Hi, everyone, I’m Amy, from Ms. Toody Goo Shoes, back for another Home and Garden post. This month, I’m doing something a bit different. Claire asked if I’d like to do a segment for the “Gift In A Jar” series that she‘s participating in this week. Well, Yaaaasss! I had so much fun with “Halloween in a Jar,” that I jumped at the chance to do another.
Coming up with ideas wasn’t as easy as I thought. Wait…let me re-phrase that. Thinking of something original was challenging, as gifts in a jar are all the rage on Pinterest. It wasn’t until I started to think about what to give my own family for Hanukkah, that the idea came to me.
I decided to give my hubby and son a jar of coupons they could hand in for favors, such as a ride to school, or a special dinner request (which by the way, would most likely be that I not cook, heh heh). Can I tell you I think it was their favorite gift? They got such a kick out of being able to cash in on favors from Mom. Best part for me? It cost nothing, nada, zilch, zippo!
Half the fun was coming up with ideas for coupons. For hubby, it was pretty easy. I gave some coupons for little luxuries, like a back massage, or breakfast in bed, as well as some offers to do his least favorite household jobs. Oy, why did I offer to walk the dog on a weekend morning? Maybe he won’t notice if I tear that one up?
For my teenager, it was all about giving coupons for things I usually say no to, like keeping the TV on during dinner. I also offered to do some of his chores.
I glued my “coupons” onto strips of wrapping paper (scrapbook paper would be another good option). I rolled them up, tied each one with raffia, and stuffed them into a jar. Piece of cake!
Reading the coupons aloud was the highlight of our holiday celebration. We had a lot of laughs, and I decided right then and there that this would become an annual tradition. They just might get some coupons on their birthdays, too.
The only thing is, I want someone to make coupons for me…
I’ve got a few ideas, like, for an entire day, no one can ask, “Where’s my…???
Or how about making me dinner one night?
Who wouldn’t love to get some coupons? I bet you can think of several people on your list who would appreciate them. It’s an easy gift to make, it doesn’t cost you money, and you don’t have to run to the mall to buy it!
That’s a win-win-win, if you ask me. Don’t forget to check out all the other awesome ideas in today’s “Gifts In A Jar” series!
Have a great holiday! I’ll see you in the new year!