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Free Birthday Swag in Honolulu

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One of my favorite things about a birthday is all of the free swag from retailers and restaurants that goes along with living another year. Following are some of my favorite picks. If you know of other offers that I should add to this list, please email or tweet me.

1. Aveda Salons

Sign up for Aveda's online newsletter (link above) and receive an exclusive offer or gift on your birthday each year. In previous years, this has been a full-sized product. A recent Aveda Salon location search yielded five Honolulu-based salons, one in Kailua, and a few on the outer islands. Use the Aveda Salon location finder here.

2. Baskin Robbins

A birthday wouldn't be complete without ice cream! Put yourself on the Baskin Robbins mailing list (link above) and you'll receive, five days before your birthday and via email, a coupon for a free scoop. There are three Honolulu locations to serve you and several more throughout the rest of the island.

1618 S. King St.
Honolulu, HI 96826
808-947-7300

2255 Kalakaua Ave.
Honolulu, HI 96815
808-922-0031

1620 N. School St.
Honolulu, HI 96815
808-847-3131

3. Benihana

Benihana sends $30 gift certificates for birthday bashes. Sign up for The Chef's Table (link above) at least a week before your birthday to ensure you get the e-certificate on time. The popular teppanyaki-style Japanese restaurant is located in Waikiki; make reservations and plan enough time for traffic and parking.

2005 Kalia Road
Honolulu, HI 96815
808-955-5955

4. Black Angus

Black Angus' birthday gift makes it worth the drive to Pearl City. Join the Prime Club (link above) in advance of your birthday and receive a certificate for a free steak dinner with the purchase of an equally priced entree. There is also a location in Lahaina on Maui.

98-1262 Kaahumanu St.
Pearl City, HI 96782
808-487-0054

5. Buca di Beppo

Buca di Beppo always seems to have a generous offer up its sleeve. Sign up for the e-Club (link above) and receive an immediate coupon for a free appetizer or specialty bread. On your birthday you'll get another coupon for a free dessert. Located at Ward Shopping Centers.

1030 Auahi St.
Honolulu, HI 96814
808-591-0800

6. Denny's

America's diner is always open, and all you have to do to redeem your free birthday Grand Slam is show up any time on the day of your birthday (you'll be required to show your drivers license or other documentation to prove its your special day). There are five locations on Oahu and several others throughout the rest of the state. The Honolulu locations are both situated in Waikiki:

2345 Kuhio Ave.
Honolulu, HI 96815
808-922-9522

205 Lewers St.
Honolulu, HI 96815
808-923-8188

7. IHOP

An IHOP Pancake Revolution sign-up (the online mailing list, link above) rewards you with a free meal on your birthday (thought to be the Rooty Tooty Fresh 'N Fruity breakfast: two eggs, bacon, sausage, and pancakes) and another free meal on your one year Pancake Revolution anniversary. There are four locations throughout the island.

1850 Ala Moana Blvd.
Honolulu, HI 96815
808-949-4467

2211 Kuhio Ave.
Honolulu, HI 96815
808-921-2400

98-1254 Kaahumanu Street, #B03
Honolulu, HI 96782
808-486-4467

46-056 Kamehameha Hwy. D-1
Kaneohe, HI 96744
808-235-4467

8. Sephora

This is a wahine must not miss! Sign up for Sephora's Beauty Insider (link above) and then stop by the store any time during your birthday month (must show documentation with your birth date) for a very generous free gift. It's pure joy. Three locations on Oahu. One store in Lahaina on Maui.

1850 Ala Moana Blvd.
Honolulu, HI 96814
808-944-9797

2250 Kalakaua Ave., Suite 153
Honolulu, HI 96815
808-923-3301

98-1005 Moanalua Road, Suite 224
Aiea, HI 96701
808-487-0677

9. Starbucks

How about your favorite Starbucks drink just for being born? The corner coffee shop classic loads your birthday bonus directly on your Starbucks card (you basically purchase a gift card, register it online, and use it as your personal Starbucks card).

Locations all over the place. Click here.

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