Many people give a coupon book as a gift during holidays, events or celebrations. As retail or business coupon book users can exchange coupons for discounts or services through a business in-person or online, the holder of a gift coupon book can exchange coupons inside the book for services provided by the gift giver. Although pre-made gift coupon books are available for purchase, many people opt to make a coupon book to create a more personalised and unique gift.
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Things you need
- Scanner (optional)
- Photo kiosk (optional)
- External hard drive (optional)
- Word processing software
- Desktop publishing software (optional)
- Perforated printable post or business card sheets (optional)
- Paper cutter (optional)
- Hole punch
- Twine (optional)
- Fabric/lace (optional)
- Index-card book (optional)
- Markers (optional)
- Stickers (optional)
Make a list of services (for example, house or yard work, pet sitting/walking, babysitting, lunches for a week or a picnic; or more intimate/romantic services such as a hug, sensual massage or even an open-ended "Good For Whatever You Desire”). Next to each service type, make a second list of text—using coupon-related words such as "Good For," "This Coupon Entitles You To" or "Exchange For"—before the text. Examples:
"Good For A Shoulder To Cry On" "This Coupon Entitles You To A Foot Massage" "Exchange For A Week's Worth Of Chores”
Write down front and/or back cover text—generic text such as "Gift Coupon Book” “To: (name)” and “From: (name)” on separate lines, person-specific text such as "Coupon Book For (name)" or "For My Valentine" and/or event-related text such as "Merry Christmas," “Happy Birthday!” or "Happy Mother's Day."
Save images on your computer to use for this project such as a wedding photo for an anniversary coupon book or holiday-related clip art such as presents, a cake and candles for a birthday or bubbles and hearts for Valentine's Day. If you have hard copies, scan the images to your computer with a scanner or use a retail photo kiosk, save to an external hard drive and then upload to your computer.
Open your word processing or desktop publishing program and select a flat-card template based on the book/coupon size that you desire. For example, select a postcard template that prints two or three medium-size postcards per page or a business-card template that allows you to print 10 cards. If you can't find a template, select one from a website that offers free templates such as Avery Dennison or Microsoft.
Create your coupons and front and/or back covers. Insert and position your image(s) on the first card, enter the text that you chose in Step 1 and then edit (change image or font colouring, crop, resize or add borders and special effects) as desired. Repeat with each coupon and the front/back covers.
Print the cards on paper or perforated printable card sheets.
Prepare the cards. Cut the cards from the paper using a paper cutter or carefully pull the cards from the perforated sheets. Stack the cards in order, pick a spot to bind the cards together and then punch a hole through each card at that spot.
Bind the cards together with a piece of ribbon, twine, fabric or lace to make your coupon book.
Tips and warnings
- If you don't want to design your own coupons, download pre-made free coupon book art from online.
- If your coupon book project involves young children, make coupon books with pre-made index card books that have removable perforated cards. Write down service-related text for small services that a child offers to do ("Help Make Breakfast" or "Give A Big Hug") and then give the books to the children to decorate with markers and stickers.
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