Is it just me, or is there always on person on your list that is extremely hard to buy for? It seems like my husband should be the easiest, after all I know him the best of anyone, right? But my husband is especially hard to surprise. I have only truly surprised him twice in our ten years of marriage. So last year, for Christmas, I decided to get creative – and frugal – with his gift. By the way, this idea will work for children, friends, and extended family too.
My husband’s love language is acts of service and touch, so I combined those two elements into a frugal Christmas present that took a while to open, and filled up his love tank for the holidays.
Using the Twelve Days of Christmas song as a guide, and the front of an old Christmas card as my artwork, I created a gift coupon for each of the 12 days prior to Christmas. I taped them to the back of the bedroom door with the first part of the jingle showing, and only filled in the second part each morning (because I knew he would sneak a peak if I filled them all in ahead of time.) They looked something like this.
On each front I wrote
On the ____ day of Christmas, my True Love gave to me…
and on the back could be found his surprise of the day. Things like
- a back rub and a nap
- a board to display his magnet collection
- his favorite dinner and dessert
- a breakfast date and Christmas shopping
- wrapping presents together memories
- movie of your choice and snuggles after the kids are in bed
- making out under the tree
- and other more intimate selections
I made sure to word the surprises in a way that completed the jingle following the pattern of the famous tune.
He thought it was a great gift and looked forward to seeing what fun each day's card would hold. He loved it so much in fact, that now, almost a year later, it’s still taped to the bedroom door. Maybe we’ll repeat it this year.
This idea could work for anyone. Children especially love counting down to Christmas in special ways. Just think of things that the person(s) enjoy and/or that make them feel loved, that can be done, purchased, or made inexpensively. It’s often not the price tag, but the thoughtfulness, time and surprise of a gift that makes it so special. Merry Christmas!
This post is part of our 25 Frugal Days of Christmas series and was written by Katie from Paradise Praises.
Katie Hornor and her husband Tap homeschool their four children and have been missionaries in Mexico since 2007. Katie is the author of 3 ebooks and the Lemonhass homeschool curriculum for Spanish speaking families. She blogs about marriage, motherhood, and ministry at ParadisePraises.com. And she also hosts a Spanish radio show and writes about home education at EducandoEnElHogar.com. Connect with Katie on her blog, on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Google+.
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Are you looking for more frugal Christmas ideas? Check out the other posts in this series:
Day 1: Create Your Own Photo Christmas Cards with free templates and tutorial
Day 2: Making Fun and Affordable Christmas Gifts
Day 3: How to Have a $5 Christmas
Day 4: Cookies in a Jar: a Frugal Christmas Recipe Round up with FREE printable gift tags
Day 5: Snowflake Card Craft for Kids
Day 6: DIY Snowman Ornament
Day 7: Printable Handmade with Love Gift Tags
Day 8: Frugal Family Traditions