Your birthday is a great time to get free stuff — and not just from your family and loved ones. Many store loyalty programs give you small birthday gifts, too. Here’s a roundup of some of the best birthday freebies, from coupons to beauty products.
All programs listed are free to join. Remember to provide your birthdate when you sign up, so the store knows when to send your birthday gift. Some programs may require you to opt in for promotional emails if you want to receive birthday gift notifications.
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American Eagle Outfitters. The AEO Connected program will send you a birthday coupon worth 15 percent off a single purchase. Expect to receive the coupon by email at the beginning of your birthday month. To redeem it, present the offer at an American Eagle store by the expiration date.
BareMinerals. The Friends and Benefits program gives members a free birthday gift each year. You’ll receive a product coupon redeemable for a gift. Past examples include makeup items such as eye shadow and lip balm. Redeem in the store or have your gift shipped with an online order placed within 30 days of receiving the coupon.
The Body Shop. The Love Your Body Club will give you a birthday offer every year. You need to sign into your loyalty account to claim it. The birthday gift may be a discount (usually $10 off) or a coupon redeemable for a product. Your birthday gift will be automatically applied to an online order placed during your birthday month. Or you can claim it in-store by presenting your Love Your Body Club card.
GameStop. Get a coupon every year on your birthday. The most current birthday offer is 20 percent off the next purchase of a pre-owned game.
DSW. Members of the DSW VIP Rewards program get a $5 birthday coupon every year. The coupon can be used online or in stores anytime during the member’s birthday month. If you achieve VIP Elite status by spending $500 at DSW in a calendar year, your birthday reward increases to $10.
Kohl’s. Join the Yes2You rewards program, provide your birthdate at sign-up and get a coupon when your birthday rolls around. The amount of the coupon is not disclosed in the loyalty program’s terms, but members have reported it’s worth $10.
Macy’s. The Star Rewards program promises a birthday surprise every year during the birth month attached to the account. There are a few strings attached: To get a birthday gift surprise, you must have made a purchase at Macy’s on your loyalty account within the past 12 months.
The birthday surprise is a new feature in the loyalty program, and there are few specifics published. The program’s terms and conditions simply say that the value of the surprise will vary for each member.
Sephora. Loyalists in the Beauty Insider program have a special treat to look forward to during their birthday months: a free sample-size beauty item or set, redeemable in Sephora stores or online at checkout. What exactly that item is changes every year. In 2018, for example, the birthday gift is a choice between a set of minis from Bite Beauty, GlamGlow or Bumble and bumble. In-store redemption requires no purchase. A merchandise purchase is required if you want to redeem your birthday gift online.
Ulta. The Ultamate Rewards program gives all members a free birthday gift. The gift must be redeemed in an Ulta store during the member’s birth month. Ulta’s birthday gifts change every month, but past examples have included mascara, blush and lip balm.
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