I spent my birthday nabbing as many free sweet treats as you can get – people are stunned by how much is available | The Sun

WE all love being spoiled on our birthday… but it turns out, we don't just have to depend on our family and friends for gifts.

One young woman proved this by spending her 23rd birthday seeing how many freebies she could get in shops.


Pippa Gilroy made the most of her special day by utilising rewards and loyalty schemes at a range of companies. 

The content creator first went to stationery shop Paperchase which gives you a £5 voucher on your birthday if you’re signed up to its rewards scheme. 

Pippa explained that choosing what to spend her fiver on was “so hard because everything was so cute”.

She settled on a 365-day happiness journal after toying with a pack of highlighters.

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Pippa then went to juice bar Boost which gives a free drink on your birthday – so long as you bring your ID and are signed up to its app.

She stressed that they made sure to ID her before handing over the birthday juice at Boost's Newcastle city centre store. 

Moving over to food, the birthday girl then went to everyone’s favourite donut store – Krispy Kreme. 

You get a free donut on your birthday if you’re signed up to the app, and Pippa opted for a Lotus Biscoff one.

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Still not full, she headed to Costa Coffee to pick up a free slice of lemon drizzle cake – but you can choose whatever cake you like when it’s your birthday.

Greggs similarly offers a free sweet treat on your birthday if you’re signed up to its app, and Pippa picked up a sticky toffee muffin. 

Her final stop was Hotel Chocolat. 

Hotel Chocolat offers those celebrating their birthday a £5 voucher to spend.

Pippa added: “There are so many more freebies than this.

“So, it's worth a Google if you want to make the most of it!”

Other places that offer birthday treats as suggested in the Tik Tok video’s comments were make-up shop Space NK, The Body Shop and Hobbycraft. 

What’s more, you don’t have to redeem everything on your actual birthday.

Most of the brands offering birthday treats give you a window to redeem the freebie.

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One woman shared her trick to cheating the system and getting freebies all year round – but it involves fudging numbers.

She revealed: “I just pick my birthday as a different month on each one so I get free things throughout the year.”

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