Stuck for what to get your kids for Christmas this year?
Do they already have the latest gadgets and ‘must have’s’?
Or maybe money’s a bit tight and you need to find something great for not a lot of cash.
Last Christmas I didn’t have a clue what to give my teen and tween boys. When they were younger it was so easy to buy lots of small stuff plus one big ‘star’ gift. It gave them the excitement of seeing a load of prezzies under the tree and the fun of unwrapping them all.
But what do you get older kids who’ve outgrown toys, have plenty of games and certainly don’t need any more gadgets?
I put my thinking cap on and came up with an idea…. I wasn’t 100% sure if it would go down well, but I had a pretty good feeling about it.
Experience vouchers they could redeem for a whole variety of things!
I started making a list of what each of them would consider a real treat, then I got to making them. I used Pic Monkey to create the fun designs and then printed them out and wrapped them all individually so they’d still have the fun of unwrapping them all. Here are a few examples:
I can’t begin to describe how excited they both were as they unwrapped each one on Christmas morning!
And of course the STAR gift was a date with yours truly:
My younger son redeemed his for a day with me at the amusement park last summer. It’s a good thing I love roller coasters! My older son redeemed his for a lovely day in town, eating in a fancy Thai restaurant, then off for ice creams and strolling around. My sons make pretty hot dates.
At the end of the day, most kids would rather have quality time with you than anything else.
Here’s how to pimp my idea and create vouchers like these.
1. Go to PicMonkey.com (It’s free and you don’t even need to set up an account.)
2. Hover over the ‘design’ option and you get a drop down of choices. Choose ‘custom’. I made mine 755×377 pixels.
3. Now you’ll see your blank canvas. On the far left click on the ‘new’ snowflake then choose ‘Santa Land’ theme.
4. Scroll down to Frames and choose Candy Land Frame. Here you can choose colours and thickness of your frame border. I also chose the 3D effect option. Click ‘apply’.
5. Now you want to add your text. There are some Santa Scripts to choose from, but I went out of Santa Land to choose from the regular text options in the left column – Tt. I used the Lobster Two font. Make separate text boxes and re-size, change colours.
6. Now you can add some cute little extras like ginger bread men, stockings, candy canes and holly. Go back to the Santa Land and Winterland themes to add these.
7. Save your creation! Click ‘save’ at the very top, name your file and choose Pierce quality. Save to your computer – then print to make sure you’re happy with it before you make more.
Tip: If you want a variety of coloured borders, make all of your red ones first, then green, etc. so you can just edit what you’ve made and put fresh text into the existing border without having to start over again from scratch. Like I did…
I’m back to square one again this year. They absolutely loved their vouchers, but I could never replicate the novelty and surprise as they opened them up last Christmas. If anyone’s got any suggestions for me, please let me know in the comments below. Also tell us if you think you’ll be making vouchers this year – and what kinds of things you think your kids would love?
This post first appeared on Kelly’s site Project Me!
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