34 Best Birthday Freebies in Vancouver in 2024

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Getting birthday freebies in Vancouver has never been easier. Many major retailers and restaurant chains are happy to celebrate your special day with you, but it does take a bit of planning since you can only eat so much and some of the offers are only available for a limited time.

You could get free birthday stuff in Vancouver by starting your day at Starbucks with a free drink. After you had your morning pick up, make your way to Denny’s for a free build your own Grand Slam Breakfast. If you head over to the Body Shop, you’ll get $10 off. Getting a free burger at Red Robin for lunch is a good value. For an afternoon snack, you can get a free donut at Cartems or Tim Hortons. When you get hungry again, head to Pajo’s for some fish and chips. Since you’re out, head to Papa John’s for a birthday cookie. 

As you can see, getting free birthday meals in Vancouver is easy, but you need to be signed up for many newsletters to ensure you get your free birthday coupons. Here’s a list of the best birthday freebies in Vancouver and any conditions to get them. Note that I checked these offers at the start of 2021, but they may have changed since then. I recommend calling the stores before you head out.

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The Alley

Bubble tea can easily be stored in your fridge for a few days, so heading to The Alley for a free bubble tea should be part of your birthday week celebration. To get your free gift, you need to have the app / loyalty program. The coupon is valid for five days from the start of your birthday. Note that some users have reported not being able to get the free birthday drink in Vancouver while those in Toronto say it’s still good.


The Arby’s south of Vancouver in Tsawwassenis one of the few locations left in the country. If you’re in the mood for shaved meat sandwiches, sign up for their newsletter so you’ll get something free on your birthday. Unfortunately, the website doesn’t say exactly what you’ll get, but some people have reported getting a free cookie or snack shake with any purchase.


Baskin-Robbins has a location in North Vancouver where you’ll get a free scoop on your birthday when you sign up for the Club 31 newsletter. You do need to purchase either a 2.5 oz scoop or 3 oz soft serve cone to get your free scoop. Alternatively, you get $5 off a 20+ cake on your birthday.

Boston Pizza

If you want free birthday stuff in Vancouver, make your way to Boston Pizza for free dessert. This is only available when you sign up for MyBP which is their newsletter. To be honest, it might best to just sign up a week before your birthday as you’ll get a free starter coupon as soon as you sign up and a free individual 2 topping pizza on your anniversary.

Cartems Donuts

One of the most popular birthday freebies in Vancouver is Cartems Donuts. This local chain has two locations and gives you a free donut on your birthday. You’ll need to show your ID to prove it’s your birthday, but that shouldn’t be a problem since you’ll be making the rounds for more free stuff.


Chatime has multiple locations in the Greater Vancouver area and like many other bubble tea shops, they offer a free birthday drink. To qualify for your drink, you must be a member of Chatime Societea. You must also make at least one purchase in the year leading up to your birthday to get your free drink.

COBS Bread

When you download the COBS app, you become a COBS CLUB member. This will give you access to regular offers. In addition, you’re entitled to a free cinnamon bun on your birthday, but you need to make at least one purchase in the previous year to qualify. COBS has multiple locations throughout the greater Vancouver area


If you’re going to get breakfast at Cora’s on your birthday, be sure to sign up for their newsletter in advance since you’ll get $5 off your meal as a gift. Note that the birthday offer is not stated clearly on their website, so there’s no guarantee it still exists. That said, Cora loyalty program members do get 3X the points for their birthday meal which is good for 30 days.

David’s Tea

Even though David’s Tea closed all of their locations, they’re still giving you something free on your birthday. Frequent STEEPER members get 5 free points on their birthday. Since you need 100 points to get a free 50g bag of tea, it’s not the best deal, but every point counts.


I would say the best Free birthday meals in Vancouver can be found at Denny’s. When you dine-in, you get a free Build Your Own Grand Slam breakfast. This meal includes eggs, sausage, bacon, potatoes, and pancakes. This offer can’t be combined with any other deals and it can only be used on your actual birthday. You still need to pay the taxes.


Over at Dairy Queen, I mean DQ, Blizzard Fan Club members get a free Blizzard on their birthday when they purchase a Blizzard. This BOGO offer is good for any size, so you go for the large size if you love ice cream.


Although I can’t verify it myself, readers have reported that French bakery, Faubourg gives you a free coffee or croissant on your birthday. This pâtisserie, and café has locations across the city.

Grounds for Coffee

With two locations in Vancouver, Grounds for Coffee is known to be home to the world’s best cinnamon bun. To get a free cinnamon bun on your birthday, you just need to download the app and set up an account. It’s also worth mentioning that when you refer someone to the app, you’ll both earn enough points for a free coffee.


When you join JUGO JUICE rewards, you’ll get a free small smoothie right away. Plus, when you purchase seven smoothies, you get the eighth one free. On your birthday, you can get large smoothie for free and additional personalized offers.

The Keg Steakhouse + Bar

Although it’s not advertised on their website, The Keg Steakhouse + Bar is still giving out a free slice of their Billy Miner Pie for birthdays with a paid meal. This is a dine-in only offer, so you need to let your server know that you’re celebrating your birthday. Also note that it doesn’t have to be your exact birth date if you’re looking to claim your free slice.

Kelly and Carlos O’ Bryan’s

One of the better free birthday meals in Vancouver is found at Kelly and Carlos O’ Bryan’s. You can get $20 off one menu item before 4pm or $30 off one menu item from 4pm until close. This offer is only available on your birthday and you need to bring at least one paying customer. You also can’t use the deal on drinks. You need to show ID to prove it’s your birthday.


Since KFC has so many locations, you might as well swing by and claim your free popcorn chicken. You don’t even need to eat it right away as popcorn chicken is easy to reheat later. You need to sign up for the KFC newsletter at least 30 days before your birthday to get the coupon.

Marble Slab Creamery

Marble Slab has a Marble Mail newsletter that gives you exclusive offers. They advertise free sweet surprises on your birthday so you might as well sign up. In the past, it’s been a buy one, get one free offer. You need to sign up at least 48 hours before your birthday to get your deals.


Anyone who has signed up for the Menchie’s app will get a $5 coupon to celebrate your birthday. Menchie’s is self-serve frozen yogurt, so you need to eat it right away.


Located out in Langley, Montana’s BBQ & Bar gives you 10% off your birthday and a free dessert when you join the Grill Lovers Club. You also get a free appetizer on your Montana-versary

New York Fries

The NYF Fry Society loyalty program is excellent so I’m not sure why not that many people talk about it. Not only do you earn points with every purchase, but you also get free regular fries on your birthday. As an added incentive, you can get a free poutine when you load your app with $25.

Olive Garden

Getting to the Olive Garden might be a journey since the closest location is in Langley, but if you love this American Italian food chain, it could be worth it. You’ll get a free dessert coupon worth up to $10 when you sign up for their newsletter.

OneZo Tapioca

Although OneZo Tapioca is relatively new to Vancouver, they’ve quickly attracted quite the following. When you sign up for the OneZo Tapioca rewards program, you’re entitled to one free medium drink (excludes totaro and smoothies).


Pajo’s has some of the best fish and chips in the city, and even better on your birthday. You can get a 2 piece cod and chips, beef burger, or breakfast menu item for free on your birthday when you contact them via their website. To get your free birthday dinner in Vancouver (or lunch), you need to buy a second meal of equal or greater value.

Papa John’s

Papa John’s serves pizza, but on your birthday, you get a free cookie. I’m not talking about an individual cookie. You get the ones that are the size of a small pizza. You need to have the Papa Rewards app for the coupon to arrive.

Pizza Hut

If you collect Pizza Hut’s Hut Rewards, you’ll get a free offer on your birthday. Over the years, the coupon has changed, but people have reported getting free breadsticks and dessert. No purchase was necessary at the time, which is nice.


Although not advertised, if you download the Quesada app, you’ll get free churros during your birthday month. The free coupon will appear in the app. Normally, free churros take 300 points to redeem, so it’s a nice little treat.

Red Robin

Red Robin has one of the best free birthday meals in Vancouver since you get a free birthday burger when you spend $4.99 (dine-in only). All you need to do is sign up for the Red Robin Royalty program. You can claim one of their gourmet burgers, but not one from their finest line of burgers. Although you can’t stack offers, you also get a free appetizer coupon the day after you sign up for the loyalty program.


I know I’ve been focusing on food, but I wanted to give Sephora’s Beauty Insiders a shoutout since they have the best birthday freebies in Vancouver. You get to choose one of the available gifts which can be anything from lipstick to mascara. Since you get about a month to claim your gift, there’s no need to rush things.


You can’t talk about free birthday stuff in Canada without mentioning Starbucks. Starbucks Rewards members get a free birthday drink or food item. Since you can order just about anything, you should be aiming for something that’s expensive. Food isn’t as valuable as drinks, so stick to a beverage. You do need to sign up for Starbucks Rewards at least seven days in advance to get your drink and the free drink is only good on the day of your birthday. You also need to make at least one purchase in the previous year.


When you join Subway’s My Way Rewards loyalty program, you’ll get a free cookie on your birthday. It may not be the most exciting bday gift, but it’s free nonetheless. Besides your birthday, My Way Rewards also has special offers in the app so you can take advantage of deals throughout the year.

The Body Shop

You’ll get a $10 reward to spend on your birthday when you sign up for the Love Your Body Club from The Body Shop. With multiple locations in the greater Vancouver area, this is one of the best birthday freebies in Vancouver.

The Improv Centre

A great place to spend your birthday is at The Improv Centre. Located on Granville Island, the Improv Centre is guaranteed to give you laughs. To claim your free birthday ticket, you need to sign up the newsletter and provide your birthday details.

Tim Hortons

The Tim Hortons Rewards app gives you a birthday coupon where you can claim something between 70 and 100 reward points. This is an okay deal since you have a few different options for redemptions. You need to make at least one transaction in the 12 months prior to your birthday to get the free coupon.

My list of birthday freebies in Vancouver has mostly focused on food, but note that there are also a bunch of retailers that give you free stuff. As mentioned, Body Shop gives you a $10 coupon, but there’s also London Drugs that gives you $5 off. Some retailers such as Old Navy, Gap, and American Eagle are also known to send out coupons near your birthday. Be sure to check out my post on birthday freebies in Canada if you’re going to be out of the province on your big day.

About Barry Choi

Barry Choi is a Toronto-based personal finance and travel expert who frequently makes media appearances. His blog Money We Have is one of Canada’s most trusted sources when it comes to money and travel. You can find him on Twitter:@barrychoi


  1. shawnbordoff on October 12, 2022 at 5:38 PM

    Please update your list. I know IHOP no longer honors their birthday offer in Canada.

    • Barry Choi on October 13, 2022 at 6:46 AM

      Good catch, I’ve updated my post.

  2. Dana on February 12, 2023 at 3:41 AM

    There are no longer any Swiss Chalets in BC.

    • Barry Choi on February 12, 2023 at 6:28 AM

      Hey Dana,

      Thanks for the update. I need to do an update on this page. I’m sure there are more bubble tea places that offer free bday drinks.

      • AK on November 26, 2023 at 1:23 AM

        Onezo Tapioca has birthday treat – just need to check the details.

        • Barry Choi on November 26, 2023 at 12:28 PM


          Thanks for the tip. I just added it!

  3. Kris on June 15, 2023 at 6:07 PM

    Thanks for these info.
    Starbucks, you can only redeem on the day of your birthday.

    Improv Centre also gives free ticket, needs to sign up.
    Joseph Richard Group, birthday and anniversary, you get free items
    Waves coffee

    • Barry Choi on June 16, 2023 at 10:08 AM

      Hey Kris,

      Thanks for this info. I’ll try to update the page as soon as I get time.

  4. Brent on July 7, 2023 at 2:34 PM

    Jugo juice gives a free smoothie/juice if you sign up and Cobs gives a free cinnamon bun in their app if you sign up. The Alley did not seem to have the free drink anymore as of 2023.

    • Barry Choi on July 7, 2023 at 9:34 PM

      Hey Brent,

      Thanks for the info. I added Jugo Juice and COBS to the list. I also checked online with the Alley. People in Toronto are still reporting getting their free birthday drink. I wonder if it’s just Vancouver that isn’t giving out the free drink.

      • Brent on July 8, 2023 at 11:31 PM

        It doesn’t show up in the app for me so I don’t know if it’s only Vancouver. You are also missing 2 other places with free birthday stuff in Vancouver: Grounds for Coffee who have the best cinnamon buns free on your birthday and Faubourg who give a free beverage or croissant

        • Barry Choi on July 9, 2023 at 7:49 PM

          Hey Brent,

          Thanks for the tips. I’ve updated my list.

  5. Jonathan on July 22, 2023 at 4:50 AM

    Red Robin’s now requires you to spend at least $4.99 before getting your free burger, and the deal is only good for DINE IN.

    • Barry Choi on July 22, 2023 at 7:51 AM

      Hey Jonathan,

      Thanks for info, I’ve updated the info.

  6. Anthony on September 11, 2023 at 3:54 AM

    Starbucks, you need to make a qualifying purchase once within the year on the app to qualify for a free bday reward

    I believe Chattime has a free bubble tea offer with their app as well, which also requires one purchase within the year. Not sure though.

  7. Britt on September 21, 2023 at 5:53 AM

    I believe Mac cosmetics and urban decay give out bday gifts but I’m not 100% if you need to purchase something from mac..I know you do from urban decay

  8. Jay on December 6, 2023 at 12:13 AM

    You have Starbucks on the list twice. Great list otherwise, making an itinerary for my birthday

    • Barry Choi on December 6, 2023 at 6:12 AM


      Ooops, thanks for catching that. I’ve updated the list.

  9. ray on January 19, 2024 at 4:40 AM

    Uncle Willy offers birthday rewards of either a Rotisserie/Fried chicken dinner or 20% off their standard AYCE menu

    • Barry Choi on January 19, 2024 at 12:56 PM

      Thanks for the tip!

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