Homemade Coupon Book Gift Ideas for Any Holiday or Occasion
Give the Gift of Your Own Time, Effort, and Love With a Handmade Coupon or Coupon Book
Creating a custom coupon book is a great gift idea and it can be a fun way to spice up a birthday, anniversary, holiday, and any other special occasion. Family and friends will love these thoughtful and creative gifts from the heart.
In this guide, you'll find suggestions for individual coupons and whole coupon book ideas, many that will cost nothing more than some elbow grease and effort or simply the pleasure of your company. Other ideas will add some money to the mix, but how much you spend is up to you (unless you're brave and want to leave it up to the recipient of that coupon).
At the bottom of the page, I'll show you the oversized book of gift coupons—one for each month of the year—that I made for my sister and brother-in-law (new parents of twins) for Christmas, with the help of two crafty and creative family members. You can see one of the pages here for August, which is the new mom's birthday month.
Design Your Own Coupons and Print Them
I've gone the "totally from scratch route" and also used these templates to make the coupons and the sending a little easier. Just add your creative juices to design and make your own printable gifts for spouses, friends, and family.
Coupon categories include:
- New Baby
- Child to Parent
- Parent to Child
- Adult to Parent
Some of the Many Occasions Perfect for Giving Homemade Coupon Books
- New Moms and Dads
- Valentine's Day
- Retirement Parties
- Mother's Day and Father's Day
Homemade Coupons: Suggestions for Free or Almost Free Gifts
Below I've listed some suggestions for coupon ideas. Most of these are free (or almost free) and will surely please the recipient.
This Coupon Entitles You To...
- A thorough house-cleaning.
- A car-washing, inside and out.
- Breakfast in bed.
- A home-cooked candlelight dinner.
- A massage ... from me.
- A picnic at the park (or lake or beach, etc.).
- A manicure ... from me.
- A night of dancing with yours truly.
- An evening of babysitting, so the two of you can go out on a date.
- Having your laundry done—folded too!—once a week for a month.
- Having your bed made every day for a week.
- Having your lawn mowed (or replace with some other type of yard work, like weeding the garden for example).
- Having your garage organized and cleaned (especially for those with overstuffed, cluttered garages).
- A full day of elbow grease from me, to do whatever chores and projects around the house you'd like.
- Having a homemade lunch brought to your office (by me!) every day for a week.
- The favor of your choice.
- My honest opinion.
- Control of the TV remote for a month.
- A big, long hug!
- A full, uninterrupted hour of snuggling.
- A weekend camping trip with all meals prepared and the campfire built by yours truly.
- Daily dog-walking for a week (a month, etc.) ... and a dog bath would be nice, too.
- Mend clothing, add patches, replace buttons.
- A long walk on the beach.
More Coupon Suggestions
Below I have listed some more ideas, and these will cost you some money, though much of that will be up to the user of the coupon.
- Dinner for two at ___. (Fill in the restaurant and include a gift certificate, unless you're one of the two going.)
- The movie of your choice. (Include a theater gift card, unless you're taking the gift-ee.)
- A day at the spa.
- A new outfit. (Add a specific store, if you want, and include a gift certificate ... unless you'll be going along to pay.)
- An evening of babysitting so you can go out and have some fun. (Include with this a gift certificate or gift card for a nice restaurant, theater or movie tickets perhaps.)
- A manicure and pedicure at ______.
- A session with a personal trainer. (Arrange to pay for it.)
- A concert or other live show of your choice, accompanied by me (or their spouse, significant other, etc.).
- A weekend getaway to a destination of your choice (or be specific about the location).
- Having a [insert dollar amount] donation made in your name to a charity/cause of your choice.
- A replacement [insert item] for the one you loved and lost. (This idea came from a gift coupon my boyfriend gave me, for a new down jacket of my choice after I lost one I really liked while we were on vacation. I eventually picked one out, and he paid for it.)
Ideas and Supplies for Making Those Homemade Coupons More Snazzy
Sure, you can grab a magic marker and a piece of plain paper, write the coupon, cut it out and hand it over. Or you can use a greeting card or birthday card for example and write what you're gifting inside. Besides, it's the thought that counts, right?
But if you want to get a little more flashy and creative, here are some basic suggestions from my own homemade coupon-making experience:
Stop by your local craft store (or Amazon.com perhaps) and pick up some of these supplies:
- Colored tissue paper
- Glitter glue tubes
- Sharpie markers
- Paper edges
- Colored ribbons
- Sticker rolls
You Can Always Find Pre-Printed Gift Coupon Book Templates
If you'd rather not get crafty or just don't have the time, you can find plenty of template booklets online that are a great workaround. Additionally, I've also found plenty of good quality pre-printed booklets online as well. I've "resorted" to using these when I've waited until the very last minute to put together a present. It may not be as fun or personalized as making them yourself, but the gift-ee will be just as happy, believe me. You will still have plenty of customization options with these templates.
Our Own Homemade Coupon Book
This booklet was a gift for a new mom and dad of twins—a boy and a girl—for babysitting while they go out for a date. There's one themed coupon for each month, and the first three months also include gift certificates for local restaurants or movies.
Questions & Answers
I'm confused. How does the coupon book work?
How do homemade coupons work? You just use your creativity to come up with something (or multiple things) you can do for someone, create a coupon of any type or size or form you'd like, and give it to them as you would a gift or a card. They can "redeem" that coupon with you whenever they want to. It's a pretty simple, fun way to give a gift that doesn't have to cost anything.Helpful 2