Growing up, my parents couldn’t give us a lot of things, but they were very good at giving us experiences that didn’t cost a whole lot of money, and those experiences are some of my favorite childhood memories.
I remember the Christmas that my Dad brought out “Wish Baskets” for each of us kids. They were actually small, wicker baskets with lids, and each one was a different color. Each wish basket contained a dozen little strips of paper. At the beginning of each month, we got to draw a slip from our basket and we would get to do the item printed on that slip. They were simple things: a picnic in the park, a trip to Dairy Queen, a trip to the bookstore, etc. They were simple, yet meaningful, and I looked forward to wish basket day every month.
Today, I would like to give you a sheet of FREE printable Wish Basket Coupons. (Click on the image to download it!)
My children are VERY familiar with the concept of coupons, so this should be fun!
I made these with the idea that our family would do activities in honor of each of our children. Some of the ideas we have come up with so far include:
- A trip to Dairy Queen (we order off of the 4 for $5 menu!)
- Family Movie Night (child picks the movie, homemade pizza toppings and ice cream or popcorn)
- New book – from book store or book order form
- Breakfast with Dad on a Saturday morning (guy time)
- Root Beer floats
- Make Cookies with Mom
Notice that many of these items are things that we would have done anyway (family movie night, make cookies, etc), and yet NOW they are special because they are being done in one boy’s honor.
Remember that kids don’t need THINGS. They need YOU! Make a memory without spending a lot of money, and make it last all year long with Wish Baskets!!
A printable Wish Basket (created from my Clover Box Template) is included in your 12 Days Grab Bag that you can purchase at The Digichick or Little Dreamer Designs. I have also included a bonus cutting file in the Grab Bag, so you can create your own unique wish basket coupons, or add it to your next layout or project!
If you are interested in other wish basket designs, check out my store! I have tons to choose from!
Looking for more “experience” related gifts?
- Check out my Stocking Stuffer For Your Man! (Freebie alert!)
- Create a cheapo advent calendar that you can use year after year!
- Maybe you would enjoy one of our family’s favorite board games for younger kids.
- Package your gift (or wish basket!) in a pop-top can!
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Do you have any ideas for our Wish Basket activities?? I could use some more ideas!!