakes
- Free Sephora make up or skin care
This comprehensive list will go over free drinks, free food, free desserts, and then free birthday stuff in Canada.
First, let’s peruse free birthday stuff in Canada in the form on free drinks for your birthday:
Starbucks Birthday Freebie
This is probably one of the most well-known birthday freebies in Canada around, 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 at least 7 days before your birthday.
Then you have to have a star earning purchase (it is earned usually from buying something at Starbucks) before your birthday each year. Also, make sure your Starbucks Rewards account online includes your birthday.
So this takes a bit of planning if you’re not a Starbucks Rewards member already.
You can redeem for a complimentary handcrafted beverage OR one a complimentary food item OR a complimentary ready-to-drink bottled beverage.
You will get an email about 2 days before your birthday reminding you of your birthday Starbucks drink.
- When to Redeem: On your birthday
- Value: up to $6.00-$9.40 (including tax)
I signed up for my birthday reward two years and got a membership card. I didn’t get the birthday email but I managed to call Starbucks customer service and they inputted the birthday reward on my account. You can get food instead of drinks too! I got a Chicken and Quinoa Protein Bowl which came up to $9.40 after taxes. I believe it is $8.95. It was FREE!!
Great way to save money on food, if you ask me.
It can be any menu item and you can even order it ahead on the Starbucks app and just tell the barista you are claiming your Starbucks birthday freebie. I had a Chicken and bacon on brioche sandwich instead of the protein bowl last year and it is around an $8 value.
This year I decided to go for a drink.
It can be any menu item and you can even order it ahead on the Starbucks app and click “claim your birthday reward” without even having to talk to anyone.
If you are choosing a drink, make sure you get a venti size. A great iced drink option to choose as yoru Starbucks Birthday Freebie is the Iced Brown Sugar Oat Milk Shaken Espresso. I think it added to something like $7.50 after my modifications, it was great to get it for free.
If you like Starbucks, here’s how to get free Starbucks Coffee in Canada (without doing 1 hour long surveys).
Tim Horton’s Birthday Reward
Similar to Starbucks, Tims Rewards has a birthday offer in Canada. To qualify, you have to sign up for Tim Hortons Rewards 7 days before your birthday.
Then you have to make an eligible transaction within 12 months of your birthday.
Your birthday offer will be communicated to you within the app or by email.
You can get a free drink with Tim Hortons Rewards points, which is enough for a brewed coffee or tea, hot chocolate, french vanilla, or a Tim’s iced coffee. You can also get a breakfast sandwich.
Just like with Starbucks, you can only redeem your birthday offer on your birthday.
This is what the Tim Horton’s Birthday Offer looks like:
When you are ordering in the app, make sure it says “Reward” beside your order so that you can redeem the reward and not get charged (I made this mistake unfortunately).
Finally, one thing to note if you value your privacy is to make sure you turn off GPS tracking in the app. In the summer of 2020, the Tim Horton’s app was in the news because it was found they are tracking your whereabouts, even if it is no where a Tim Hortons, and when you go away to Morocco for international travel!
- When to redeem: On your birthday
- Value: Up to $4.85 or so
Also, it all has to be done in the app and redeemed in the Tim Hortons app if you order ahead. You can also load it and then use your digital card to make a purchase at the Tim Hortons.
You can’t just go into Tim Hortons and show them your Driver’s License- that does not work.
David’s Tea Birthday Gift
If you join the Frequent Steeper Club you get 5 Free Points towards free loose leaf tea. To get 50g of loose leaf tea, you need 100 Points. 50g of loose leaf tea is around $7.98.
- When to redeem: When You get to 100 Points
- Value: Miniscule… but worth it if you’re a huge David’s Tea fan
Jugo Juice Birthday Smoothie
If you join Jugo Juice Rewards, you can get a birthday smoothie on your birthday. They started this Jugo Juice birthday smoothie promotion in 2021.
After you sign up you’ll also get a free small Jugo Juice smoothie email offer to use within 14 days.
You’ll get bonus Birthday Points, enough to receive a free large Jugo Juice smoothie on your birthday. This is the email I got in 2023.
Jugo Juice has locations all across Canada, like in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, and Nova Scotia.
- When to redeem: On your birthday
- Value: $8.95
Now that you’ve quenched your thirst, it’s time to chow down! Here’s some free food on your birthday in Canada:
Denny’s Grand Slam Birthday Freebie
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, though I find that IHOP pancakes are better than Denny’s.
Unfortunately, you can’t do your Grand Slam birthday freebie as ‘take out’. You can only dine-in for your Denny’s Vancouver birthday freebie.
As of 2023, they have a specific Birthday Grand Slam breakfast, but you might be able to build your own grand slam.
- When to Redeem: On your birthday
- Value: $13.99
IHOP Birthday Pancakes
Unfortunately as of 2022, IHOP no longer provides birthday pancakes in Canada (believe me I showed them my IHOP birthday email and checked with my local IHOP location). If you live in the US though, you can get birthday Pancoins that you can redeem for free pancakes.
At IHOP (International House of Pancakes) you can get a FREE full stack of World Famous Pancakes when you join their MyHOP club.
Taxes and gratuity are extra. I have tried the glazed strawberries flavour and the strawberries and banana flavour, and it was delicious!
A stack of pancakes (4) for free, sweet birthday freebies in Canada!
Just show your email with the code to your server and they will give you your free pancakes.
When to Redeem: You’ll get an email 1 week before your birthday and it is valid for 14 days from the date of the email Value: Up to approximately $12.49
Red Robin Royalty Birthday Burger
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.
The Red Robin birthday burger is probably one of our favourite birthday freebies in Canada. They have the best burgers and fries, in my opinion.
When you get the Red Robin, you just tell them you would like to claim your birthday burger, and they will ask for your cell phone number (the number associated with Red Robin Royalty).
The best thing about the Red Robin birthday burger is that you can take your burger freebie out for takeout. Some locations also have large outdoor patios too.
If you order a lower priced burger, they still give you the $ off the more expensive burger (if it was the burger you as the birthday girl or guy ordered).
As of 2023, the Birthday Burger Reward is not valid for takeout, and if you have minors in your Red Robin account, their birthday burger is also dine-in only.
- When to Redeem: 1 week before your birthday up to the end of your birthday month
- Value: Up to $17.99 with a minimum purchase of $4.99
South Street Burger Birthday Club
If you sign up for the South Street Burger Birthday Club, you can get a digital coupon for a free BOGO (Buy One Get One free) burger. You have to sign up at least 72 hours before your birthday and it is only valid for pick up or dine-in, not for delivery.
South Street Burger has locations in British Columbia, Alberta, and Ontario.
- When to Redeem: Up to 14 days after your birthday
- Value: BOGO coupon
Cobs Bread Birthday freebie
If you sign up for the Cobs e-newsletter, you can get a free Cobs cinnamon bun on your birthday.
You have to sign up for the Cobs Club at least 7 days before your birthday and you need to make a purchase within 1 year Cobs before your birthday.
Cobs over 145 locations all across Canada.
- When to Redeem: Up to 14 days after your birthday.
- Value: $3.65
In addition, Cobs gives you a Half-Birthday treat! A scone of any flavour.
This is the white chocolate berry cone.
New York Fries Birthday Freebie
If you join New York Fries Fry Society Loyalty Program you can get a free regular fries from New York Fries on your birthday.
New York Fries locations are usually at shopping malls across Canada.
- When to Redeem: Your Birthday
- Value: Around $5
Finally, to top it off, here’s free dessert for your birthday across Canada:
Baskin Robbins Birthday Freebie
If you join Baskin Robbins Club 31, you can get a free scoop of Baskin Robbins ice cream. You will get an email for a coupon for a BOGO 2.5 oz scoop or 3 oz soft serve cone, or for $5 off a $20+ cake on your birthday.
You can register yourself and up to four children.
Baskin Robbins are located in over 100 locations across Canada, in the provinces of Ontario, Quebec, Manitoba, and British Columbia.
- When to Redeem: 5 days before and 5 days after your actual birthday
- Value: Around $5
Boston Pizza Birthday 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.
You could probably stack this with the Kids Club Free Kids Meals, but I haven’t tried yet.
Too bad it’s not a free pizza, but a free dessert is still a nice touch.
If you end up going to Boston Pizza it is a merchant with Ampli for you to earn cash back.
- 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 Birthday Coupon
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 Birthday Ice cream
Join Marble Mail and get free a Marble Slab ice cream cone. You have to sign up at least 48 hours before your birthday in order to get the email coupon.
It used to be a BOGO offer but this year they sweetened the deal (no pun intended!).
- When to Redeem: It expires 14 days after your birthday
- Value: around $5 (or however much you want to spend for your cone)
Finally, on to one of my favourite part of free birthday stuff in Canada, actual free birthday STUFF in Canada, like points, cosmetics, and vouchers!
Sephora Birthday Freebie Canada
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.
Signing up for the Sephora Beauty Insider is free.
Sephora is similar to Beauty Boutique with Shoppers Drug Mart, and I would argue that it is more popular. This is one of my favourite free birthday stuff in Canada.
You can either go in store and receive this gift with no purchase necessary, or go online and buy something from Sephora ($50 minimum for free shipping or if you are a Beauty Insider sometimes they have no minimum shipping) and add your birthday gift onto your online purchase.
Don’t forget to sign up for Rakuten to get cash back if you end up doing the online purchase (you can get $30 cash back if you aren’t a member yet and sign up and make a purchase within 30 days). Here’s my Rakuten Canada review.
I got a NARS lip pencil one year and loved it so much I bought the full size lip pencil.
For the Sephora 2023 birthday freebie, they are offering your choice of:
- Ilia Makeup Birthday Gift Set– A limitless lash mascara and multi-stick (cheek and lip colour)
- Glow Recipe– Watermelon Glow Niacinamide Dew Drops mini and Watermelon Glow Pore Tight Toner mini
- Dior Fragrance Birthday Gift Set- Miss Dior eau de parfum mini and Sauvage eau de parfum mini
- Ouai “The Ouai of Life” Birthday Gift Set– Detox Shampoo mini, Leave-in Travel Conditioner mini, St. Bart’s Body Cleanser mini, and Melrose Place eau de parfum mini
- 250 Sephora Beauty Insider points
Here’a link to the current 2023 birthday freebie options from Sephora.
- When to Redeem: Your birthday month or two weeks before your birthday
- Value: Approximately $10
For 2023, I chose the Glow Recipe and picked it up in store, no purchase necessary.
London Drugs Birthday Gift Voucher
London Drugs has extensive locations in British Columbia, Alberta, and a few locations in Saskatchewan and one location in Manitoba.
You can either buy something online from London Drugs online, or when you are at London Drugs, you can ask them to apply your birthday coupon to your purchase.
As of 2023, you have to make a purchase at London Drugs in the 12 months before your birthday month to get your London Drugs Birthday Reward.
You have to activate the voucher and load it to your account.
- When to Redeem: An email will be sent about 1 week before your birthday and you have to activate it before the last day of your birthday month to get the voucher loaded onto your account. The $5 voucher expires in about 6 months.
- Value: $5
Rexall Free Be Well Points
If you join the Rexall Be Well Program (it’s kind of like the PC Optimum Program) you can get an email for10,000 Be Well points if you may ANY purchase during your birthday month. It can even be a pack of gum or a dozen eggs.
You just have to click “load offer” when you get the email so it can be loaded to your Be Well account.
For the Be Well program, 25,000 points can be redeemed for $10 worth of goods from Rexall. So 10,000 Be Well points is worth about $4.
Rexall has numerous locations in British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and Quebec. Basically all across Canada.
- When to Redeem: You have to make any purchase during your birthday month.
- Value: About $4
There you have it, hope you enjoyed this list of Canadian birthday freebies! Free birthday stuff in Canada to keep your birthday busy all day long (and possibly for a few weeks after your birthday too).
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Most importantly, have a happy birthday!
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