116 Awesome Homemade Coupon Ideas (& 7 Free DIY Coupon Templates)

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Multiple homemade coupon ideas

I love making homemade coupon books! They’re a fantastic way to give experiences and favors to someone special. You can fill the book with many different coupons, making the fun last all year long. Plus the effort you put into creating these DIY coupon books truly shows your love. (And hey, no one needs to know how easy it was to craft, thanks to my free printable templates ;).

In this post, I’ll take you through each step of making your own coupon book. Either from scratch or with my free printables. Plus I’ll share over 100 unique coupon ideas. Whether it’s for Christmas, Father’s or Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day, or your friend’s birthday, you’re sure to find the perfect fit!

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116 Awesome homemade coupon ideas

Alright, first thing first. What do you put on homemade vouchers?

Honestly, everything.

Seriously, you can write down any type of favor or experience. For your loved one you can go for sexy coupons, for your friends you can think of something funny or crazy, and for your parents, you can think of something practical. Check out my ideas below and feel free to mix and match them to create the perfect coupon book!

A love coupon for a romantic picnic
A love coupon for a romantic picnic

General homemade coupon ideas for everyone!

  1. Coffee at a coffee shop of their choice.
  2. Take them out food a restaurant of their choice
  3. A tank full of petrol.
  4. Course or training on your costs.
  5. A mystery day out – they only find out as it happens.
  6. An art and craft day together.
  7. A day of board games and snacks.
  8. Homecooked meals
  9. A guided nature walk or hike.
  10. A day of gardening help.
  11. Offer to organize their closet or garage.
  12. A day of teaching a skill you have.
  13. A day of compliments and positive affirmations.
  14. Offer to redecorate a room in their house.
  15. A themed picnic in the park.
  16. Pick a museum.
  17. Pick a must-read book for you.
  18. Pick a must-see movie for you.
  19. Concert tickets of their choice.
A coupon for an activity of their choice
A coupon for an activity of their choice

Mother’s Day coupon ideas

  1. Prepare a homemade dinner, lunch or brunch, dessert
  2. Breakfast to bed.
  3. Spa day.
  4. You pay for a professional massage.
  5. 1-hour video call.
  6. Day of compliments.
  7. A day as her personal chef.
  8. A tech setup day (setting up gadgets, apps, etc.).
  9. An art and craft day together.
  10. A day of board games and snacks.
  11. A day of gardening help.
  12. Organize her closet
  13. A day with no chores.
  14. Personalized meditation or mindfulness session.
  15. A day of teaching a skill you have.
  16. Day without whining.
  17. Customized home decoration day.
A homemade coupon for a spa day
Spa Day coupon for mom

Father’s Day coupon ideas

  1. Organize his garage
  2. A tank full of petrol
  3. Go on a weekend trip together.
  4. Go on a hike together.
  5. A personal storytelling evening with old memories.
  6. Personal shopping assistant for a day.
  7. A night of stargazing and constellations.
  8. A day at a theme park.
  9. A personal mixology session.
  10. Offer to redecorate a room in their house.
  11. A bike ride to a scenic spot.
  12. A day of learning a new language together.
  13. A surprise breakfast in bed.
A DIY coupon idea for father's day iwth "Organize the garage"
Organize the garage coupon for dad

Romantic coupon ideas

  1. Prepare a homemade dinner for them.
  2. Bring breakfast to bed.
  3. Spa day.
  4. Go skinny dipping.
  5. Dress up the way they want.
  6. One veto anything.
  7. One wish granted.
  8. Ask me anything.
  9. They’re in control for one day.
  10. Tech-free day.
  11. Wear matching outfits for a day.
  12. Go to a karaoke bar and sing a duet or song for them.
  13. Free massage from you.
  14. An evening of dance lessons.
  15. Pick any activity to do together for a day or afternoon.
  16. Go on a weekend trip together.
  17. Sex when they want.
  18. Sex where they want.
  19. A picnic at a location of their choice.
  20. A wild fantasy fulfilled.
  21. Take them to a secluded beach.
  22. Take them to a romantic sunset.
  23. Professional photo shoot.
  24. Pick a tattoo for you or a matching one.
  25. Dinner under the stars.
  26. A night of stargazing and constellations.
A homemade romantic coupon for one wild fantasy fullfilled
Romantic coupon for your partner

Coupon ideas for friends

  1. Take them out for food or coffee
  2. Help to move in or out of a new home.
  3. Pick any activity to do together for a day or afternoon.
  4. A night out at your cost.
  5. Language course on your costs.
  6. Another type of class, such as surfing, sowing, photography, etc.
  7. Do their laundry.
  8. A night of babysitting.
  9. Clean their home
  10. Receive a postcard from you (check out our list with funny postcard messages if you need inspiration on what to write on your cards!)
  11. A souvenir of their choice.
  12. Be their designated driver.
  13. Movie marathon night with their favorite films.
  14. A mystery day out – they only find out as it happens.
  15. An art and craft day
A selfmade coupon with : A night of babysitting
A coupon for friends

Coupon ideas for travel lovers

  1. Offer to pay for dinner, lunch, breakfast, etc at a fancy restaurant during their trip.
  2. Accommodation in a fancy hotel.
  3. Unique travel experience (balloon ride, bungee jump, helicopter rides, kayaking).
  4. Plane tickets.
  5. Take care of their pet during their holiday.
  6. Water their plants during their holiday.
  7. Mow their lawn (once or during their holiday).
  8. New travel guide of their choice.
  9. New backpack of their choice.
  10. New clothes of their choice.
  11. New travel items they need.
  12. Clean their home upon return.
  13. Take them to the airport/ pick them up from the airport.
  14. Tickets to a game or theatre show abroad.
  15. Custom playlist creation for their next trip.
  16. Window seat.
  17. Skip the middle seat.
  18. A picnic at a location of their choice.
  19. Wake early for a sunrise.
  20. Take them to a secluded beach.
  21. Take them to a romantic sunset.
  22. A bike ride to a scenic spot.
  23. Pick the songs for the next road trip.
  24. Pick the next travel destination
  25. Carry their bag for a day
  26. A guided nature walk or hike.
A white selfmade coupon for "picking our next travel destination"
Homemade coupon for travel lovers

How to make a homemade coupon book

Alright, now it’s time to put these ideas into a real homemade coupon book.

What do you need?

  • Pen
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon, twine, or string
  • Hole puncher (though it’s also possible without)
  • Free templates printed (see the templates below)

If you don’t have a printer at home or you prefer to make the coupons from scratch, you also need these items:

  • Paper (colorful makes the coupons stand out more, but white works too)
  • Ruler (if you want to be very precise)
  • Colorful pens, stickers, decorated tape, and other decorative items to make your coupons pretty
What you need

Step 1: Gather your coupons (3 methods)

The three ways to gather your coupons are by

  • Method 1: Personalize my templates in Canva. This is best for people who don’t mind learning a new free online tool.
  • Method 2: Print my free PDFs. This is best for people with pretty handwriting, because you will add the favors and activities by hand.
  • Method 3: Make your own coupons from scratch. This is best for people who don’t have a printer at hand, or who are feeling creative.

Method 1: Personalize my templates in Canva

I’ve designed seven different printable homemade coupon templates for different occasions and recipients. You will find a link to the editable template in Canva. It’s a free graphic design tool that allows you to make the most beautiful creations.

Just follow my links below, make a copy of the template, add your selected voucher ideas, download your design from Canva, and print it.

The benefit of doing this in Canva is that it’s all made with the same font style and it looks pretty. Especially if you’re like me and you don’t have fancy handwriting.

Free online tool Canva

Method 2: Use our printable and write by hand

If you don’t want to use Canva, simply print the empty homemade coupon templates and add your ideas by hand. It gives that nice personal touch and saves you from the hassle of learning how to work with Canva.

Method 3: Make coupons from any paper

Lastly, if you don’t have a printer at home, don’t worry!

You can easily make these vouchers yourself from scratch. All you need is paper (colored paper if you have).

Draw rectangles on your paper and cut as many vouchers as you would like to add. Use your colored pens and stickers to give the coupons a beautiful look. I used an old receipt to get the right shape, but you can also use a ruler or any other shape, as long as all coupons are similarly shaped.

First draw the coupon shapes

Next, I folded the coupons at about 1/4 of the sheet to make it easier to tear them later.

Fold the coupons at about a quarter

To make it even easier to tear the coupon and add a unique shape, I also cut out a triangle at the fold. You can use a ruler to measure it out, or simply cut one side first and then use that triangle to measure out the other side.

Cut out two triangles at the fold

Step 2: Make or cut a cover

Each of my templates comes with a cover that you can customize in Canva or by hand. If you are going for the homemade coupon book without the templates, now it’s time to design your own cover.

You can use my example for inspiration. It’s in Dutch because it was a gift for my parents before I left for a long-term trip. But you get the idea.

I used decorative tape and kept it simple because I am not the most artistic person around the block. However, this where you can get all creative.

DIY coupon front page

Step 3: Punch holes in each coupon

If you have a hole puncher, perfect! Put all coupons in a neat pile and punch two holes at the short end of the fold.

If you don’t have one, no worries. Just grab a pair of scissors and make holes yourself. This is what I did too, it’s slightly less pretty, but it works just fine.

I made the holes before I decorated the coupons, but either way is fine.

I used a pair of scissors to make holes

Step 4: Thread your ribbon (or twine, or string) through the holes of the coupons

Now it’s time to put the homemade coupon book together. Start with the last coupon and add each new one on top. Once you’ve added the cover, tie the ribbon together and you’re all set!

DIY coupon book

Free printable homemade coupon templates

Basic printable homemade coupon template

Homemade coupon ideas

This is the simplest homemade coupon template that works for any type of receiver. I kept it in black and white for those of you who only have black and white ink. Feel free to add a bit of color and images in Canva by using my free Canva template.

If you just want to print this example and add your personalized coupon ideas by hand, download the PDF versions below and print it.

Empty homemade coupon template
Empty homemade coupon template

Basic 2 printable homemade coupons template

Empty homemade coupon template

The second DIY coupon template is slightly more advanced than the first. Mainly because it requires you to cut a few more curves, but I’m sure you’re more than capable of doing that!

Head over to the Canva template if you want to personalize it online.

Or print the empty DIY coupon PDF and front cover below.

Empty homemade coupon template
Empty homemade coupon template

Christmas printable homemade coupon template

DIY coupon template for Christmas

If you are looking for a cute Christmas DIY coupon idea, then this Canva Christmas template is perfect for you!

Or go for the PDF version below.

DIY coupon template for Christmas
DIY coupon template for Christmas

Mother’s Day printable homemade coupon

Mother’s Day homemade coupon ideas

Are you making a homemade coupon book for your mom?

Then this design for Mother’s Day is exactly what you need! Edit the template in Canva or print the empty vouchers below.

And if you are looking for a cute physical gift to go with the coupons, check out the Mother’s Day travel gift guide.

Mother’s Day homemade coupon ideas
Mother’s Day homemade coupon ideas

Father’s Day printable homemade coupon

Father’s Day homemade coupon ideas

Even the toughest dads need a favor every once in a while. And with this super sweet homemade coupon book, you allow him to ask for one without feeling guilty!

Check out the Father’s Day Canva template.

And have a look at this Father’s Day travel gift guide if you need more gift ideas.

Father’s Day homemade coupon ideas
Father’s Day homemade coupon ideas

Valentine’s Day printable homemade coupon

Valentine’s Day homemade coupon ideas

A homemade coupon book for your lover is one of the most fun books to make because you can add activities and favors that you will actually look forward to!

To give an idea of things you can put in a love coupon book check our list above!

And I’m sure you can think of more fun and sexy things you would love to do with your boyfriend or girlfriend. So go ahead and edit the Canva template, or print the PDF versions.

Valentine’s Day homemade coupon ideas
Valentine’s Day homemade coupon ideas

Printable homemade coupon templates for friends

DIY coupon template

Alright, the last template is great for anyone dear to you, including a friend! Check out the Canva template, or write your voucher ideas by hand on these PDF examples.

DIY coupon template
DIY coupon template

FAQs about homemade coupons

How many vouchers do you need in one coupon book?

That’s highly personal and depends on how many favors you are willing to do, or how many activities you can afford. I always advise a minimum of six, so that it feels like a book.

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AUTHOR

Hi, I’m Lara, a 30-year-old travel-lover (but who’s not these days?). I love reading, puzzling, world-heritage sites, researching, and making lists, which comes in quite handy when you’re making lists of travel gift ideas!