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! 


Melissa was born and raised right here in Iowa. Although she grew up in southwest Iowa (about as close to Missouri and Nebraska as you can get!), she has called eastern Iowa home for 15 years. She and her husband Eric live in North Liberty, along with their 4 year-old daughter Kennedy. Melissa attended the University of Northern Iowa where she earned her BA in Early Childhood Special Education and her MAE in K-6 Learning Disabilities. She currently teaches kindergarten for the Clear Creek Amana School District, where she has taught for 14 years. In her spare time, Melissa loves to be outside playing or working on projects in their yard, spending time with family and friends, and baking up goodies for her family. She also enjoys taking walks with their two dogs, plump beagle Lenny and shy dachshund-beagle mix Cooper. Life as a full-time working mommy keeps her very busy, but Melissa wouldn't have it any other way!



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