If you have to buy it, get the best deal!
The 2017 gifts have been announced. I started a new article for the new gift. Stack the Birthday Gift with other promotions when possible. Getting the Best Deal lays out the different types of promotions, and my Ulta Page lists current offers.
New birthday gifts are available every quarter at Ulta in 2016. Remember to check all birthday offers before your birthday arrives, because many retailers have great offers. Every quarter when the next gift announces, I will update this (and the main post). If you have not joined the UltaMate Rewards Program yet, join before your birthday to receive your free gift. Joining with a referral link will also give you $10 off your fist purchase.
Platinum members receive a $10 coupon on their actual birthday (in addition to the standard gift), which is good toward anything without a purchase minimum. This coupon is valid in store or online. It will work once in store AND once online, because the codes are different. If you have questions about any Ulta Coupon, I go over all types. You will not pay anything in-store if your purchase is $10 or less. There is a free shipping minimum (usually $50 but it does lower at times to $35 or even $25) for online purchases, so only order online if you’re going over it. Shopping in store is the only way to redeem the standard and Platinum gifts at the same time.
All members get 2x points on every purchase the entire month of their birth. Yes, this offer combines with others. There is a simple breakdown of how points multiply on my Ulta Page, which also covers everything there is to know at the UltaMate program and shopping at Ulta. It is not as simple as adding them together, because base points and the Platinum bonus never multiply. The easiest way to look at this is you get a bonus point for your birthday, because the first point is something you’d get anyway.
There is no purchase required to receive a birthday gift, but it must be picked up in person. It cannot be added online, so the product links below are to view what you will receive if you pick it up in person. Adding the item from the link will not deduct the cost. Ulta mails a coupon (required for redemption) on your actual birthday, and it is good for 30 days afterward. The coupon will list the gift you are eligible for. If your birthday falls on the cusp of another gift, it is up to the store whether they will allow a substitute. My redemption period extends into the second quarter, and I wish I would have waited to see if I could get a Quarter Two gift last year. All gifts are not created equally. The eyeshadow palette I received for 2015 was average at best.
If your birthday lands in the fourth quarter (October, November, December), your gift will also be a full-size 0.05oz Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Midnight Cowboy. *Ulta sells the product in this size for $19. This was the third quarter gift as well, but Ulta decided to repeat it instead of offering a new one for the quarter. That brings hope to those born in the first half of the year that we will get a full-sized gift from a prestige brand.
If your birthday lands in the second quarter (April, May, or June), your gift is a 3.4oz Sexy Hair Big Sexy Hair Spray & Play Volumizing Hair Spray. *Ulta does not sell the product in this size (a much smaller 1.5oz sample size retails for $7).
If your birthday lands in the first quarter (January, February, or March), your gift is a 0.1oz Benefit Roller Lash. *Ulta does not sell the product in this size (a bigger 0.14oz sample size retails for $12).
This is the quarter my birthday fell in, so I picked up my Roller Lash Sample. I used my $10 Platinum coupon to purchase a Stila Smudge Stick in Lionfish. It was the 03/31/16 21 Days of Beauty steal ($22-$11), so it only cost me $1 after this took $10 off.
Happy Birthday! Targeted Offers are exclusive to UltaMate Members, so I do recommend joining. New members get $10 of their first purchase with a referral. I will continue to post offers I am aware of, so no worries if you happen upon this post after the offers above expire. If you have questions about any Ulta Coupon, I go over all types. Remember to check all Ulta offers before placing an online order, because there are always general or brand specific offers that are not targeted. Deal stacking is not only allowed, it’s encouraged. See all Ulta articles. Read Tips For Getting the Best Deal at Ulta. View my main page for the guide map to the site and deeper deal exploration.
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