Happy Birthday To Me, What Can I Get For FREE?

Happy Birthday To Me, What Can I Get For FREE?

Cherie Tan

Every year, as my birthday draws closer, I find myself fumbling on the internet for birthday deals that I could enjoy hopefully for free. As one of our community once said,

“Nothing cheapo le. We are Singaporeans, we’re bargain hunters by nature! :)”
~ HC Tang, Seedly Community Member

Bargain hunters it is. Bargain hunters we are. With that, I will leave you with a list of birthday perks that we can get ALMOST all for free.

Birthday Perks for the Birthday-You

A brief summary of what perks are available:

CategoryMerchantsBirthday PerksRequires Membership?
ActivitiesSingapore ZooFREE admissionNo
ActivitiesPopular BookstoreFREE Family PhotoshootYes
ActivitiesPopular BookstoreFREE Admission to Trapped Escape RoomYes
FoodSumo Bar HappyFREE Birthday Salmon SashimiNo
FoodSwensensFREE Ice CreamNo
FoodStarbucksFREE drinkYes, it's free
FoodKOI Cafe2 FREE drinksYes
FoodBoiler1 FREE Boston LobsterNo
FoodShin MinoriFREE ala carte lunch buffetNo
FoodLawry'sFREE 3rd main courseNo
FoodCoca RestaurantDine for FREENo
FoodBOOST JuiceFREE BOOSTYes, it's free
FoodManhatten Fish Market10% off No
FoodMarchéFREE Marché Customer Card with S$20No
FoodSpizzaS$20 Birthday VoucherYes, it's free
FoodSoup SpoonS$5 voucherYes, spend S$5 to join
FoodIkkousha Hakata RamenFREE Birthday GyozasNo
FoodBoufe CafeFREE cakeNo
FoodTung Lok20% rebateYes
FoodRWS Restaurants25% off total billYes
AirlinesScoot15% discountYes
EntertainmentGolden Village1-for-1 movie ticketsYes, it's free
HospitalityStayfareastFREE UpgradeEmail Subscribers
TelcoSingtelFREE 1GB dataYes
MembershipPopular BookstoreMultiple Birthday Perks
• 20% off Andersen's
• Free Body Wellness Treatment
• 20% off Cat & the Fiddle
• 2 for S$24 Domino's Pizza and Free Chocolate Lava Cake
• Free Photoshoot
• 20% off at Joie Restaurant
• FREE 2 adult tickets to Pororo Park
• 1-for-1 Pasta at The Grumpy Bear
• Free Admission to Trapped Escape Room
MembershipSephora• FREE Benefit Brow Services
• FREE Gifts
• X2 Member Points
MembershipCotton OnS$10 off Birthday Voucher (min spend $20)Yes, it's free
MembershipKikki.kS$10 voucher (no min spend)Yes, it's free

Read on for more details, especially to check if the promotion is still valid, I have included the related links that I could find too.

Birthday Perks in Singapore

Birthday Perks for Food – Truly The Singaporean Way

MerchantsBirthday PerksMore Details
Sumo Bar HappyFree Birthday Salmon Sashimi, as many as your age!
[Min 4pax, to enjoy 1 birthday promo]
BOOST JuiceFree BOOST drink on actual dayLink
KOI Cafe2 FREE medium-sized beverages on your birthday month
with your friend! (You and your friend must be present)
Swensen'sFree Firehouse Happy Birthday.
Present NRIC/Passport to redeem.
StarbucksWelcome member - Free drink upgrade
Green member - Free cake and drink customisation
Gold member - Free drink
*Gold member gets all benefits, Green member can redeem both green and welcome benefits.
Boufe CafeFREE cake on your birthday month!
(min. 2 mains purchased)
You can choose any cake from our cake counter including our new Gâteau Burger!
Proof via ID is required and this is valid for dine-in only.
The Boiler1 Free Boston Lobster
with purchase of a Boiler’s Bombdiggity Bag
MarchéSGD20 preloaded in Marché Customer Card
with a minimum spend of $120 within your birthday month
Ikkousha Hakata RamenFree Birthday Gyoza, as many as your age!
[Min 4pax, with min of 1 ramen order each pax]
Spizza$20 Birthday Voucher.
Will be automatically tagged to your Spizza account 2 weeks before your birthday and it's valid for dine-in and delivery.
Shin MinoriFree ala carte lunch buffet
on your birthday month
Lawry'sCouples: 50% off 2nd main course
Groups: FREE 3rd main course
and FREE birthday dessert and instant photo
Coca RestaurantDine for FREE
on your birthday month with 3 paying adults
Manhatten Fish Market10% off your a la carte bill
and a free Manhattan Celebration Tower
min. of 4 total diners and min spending of $50.
Tung Lok20% rebate on birthday monthLink
RWS Restaurants25% off total bill
$25 dining voucher for your next visit (dine-in only)
Complimentary all-day parking
Complimentary corkage waiver
Complimentary birthday cake by award-winning pastry chef, Kenny Kong
Soup SpoonS$5 voucherLink

Birthday Perks in Singapore - Activities

Birthday Perks With Activities To Do

MerchantsBirthday PerksMore Details
Singapore Zoo,
River Safari,
Jurong Bird Park,
Night Safari
Free admission
*Valid with an accompanying paying guest and;
for 7 days from date of birth, actual date inclusive.
Trapped Escape RoomFREE Admission for birthday guest with min. 2 paying guestsLink
Firefly PhotographyFREE Outdoor Family Photography SessionLink

Birthday Perks in Singapore - Activities


MerchantsBirthday PerksMore Details
Scoot15% discount
birthday voucher
Golden VillageBuy 1 Get 1
Free Standard Movie Ticket - on your birthday
StayfareastComplimentary upgrade to a Club Room with Club benefits.
By booking a Deluxe Room within your birthday month at any of their participating hotels also enjoy daily breakfast for 2, hotel club lounge access and more, all on the house!
SingtelFREE 1GB data
Free 1GB Birthday local data automatically during the billing cycle which starts within the subscriber’s birthday month, as long as you’re on an eligible plan.

The More Popular Birthday Perks and their Details Below

Free Entry to the Singapore Zoo

singapore zoo
Image Credit: Visit Singapore

I think this is commonly known to almost everyone! You can bring friends who have birth dates CLOSE to yours too!

Free admission for birthday guest is valid with an accompanying paying guest, this is valid for 7 days from date of birth, actual date inclusive.

For example, if your birthday is on 1st May, you are eligible for your FREE entry from 1st May to 7th May. So, I guess this is where the spoof of “happy birthday day to you, you are born in the zoo” came from.

What’s more, you get 10% off all retail and F&B outlets when you present your admission ticket.

More details

Note: It is free entry for River Safari, Jurong Bird Park and Night Safari too!

Free Ice Cream at Swensen’s

Image Credit: Swensen’s

The most popular food option that will NEVER go out of date would be getting your ice cream fix from Swensen’s. Correct me if I am wrong, you don’t have to purchase anything to get free ice cream. You could just walk in for that ice cream fix!

Free Firehouse Happy Birthday Ice Cream on your birthday (has to be the actual day). Just present your NRIC or passport before ordering!

They have been offering this ever since I WAS A KID! I remember my sister having her birthday meals at Swensen’s almost every year for the free ice-cream!

Click here for more details.

Tips and Tricks shared by the Community

The community at Shopback had shared with us their experience when patronising with different companies and the things they would offer to you as a birthday boy/girl.

Loon Wai Yit Check in hotel room will get a free slice of birthday cake on actual day. ?

Ho Kok Pin – Hotel room complimentary upgrade. *subject to availability
I experienced getting free birthday cake, complimentary massage session and room upgrade in a boutique hotel at Danang.

Charmaine Lim Xiaomei Can also get free gifts from hotel if you mention that you are celebrating your anniversary! Plus there is no way to verify so you can use the excuse for unlimited times!

Nicholas LimMost airlines will offer a drink, a cake or something if you let them know three days ahead that you’re flying on your birthday.

Elsa Goh – Review your various memberships. Usually got some birthday thing one. For example, Pet Lovers Centre has extra discount.

If you would like to read more, check out the discussion here.

The Most Important Takeaway – Always review your memberships!

Yes, it is very important that we all review our various membership, they would usually reward their members with a perk or two. ?

Some memberships that also offer amazing birthday perks

Let us know how did you spend your birthday below!

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