Guide: Free stuff, birthday gifts & discounts for first time customers

Your comprehensive guide to all the freebies you can score online, right now.

Do you want free stuff? Of course you do! That's why you're here.

We're pretty into saving money here, so when we kept seeing stores offering up freebie after freebie, we decided they all had to have a little home on the Internet to sit in. Hence, this page was born.

Why do companies give away freebies? To entice you to buy, of course. This is business, and they can't give away something for nothing. But in an overcrowded marketplace, they have to compete for your bottom dollar – which is excellent for customers all round. Price are lower, products are better, and – just sometimes – you'll get something thrown in for nothing.

All the free stuff you can get online now:

Photobook Australia Photobook Australia
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Up to 85% off selected items + FREE softcover photobook

Up to 85% off canvas prints, luggage tags, 4R prints and much more at Photobook Australia. Plus, receive FREE 6x6 softcover photook when you purchase any debossed standard hardcover.

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Clearly Contacts Clearly Contacts

Buy 1, get 1 FREE on modern minimalism glasses

Get 2 pairs for the price of one, and show off your eyes with Clearly newest minimalistic designs. Exclusions, T&Cs apply.

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David Jones David Jones
FREE gift

FREE exclusive 7-piece gift when you buy 2 or more Clarins products

Choose your FREE 7-piece gift when you purchase over $120 on 2 or more Clarins products at David Jones, one being skincare. One gift per customer. Excluding accessories & tools. Conditions apply.

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Bobbi Brown Bobbi Brown

FREE mini luxe lip colour with the full size purchase

Get a FREE mini luxe lip colour when you buy the full size at Bobbi Brown. Conditions apply.

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Bobbi Brown Bobbi Brown

FREE mini vitamin enriched face base with the full size purchase

Enjoy a FREE mini vitamin enriched face base when you buy the full size at Bobbi Brown. T&Cs apply.

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Bobbi Brown Bobbi Brown

FREE mini long wear cream shadow stick with the full size purchase

Accept a FREE mini long wear cream shadow stick when you order the full size at Bobbi Brown. T&Cs apply.

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Bobbi Brown Bobbi Brown

FREE mini smokey eye mascara with the full size purchase

Receive a FREE mini smokey eye mascara when you buy the full size from Bobbi Brown. Conditions apply.

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Bobbi Brown Bobbi Brown

FREE mini extra illuminating moisture balm with the full size purchase

Get a FREE mini extra illuminating moisture balm when you buy the full size at Bobbi Brown. T&Cs apply.

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Bobbi Brown Bobbi Brown

FREE mini extra eye repair cream with the full size purchase

Enjoy a FREE mini extra eye repair cream when you buy the full size at Bobbi Brown. T&Cs apply.

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Bobbi Brown Bobbi Brown

FREE mini lip trio with $100 order

Receive a FREE mini lip trio when you order $100 at Bobbi Brown. Conditions apply.

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David Jones David Jones
FREE gift

FREE $200 David Jones gift card

Spend $1,500 on full-priced women’s designer apparel to avail this offer. Includes Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Altuzarra and more. Maximum of 1 gift card per transaction. Exclusions apply.

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David Jones David Jones
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FREE $250 David Jones gift card

Get a FREE $250 David Jones gift card when you spend $2,000 on full-priced designer handbags & leather goods. Includes JW Anderson, Valentino, Chloe & much more. Maximum of 1 gift card per transaction. Exclusions, T&Cs apply.

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David Jones David Jones
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FREE Prep + Prime Natural Radiance deluxe sample

Order any M∙A∙C foundation to get a FREE Prep + Prime Natural Radiance deluxe sample at David Jones. One gift per customer in one transaction. Available online only. While stocks last. Not available in conjunction with any other offer. T&Cs apply.

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Trend Micro Trend Micro

FREE 3-year subscription of Password Manager

Get a FREE 3-year subscription of Trend Micro Password Manager ($19.95 value) when you buy a 24-month Trend Micro Internet Security or Antivirus for Mac. T&Cs apply.

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Jimmy Brings Jimmy Brings

Order seven times and get 8th for FREE

Buy seven items in one transaction and get one FREE. T&Cs apply.

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AFL Footy Shop AFL Footy Shop

FREE gift with every order

Enjoy a FREE gift when you order at AFL Footy Shop. Conditions apply.

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SurfStitch SurfStitch

FREE SWELL towel or drink bottle on orders over $80

Simply use the code at checkout to receive FREE SWELL towel or drink bottle when you spend over $80 on non-sale items. T&Cs apply.

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FREE SWELL messenger tote bag or Uppercut grooming gift pack on orders over $300

Simply use the code at checkout to receive FREE SWELL messenger tote bag or Uppercut grooming gift pack when you spend over $300 on non-sale items. T&Cs apply.

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FREE SWELL Feliz beach bag or session duffle bag on orders over $200

Simply use the code at checkout to receive FREE SWELL Feliz beach bag or session duffle bag when you spend over $200 on non-sale items. T&Cs apply.

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Amazon AU Amazon AU

FREE 30-day trial with Amazon Prime

Try Amazon Prime and enjoy member benefits including FREE delivery on eligible items, exclusive deals, discounted priority delivery, Prime Video, Alexa Shopping and more.

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Beginning Boutique Beginning Boutique

FREE Eclat damsal boob jewels

Receive FREE Eclat damsal boob jewels when you spend over $75 at Beginning Boutique. T&Cs apply.

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FREE wham velvet scrunchy leopard

Receive FREE wham velvet scrunchy leopard when you spend over $100 at Beginning Boutique. T&Cs apply.

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FREE Eclat fire and ice crown body jewels

Receive FREE Eclat fire and ice crown body jewels when you spend over $80 at Beginning Boutique. T&Cs apply.

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Cult Beauty Cult Beauty

FREE gifts with £30+ order

Receive a FREE gift when you spend £30 or more at Cult Beauty. T&Cs apply.

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FREE Eclat Lucy retro sunglasses

Receive FREE Eclat Lucy retro sunglasses (black) when you spend over $180 at Beginning Boutique. T&Cs apply.

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SurfStitch SurfStitch

FREE SWELL Davie handbag or Rhythm vacation scarf set on orders over $120

Simply use the code to receive a FREE Swell Davie handbag or Rhythm vacation scarf set when you spend $120 on non-sale items. T&Cs apply.

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FREE SWELL Cedar and Stone body scrub & mist gift pack or SWELL Noir toiletry bag on orders over $160

Simply use the code at checkout to receive SWELL Cedar and Stone body scrub & mist gift pack or SWELL Noir toiletry bag when you spend over $160 on non-sale items. T&Cs apply.

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Tarte Tarte

FREE sample and FREE shipping

Enjoy FREE sample and FREE shipping when you spend $40 or more at Tarte. T&Cs apply.

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Australian stores that give birthday gifts

Often brands will give you a $10 or $20 voucher on your birthday, just for subscribing to their mailing list or being a loyal customer. Want to buy something from one of the stores on this list? Wait for your birthday for a discount. Or, do something scrupulous that involves a throwaway email and an incorrect birthday, but we don't know anything about that.

Food & Drink

  • Boost. That's right. Get to Boost on your birthday and you'll score a free smoothie. (Vibe Club members only.)
  • Vapianos. Get to the pizza and pasta restaurant, and you'll receive a complimentary dolce and espresso for you and two of your friends.
  • IKEA. Everyone's favourite / least-favourite assemble-yourself furniture store will bake you a cake on your birthday. Simply print out the voucher from the email, and present it at the IKEA Restaurant to claim your cake.
  • Hard Rock Cafe. Get a free birthday dessert with any entree purchase, valid your entire birthday month.
  • Ali Baba. Enjoy a free birthday kebab on them – just collect your card in-store first.
  • Baskin Robbins. Get a free scoop of ice cream for up to a week after your birthday.
  • Chatime. Get a free drink on your birthday. Members only, but membership only costs 50c.
  • Bondi Pizza. Get a free pizza (or main meal) on your birthday. VIP Club members only, but it's free to sign up online.
  • Cheesecake Shop. As long as you've joined four weeks before your birthday, you'll get $5 off any cake.
  • Gloria Jeans. Sippers Club members will receive an email on their birthday, offering them a free drink.
  • Nando's. As long as you've made a transaction in the last six months, and you've signed up to their emails / downloaded the app, you'll get a free regular meal.
  • Noodle Box. Get $10 loaded onto your card with no minimum spend.
  • Outback Jacks. Not one, not two, but THREE free meals from these guys are up for grabs: one when you sign up, one six months from your birthday, and one on your birthday.
  • Oportos. Members get a single fillet Bondi Burger Value Meal. You'll be emailed on your birthday, and you claim it for up to 30 days afterwards.
  • Subway. You'll receive a free Subway Six Inch Sub and Drink on your birthday (Subway Eat Fresh Club members only).
  • Sumo Salad. Sign up to Sumo Society, and receive a free Sumo Salad on your birthday.

Fashion Birthday Gifts

  • ASOS. Rumour has it the online fashion giant will send you a 10% off promo code for your birthday.
  • Bonds. Get a $10 eGift Card on your birthday (use online or in-store).
  • Crossroads. You'll receive a $10 voucher in your inbox on your birthday, as well as one on signing up.
  • Jeanswest. Get a $10 voucher to use on your birthday (full price only).
  • Katies. Want a really good deal? Katies will give you a $20 voucher birthday present.
  • Mimco. Sign up for MIMcollective to receive a $30 gift voucher. Must be used within one month.
  • Myer. Silver & Gold Members will get a $10 or $20 voucher respectively on their birthdays.
  • Rockmans. Get a sweet 20% off all purchases on your birthday.
  • Saba. These guys will send you a $25 voucher to spend on your birthday.
  • Spanx.See a slimmer you with 10% off on your birthday.
  • Sportscraft. Another $25 birthday voucher, coming your way.
  • Witchery. You'll get a $20 gift voucher, straight in your inbox.

Health & Beauty Birthday Gifts

  • bounceREHAB. Get nice and relaxed on your birthday with $20 off a 60 minute massage on your birthday. Choose from remedial, sports, hot stone, lymphatic disease, trigger point, or pregnancy massage.
  • Franck Provost. The hairdressing salon will send you an email shortly before your birthday, promising a gift if you book within one month and bring the email in store.
  • Fitness First. The luxury gym offers birthday freebies to its members, depending on your level of membership. In 2015 for Platinum members, it was a free BioAge assessment.
  • Health Heaven. Get $10 off your next massage. No better way to relax on your birthday, right?
  • Priceline. Print off your $5 voucher (emailed to you) to use in store.
  • spaQ. These guys reward age: the spa will give you your age in dollars off the cost of your treatment, redeemable any time during your birthday month.
  • Tan Temple. In need of a spray tan for your birthday? Tan Temple will send you a $15 gift voucher.

Other Birthday Gifts

  • AMF Bowling. Get one free game of bowling, valid for one month from your birthday.
  • Co-op Bookshop. You'll receive a free $5 coupon code to use either in-store or online.
  • Dymocks. The online book retailer will load your account with 500 points (or $5 in rewards) as a birthday treat.
  • eHarmony. Wow, they really know how to rub it in if you're single on your birthday. Still, membership from $19.95 a month should help you get back out there.
  • Kikki K. The so-cute-it-hurts stationery store will send you a $10 voucher on your birthday.
  • Hertz. In 2015, they were offering 275 bonus points on your next rental for Gold Plus Rewards Members.
  • Huggies. Get a free 20 x 30cm photo on your child's birthday.
  • Intencity. Play free games on your birthday, with $10 worth of ticket redemption games.
  • MSC Cruises. You'll get a free cruise for your birthday! Plot twist: you must be accompanying one or more full fare paying passengers. With destinations in Europe and the Mediterranean, it's still a pretty sweet offer. For 2015, you must book between 15th January 2015 and 31st March 2015.
  • Spotlight. The fabric and craft materials store will give you 10% off on your birthday, so save up your big purchases till then.

Online stores that give you discounts for first time customers / signing up

Plenty of stores will give you a cheeky 10% off your first order, in exchange for your email. Here's who's offering it:

Pro tip: unless it's a brand you love, set up a filter in your inbox so you don't get spammed with masses of emails. Then, once a week (or just after payday) check and see what goods have arrived! Often this is the best place to find out about new products, sales, and sometimes even a promo code.

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Alex Bruce-Smith

Alex Bruce-Smith is a publisher at finder.com.au, taking care of shopping & travel. She funds her addiction to online shopping by hunting coupon codes like a pro, and can usually be found waiting anxiously for a package to arrive. #notevensorry

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