The Best Birthday Freebies

Happy Birthday!

What’s the best part of birthdays? The gifts, of course. Just for staying alive for another year, you’re showered with gifts (and when you get older, free drinks) by friends and family. But even people who don’t know you will give you gifts on your birthday. Many restaurants, in addition to making their wait staff sing “Happy Birthday” to you, will also give you a free meal or dessert item. And some non-food service retailers also get in on the birthday action in creative ways. In some cases you’ll have to sign up for a rewards program or subscribe to e-mail newsletters to get the gift, and in many cases the gifts are limited to children. Still, free stuff is always worth it. Here are a few restaurants and retailers that will give you or your child some birthday freebies. Photo Credit: Jessica Diamond