In the grand scheme of things, I’m not overly fond of my birthday. Which is a story for another time, it really is.
But there is something I love about my birthday, and that is the free stuff, I love the birthday freebies, and thankfully I have signed up to get a lot. So please let me educate you, on how you can get such lovely things.
I’m not sure if this is cheating or not, but for this, I had to sign up for the Aveda Pure Privilege scheme, which is £10.00, but that is a one-off fee, and you get a gift each year. The gift itself is worth £24.00, so in the long run, you are defiantly saving money.
Each time, there are three composition oils you can choose from. There is Shampure oil, which to me smelt like baby powder, beautifying oil, which I already own. So, I choose the Stress-fix composition oil, because it smells absolutely amazing, will last ages and I use the moisturiser from the stress fix range, and I know in advance that it works.
Incidentally, it’s best to contact them directly nearer to your birthday, since they send the vouchers from the USA, instead of emailing them to you, if the vouchers do not arrive. Like I had too.
I signed up to this last year, but by then it was too late to use it for my birthday, so this was my first ever burrito, made in Paddington Station. Give it respect that the place was packed but the staff were friendly, and it was a free burrito. I choose the chicken, and had to leave half of it, it was delicious, but too much of it, so next year…leave out the rice. But it was excellent and free. I was delighted, and it saved me £6.95
This is now the only time I go into the Bodyshop, once upon a time it was more affordable, and I do feel the original vegan message it used to possess has now slipped from public consciousness. But as it was my birthday, and they do a very generous £5.00 voucher as part of the Beauty Club. I just had to get the Vanilla Marshmallow Softening Body Lotion, which is just amazing and smells marvellous, and only cost me £3.50 courtesy of the scheme. https://www.thebodyshop.com/en-gb/love-your-body-club
Boost Free Drink
Now for something very healthy on the list, also the first time I’ve ever been in Boost, got this by downloading the app, and went to the store in Oxford Street. I went for the Berry Crush, under 300 calories, vegan, gluten-free, and divine. Also saved me £5.15, and now I am a fan.
Get it off Appstore or in-store card.
Crepe Affair Free Crepe
For this, I had to go down to Wimbledon, because I was determined to finish the list, and this was the last thing on the list, and the one in Westfield is shut at the moment. But Wimbledon is pretty good, some nice shops even on a miserable day, and the Crepe I had by the fantastic staff was worth it. As per the app download, I get a free crepe on my birthday. And for this, I treated myself to, the most expensive crepe on the menu “I’ll Have What She’s Having”, priced at £6.95 and a mocha (I paid for that). And it was delicious.
Debenhams Elizabeth Arden Oxygen Blast Facial
This is worth £15.00, and I got mine in Debenhams Uxbridge, by the lovely Teresa, who assessed my skin, and am pleased to report that it is in excellent condition for someone of my age. There she massaged, toned and blasted my skin, making it look plumper and fresh. These are the products she used.
1. Replenishing Cleansing Oil
2. Ceramide Purifying Toner
3. Superstart Skin Renewal Booster
4. Ceramide Lift and Firm Eye Cream
5. Flawless Future Caplet Serum
6. Flawless Future Moisture Cream
Book in advance, directly from the store.
Debenhams Eye Wax
This was done, in Debenhams Oxford Street, via Benefit by the fantastic Kim, who complimented the shape of my eyebrows, and all I needed was a little tidy up. Very nicely done and I think I look pretty.
I didn’t book an appointment, but recommend you do so and was seen immediately. Price of Eyebrow wax, usually £16.50.
Get a Debenhams Beauty Card, and book via the Benefit website for an eyebrow wax, for the facial check on the website for participating Debenhams.
Tipping for Debenhams.
Now, we are fortunate enough to get this lovely service for free, and a such tipping is in order. However, Debenhams do not accept tips as per company policy, which I do respect. Instead of this, please donate to charities they support. There is a collection box at almost every till, and I got this pretty bracelet for donating.
Ed’s Easy Diner Free Milkshake.
There is always something surreal about Ed’s, a 1950s very tiny restaurant, in the heart of theatreland, in Moor Street, Soho. I do like the place, but it was the time of day it was impossible to sit down and have a meal, so thankfully they do to go. So, I ordered the Nutella large milkshake, worth £5.25, and happily walked down Soho drinking it. It was delicious and to get it, you have to sign up with them. Quickly done and so worth it, calorific but so worth it.
Greggs Sweet Treat.
Got this by downloading the app, since I am a sucker for Greggs, on your birthday, you get any sweet treat of your choice. Had to go for the muffin, because…well, look at it. Sweet, but the cherry gave it a strong filling taste. Also paired with a mocha, because of tradition.
Get it off Appstore.
Hobbs is the kind of place I dream of shopping from all the time, their clothes are just amazing. If I wore their clothes instead of my work uniform, I would sashay in like Wilhelmina Slater in Ugly Betty. But sadly, that’s unlikely for the foreseeable future, but a girl can dream. However, by signing up to the Hobbs website, for my birthday, they sent me a voucher for a candle. This Candle, worth £20.00, is an exclusive gift scented with Wisteria and is just amazing. Even currently unlit, the candle still manages to fragrance the air.
Hotel Chocolat Free Gift
I have been a lover of Hotel Chocolat, for years but I thank my lucky stars there isn’t one local to me for that reason. But I love the tasting club, the selections and of course the sales. Now they have recently launched the VIPME Scheme, where you get 15% off your first order with them, and a free gift which I’ve learned is a box of chocolates for your birthday. And I found this out, the day after my birthday. To say I wasn’t happy was an understatement. Since I have no shame, I contacted them explaining the situation hoping that they would take pity on me. I really have no shame and they did.
They sent me a £5 voucher, and I was spoiled for choice for all the lovely things they had in stock. But since it’s Christmas, and I have no intention of sharing. I treated myself to The Christmas Goodie Bag, consisting of the Cinnamon Bun Selector, Coconut & Macadamia Snowballs, Penguin Snowed Under Slab, Cookie & Caramel Wreath, Christmas Mess and Ultimate Milk Duo. The RRP is £18.00, and I paid £13.00. Winning.
Krispy Kreme Donut
By random happenstance, on the day I got the birthday voucher, also got one for a free doughnut, since I haven’t been there in ages. So, I got two, for nothing. Oh, happy days.
Went for the Berry White and Stardust, because it was seasonal, and they were both fantastic, but overall, I recommend Berry White over the two.
I love Paperchase, as someone who writes, I am a sucker for their stationery and notebooks, even though, I feel that the ones I buy are too pretty to write with and also taking a pen to paper will ruin them somehow. Am I the only one who this happens too? Please let me know.
But I fell in love with this notebook, which is strange because Butterflies are not usually my thing, but I love the metallic detail on this. And can’t wait to use it.
With the Paperchase Treat Me card, easily picked up in store or register online. I got £5.00 off the retail price, so it cost me £5.00 instead of £10.00. So, a very happy me.
Patisserie Valerie Cake
Even though Patisserie Valerie has been through some drama this year, it’s good that they haven’t done away with this. By joining their mailing list, on my birthday they sent me a voucher for a free cupcake, which I acquired with coffee in Covent Garden. It was delicious, that is all I can say.
Rituals. Travel Perfume
I’ve been a member of Rituals for ages, but this is the first time they have sent me a birthday gift. It was a tiny travel sample of Fleurs de l’Himalaya. Which was a sweet gift, and it does smell amazing. It also retails for £9.50. They also do a travel sample for men, and I have no idea what that smells like.
But it’s always nice getting something from Rituals, I do like that place.
Space NK Apothecary
Just by creating an account, and they send you the membership card. During your birthday month, they send you an email reminding you of the little goody bag. The store in London is very chic and welcoming, and the gift changes every few months. For the month of November, I got a Dr Dennis Gross Exfoliating Moisturiser, an Aurelia Hand Cream and a Darphin Essential Oil Elixir. I also got a voucher for a complimentary skin care and makeup consultation with a glass of champagne.
I also got
Superdrug: Double points on the Beauty card for a week.
Boots. Just by having an advantage card, I got Double Points for the month
Things I signed up for but got (almost) nothing
All Bar One
I signed up to the app because I was informed that you get a free bottle of prosecco on your birthday. Apparently, that’s only when you book a table with the app, I know this because when I mentioned on my birthday when I was in All Bar One in Windsor, all I got was a blank stare. However, just by signing up with the app, I got a free glass of Prosecco, which was nice.
Marks and Spenser Card
I signed up with this, because I was under the impression, that I would be gifted with a £5.00 voucher, alas I got nothing. I think it may have worked for others in the past, but not me. However, I never knew the great discounts you can get with the Sparks Card. Recommended.
Once again, by signing up with the Family Program, it was suggested that I would be gifted with a £5.00 voucher. Since the nearest one to me is Wembley, but I got nothing back. However, Ikea really have excellent customer service, may not have gained anything from them, but I can’t fault them for that.
A Freebie, I am not taking up from Swarovski
A while ago, I sighed up for the Be Swarovski Loyalty Scheme and was assured that I would get a crystal bottle stopper if I brought anything. I looked over the website and saw nothing I can afford
That being said there is a zodiac pendant which would look amazing around my neck, but still out of my price range. The cheapest thing there is a pen, and though beautiful, it’s just a pen. So, I could get a pen to get the crystal bottle stopper, but I won’t. I could change my mind before the month is out, as you have a month to claim the gift, but no, just letting this one go. However, I would love to know, who got this as a wedding present, I really would.
So, as you can see, these are the free, reduced and beautiful things you can get for your birthday. Please let me know, if you hear of any more, and in advance. Have a Happy Birthday.
20 Companies that need to do Birthday Incentives. But don’t.
But should, really should. May I iterate, this is a suggestion, not a fact.
Caffé Concerto. Free cake, with purchase of a drink. Just because both are magical.
Caffe Nero. Free coffee and cake if you have the app
Costa. Free Coffee and Cake if you have the app or loyalty card.
Crabtree & Evelyn. Free body cream
Disney Store. £5.00 voucher
Five Guys. Free milkshake, when you buy a burger
Forbidden Planet. £5.00 voucher.
Godiva. £5.00 voucher
HMV. £5.00 voucher
Kiehl’s. Free hand cream.
Liberty. £10.00 voucher
L’Occitane en Provence. £10.00 voucher to spend in store if you sign up.
Lola’s Cupcakes. Free cupcake
Lush, by signing up to the website, you get a £5.00 voucher
Molton Brown. Free shower gel
Pandora. Sigh up the loyalty program as a one-off for £20.00, and get a free charm from a selection each year. Naturally older stock, they want to get rid of. A great idea, you’ll agree.
Superdry. £25.00 off £50.00 spend. Really wishful thinking.
Waterstones. £10.00 for being on the loyalty program or free book.
White Company. Free candle
Yours Clothing. £10.00 voucher