The festive season is officially here, and it's time to celebrate. Fortunately you don't need to break the bank in order to let your hair down, because we've found a handful of great festive treats for free - including beer, cocktails, mince pies and a nice hot coffee.
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Freebies from Harvester
The users of HotUKDeals.com have spotted that the pub chain has launched an "Appvent Calendar", offering 12 days of treats for those who download the Harvester app. It started yesterday, will run until the 12th, and every day will be offering something special. There will be discounts of 20% off, but also freebies like free lager, free prosecco, free starters and free desserts. It might be worth downloading the app and seeing whether anything appeals.
Pitcher & Piano is running a similar promotion, for everyone signed up to its newsletter. It is offering 12 days of freebies, and started yesterday with a grand mariner cosmo - available for one day only. Keep your eyes peeled for more boozy freebies every day until the 12th.
If you are on O2 - even if you have a pay-as-you-go SIM - the priority moments app is a great source of freebies. At the moment you can get a free hot drink from Caffé Nero every Tuesday. It's good for any size of any standard drink - so you may as well go large. Don't forget to get them to stamp your loyalty card too when you pick up your freebie - so you can work your way to another free coffee.
Free £10 to spend at The Body Shop
New users of Topcashback.co.uk can get £10 cash back when they shop at The Body Shop. There are loads of things available for £10, which transforms the deal into a freebie. These include, Matte Lipstick, White Musk® Eau De Toilette 100ML Gift Set, Spiced Apple Box Of Delights, Coconut Beauty Bag and Brush On Radiance. All you need to do is sign up for free, then find the £10 cashback on a £10+ spend at The Body Shop deal for new members on the offer page, and click through to The Body Shop to buy your items. The money will be back in your cashback account within seven days, and can be transferred to your bank account after 14 days.
Free mince pies
This isn't a freebie you can track down, but it's one that might come to your door. The deal hunters at latestdeals.co.uk have spotted that the Tesco Mince Pie Man is touring the country with his van, knocking on doors, and handing out free boxes of mince pies. He will stop at: Portsmouth, Exeter, Gloucester, Merthyr, Oakham, Corstorphine, Aberystwyth, East Didsbury, Northwich, Wellingborough, Barnstaple, Redditch, Exmouth, Yeovil, Yeading, Pontardawe, Shrewsbury, and York - and will distribute 1,000 boxes in each location. If you're not at home, you won't miss out, because he'll leave a voucher so you can pick up mince pies for free at your local store.