Like everyone else, you’re probably thinking of ways to cut back on spending in the current economic climate. One way to reduce your expenses is to think outside the box when it comes to gift giving. Sometimes, acts of kindness and acts of service are better gifts than any material object. In anticipation of this Father’s Day, spend time with your children creating a coupon book for their father. It’s a personal and thoughtful gift that will mean more to him than any store bought item. The steps below will get your creative juices flowing.
Gather up some construction paper or printer paper. Cut it into 11 small strips, about 3 inches by 8 inches, and stack the strips on top of each other. If you’re using colored construction paper, arrange the colors in a random fashion. Along the left hand side of the stack of paper punch two holes through the stack about an inch apart. Get a piece of decorative ribbon and tie it through the two holes, securing the stack of “coupons” together.
Gather up some materials. You’ll need crayons, colored pencils, stickers, etc. On the first page of the coupon stack, create a cover. Be creative! Make sure you include the occasion, the gift giver’s name(s), the fact that it’s a coupon book, etc.
Make two “I Owe You” coupons. If your children are old enough, your husband can redeem the I.O.U.s with them. If not, it will be up to you to complete the task that your husband chooses. Create an “I owe you” for a car wash, cleaning up the garage, or any service you think your husband would like.
Create some “Get out of Chore Free” cards. These coupons will allow your husband to get out of a chore that he typically completes. You and your children can personalize them to reflect the chores that your husband does regularly. For instance, he can cash in a coupon to get out of scooping the dog poop one weekend. Or, maybe he feels like lounging around while you (or your kids) mow the lawn on a Saturday morning. Perhaps he’d like to skip out on taking out the trash for an entire week. Brainstorm with your kids to determine which chores your hubby likes least, and create three “Get out of Chore Free” cards.
Make a “Breakfast in Bed” coupon. On this coupon describe exactly what you’re willing to whip up in the kitchen. For example, “This coupon can be redeemed for a steaming cup of coffee, a glass of fresh squeezed orange juice, blueberry waffles and a few strips of bacon; all served with a smile.” If there is a breakfast food your husband particularly enjoys, be sure to include that on the coupon.
Create two “Good for ___ Hours of Alone Time” coupons for your husband to covet. The responsibilities of a family often mean that fathers (and mothers!) often have very little time for themselves. With these coupons, your husband can redeem a few hours of alone time. It’s his choice to spend that alone time locked up in the den reading, out back enjoying a beer or taking a long run in the woods with only the animals as his companions. Be sure to specify the number of hours on this “alone time” coupon. If you fail to do this, your husband might fax you the coupon from work on Friday and return home Sunday night…
Article written by Shelly Seigler - visit her site for gifts for Fathers Day, unique gifts ideas and Christmas gifts.