Day Ten: Custom Coupons
Create a customized coupon book for those left on your list. They're easy to do and the value is up to you!
No gift? No time? No idea? No problem!
No matter what your reason for being unable to finish your holiday list, there is no reason to fret. You can still give a wonderful gift without having to leave the house, access the Internet or use the charge card.
Custom-made coupon books can be a fun idea as a present or stocking stuffer for anyone in your life. They also allow you the liberty to spread your holiday investments over a longer period of time, depending on when people "cash in" the coupons. Below are some ides – try to cater to the recipients interests or needs.
- Children: For younger kids, consider giving them coupons for your time.
- One free dress-up makeover session from Big Sister/Mom
- One family dinner of your choice, followed by family game of your choice
- Teens: Give options.
- One free trip to the movies for you and one friend OR a new DVD
- One week without chores OR a weekend activity of your choice (Grandma's, mall, etc…)
- Parents/grandparents: Give them your time or services.
- One day of happy help! No whining…I promise. (Shoveling snow, raking leafs, gardening, cooking, etc…)
- One Saturday for just you and I and some quality time. I won't even text!
- Friends/ colleagues: Keep it simple.
- One free workday lunch.
- A batch of my famous… (Something you make well: muffins, cookies, jerky, etc…)
Compile your coupons into some form of book. Be as basic or creative as you want. The coupon holds the same value if it's scribbled in marker on construction paper and stapled together or bedazzled on fancy cardstock with a hand-sewn binding. Find your comfort zone.
Feel free to include expiration dates or requests for advance notice. For instance, you might need advance notice to prepare a fancy meal for the recipient. Use some coupons more than once in the same book if you know the person will really like those (i.e.: multiple 30 minute massage coupons in a book for your wife).
Have fun with the wording and "small print" as seen on real coupons. Include phrases like, "Cannot be combined with any other offer," and "This coupon contains no cash value."
Many people are overwhelmed with gifts at the holidays, and giving coupons can help spread the joy of giving throughout the year – not to mention be easier on your wallet. The possibilities are endless, so have fun with your creation, and enjoy giving and receiving into the New Year and beyond.