Even though Santa does the stocking stuffing in our house, sometimes even he needs a bit of help. Since my husband and I were dating (read – poor college graduates), we have always gotten creative with some of our stocking gifts. One of those was a book of coupons. From “Will cook dinner” to “Movie Night with a movie of your choosing”, the coupons were always something we looked forward to. Truth be told, I still have some of them that he gave me 15+ years ago that are just waiting to be redeemed. The beauty of the gift was that it didn’t cost a thing to make and yet it was a tradition for us that meant more than any commercial gift.
Since then, we have periodically made coupon books up for our kids. Valentine’s Day is when they usually get them, because we try to focus on love and not cardboard boxes of candy and overpriced flowers. This year, however, we’ll be including some coupon books in the Christmas stockings to help Santa out.
We’ll customize the coupons for each child, cut them out, and then just use a simple piece of cardstock folded in half for the cover. A staple in the side and ta-da! instant memory-making gift.
If you’re looking for something beyond the box stores and want to give your child a gift that they’ll use throughout the year, you can make a coupon book too! Below is the link to print out two sheets of Kid Coupons. One page has tickets that are filled in and one has blank tickets that you can customize. It may not seem like a wonderful gift, but trust me when I tell you that those coupon books will quickly become a tradition that your children look forward to and will, someday, pass on to their children, as well. Have fun!