Posted by: Cathi Brese Doebler | December 21, 2009

Affordable and meaningful gifts

As a parent, it is a joy to watch your child open a gift that they love. The delight on your child’s face is a moment to cherish. One challenge, especially now when there are so many who are struggling financially, is how to give your child a gift that is meaningful and affordable.

Two ideas are below, and I would love to hear from you about other ideas:

Fun coupon book

Create a coupon book for your child. The coupons should be for things that your child really loves to do with you, or really enjoys as part of their day. Some ideas of what you could write on a coupon include:

  • Play 3 video games together
  • Make a snowman together
  • Have breakfast food for dinner
  • Have my favorite dinner
  • Pizza night
  • Play 2 games of checkers
  • Stay up ½ hour late for bedtime
  • Family movie and popcorn night
  • Etc.

Fun messages container

Send a letter containing pre-cut hearts or stars to your child’s family, friends, and teachers. In the letter you can explain that this is part of a surprise for your child. Ask the people you contact to write something that they love about your child, or wish for your child on each paper shape. Then they can sign their name on the back, and return the shapes to you. You can put all of them into a cute container, and give it to your child as a gift from “so many who love you”. If you use different colored construction paper, even a clear container will look colorful when it is full of messages of love and wishes for your child.



  1. I love the Fun Coupon Book!!! What a great idea. Both of my kids are getting one in their stocking.

    • Awesome! Have a Merry Christmas!

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