When you ask my five year old what he wants for Christmas he rattles off a list of fun things…
“Angry birds sticker book, a hat with cows on it, something fun for the pool, new textas, and swimming lessons.”
When you ask my 12 year old twins that they want for Christmas the list is a lot shorter…
“Money… or a gift voucher”
I know it might seem cliche and boring and perhaps even a little rude that tweens and teens often ask for money or vouchers, but if you take a little time to talk to them about why they are asking for those things, you might find out some interesting facts.
My three big kids have asked for money because they are all saving for something bigger – a kindle, a desk, an electric piano – things they know they could not ask a single person to give them, things they have researched, and considered, and been saving for all year.
They also all want gift vouchers for things like books, music, and clothes – things that even I don’t attempt buy them on my own anymore because I can not keep up with all the books they have read, I have no idea what song is next on the list for choreography, and I struggle to guess sizing of clothes, let alone choose something they will actually like.
Plus it’s part of growing up to want to be a little more independent, to be able to choose the clothes you wear, the music you listen too, and the things you surround yourself with.
So while I know it may seem boring, I’m all for the money of gift voucher present, plus they are easy to buy and easy to wrap, so it’s win all round!
I’ve made my gift voucher presents a little less ‘boring’ with these fun free printable gift card holders.
These are quick and easy to make – print the inside onto some card stock, then turn the card over and print the outside. Cut around the card holder, fold in the flaps and you are done!
These printables are A4 sized pdf files. If you are printing on US ‘letter sized’ paper be sure to select ‘fit’ or ‘shrink to fit’ from your printer options.
Please remember that the printables at picklebums.com are for personal use only, you may not sell, share, or link directly to these files.