Sometimes, the very best gifts are unexpected gestures of love from those closest to you. If you’ve ever been awakened by breakfast in bed, you know exactly what I’m talking about. Those random acts of kindness are the inspiration behind today’s Crafty Christmas Gift. These free Christmas coupon books that can be easily printed from home will get you in the giving mood!
This gift is fun on so many levels. It helps you stay on budget when you set a realistic Christmas budget. It’s fun for the recipient because having these 12 precious coupons to use throughout the year (or in a period of three days) is a great reward. It’s also fun for the giver because you never know when those coupons are going to be used! Finally, it’s incredibly easy to make which is great this season when most of us are stretched for time.
For this booklet of kindness, you’ll need some heavier card stock paper to print the coupons on (take your pick of colors) and some card stock for the covers. You’ll also need a little piece of felt to wrap around the binding after you staple the book together.
If you really want to get fancy, you can consider laminating the cover. I have this Swingline laminator from Amazon that I love, and I pull it out anytime there is an excuse to use it! Again, this is totally optional, but if the coupon book is going to be saved and used during the year, this makes it a little more sturdy.
For the coupons, there are two options: (1) make your own, or (2) use the coupons I made for this craft. I made two books — one for adults and one for kids — and each book of 12 coupons includes the cover as well as two blank coupons so you can write in your own personal reward.
Here are some print outs for you to create your own coupon booklets:
After you print the coupons, cut them out with scissors (if you’ve got a steady hand) or use a rotary cutter and ruler. Leave a little extra room on the left edge for the staples.
After you’ve got your coupons printed and cut, it’s time to bind them. Shown below are three adult coupons (left) and three kids coupons (right). Truthfully, some adults probably wouldn’t mind ice cream for breakfast!
There are two options for creating the binding. If you have access to a heavy-duty stapler, this should do the trick! Or, you can punch two or three holes along the spine and thread a ribbon through the holes. If you use the ribbon binding, you won’t need to glue on the felt to cover the staples; it will be pretty enough the way it is.
Then, fill out the two blank coupons in each one. Remember to have fun with it, and don’t make any promises you can’t keep! I have some great ideas on my website for breakfast in bed like my Easy Sausage and Egg Bake and also some wonderful dump recipes when they redeem a home-cooked meal. You don’t have to tell them how easy they are! And if you have kids (or adults) who love watching Netflix, you can learn how to watch for free right here.
This whole activity was really fun for us, and not only did it help to put the meaning back in Christmas for us, but it reminded us to be thoughtful of other’s needs and charitable all during the year (or at least as long as those coupons were around!)