How to Create a Fun Gift Certificate for a Birthday

Written by michelle barry
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How to Create a Fun Gift Certificate for a Birthday
A customised gift token makes a thoughtful birthday gift. (birthday image by Albert Lozano from

A homemade birthday certificate or a full coupon book is an inexpensive and personal way to give someone a useful and customised birthday gift. For someone who is difficult to buy for, you can craft the gift token around his interests, hobbies and needs. Ideal for a teenager or an elderly friend or relative, a certificate lets you spend time with the birthday individual doing activities he enjoys or simply lending a helping hand. Hand draw the certificate or type it on a computer and print it off.

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    Consider the birthday individual's hobbies and interests. Also consider what may be a difficult task for him. For example, small household repairs can be a struggle for an elderly person.

  2. 2

    Write on the top of the gift token a phrase commemorating the birthday. For example, "In honour of your birthday, we present you with ... "

  3. 3

    Write on a gift token "One free gutter cleaning," "A full day of handyman repairs" or "One lawn mowing" for the birthday individual. This will be a helpful coupon for the elderly person who struggles with these tasks but may not want to ask for help.

  4. 4

    Craft a certificate around a pampering gift idea. For example, write "One hour back massage," "One free manicure and pedicure" or "Free foot massage."

  5. 5

    Create a gift token around an activity or hobby, or simply some quality time spent together. Write, for example, "Movie night of your choice, on me -- refreshments included," "One afternoon picnic in the park of your choice" or "Free taxi service from me for the evening of your choice."

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