homemade coupons http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/16878/all en-US 20 Great, Free Gift Ideas http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-own-coupons-20-great-free-gift-ideas <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/make-your-own-coupons-20-great-free-gift-ideas" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/pet-398319-small.jpg" alt="dpg" title="dog" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you&rsquo;re minding your budget this holiday season &mdash; and who isn&rsquo;t? &mdash; you might be looking for creative ways to give gifts that have meaning but won&rsquo;t break the bank. These gift ideas are just the answer, and they work for just about anybody on your list. Create a coupon for a service you can offer for the recipient to &quot;cash in&quot; when it&#39;s convenient for them. One of the great things about these gifts is that while they&rsquo;re free for you, the services they provide have real value, so recipients will feel like they&rsquo;re receiving a thoughtful and worthwhile gift despite its lack of tangible heft. Take a look at some of my suggestions to give this holiday season, and then let me know some of yours in the comments below. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-spend-almost-nothing-on-gifts-this-year?ref=seealso">10 Gift Ideas That Cost Almost Nothing</a>)</p> <h2>1. Babysitting</h2> <p>Every parent needs a night off every now and then. If you have friends (or a friend &mdash; single parents probably need a break more than anybody) with kids, give them babysitting coupons that they can use whenever they need a breather. Make sure you stipulate on the coupon that you&rsquo;ll need advance notice so you can avoid being called upon at the 11<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;hour to fulfill your promise.</p> <h2>2. Pet Sitting</h2> <p>As a proud pet parent who likes to travel, I&rsquo;m often in need of a pet sitter for a day or two. I would definitely like to receive one of these coupons so I can save the $100 per night it costs me to board both my dogs.</p> <h2>3. Winter Dog Walking</h2> <p>I would love to receive this coupon from my husband so I can use it on one of those blustery, blizzard-y mornings when I can&rsquo;t seem to pull myself out of bed.</p> <h2>4. Home-Cooked Meal</h2> <p>When the recipient of this coupon is in need of a little TLC in food form, he or she can hand it over for a comforting breakfast, lunch, or dinner of their choice.</p> <h2>5. Massage</h2> <p>Give your significant other a coupon for a 10- to 20-minute massage that they can redeem on a day when work was especially stressful.</p> <h2>6. Car Wash</h2> <p>Everybody feels better in a shiny, sparkly car, so give this coupon to a friend or relative who lives nearby. Suggest to them that this coupon is perfect to turn in before a big date or other special event.</p> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/holfreeg-car-wash-5257905-small-ggnoads.jpg" style="width: 605px; height: 303px;" /></p> <h2>7. Takeout Run</h2> <p>You and your roommate want to order from your favorite restaurant but they don&rsquo;t deliver. Who&rsquo;s going to pick it up? That decision is made easier with a coupon redeemable for a takeout run.</p> <h2>8. Movie Night</h2> <p>There are some Friday nights when I just want to sit home, curl up on the couch with my hubby, and watch a couple movies while noshing on snacks. If that sounds like someone you love, give them a coupon for a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-host-an-awesome-frugal-movie-night">movie night at home</a> that they can turn in for a relaxing evening watching great flicks with their favorite movie buddy.</p> <h2>9. Resume Review</h2> <p>Provide a coupon to a friend who&rsquo;s in the middle of a job search for a resume review. It&rsquo;s ideal, of course, if you have the actual skills to review and revise a resume; you don&rsquo;t want to do more harm than good with your coupon.</p> <h2>10. Lawn Mowing</h2> <p>I don&rsquo;t know about you, but I hate mowing the lawn, so this is another coupon I&rsquo;d love to receive from a friend (if I had a lawn to mow). It goes without saying that you should probably know what you&rsquo;re doing before you hand over this coupon if only so you don&rsquo;t butcher your friend&rsquo;s yard and draw their ire.</p> <h2>11. Garden Weeding</h2> <p>My grandmother used to guilt me into helping her weed the garden when I was a teenager. I wish I had thought of giving her a coupon for that service instead of the restaurant gift certificates I had to shell out for.</p> <h2>12. Pool Cleaning</h2> <p>If you plan to give a pool owner a coupon for a cleaning, make sure you include the caveat that it&rsquo;s only a light cleaning &mdash; skimming the top, vacuuming the bottom, and cleaning out the filters. Otherwise you might be expected to do much more work than you bargained for.</p> <h2>13. Exercise Partner</h2> <p>Like many people, I need a workout buddy to stay motivated at the gym. That&rsquo;s why this coupon is sort of a gift to yourself if you need someone by your side, too.</p> <h2>14. Taking on Someone Else&#39;s Chores</h2> <p>If your spouse or roommate typically does a certain set of chores like <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-baking-soda-took-my-bathroom-from-%E2%80%9Cyuck%E2%80%9D-to-yes">cleaning the bathroom</a> or washing the dishes, give them a coupon that lets them off the hook for one session.</p> <h2>15. Breakfast in Bed</h2> <p>Treat your mom or significant other to a breakfast-in-bed coupon that they can redeem whenever they want. When they turn it in, go all out for the breakfast by making their favorite dish (perhaps you can even provide a menu), pairing it with a mimosa, preparing it on a nice tray, and finishing it off with a single flower in a small vase or glass.</p> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/holfreeg-57575986-ggnoads.jpg" style="width: 605px; height: 303px;" /></p> <h2>16. A Leisurely Bath</h2> <p>Ahh, who doesn&rsquo;t like a nice long soak after a hard day in the dead of winter? When this coupon is redeemed, run a warm bubble bath and outfit the bathroom with a few other luxuries like a soft robe, a favorite magazine, and a glass of wine.</p> <h2>17. Small-Space Organization</h2> <p>Create this coupon for spaces like the recipient&rsquo;s desk, car, or closet. Avoid the urge to be a hero. Don&rsquo;t agree to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-easy-organizing-changes-you-can-make-today">organize spaces</a> like the garage unless you&rsquo;re fully prepared to get in way over your head.</p> <h2>18. Control of the TV Remote</h2> <p>This might be my favorite coupon on this entire list. I mean, how many times a week do you want to snatch the remote out of your honey&rsquo;s hand so you can watch what you want to watch? He or she probably feels the same way when you have it. Do them a solid and give in &mdash; but just this once.</p> <h2>19. Cuddle Time</h2> <p>A coupon for cuddle time is a win for both parties in my opinion. Get your snuggle on.</p> <h2>20. Creative Service</h2> <p>If you&rsquo;re good at a creative service &mdash; like graphic design &mdash; create coupons specifically geared toward what the recipients might want. For instance, give your friend with kids a coupon for custom-made birthday invitations. It&rsquo;ll be a nice gift for the recipient, and it&rsquo;s something brand new to add to your portfolio. Good deal.</p> <p><i>Have even more ideas on free coupons to give this holiday season? Let me know in the comments below.</i></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-own-coupons-20-great-free-gift-ideas">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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