13 Freebies You Can Get on Your Birthday in Ottawa

It's your big day! Here's where you can get freebies and gifts on your birthday in Ottawa so you can celebrate in style.
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Another trip around the sun has gone by and it’s your special day again! Getting some freebies on your birthday is the cherry on top of an amazing day, so we’re going to fill you in on some of the birthday deals you can take advantage of in Ottawa.

1. Starbucks

This iconic coffee chain needs no introduction! Whether you’re a fan of their seasonal drinks (PSL anyone?!) or just a good cup of Joe, they offer something for everyone.

As long as you’ve signed up for their reward program, you’re eligible for one free food or beverage item off the menu on your birthday. This includes one complimentary handcrafted beverage, one food item, or one ready-to-drink bottled beverage.

To redeem your Birthday Reward, you must join their reward program at least 7 days prior to your birthday, provide your birthday in your Starbucks Rewards account information, and have made at least one Star-earning transaction prior to your birthday each year. 

Location: Find your nearest Starbucks location here.

2. Kettlemans Bagel

Kettlemans offers hand-rolled Montréal bagels, unique spreads, fresh salads, and tasty sandwiches for the perfect breakfast-to-go, boardroom power lunch, or late night indulgence.

For your special day, they’re offering a gift of 12 free bagels! In order to be eligible to redeem it, you must sign up for the Kettlemans App 30 days before your birthday.

Location: Find your nearest Kettlemans’ location here.

3. South Street Burger

South Street Burger offers delicious and fresh gourmet burgers that include their signature burgers and an option to build-your-own. 

Joining their Birthday Club gets you a Buy One, Get One FREE Burger coupon on your birthday. Perfect for a casual date night for two! 

Be sure that you subscribe to their Birthday Club at least 72 hours in advance of your birthday, and bring a valid ID with you for redemption (valid for dine-in or pick-up). 

Location: Find your nearest South Street Burger location here.

4. Marble Slab

Marble Slab is the OG of the “frozen slab” ice cream concept in Canada. They serve quality ice cream that can be customized to your heart’s desire with variety of delicious toppings!

If you subscribe to Marble Slab’s “Marble Mail,” you’ll receive exclusive offers including a sweet surprise on your birthday! 

Location: Find your nearest Marble Slab location here.

5. Sephora

Sephora is a go-to for many to shop the latest and favourites in beauty, fragrance, and skincare.  

If you’re a Beauty Insider, you can redeem your choice of a birthday gift in-store or online (a minimum purchase of $25 is required if redeeming your gift on their website). With gifts ranging from luxury makeup to skincare to haircare to fragrance, this is seriously one of the best freebies around! 

Location: Find your nearest Sephora location here and view this year’s birthday gifts here.

6. The Works

The Works offers delicious craft beer and burgers to enjoy on a night out with friends.

Their Burgers with Benefits Club gets you access to exclusive offers, promotions, and top secret burger buzz! If you want free grub on your birthday, be sure you subscribe to their mailing list a minimum of 9 days before your birthday to be eligible. 

Location: Find your nearest The Works location here.

7. Harvey’s

Harvey’s is a Canadian owned and operated fast-service chain that is a go-to for flame-grilled burgers, topped just the way you like them!

Sign up for their Burger Boss Club to get free Frings (their yummy fry/onion ring hybrid), a special gift on your birthday, delicious digital deals, and more. 

Location: Find your nearest Harvey’s location here.

8. Blue Cactus Bar and Grill

In the heart of the ByWard Market, Blue Cactus is a local restaurant serving contemporary cuisine with an upbeat atmosphere. 

Visit on your birthday with your ID and you’ll receive a complimentary entrée (entrée of least value at the table). If it’s not your actual birthday but you’re celebrating, you’ll receive a complimentary dessert! 

Location: 2 ByWard Market Square, Ottawa

9. Chatime

Chatime is a popular Taiwanese franchise that offers delicious handmade beverages made with freshly brewed tea. Each drink is individually prepared by trained tearistas worldwide!

Collect points through their Chatime Rewards Program and receive a free birthday drink! Simply visit any Chatime Ontario location and tell a Tearista it’s your birthday. Then tap your rewards card to redeem your free regular size drink! Your birthday reward is valid for 7 days before and after your birthday.

Be sure to register for Chatime Rewards at least 7 days before your birthday.

Location: Find your nearest Chatime location here.

10. BIG RIG Kitchen & Brewery

BIG RIG serves delicious comfort food including bar bites, salads & soups, hand-crafted handhelds, burgers, and more. 

Celebrate your birthday at one of their locations and you’ll receive a free dessert on the house! You can choose any dessert on the menu (applies to all desserts except the Chocolate Chip Cookie). 

Location: Ogilvie (1980 Ogilvie Rd, Unit 115, Gloucester) & Iris (2750 Iris St, Ottawa)

11. The Body Shop

The Body Shop is a revolutionary cosmetic company that has smashed beauty standards and created cult favourite products since they opened their doors back in 1976.

When you sign up for their exclusive loyalty club, you’ll receive a $10 voucher on your birthday to use on your favourite items in-store and online!

Location: Find your nearest Body Shop location here.

12. Mia’s Indian Cuisine

Craving Indian food on your big day? Mia’s Indian Cuisine offers an authentic, fine dining Indian culinary experience. 

Signing up for their VIP List gives you access to a wide range of exclusive benefits including automatic entry into all of their contests, compliments from the restaurant on your birthday, invitations to cocktail evenings, and other special promotions. 

Location: 917 Richmond Rd, Ottawa

13. Mandarin

If you grew up in Canada, chances are you’ve been to a birthday celebration at Mandarin. This iconic buffet serves a wide variety of delectable dishes from Canadian-Chinese favourites to pub fare. 

If you sign up for Mandarin’s e-newsletter, you can enjoy a free birthday buffet feast! All you have to do is visit a Mandarin one week before or after your birthday with 3 paying adults to enjoy a birthday buffet feast on the house.

Location: Find your nearest Mandarin location here.

Looking to plan a staycation for your special day? Celebrate your birthday at one of these luxury hotels and resorts in Ottawa.

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