Aside from stocking stuffers, I am finished with the Christmas shopping! It's practically a miracle. The biggest miracle of all is that I was able to keep to my "something they want, something they need, something to wear, and something to read" rule.
It's just that stockings don't count. And I've definitely gone a bit over budget on the stockings--mainly because I decided to buy each of them a CD since they each asked for one on their Christmas lists. And I don't have a category called "something to listen to," though maybe I should. We are a pretty musical household, after all. Unfortunately, not one of them asked for a classical or opera CD. Who are these children who want One Direction, R5, and Kidz Bop, anyway?
So, since I've already spent a bit too much on stockings courtesy of teeny bopper music, I needed to fill them with stuff that's not very expensive. And not candy, either. Due to our family goal of extra health this year, I don't want to stuff the stockings with Hershey's kisses and M&Ms, gluten-free or not.
I was talking to a friend, and she had the great idea of giving the kids coupons in their stockings. What a fabulous idea, hey? So I made some (I liked how this printable turned out so well that I copied myself). The girls will LOVE coupons for things like a day with no chores, extra screen time, and story time with Daddy. I think that Sophia's favorite might be a day of no music practice. Man, she is stubborn about playing her violin!
I also made some blank ones so you can write your own ideas in.
I printed them out onto white cardstock, cut them out with my paper trimmer, punched some holes and tied a ribbon through them. Totally easy, and even better, totally free (only because I have cardstock and ribbon on hand).
You can download the .pdf file of coupons that are already filled in HERE. You can also click on the photo to download straight from Flickr. Instructions for downloading from Flickr can be found here.
Enjoy! I can't believe there are only 6 days (or is it only 5?) until Christmas! This season is flying by!
More Christmas Fun:
24 Christmas Books to Read with Your Family
4 Creative Ways to Photograph Your Christmas Lights
The Best Gift Christmas Printable (it matches the coupons!)
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