I love to give my children gifts, but I don’t want them to think that material things are the only type of meaningful gifts you can give or receive. Yes, getting a new toy, book or game is exciting and there is nothing wrong with giving these things to your children; my kids have been given plenty of these things by me. However, I also want my kids to understand that money and physical gifts are not the only way to show someone you care about them.
That’s why I like the idea of giving your kids coupons throughout the year. These coupons are simply pieces of paper that have something special for your kids written on them. The ideas are simple, cheap (or free!), easy to customize and they don’t involve giving a physical gift (yay for less clutter!). And while your child will not be receiving an actual present, they will probably be just as happy to use their coupons for something equally exciting!
The great thing about using coupons with your children is that they can be used in many different ways and at various times throughout the year, such as:
- Stocking Stuffers.
- Filling Easter eggs.
- At Valentine’s Day.
- In lunch boxes.
- A reward for good behavior or doing well on something.
These are just a few of the ways that we can give something special to our kids, but I am sure that there are many more great ideas on how to use these coupons. I think that most kids will appreciate and enjoy these, especially when they get to decide which ones to use and when!
I have made a free printable with 16 different ideas so that you can use these coupons with your own kids; just print, cut apart and watch your kids have fun reading through the fun things that they will get to do!
I have also made a free printable with blank coupons if you prefer to write in your own ideas and rewards.
I made these coupons in basic colors so that they can be used anytime of the year, but if you want ones specific to a holiday, then check out the following sites:
- Find super cute Valentine’s Day themed coupons for your kids, either blank ones or ones that are already filled in (from Wondermom Wannabe).
- When Christmas rolls around and you need fun stocking stuffer ideas, try these Christmas themed coupons (from Saving With Sarah).
- If you want to fill your child’s Easter eggs with more than candy, then grab these cute Easter themed coupons in either a pre-filled in format, or fill in the blank coupons yourself (again from Wondermom Wannabe).
I hope you find all of these coupon printables and ideas helpful as you think of fun ways to give them to your children throughout the year. I know that I will be using them soon to fill some of my kid’s Easter eggs for their egg hunt, and I can’t wait to see their reaction! Have you used coupons like these with your kids? I would love to hear how other people are using these!