It’s November! Not only does that mean that Christmas is around the corner, but it is also the month of my birthday – oh, and my husband’s too. His lands on the 6th of November and mine falls less than a week later on the 12th – which makes for a lot of celebrating in less than one week.
So, I’ve pulled together a list of the best offers and freebies out there that you can bag around your birthday. Bear in mind that most birthday offers require you to sign up a month before the actual day and can’t be used in conjunction with any other promotions such as NUS Extra, cashback websites, supermarket loyalty codes or Tastecard, for instance. Also, due to strict licensing laws, free alcohol is not available in Scotland, but alternatives may be offered.
Here is where to start:
Sign up to My Pizza Express and get a free bottle of Prosecco, bottle of wine, four bottles of beer or six soft drinks when you buy two main meals. The voucher will be sent you via email and is good for four weeks.
If pub grub is more your taste, sign up for the Vintage Inns mailing list for a complimentary bottle of Champagne two weeks before your birthday.
Celebrate your special day the right way: with friends, family – and a bottle of bubbly. Get your unique code and enjoy a complimentary bottle of Prosecco, or a bottle of red or white house wine with a minimum spend of £25 on food. What’s more, you’ll also get sent the same offer on your “half birthday”.
Join TGI’s celebrations club to get birthday treats for you and up to five friends; choose from cocktails, desserts or smoothies. Plus, like Prezzo, they’ll also send you the same treat on your “half birthday”.
If you fancy a free meal at Beefeater, sign up for their Reward Club. To qualify, you must buy at least one other main meal the main menu. What’s more, you can enter other special dates to receive additional offers.
Frankie and Benny’s has a birthday club which entitles adults get a free main meal and you get sent a £10 voucher when you sign up. Click on the link above to join.
At this American restaurant, you can get a free meal on your birthday so long as you sign up for their newsletter.
Please note birthday vouchers are distributed at the beginning of each month, if you sign up during the month of your birthday you won’t receive your voucher until the following year.
What’s more, when you sign up for the newsletter, you will receive a voucher for two free cocktails for you and a friend.
Get a free Benefit brow wax or a facial by Elizabeth Arden on your birthday if you sign up to the free Debenhams Beauty Club. Simply bring your card to the relevant beauty counter and show your proof of your date of birth within two weeks of your birthday.
Get a free gift on your birthday as a member of Space NK’s free loyalty scheme, N.dulge.
Here you will be sent an email members to notify you that there is a gift waiting for you, all you must do is drop into your local store, or can add it to any online order, using a promotional code in the email.
Sign up to the Smashbox newsletter to get a discount code for 10% off your next order. You will also be sent a voucher for a birthday treat offer every year during your birthday month. You can redeem your birthday gift on Smashbox.co.uk by making a purchase and applying your offer code during your birthday month.
Get 15% off on your birthday when you sign up to the Anthropologie loyalty programme, Anthroperks. Plus you’ll get the inside scoop on new arrivals and sale dates before they start as well as free delivery on orders over £75.
One of my favourite places to do Christmas shopping is on Notonthehighstreet.com, so having a November birthday is perfect as I will get a discount of 10% sent to me by email. Worth doing, if you ask me.
Join the ASOS newsletter and you’ll get 15% on selected full price items on your birthday. Bear in mind that it is only good for one order per customer up to a maximum of £500. Excludes delivery charges, gift vouchers and subscription to ASOS Premier.
Sign up for Topshop’s newsletter and a unique code will be sent out right before your birthday for 20% off online purchases, valid for 30 days and with no minimum spend.
Put your name down for the New Look newsletter and save 20% on your birthday. The unique code is sent via email, which is good for a fortnight.
If you shop at Oasis, it is worth signing up for their newsletter so you can get 10% off online or in-store on your birthday via a unique code sent by email, which is valid for two weeks after your birthday.
Sign up to the Disney store’s newsletter and opt to receive marketing emails, and a unique code will be sent to you on your birthday month. You can also receive a character phone call from Mickey and Minne if your order contains any Disney Party item.
When you receive your order confirmation, you’ll see a link to book your call. Click on this, and add the date you want to receive the message, and for what mobile phone number.
The day before your call, you’ll receive a text message with a short code in it. On the day of your call, text the short code a few minutes before you want your phone to ring. Your call will come through within a couple of minutes, so make sure you keep your phone close to you. Easy peasey.
If you sign up to the free ‘Big Birthday Club’ at the Early Learning Centre, on your child’s birthday you can get 20% off if your child is aged six or under.
You can either join up in store, or go online, but make sure that you sign up at least eight weeks in advance to benefit from the deal.
Mothercare offers a similar deal if you sign up to the free Mothercare ‘MyMothercare’ loyalty card. If your child is under six years of age, you can get 20% off toys. You can add the birth dates of up to four children, who should all receive an offer for their birthday.